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NaNoWriMo (plus life in general) Update

Oh my. It’s been a while since I’ve posted! November has been a blur between NaNoWriMo, being at Disney World for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, and from getting the surprise of a lifetime after finding out amazingly awesome husband had turned our dining room into an office for me when I got home!

Oh my gosh. It’s gorgeous. BEYOND gorgeous and worthy of its very own post that I’ll write once life calms down, as well as a Wine & Dine recap.

First, I wanted to throw up a quick NaNoWriMo update.

Despite screwing up majorly by 1.) failing to pack for Disney before November which resulted in no writing on Day 3 – 4, 2.) being on vacation Days 5 – 10, and 3.) spending Days 11 – 16 gawking at my lovely new office, spending time with my husband, recovering from sleep deprivation, and procrastinating in general, here’s my stats after starting to kick butt on Day 16: [click to continue…]


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Like, in less than two days.

Holy cow.

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Why NaNoWriMo is a Go Go for me.

Warning: this post is mostly going to include the inner ramblings of my anxious brain now that I have once again publicly announced my intention of attempting NaNoWriMo. For the fifth time. Or maybe the sixth. Seventh. I’ve honestly lost track.

It’s stupid, really, me even thinking of attempting this challenge.

I mean, our November is going to be crazy.

For starters, I’ll be at Disney the 6 – 10th for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. Last year was a total blast, (rain and all,) so I know there’ll be no time for writing on Saturday since I’m doing both the 5k and half. Sunday? My friends and I have a full schedule. Monday? Magic Kingdom, from sunrise to sunset and then some.

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30 Ways to Gather Picture Book Ideas for PiBoIdMo!

Yesterday was all about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. Today’s topic is about the lovely Tara Lazar’s awesome PiBoIdMo, Picture Book Idea Month, that starts on November 1st!

piboidmoWhat is it?

From Tara’s Website: Why, it’s Picture Book Idea Month!

Tired of watching novelists have all the fun in November with NaNoWriMo, I created PiBoIdMo as a 30-day challenge for picture book writers.

The challenge is to create 30 picture book concepts in 30 days. You don’t have to write a manuscript (but you can if the mood strikes). You don’t need potential best-seller ideas.

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November is almost here and you know what that means, right? The writing challenge season is about to begin! Tomorrow I’ll talk about PiBoIdMo – Picture Book Idea Month, hosted by the lovely Tara Lazar. Today’s topic is all about …


What is it?

From the official website: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

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Book Day!

I’m still recovering from the past Saturday’s Baltimore Marathon … which was AWESOME!! … so today’s post is going to be a quick and easy one about my recent unboxing from Book Outlet!

I just love watching BookTubers’ unboxing videos on YouTube. They remind me of my good ole’ Book Days that I talked about in this post, when my mother worked at Random House and employees were allowed to take home remaindered books about once a month. You could always tell it was Book Day from the way she would blare the horn all the way down our driveway from start to finish … and we had one long, long driveway! With these great memories in mind, I decided to create my own Book Day with a shopping spree on Book Outlet.

I imagined Mom blaring on her horn when this arrived!

Hooray, my own Book Day! I imagined Mom blaring on her horn when this arrived!

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