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Experiencing a bit of post NaNo blues after staying up to celebrate on the forums and then could not sleep well. I am proud of and happy for everyone who made it through November. I can hardly wait to set up my winner icon! i cannot decide between cool viking ship or chalice of java [though it looks good enough to drink].

Now, today, to me begins the real Xmas season, though I did open some decor over the weekend AFTER Santa ended the parade. NOW we can begin the season of giving, after we have given thanks for what we do have. I have some major issues with the shopping frenzy that accompanies this time of year, especially when there is so much economic and political turmoil these days. I think it is a good time to think about what we really want to share with our families, friends and the world around us.

Today is World AIDS Day and coincidentally, it is also the launching date for I wrote about this new campaign/site last week, but they have officially opened. The link I had before may not have worked. They asked some bloggers to respond to the statement “I need Africa more than Africa needs me” and they have answered with their own response which I will share with you now.


When I think of Africa, the following images immediately come to mind: Starvation.  AIDS.  Child soldiers.  Genocide.  Sex slaves.  Orphans.  From there, my thoughts naturally turn to how I can help, how I can make a difference. “I am needed here,” I think. “They have so little, and I have so much.” It’s true, there are great tragedies playing out in Africa everyday.  There is often a level of suffering here that is unimaginable until you have seen it, and even then it is difficult to believe.  But what is even harder is reconciling the challenges that many Africans face with the joy I see in the people. It’s a joy that comes from somewhere I cannot fathom, not within the framework that has been my life to this day. [read more]

I am sipping a [homemade] mocha right now and counting my December 1st blessings. Happy Twelfth Month!!


TAURUS [from] Although your proverbial ducks are all lining up, they appear to be doing it in the distance. This means that you may still have to wait for success, but at least you now realize that it’s on the way. As much as you want the rewards you believe you have earned, don’t lose sight of the non-material perks, too.

I already posted today, but I had to add today’s reading to the collection of profound NaNoScopes…

I added some more to my verification and almost went back for more, but ended up having fun celebrating with other winners and pepping on a few fellow WriMos who are so close!…it is almost midnight east coast now and time for December…i almost cannot wait until next year 🙂 again-thank you!

I just hit 50,000 words. Literally, I hit update on my writing program’s tracker and it says five zero, zerozerozero. Exactly. And of course, I am not done but I had to share this moment with you and well, just mark it for posterity’s sake.

Wow! What a wonderful month! And thank zeus it is over! [lol 😀 ]…Honestly, I feel like this is the proverbial “beginning of the end” or “first day of the rest of my life” because I have come so far and yet have so far to go still. I think we are all probably better now just for having entered into this crazy little thing called NaNo. I know that I have a better sense of my ability, and yes, my limits. Plus, as an added bonus, I have written half of a novel which I have been thinking about in my head for many years. Just like me, the story changed over the years but never more than in the last month. Not only did crazy changes occur like entire plot points, but it went from an idea to a reality.

My son asked me if I was going to get my book published or let him read it. I told him when it was done, which will hopefully be before next November, after I have reread it and revised it and probably changed 42 more things, then it may be ready. But, he will probably think it is boring anyway. {at age 12 he reads on a college level. I do not write novels on that level yet.}

I am not ready to let anyone read it yet and am resisting all temptation to go back and start revising now, because I want to complete it. I am going to set some lower goals for myself, but I think that now that I have come this far there is no stopping me now!

I am also rather proud of myself for making it through National Blog Posting Month, but do not know if I will attempt that again for awhile. Maybe in February 😉 {btw: It is year-round and they do a different theme every month} I am looking forward to blogging more regularly though, and especially getting into some other topics. I really appreciate the encouragement and camaraderie which I have found through this experience. I hope that you all will continue to join me here and I look forward to hearing more from you, too. I love my WriMo buddies and wish you all well! Write on!

[**going to verify soon but hope to add more before midnight! If you need a post NaNo laugh i hope you saw this thru the Procrastination Station…try to take his cynicism with a grain of salt because we know better**]

So as I sit down to post for NaBloPoMo, I still have nearly 5000 words to write for NaNoWriMo. So it really is turning out to be like the cramming sessions of my yesteryears. I am going to do it though, because at thi spoint I just have to. I have warned the big boys and hope the little ones understand or forget eventually how testy mommy will be tomorrow.

My novel is nowhere near done, but it had reached a pivotal point and I am pretty pleased with how it is actually coming together. I have also started including some poetry as part of the novel [one of the character’s pov’s] It was a nice little break to turn back to a more familiar form. And btw, i checked and poetry counts in the word count, as does chapter titles, introductions, and dedications. So I have expanded my one word working title to eight and am including transitional intros for each “Part” much like those great summaries which Mark Twain would open his chapters with. Every word counts.

Hope everyone is happy and well and ready for December. Now, excuse me, my coffee is brewed and I have to go write a great dedication. Write on!

I made it past 45K so i have given myself permission to celebrate early with some old friends tonight. Of course, they may be under the delusion that we are there to celebrate a birthday and being friends for half of our lives and not having the  kiddos for a whole night, but we WriMos know better! I wrote 45000 words in less than a month and I am ready to celebrate that! I will return tomorrow ready to rock out those last 5000 words. To those of you spending the evening hunkered down over you keyboard, i am there in spirit and know that you will have a wonderful, prolific night. You can hang out with my muse for the night. Write on!

See? I have my priorities straight. Just returned from the in-laws’ and I am fighting a food coma. I met the challenge to hit 40K by bedtime last night and I met it, though i had to push bedtime up to 4:30 a.m…. I did get to sleep in until about 8 though b/c of the glorious lack of alarm clocks this morn. The thrill was bruised a bit when I checked my nifty word count calendar wallpaper which claims I should be at 45,009…somehow i logged in exactly 5000 less than that. I do not have it in me to do another 5K tonight, but I am definitely going to make it by Sunday. Somehow getting past that 40K mark is exhilarating. I figured out that I have definitely written OVER 50K words already, but I have a small problem with the backspace button sometimes. I may have to get a check on that compulsion if I plan to do NaNo again next year. And I already do plan to try again, so I guess i have had a great experience 🙂 I give thanks for NaNo this year for motivating me to attempt a novel and for my WriMo friends. I want to send more congrats out to the folks who have already received their winner badge! **High 5s all around**

I plan to have another marathon writing session tomorrow during the day instead of participating in the Great American Shopping Spree. I am using NaNo as yet another reason to participate in Buy Nothing Day. Then I should be reasonably well ahead so I can spend the evening with some of my old girlfriends and enjoy a well-deserved margarita night. OK…must go…AHHH! 3 days!!!

Time is catching up with me and I am at a stand still. I have made barely any progress since Monday. I should be way past 40K by now. I am setting out to make 45K by Friday night as Chris Baty suggested in his pep talk. I am considering breaking a friend’s heart and not going to celebrate her b-day Friday night even though I really NEED a girl’s night. I am also wondering if I can lock my family  out of the house at any point this w-end. I hope all you other WriMos still crawling along have a wonderful w-end and do not lose precious writing time in a tryptophan induced coma. Give thanks and write on!

causewiredAfter yesterday’s action blog I was pleased to find about this book, Causewired by Tom Watson, who also has a WordPress blog of the same name. It is about using the net and blogging for social action. Haven’t read it yet, so this not a review, just a share. Apparently it is both history and “how to” so it could be an interesting read on a few levels.

I astounded myself on Sunday and wrote over 5000 words, then barely 500 yesterday. Fortunately [?!] my 4 yo woke me up at 3am so i could write more this morn [well, he just wanted a drink]. I may make it yet… hope all is well in NaNoLand with you all.

I was asked to consider this statement and what it means to me. It did not take me long to come to the very simple conclusion that Africa represents the beginning of human history and therefore, our very existence is connected to Africa. That is my deep answer. I am sure that there are some folks out there who may dispute that fact [you betcha 😉 ] but science, anthropology, history and yes, theology generally lead back to the same area. I also concluded that if the birth of mankind began in the African continent then it is not too hard of a stretch to believe that our world-wide rebirth can also be centered there. In contributing to the renewal and growth of African nations and people, we can ensure the growth of our international community and culture. As Africa goes, so, too, do we. It’s the basic Ripple effect.

It is easy, for some, to pretend that the other half of the world is somehow behind us or backwards. Those folks tend to walk through life with blinders on, but those of us with open eyes and open minds are already noticing that it really is a small world, after all [sorry, still my fave Disney song 🙂 ]…not to sound facetious, because seriously, the world is shrinking as far as communications, commerce, politics and science go. If we have learned nothing else from our war, we should realize by now that what happens on the other side of the world does effect us, too.

For many of us westerners, our perception of Africa, [which is a continent, btw, consisting of 53 separate nations] is based on the pictures we see of refugees and famine. It is hard not to associate the entire continent with such images, but that is equivalent to associating all of the USA with the 90210  zip code. It is time that we learn more about this large part of our world culture. The organizers of are organizing a networking action site which will link our own education with an opportunity to help and contribute to African, and therefore, world culture. The basic idea is centered around my favorite bevarage, the mocha. If we java junkies can live without 2 extra mochas [or lattes or red bulls, what’s your poison?] a month and we send that $7 towards a project we choose to support, then we can contribute more to world growth [and maybe sleep a bit better]. They go a step further and offer groups, organizations and even celebs personal pages so we can network and watch the progression together.

After participating in the Blog Action Day project and really enjoying being part of such a powerful movement, I was pleased to be approached for a similar project. First of all, the power of the Internet and bloggers in particular, to contribute to the world dialogue and activist culture is in a trite word, awesome. {The word itself is not trite if you consider the original meaning, but of course has since been trivialized by over- and mis-use. I’m taking it back.} Secondly, and the organizers are smart on this one, they were apparently reaching out to bloggers participating in National Blog Posting Month, many of whom, by now may be scratching their heads or other parts trying to think of what to blog about. Of course, I always have that other thing happening this month, but those posts are getting somewhat repetitive and redundant. So if you are a BloPoer or PoMoer, or just have your own thoughts on this statement or the action, here is a topic for today’s post…or heck, any day is good. Please feel free to share your thoughts on what that statement means to you, here, too.

Of course, I did my research before agreeing to share with my readers and suggest you do the same. They plan to open the official site December 1st, and I will have more information then but you can already get information there and start to sign up for a project which utilizes personal activism, international organization and social networking. Groups and individuals can use their own soc net pages and bloggers can use their sites too. So anyone who is looking for a project to contribute to or participate in may be interested.

Personally, I know I want to use my writing to contribute to the greater good and improve the world [if not just my own karma points] As I proceed in my blogging experience, I hope to find more ways to use my blog for good. I still consider this blog primarily a “writer’s blog” but do not want to continually indulge my tendency to block myself and go into anxiety overload.

And yes, I can link this whole thing to NaNo because, I kid you not, I quoted this song in my story and it actually contributes to a character. I will end with this Utube selection because I invite you to check out the lyrics and because Simba is so darn cute.

I know that I must do what’s right
Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
I seek to cure whats deep inside, frightened of this thing that Ive become

Well, Week 4 is officially here which means the end is in sight. I am not totally out of the race yet. I have been known to get shocking amounts of energy at the last minute, generally accompanied by bursts of mania and at least one bout of tears. This poor habit got me through college papers for years. One of the reasons I thought NaNo would work well for my noveling launch is because I do thrive under pressure and with deadlines. So, today I feel confident and ready to write, despite continuing computer probs and a fun-filled week of festivities ahead of me. I managed to get out 3500+ words earlier and am hoping I can pass 35K tonight before I fall asleep at the keyboard like I did last night. True story…my neck still hurts 🙂
Congrats to those WriMos out there who have passed the 50K mark and are showing off their winner’s icon…you all have my respect and well-earned envy…and one more thing to be thankful for.

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