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NaNoWriMo

I did it.

I signed up for the craziness that is NaNoWriMo. I also messed up my profile which makes me look like a newbie at this, but that is ok. I have been attempting NaNo almost every year since 2003.

If you are not familiar, the acronym stands for NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth. It is a time where writers all over the world attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.

This exercise is always good for me, although, depending on your frame of mind, it can be stressful. I have eased off the pressure I traditionally put on myself because it seems every November some big thing comes up in my life that interferes greatly. So, I give it my best and every year I approach it hoping I will be successful.

My daughter and a few friends signed up to write this year, so I am excited to have a few buddies to share my pain. The people who participate make up a lovely and supportive community. Many cities also have local write-ins where you can gather with like-minded people during the challenge if that is your thing. I am more of a solitary writer.

If you are interested, you can click over to the website and read about it and perhaps sign up. It really is a very cool experience and an exercise in persistence and vulnerability.

For more information, go here: ===> NaNoWriMo.org

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SoCS – Did You Say Ice Cream?

Welcome back, Linda. Dan managed to keep us in line during your absence.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “-tast-.” Find a word that contains “tast” and use it in your post. Enjoy!


The first thing that came to mind was Tastee-Freez. You know, that soft-serve ice cream place.

Where I grew up we had a soft serve ice cream place, but it was a Dairy King. Yes, King. I am not sure if it was part of a southern chain or a standalone place that just chose the same name.

For us, it was a hangout place but only if we could get into town.

You know there is a big question about who really invented soft-serve ice cream. I read a little about it and honestly, it makes me never want to eat it again.

I would not miss soft serve if I never had it again, but I could not do without real ice cream. That would be a catastrophe.


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