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I Surrendered

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NaNoWriMo started slow. I did no planning and finally decided to write my family history – a subject I enjoy a lot. It is also a subject I wanted to ensure was accurate which lead me into some very interesting but very deep rabbit holes.

Last weekend I got my flu shot which caused me to experience two days of dizzy spells. Then last Friday hubby and I both got our COVID Moderna boosters. We both ran fevers, mine accompanied extreme joint pain and a miserable headache for two days.

Long story short, I am giving myself a break. I am not pushing for 50,000 words in 30 days. I am writing, but this year, the deadline has to be of my own making.

Sometimes you just have to throw in the towel.

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One Liner Wednesday – Back to the Parkway

“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.” Anatoli Boukreev


We took a trip back up to the parkway Monday. I am so glad we did. The high winds started last night and I am sure it brought many of the leaves to the ground. This is where I find peace.


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One liner Wednesday is brought to us each week by the lovely Linda Hill. Please visit Linda’s blog (to read the rules, read other one liners, and possibly join in the fun!)

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One Liner Wednesday – NaNoWriMo Thoughts

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Late night NaNoWriMo thoughts.


One liner Wednesday is brought to us each week by the lovely Linda Hill. Please visit Linda’s blog (to read the rules, read other one liners, and possibly join in the fun!)

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Observation Monday – Characters

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It is time to sharpen up some skills in advance of NaNoWriMo. The writing I do every day is very different from 30 days of the intense heads-down writing required by NaNo.

So, the observation skill for today has to do with character development. I will be going to the grocery store today and tomorrow so I will put on my observation cap and watch people in the grocery store. I will observe their habits, the speed in which they move through the store, how they treat the staff, how they make choices, what they wear, and see if I can get a feel for them as a character.

Of course, observing is not enough. Afterwards, the real challenge is to write a short piece featuring your character. Can you bring them alive so readers can visualize what you saw? And just how do you go about choosing a name for this character? Does the name matter?

Feel free to jump in and join me. You can observe anywhere. I just happen to be going to the grocery store. Leave a comment or write your own post. You are welcome to link back here if you want to share what you wrote.

This should be fun.

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Monday Missive – NaNoWriMo Complete!

This will be short and sweet.

I finished my 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo this afternoon. Of course, that does not mean the novel is complete – I just reached 50,000 words in 30 days. It was a push at the end because I sloughed off in the middle and lost a couple of days of writing.

I am feeling accomplished.

30 days of InkTober and 30 days of NaNoWriMo in the books!

Tomorrow I hope to just enjoy the festivities surrounding the holidays – locked down of course!