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I hit a milestone yesterday. According to my Bullet Journal, I’ve written for 365 days in a row.

Think about that. Three hundred and sixty-five days. One year.

A big part of doing anything is sticking with it. Last year, I watched the Rita and Golden Heart Finalists be announced, looked at my own writing output…and got very depressed.

40 Days

But what I started doing instead was making these forty days not a time to deprive myself of something, but to add to my life. Make this season a positive instead of “How long before I can have a Snickers again without feeling guilty?”

NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 30: Victory

Let’s treasure not just victory, but the connections we have made with our fellow writers. This is all too often a solitary calling and we need people who understand what it is to have a storyline fall apart or the moment when you are absolutely convinced that every word you are writing is certified, 100% crap. To be a part of this community, even for a little while, is to have the joy of knowing we are not alone.

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30dayliterarymadnessSurviving 30 Days of Literary Madness is a daybook of support, encouragement and the occasional kick in the pants to help make the stress more bearable and keep your eyes focused on your goal.

For each day of this mad sprint, there is a quote and essay designed to help keep you going at the keyboard, along with other pieces about preparation and the novelizing hangover that comes in December. There are also pages for those other moments, the ones when you’ve fallen slightly behind – or you realize this may not be a year you cross the finish line. No matter how your November novel experience is going, this book will be a companion for each day.

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NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 5

“Do, or do not. There is no ‘try.'” — Jedi Master Yoda

Yoda was full of it.

There are plenty of times when the only thing we can do is try, even knowing we are probably going to look ridiculous, fall flat on our faces, and get something on our clothes that won’t come out in the wash. But the thing we are set on is so important to us that even with all that, we’re bound and determined to try anyway.

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NaNoWriMo Inspiration — Day 4

“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams. Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there.” — Erma Bombeck

A few years ago, I came face to face with one of my youthful dreams.

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NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 3

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John Wooden

I want all the yarn and to knit all the socks, shawls and sweaters that catch my eye. I want that the stories and characters that dance in my head to come to life on the page right now. I really, really want the enclosure for my shower to be delivered so this remodel job will be done.

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:: Blows the Dust Away ::

I am not a programmer, nor do I play one on TV. Trust me, if I were, say, Felicity Smoak, I wouldn’t have had so much trouble with my CSS. All that is (mostly) fixed now. I promised myself I’d get this fixed before NaNoWriMo started and here we are. Ignore the piles of building material still tucked away in the corner. Speaking of which…

The bathroom is almost done! It’s impossibly small, so it’s difficult to get a full picture, we have to wait at least another week for the custom glass shower enclosure (gad, those things are expensive), the heat lamp in the fan is not working and they had to go through the wall in the small hallway that runs from the master bedroom to the bathroom to re-seat the spigots because they were too far back so couldn’t turn, and the hand-held portion of the shower head is just fine for my husband but too tall for me. However, in the meantime, we have the toilet and sink back, so there are no longer three adults sharing the front bathroom for everything.

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From the Ground Up

I currently do not have a functional master bathroom.

We discovered a problem with water damage on the walls outside the shower. Our first thought was that this was caused due to a leak in the caulking between the shower door frame and the tile, which had happened on the other side. We found the leak and were getting ready to take care of that when my father-in-law (who lives with us and still owns the house) decided he’d rather have a handyman/contractor come in and do it on the supposition it would be done faster than I or my husband could on the weekends/evenings. The irony is that we actually could have had it done by the time we managed to get someone to come in and give us an estimate for what we thought was a pretty small job.

Of course, that means we wouldn’t have found the mold or discovered the crack in the shower pan until things were much worse.

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