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No NanoWriMo for me this year… I get to be Mommy.

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I had big plans for the month of November – I was going to write that Middle school age book that has been bumping around in my head and have it finished by the end of November and the end of NaNoWriMo…

That was before my baby girl got sick. Initially, the week after we got back from our AMAZING cruise, she had a fever and sore throat. Took her to the doctor and they said it was something “Viral” 2 days later her hands, feet, face, mouth, bottom all broke out into blistery bumps. If you have kids in the same age range as her (4) then by now you know she had HFD, or Hand Foot Mouth virus.

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At this time I was still, working some on NaNo, I would find time when she was resting, not in pain and rubbed down with this great essential Oil called Thieves, and I was doing okay.

Then, it all changed. Monday afternoon when I picked her from school she was running a low grade fever 100.1 and starting to cough and get congested. By that night she had a 102.5 fever and when she woke up the next morning we had a bloody nose.

I called the doctor the next morning and we got right in…. Turns out that on top of HFD, sweet baby girl has the FLU – Type A, confirmed by the nose swab..

I know you are all saying “Why didn’t you get the FLU shot?” Simply because being in her first year of Pre-K, which is at a Day care center. She has had some kind of little cold almost every other week and couldn’t get her shot. – Her pediatrician told me that to expect, her first year, to have something 27 of the 52 weeks of the year at a Day Care center, oh yay.. not!

Luckily we caught it quickly enough so that she could take Tamiflu (Although, she would not consider this lucky, she hates the stuff) and Daddy and I are taking Tamiflu proactively. We get to take a pill, while she has to take an extremely yucky liquid.

Tuesday and Tuesday night was not so bad, her fever hovered around 101 with medicine but she was ok. Wednesday and Wednesday night was another story. From about noon Wednesday until Thursday morning it was everything I could do to keep her temperature below 102. We alternated Tylenol and Motrin, every three hours. She had multiple lukewarm baths. Cool rags on her neck and head, popsicles, you name it we tried it. But all she wanted to do was sleep.

And on top of all that about an hour after she took her medicine she threw up everywhere, all over my bed, pillows, floor, you name it and she probably threw up on it. Around 2am on Thursday morning her temp finally settled into a 100.5 range with medicine.

Then yesterday, Thursday, while I a was able to keep the temp in the 100.5 range, I was not able to get my baby girl to eat anything. So she would throw up her medicine as soon as she took it.

Her belly hurts from coughing so much. But she doesn’t like to take the Mucinex mini-melts to help it.

Her doctor called in some medicine to help her nausea and she did finally eat about 10 mini bow tie pastas last night.

I am hoping and praying that today, we turn a big corner and she starts feeling much better!

At this point I am even thinking about pulling her from the Pre-K and letting her just start Kindergarten next year. But she loves it SO much, I just couldn’t do that to her. And hopefully she is building up an amazing immune system.

So, you can see why NaNo is not going to happen for me this year. But it’s ok. Being a mommy to the most beautiful, bright, loving baby girl is, by far, the most important Job I have ever had.

I can’t wait until my baby feels better.. like she did just a few weeks ago on the boat! — And no, that is not lipstick on her it is just a filter adjustment!

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I am Back and Feeling Rejuvenated!

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Hello!

I am back!

Oh, I just want to say what an awesome time we had on vacation. It wasn’t perfect and there were things I would change but any day on vacation is better than any day at work! Right!!!

Over the next few weeks I will post some highlights of our trip and maybe some in depth stuff on some of our shore excursions.

I do feel refreshed in more ways than one and actually have a new story idea bumping around inside the old noggin. (Aka…brain J )

Also, I am kind of considering doing the whole NaNoWriMo thing again this year. I did it last year and I got some good ideas and the beginning of a story started. I haven’t done anything with it yet, but maybe one day. It did spin off some ideas for other short stories, so it was helpful.

For now, I just wanted to drop and say hello and leave you with a picture that sums up my entire last week!

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What’s Next?

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It has been a little over a week since I finished the revisions on my Novel THE OYSTER KING.

It is time for a new story to begin. But where? Don’t get me wrong I have a ton of ideas swirling around in my head, I just can’t figure out which ones are strong enough, deep enough, to become my next project.

How do you guys do it?

With this one, the inspiration just came. I got the guts of the story and then wrote an outline and fleshed it out.

I keep second guessing myself on this next one. I think the problem is I am thinking, “I have to write a novel,” instead of “I have to write”.

I have an idea for a sequel to the one I just finished and I have the 35K word partial story I wrote during NaNoWriMo last year. And while I do want to finish it, I have other ideas that are churning in my head and I feel like I need to get them out and explore them before I commit to something.

The problem is all the ideas, instead of getting me writing, are bogging down my brain and nothing is coming out.

I won’t use the term “writer’s block” because, frankly, I don’t believe in that term. We can always write something if we sit down and write. But I have not sat down to write… and that is the problem.

Part of me is thinking, hey it is a miracle you finished a book at all do you really think you could do it again.  Another part of me is thinking, the one you just wrote is a piece of crap, why do it again.

But the true writer in me knows I have NO CHOICE, I HAVE to write.

I just need to sit down at my computer and do just that!

I really would like to hear how you guys do it, though!

Dec 6th….Celebrate!

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1dfdd-vik-smallthings2Wow! Did a full month really just pass me by?

Well I spent A LOT of time on NaNo. Did I finish my story? No! But I did get a good solid start and I am excited about really bringing it to life in 2014

So now it is time to Celebrate!

  • NaNo is over… and I can get back to normal life
  • I survived Thanksgiving – Made a delicious turkey, dressing & gravy
  • I have ALL my christmas shopping done
  • Taking a writing break for the end of the year and will get back full steam after Christmas when I have my new laptop!
  • Got a small bonus at work, but hey it was something

Celebrate the Small things Nov 8th Edition

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It that time again, time to push away all the big worries and just be thankful for the small things.

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My celebrations are:

  • Writing:
    I have decided to join the thousands of other writers out there who are doing Nano this year and so far I am keeping up with my goal – As of last night I was at 12,537 words!
  • Reading:
    I finished J.D. Robb Creation in Death – but with so much of my time involved in Nano, I don’t think I will be able to pick up another book until the end of November. We will see…For me that may just be too hard to pull off!
  • Life:
    I started back on my exercise program yesterday doing Leslie Sansone, 2-mile Walk Away the Pounds. (I know what a month to return – but I figured it might not only help me lose weight, but also clear my mind for my Nano story.)

Okay my fellow writers, bloggers and friends – It is almost the weekend, so if you are doing Nano gear up for power writing this weekend and if your not, well enjoy the heck out of yourself! 😉

IWSG November NaNoWriMo Edition

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On the first Wednesday of each month, writer’s across the globe get a chance to reach out to our own little support group.InsecureWritersSupportGroup
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group was created by Alex Cavanaugh so that writers would have a place to express the problems they are facing with their writer, fears, concerns, you name it, without the fear of contempt.

For me the past few months this has been done on the first Thursday of the month. I am not sure if it because of lack of planning, busy Wednesday’s, or simply something deep inside that unwittingly is trying to buck the system. In any event the time has come for me to share:

For me the month of November I have decided to join the other thousands of writers who are taking a chance on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) – Basically it is taking the month of November to write that novel. You know the one where you say “Someday, I am going to write a book.” Well the month of November is someday!

For me I wrote and finished my first ever book earlier this year and it has been long days and nights of editing ever since. I am still in the depths of editing that piece and personally needed a break.
I had actually forgotten all about NaNoWriMo, until I saw a Facebook post on November 1st.
I just went “click” what a perfect time to step away from the one I am editing and see, just see, if I can write another novel this year. And this one in 30 days no less.

That same day I saw a post one of my friends wrote about her old college buddies getting together to go back to a beach house they had visited one time. I had the spark and in a few hours I had laid out the thought behind “The House on Lake Marion.” – That is the novel I am writing this month.

So, you are probably all saying…”What is there to be afraid of? You finished a novel this year already and now you are shooting for #2.”

HOLY CRAP! I am shooting for #2 – Seriously, it is like going from 0-100 in a race car.

Plus, for this NaNoWriMo – I need to average 1,667 words a day to make the 50K word deadline by the end of November.

So far, that has been okay, by the end of day six (yesterday) I was at 10,699 words – the goal was 10K so I am ahead of schedule a bit.

Here is the problem. – A lot of that was introduction of my characters. There are 10 – again wow! I am fearful that I won’t be able to give them all the voice I want them to have, but they are each critical to the outcome of the story.

I have introduced them, and I know how this week at the lake house is going to end. But now, starting on word 10,700, I have to begin to get them to that ending. That part is freaking me out. I know the outcome but I am not sure how they arrive there.

When I don’t know what is going to happen or how a character is going to get from point A to point B, I write. Sometimes what I write is word vomit that needs tossed in the trash, but sometimes my subconscious has already decided what is going to happen and how my characters are going to arrive at the end point. I just have to stop “trying to figure it out.” And set down and write.

But the real struggle of trying to write a 50K word novel in a month is not just the sheer volume of words that need to be written each day. It is the “paying” job that still has to be done, the toddler who still has to have mommy time, the husband who still has to have wifey time, the house that needs cleaned, the laundry that needs washed.

I have survived and made it through the first 6 days – Only 24 more just like it to go!
Well – it is too bad I can’t count this blog post as part of my 1,667 words!

I am off to get some real work done!

See ya later Wordies!

NaNoWriMo Day 1

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NaNoWriMo has arrived…For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month.
It is a 30-day experience where you sit down and WRITE THAT NOVEL, with the goal of o having 50K words finished by the end of November.

I actually never thought I would participate, I mean I have finished my first novel, but I am still in the editing stages.
That has bogged down on me a bit and I really need a jump start to get the editing finished on that.
SO……I decided to take the month of November off of that one and see if I can do it again, or if I am a One-Hit-Wonder, so to speak.

So I will join the thousands of other writers out there who are hoping November helps bring them inspiration and writing success.

With that being said, I need to get off this blog and start writing, close to 2K words a day is going to be a big stretch!
Happy Writing, my friends!