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I’m Not a Writer But I’m Going to Pretend To Be


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I’m trying something new and totally different tomorrow. I’ve signed up for National Novel Writing Month. I’ve never attempted to write anything unless you count this blog and I’m not. So the point is to write every day, if it turns out to be something so be it, if not you’ve gotten your creative juices going.  Here’s the rules from the site:

  • Write a 50,000-word (or longer!) novel, between November 1 and November 30.
  • Start from scratch. None of your own previously written prose can be included in your NaNoWriMo draft (though outlines, character sketches, and research are all fine, as are citations from other people’s works).
  • Write a novel. We define a novel as a lengthy work of fiction. If you consider the book you’re writing a novel, we consider it a novel too!
  • Be the sole author of your novel. Apart from those citations mentioned two bullet-points up.
  • Write more than one word repeated 50,000 times.

Upload your novel for word-count validation to our site between November 25 and November 30.

I’m thinking about writing it right here. Read it don’t read it, it may not make any sense and it could be really stupid and I have a terrible time remembering names so characters could change names in mid stream. So join me here daily…I hope.  Here’s my “novel” synapsis as it stands right now…no zombies though.

“Sure you’ve thought about being the only person left on the planet, but it’s totally different when you are. Can you survive with just yourself as company? Can you live in an abandoned world without the things you were used to, people, electricity, the internet? Then what happens when you start finding other? Can you live together or die alone?”


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Goodwill a Good Way to Go

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When I was maybe 10 or so I remember my mom and grandmother taking us shopping at Goodwill, we did this often and I found it fun. Roaming through all the stuff. Some of it was kind of icky but most were just an adventure. Feather boas, coats, toys, painting etc… Well this particular time was just like the others, mom always found stuff for us. The next day at school a little blond headed mean girl came up to me in a crowd and said “did you mom get that for you at the Goodwill?” turns out I was spotted coming out. Until that day I didn’t know by used was a “bad” thing that you should be ashamed of.

That childhood incident stayed with me, and still does in some ways. I’ve gotten over it a bit. I love shopping in resale shops, Goodwill etc.. When my kids were babies and money was tight I loved visiting a children’s resale shop, I could by tons of the cutest clothes for next to nothing. I never thought anything of it. We’ve been given hand me downs for my kids through the years, we loved it. It’s like getting presents for us. My kids haven’t been raised to be ashamed of it….well a little. I’m always the one saying it’s nobodies business where you got that outfit, just tell them your mom got it for you – darn you little blond meanie.

I have found Christmas gifts on for my sister, she collects a certain kind of glass. I have found paintings from my favorite artist at the same place.  I love big men’s shirts to lounge around in, guess where you can get them for around 3 bucks! Times are tough, expand your horizons go find some treasures. Shame is something you create within you, let it go.

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