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Nanowrimo 2014


How cool is this! Not only is November a month devoted to giving thanks, eating until you feel like you might throw up (and then you do), putting on boxing gloves and throwing down over the last Barbie or Wal-mart towels, or yelling unabashedly in support of people being knocked unconscious on a field – it’s National Novel Writing Month!

Basically, National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo, is getting hopped up on caffeine and writing with a group, friend or alone in your favorite spot at home until you reach the goal of 50,000 words. This year I participated because it was one of my 2014 new year’s resolutions, which I made on the fly in the spirit of making goals I did not intend on reaching, high on the newness of the year and the idea of endless possibilities – but I digress. When my husband reminded me of my promise, I became angry at myself for making such an insurmountable goal and at him for reminding me that I had done so and being so supportive. The anger was not actually anger at all but fear, fear that I would fail. So, after a few tears and screams in my pillow, I decided to give it a try – no I was in it to win it.

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I wrote like a mad woman for days, setting my timer for an hour and resting for thirty minutes and sometimes doing sprints for as long as I could write. I attended two write-ins in my state. One of them was great with nice lighting and the perfect ambience for inspiration. The other was awful. People kept talking loudly, addressing the entire group instead of using a normal café voice. The owner allowed us to use the facility during after-hours so we could write in a quiet place but I guess everyone did not get the imaginary memo. My husband and I drove an hour to get there. Before long I got up to leave, disappointed that I had not gotten much done at all. But there was a silver lining. I had written for a couple of hours earlier, my husband and I had rousing conversation to and from the venue and I had learned to never attend another write-in with that group again unless I was way ahead of the game, which they probably were.

Overall, my experience was great because guess what?! I won! I reached 50,000 words on November 28. I could not believe I had actually done it with all the other responsibilities I had that month, but the numbers don’t lie. Big thanks to my husband for dictating every word I wrote to make sure I stayed on track, his supportive words and help around the house, and encouraging text messages from my dear, dear friends and family. You guys will never know how much you mean to me.

So I am writing this blog to let you know whatever it is you want to do but think it is just too crazy for you to achieve, do it. Cry it out, make excuses and when you are done – do it. Depend on your friends and family to give you the support you need. Give them the chance to let you know how much they care about you and your goals. Do it! Do it! Do it!Winner-2014-Facebook-Profile


Wreck It!


Here’s an update on how Jonathan (my husband) is coming along with his journal (Wreck This Journal). For more information about this project and journal, check out my post titled “Wreck This Journal”. Also, there will be more posts on his progress later.

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Prompt: Draw fat lines and thin lines


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Prompt: Color this entire page


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Prompt: Tear strips. Rip it  up!


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Prompt: Make a funnel cup out of this page. Fill it with water and drink it.

What do you think of these crazy prompts?

Wreck This Journal


Wreck This Journal

Looking for creative ways to expend some stress? Do you like to destroy things? Have you ever been tempted to touch the paint beyond the “Wet Paint” sign? Well this journal is for you. Now wait a second, you read correctly, a journal but it is one unlike any you have ever seen.

This journal is called, “Wreck This Journal,” by Keri Smith. I got my copy for the affordable price of $12.00 at my local Target. Some of the prompts included are: Document your dinner (rub, smear, splatter your food on the page/use this page as a napkin, Fill this page with circles, and take a shower with this book).

This book was designed for the artistic and creative people in your life. I got it for my husband (who fits that description) as a welcome home present. He hasn’t been able to stick with journaling as much as he would like because he’s easily bored. Hopefully this book will be just the tool he needs to keep things interesting.

I will be documenting the transformation of the journal, so be sure to visit my blog to see pictures.