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Nanowrimo update…9 days and counting

The pressure’s on and I’m way behind on my nanowrimo word count – yikes!  I scratch my head and wonder if all the other things I write can count toward the word count….hmmm…guess not.  It has been a huge challenge — writing without editing.  Sometimes, my fingers start hitting the delete button and I have to freeze and just…continue typing.  The writing is turning out to be quite creative and very strange.   Some days I really like what I wrote and other days, not so much.

Writing is a lot like running a race.  You just keep running, even when you still can’t see the finish line.  Your lungs start to burn a little and you keep telling yourself to keep going.  It’s mind over matter and you can’t let negative thoughts take over.  Then, just when you zone out with a favorite song on your Ipod, the finish sign is in sight.  You quicken your pace and sprint the rest of the way.  It’s not so much the speed, for me, but the feeling of accomplishment.

Writing on Nanowrimo is interesting and I’m glad I started.   Somehow, I will reach the word count (race) and even if the product doesn’t win any contests, the process is a learning experience and I’ll be so glad when I sprint to the finish line.

Now — back to writing…



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Posted by on November 21, 2009 in Writing


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Successful Craigslister! Now…world of antiques?

As you can see from my previous post, I’ve put a few things on Craigslist and I’ve been pretty successful.  Recently, I’ve sold the last of the Legos and feel pretty smug about it.  Okay, yes, I probably would’ve made five times as much if I’d  held out with supply and demand — those lego people sure were a hot entity — but oh well – they’re gone!  Also, my yard looks twice as big without that huge swing set.   cups1

Since I had such a success on Craigslist, several people have asked me to post items for them.  I’ve added in some video games and books so far (and sold some already).  Last weekend, I was asked to sell fine bone china.  Now, this opened up a whole new world to me – antiques.  The world of antiques is proving to be quite exciting.  I didn’t know there was so much history behind these beautiful works of art.  Right now, I haven’t sorted through the two TV box size boxes, but I’m salivating here — they’re colorful and beautiful pieces and I can’t wait to see what I uncover.  Heck, I didn’t know I was into this stuff.

In between work, family, nanowrimo, freelance writing, blog updates, editing and everything else, I plan to educate myself in the fine art of fine china and antiques.  I welcome any advice from antique lovers or connoisseurs — I admit, this is all new to me and  I’m just a bit intimidated.  But, of course,  it’s hard to turn down a challenge.  Onward to to the world of antiques!!



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Posted by on November 5, 2009 in antiques, Craigslist


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I’m officially a NaNoNaut today…

So far, it’s not as hard as I thought.  Of course, I’m in the honeymoon stage where I’m looking at all the possibilities and excitement that is NaNoWriMo.   I’m using Write or Die, which is a fun tool that keeps track of the number of words you type in a set number of minutes.   If younanowrimo don’t type quickly, it will start making annoying sounds — so far, I just had a crying baby and red blinking lights.   Also, I’m competing with my teenage daughter, who is an excellent writer and typist.  A little competition is healthy, right?

How’s the writing so far?  Interesting.  I’m writing a sequel to my first novel and my main character is coming through loud and clear.  She’s so happy to have a voice again.  It’s like she was cooped up all this time and now, she can’t stop talking.   At the very least, this is a great way to get to know my characters more.

If you’re looking for a writing buddy, feel free to add me.   Happy writing fellow NaNoNauts!



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Posted by on November 1, 2009 in Writing


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NanoWriMo – creative rush – in 2 weeks

NanoWriMoCan I write “gleefully” and with an “anything goes” approach?  Hmmm… I can do the gleeful part, but the editor part of my brain is protesting to the latter.  For those of you who may not know, NanoWriMo simply means: National Novel Writing Month, which begins November 1st (12:01 AM) and ends at midnight on November 30th.  The (lofty) goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in that time frame.   The main idea is to write freely –without worrying about grammar,  spelling, perfect words, etc.  Sounds challenging, yet fun.

I’ve decided to take on this challenge for two reasons:  First, I’m curious about this entire process and, second, my teenage daughter’s been after me to do it forever and she’s doing it too.  Of course, prior to November 1st, I will start some prewriting.

I look forward to getting my “creative rush” in November.   The question now is – who else is crazy enough to join me?

~~ Maggie


Posted by on October 17, 2009 in Writing


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