Three days until…novel writing MADNESS!

National Novel Writing Month 2013

It’s fastly approaching us that wonderful month of expanding our creative minds into a 50,000 word novel! Those of us who choose to participate in this adventurous challenge of wit and will, that is. Last year, it just wasn’t happening with a two month old baby.  But this year, my creative juices are bursting with several story ideas and I just can’t wait to get started. I’ve been reading pep talks from past Nanowrimo years.  I am seriously getting pumped.

What really got me excited was my writing group this past weekend. We had a Q&A session for those participating for the first time ever. Oh I love these discussions because I get to go back to when I started in 2009.  It was pretty frightening because I was living here in the Netherlands not knowing a single person outside of my husband.  It took a lot for me to go to the Kick Off party but I was so glad I did.  Many people were encouraging and spoke English (thank God). Everyone who takes this journey understands completely what you go through to get this out on paper (electronically).  You belong to a new community for these 30 days that is very empowering and International (maybe they should update the name to International novel-writing month).  You also get to hear from great authors who root and cheer for you along the way.  It’s a magical time. If you want to join there is still time (you can join mid-month also but I wouldn’t recommend it).  Take a gander at the website, and read what it’s all about then JOIN!

PSL..oh no you didn’t!

Fall must be here early... first Pumpkin Spice...

 Pumpkin Spice Latte @Starbucks  (Photo credit: redhotwritinghood)

Oh yes I did.  I splurged for this little comfort in a cup, Latte-o-magic, for a dessert last night when I was at the Starbucks.  The famous Pumpkin Spice Latte(PSL), that is.  I was so excited and so pumped to be having a little piece of home.  Mmmm…and then we sat down to enjoy our lattes and teas.  I take that first most precious sip….and its a NO!  All I tasted was that syrupy stuff that is the very essence of the Pumpkin Spice.  I tried hard to drink more because I knew; 1, it was breaking my conscious diet and disappointment was not what I had expected and 2, it was 4,15 euros!  I had to make this work.  In the end, I pretty much dumped out a full cup.  What I did ingest kept me up until 1:30 in the morning.  So now I’ve discovered that I have completely changed my palette by subtracting sugar and coffee.  Somewhat heartbreaking but also helpful for keeping me on track.




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