from the inside out

I saw this on Google+.  I thought if this is what is going on in the inside of our bodies, imagine what is happening on the outside.



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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