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Heading to Camp!

Camp NaNoWriMo, that is! November is the traditional National Novel Writing Month, but Camp NaNo is July (as in NOW) and everyone gets to set their own goals (words, lines, hours, whatever) and work on whatever they like! I’m finishing and editing my current WIP, so if you don’t hear much from me that’s why. I’m planning thirty total hours of writing for the month. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but I can only sit upright for fifteen minutes or so without paying for it by lying in bed with ice packs covering my spine for a day or two afterwards. So my timer is my friend.

There are about a dozen fascinating people in my cabin and I’m looking forward to getting to know them! I built in a writing-free day for when my grandson arrives (due VERY soon) so I can read texts, talk on the phone, swoon over pictures, and hopefully see him on FaceTime!

When the muse strikes. . .

I’m writing. I don’t just mean I’m blogging again (which, obviously, I am) but I’m working on the latest of several novels I’ve started and not finished or finished and not been happy with, This one was actually just supposed to be a short story. I had a dream, remembered it, and thought, “Wow! that would be a good short story!”

Then I started writing it. And it decided it didn’t want to be a short story, it wanted to be a novel. Then today I was reading a fantasy novel (I always read novels from other genres when I’m writing) and in this novel I’ve read about three or four times before this a couple of sentences kept tugging at me.

I mean, a lot of teenage guys fail in their first relationships. Not many of them murder the girl involved. ~ Storm Front, by Jim Butcher

Damn. I was writing New Adult (early twenties) Erotica. I thought.  Now I am feeling the need to kill someone off. In the middle of a sex scene. Then the rest of the book will be about the remaining two people (did I mention it was a threesome?) have to figure out what to do, and how their relationship develops from there. I don’t know that there’s even a genre for this.

Stay tuned!

Seven Quick Resolutions

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It’s that time of year again, and although it’s been a few years since I actually made New Year’s Resolutions this seems an apt year for it.  I’ll start with what I’m doing right now – writing. I intend to write every day, be it blogging here or at MomPro or working on my current novel. My timer is my friend, and I’ll rack up writing time in fifteen-minute chunks.

— 2 —

 I read like a fiend, but not always what I need to be reading. This year I’ll finish one book per month that deals with running a small business or writing. I can do that lying down, so hopefully I can handle it on all but the worst pain days.

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As always, I’d like to implement some sort of Fly Lady type cleaning and organizing schedule. My house is the perfect example of chaos, and even though there’s a lot I can’t do surely there are more things I can figure out a way to do. Having a cleaner house would dramatically decrease my stress level, so I’m going to figure something out 🙂

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After scrambling right up until Christmas with hand-made gifts this year I will select and make at least one gift per month. Yes, those Pinterest boards are finally going to actually be used!

— 5 —

As my pain has increased my activity has decreased. And I’ve gained weight that I had no business gaining. I have to lose it to decrease the weight load on my lower back and help with my high blood pressure. I’ve even looked into gastric banding, but I’m not sure that’s the correct option for me because of my mobility issues. Anyway, I’m going to lose ten pounds a month no matter how it has to happen. That’s a huge goal even for someone who can exercise, but it’s a ‘go big or go home’ sort of situation.

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I’m also setting big goals for my Nerium business with Michael. I’d like for us to find one new customer per week. Again, a big goal, but it’s such a supportive company and the products are beyond comparison (literally!) that I think it’s possible to make it happen.

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My final goal is to get John to New York for his band trip Spring Break. The final payment due date will be coming up soon, so I’ll be doing any sponsored post I can get my hands on, searching for things to sell, and saying yet another novena for divine intervention.  He’s missed out on so much because of our financial situation, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to get him to New York to see a Broadway show and perform at Carnegie Hall with his best friends. 2015 will be better than 2014 for our family!

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