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Catching Up

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 20, 2015, 1:21 PM
I think it's been awhile since I checked in with all of you on something other than lit things or art things or DA things.  How are you?  What's the last thing you ate?  Did you swing from trees recently?  Acquire any new pets in odd ways?

I've been lovely; thank you for asking.  November has been quite a busy month in the Grimm household.  We've done some spiffying up, assembled some new furniture to make it look more like humans live here and not crazies that just moved in and needed a place to put the bazillion books and movies we have.  We celebrated birthday weekend for my cousin.  It was lovely.  There were many shots to be had in her honour.  I think I may have lost track of time at some point because I don't recall how we got home Saturday night, but the Uncle swears I didn't fall up the stone steps to the cabin.  They're not really stone stone, and they're not really steps.  More like shale rock staggered in such a way that it makes a decent pathway up the incline to the front door that a sober person is able to make in mere seconds but a not-sober person will have to analyze the route that will incur the least amount of giggling, tumbling, or out right falling down and laughing until you fall asleep and then get woken up by the dog peeing on your face in the morning.  :paranoid:  Not that that's ever happened.  :paranoid:

We're all geared up for Thanksgiving and our annual retreat north for a long weekend.  We're hoping for snow again, but we'll take whatever we can get.  There will be smorgasboard of food on Thanksgiving as well as the Saturday after when we build our massive yearly bonfire and toast to the coming winter and to Peg.  Because you can't NOT toast to Peg.  She's Peg.

And the most important thing of all.  The Princess' birthday!  She's turning ten this year and we're going all out for the party.  She's super into Minecraft right now so that's the theme.  I made Creeper and Enderman sinch bags at work and we filled them with Creeper, Enderman, Ghast and Zombie Pigman stickers, plushies, silicone wristbands and for the older kids, keychains.  I've got decals up on the walls of Minecraft mobs and even an epic Steve fighting a Skeleton into a ravine shot on our back window.  I've already made the "Pin the Face on the Creeper" board and just need to make the faces to attach.  That's our first game.  Our second is a quick build challenge where we'll be teaming up all the kids into three groups and then the Princess will pick the winner once they're done!  She's very excited. 

Though I think she's more excited that she and I are going to see the new Hunger Games movie tonight.  She called me this morning and asked what time we were leaving because she didn't want to be late getting to my house.  She almost forgot about her party tomorrow she's so excited.  AND, because she only has half days next week, we're keeping her through Thanksgiving weekend!  Very excited to have her about for that long.  Lots of cabin time to get in too!

And that's an extremely long winded summary of my November.  How's yours?  Doing anything interesting lately?  Did you remember to feed the dragon?  Seen any neat movies?  Gone anywhere interesting?  I want the fool scoop!


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Bit Over Half Way

Wed Nov 18, 2015, 1:32 PM

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Let me first apologize that my first cheerleading journal didn't make it to the group.  Somehow I didn't click the button to submit it through the group.  I'm very sorry.  Won't happen again.  Promise.

Now back to the topic on hand.  We're halfway through the month; how are you holding up?  Are you on track?  Did you fall behind a bit?  Are you ahead of the game?  Are you waiting until the last day to throw the whole thing together??? (:evileye: thorns)   

Well for those of you that have hit the dreaded wall and don't know exactly where to go or what to do, I may have a solution.  Take a look at these features:

Writers Block and How to Kill ItWith NaNoWriMo coming up soon, I thought I'd finally spit out a writers block help guide. This can be used any time and for any blocks! Let's begin.
        A lot of writers block cases come just from environment. For example, for a long time my computer was a desktop. Not very portable, right? Well, this meant that if I wanted to do any writing, I had to sit down in the same spot every time and write. I had to deal with the same environment, the same clutter, the same chair, the same sitting position, etc. This doesn't help! So consider your environment. (For suggestions that require moving elsewhere, use a laptop or a good old fashioned notebook with a pen or pencil)
Clean up your workspace. Organize it. Rearrange it. Make it different than last time you sat there.Light a candle or incense, or even freshen up your room with an air freshener. Go in another room. So
NaNoWriMo Resources:bulletgreen: Write or Die
There are tons of activities for National Novel Writing Month but the most important is that pesky writing thing. To help with that you can use an online application like Write or Die to do some solo speed writing. You set the time and/or word count you'd like to reach and then select your consequence settings. During the time you must continually type or you will receive a negative consequence.
Write or Die really does put the prod in productivity with multiple consequence settings and a timer.
:bulletgreen: Spreadsheet
Track your progress! This will help you see how far you've come and how much you still need to accomplish. It's a great way to procrastinate too! There are loads of fancy and simple ones on the internet if you run a quick Google search.
I found this one on deviantART: NaNoWriMo 20
How to Write Without EditingHow to Write Without Editing
for the Sake of your NaNoing Sanity

With only a few days left until November, a battle cry can be heard across the globe as burgeoning writers take up their sharp implements against a common foe—the editor within. NaNoWriMo is a time when everyone asks the same question: is it really possible to write 50,000 words in thirty days? As a past NaNoWriMo winner, I promise you it is possible, if you can ignore your internal editor.
I'm the kind of writer that can take three days to write a paragraph. I write it, read it, edit it, re-read it, scrap it, rewrite it, and edit it again before I can finally move on. Often, after writing the entire story, the paragraph I spent days perfecting early on gets scrapped entirely in a later draft. Why did I waste all that time?
My internal editor is a problem: I know it and he knows it (for the purposes of this article, the internal editor will hereafter be referred to as a "he"). No matter the gender, y
NaNoWrimo for Beginners: Writing Fast and Furious
So, you've discovered this thing called National Novel Writing Month and you're thinking of giving it a try this year, and you don't know what's in stored for you. I'm not going to talk about the insanity you're about to fall into. That would take a whole other tutorial. Nor am I going to talk about the little tricks to boost your word count, there are plenty of those around. What this tutorial will be about, is typing speed.
The count of 50 000 words a month, 1667 words a day wasn't taken as a goal of the NaNoWriMo on a whim. It was carefully selected because it's near the lower boundary for a novel (the number varies, of course, because, as usual, people can only agree to disagree, so there are several different classifications. And it also depends on the genre - young adult novels are usually around 40 000 - 50 000, while epic fantasy can get to the size of a New York phone book (or several), but general consensus is that anything under 40 000 is considered a novella), but more impo

If you're one of the lucky ones that's ahead of the word count goal, well, just keep in mind that you've still got two weeks to go!  Don't be the hare and take a nap because the tortoise is so far behind you.  Keep up with your daily goals and only skip the days that you've already figured into your schedule.

And if you're one of the crazies that waits until the last day to throw 50k words together, well, I don't think I could possibly have any form of advice for you other than: Redbull, bitch!

Last time I gave the sound advice of locking yourself in a bathroom to get your writing done.  Hopefully that's worked for some of you.  If it hasn't, might I suggest hitting up your local public library?  Many of them run events for NaNo and have planned Write Ins on certain days of the week.  They usually put in a place away from the regulars and with plenty of power outlets.  I don't suggest sitting next to anyone though.  Especially that one guy with the creepy, twitchy eye or the girl that looks like she hasn't bathed since the beginning of November.  You won't get much writing done sitting by either.

If you're a coffee shop or deli kinda person, just keep in mind that those places tend to have lots of distractions; especially if you people watch.  I've lost days stuck in a cafe and just watching people coming in and out.  I was lucky that the employees were really cool about it and not like "get that creepy guy in the corner outta here before he molests someone" which in hindsight, I'm not sure if it was a good thing or a bad.  Could go either way there.

Also a quickie announcement.  My schedule has changed at the last minute and I will not be able to attend the chat tonight.  No I don't have a new cast.  Yes I was at the ER.  No that's not related.  Yes I'll still be at the chat event next Tuesday.  No I haven't finished the big surprise yet.  Yes it will be done before NaNo ends.

:highfive:  You're all awesome.  Keep up the writing and I'm sure we can all reach our goals!


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Are you hanging in there?

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 1:25 PM

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We're nearly a week into NaNoWriMo.  How are you doing?  Have you been keeping up with your daily word count goals?  For those of you that signed up, you'll be receiving a note within the next few days to check in on your word counts.

Keep in mind that November is a month filled with all kinds of diversions (especially Americans with Thanksgiving) which is why NaNo is run during November.  The diversions, not the turkey.  :giggle:  If you know you're going to have a day or two that you won't be able to write because of holidays, or work or other things going on, make sure you work in extra time and add to your daily word count goals.  1,667 words a day is awesome, but only if you're able to write every single day of the month.  If not, you've gotta account for those extra words another day.  :la:  But we know you can do it!

How do we know this?  Because you're awesome!  And no matter what life throws at you, there is always a bathroom down the hall that has a locking door and plenty of towels to shove under the door to block out noise that you can write in.  We don't suggest taking pets with you into said bathroom.  Not only are they a diversion to writing, but they really hate to be in cramped spaces when no one is paying attention to them.  Especially cats.  And dogs lick things.  Like windows, and toilets and their body parts, so yea, leave them outside.

We'll be posting a few more journals to motivate you through out the month.  We know that the official NaNoWriMo website does similar things, but really, are they talking about dogs licking their wieners?  I thought not.  So it's obvious you need to be checking out ours too.

Good luck over the weekend everyone!  Keep typing away at those novels!  And don't forget about our Word Wars chat next Wednesday!


P.S. It's so nice to have an official place to put all my rambling motivational notes now.  It's almost like I know what I'm doing.  :la:

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inknalcohol Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015   Writer
I'm here.  I've just got lots on my plate, so I don't look like I'm here.
thorns Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015   Writer
Get a bigger plate.
inknalcohol Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015   Writer
I'm on a diet right now.  It's all about portion control.  If I take a bigger plate, I'll eat more.
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