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Happy Thanksgiving

I'm Thankful for You Thanksgiving is the appointed time
for focusing on the good in our lives.
In each of our days,
we can find small blessings,
but too often we overlook them,
choosing instead to spend our time
paying attention to problems.
We give our energy
to those who cause us trouble
instead of those who bring peace.
Starting now,
let's be on the lookout
for the bits of pleasure in each hour,
and appreciate the people who
bring love and light to everyone
who is blessed to know them.
You are one of those people.
On Thanksgiving,
I'm thankful for you.
Happy Thanksgiving!By Joanna Fuchs

Let's Party People!

Celebrating # 53 today with my hubby and son by going out to Ruth Chris Steakhouse and enjoying a wonderfully fattening dinner and equally sinful dessert. 

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.  Enjoy the trip.  ~Author Unknown

Ready for another trip around the sun.   Raising a glass to all!  ~clink~

Sunday Salon: Finding the way

Happy Sunday!  It is the official start of our thanksgiving vacation and we are free this week to do what we choose.  Well, except for me working at the shop on Monday and hubby working Tuesday and getting off early Wednesday so we can go out to dinner for my birthday. No lessons - that is the biggie.  We actually are taking  a full week off from lessons. It is a much needed break.  We will be hanging around home for Thanksgiving and the rest of the week.  

I was contemplating today what it would be like if I could take one day and use 8 hours and for 2 hours each just write, draw, edit and research.   How much would I really accomplish?  And I could do that because I have the time.  If I don't waste it.  That experiment may be happening soon. Will keep you apprised.  When I find myself browsing and reading randomly without committing, without commenting, being a shadow, a lurker, it's time to shut off the internet.  More than one hour and my brain goes passive.  I finally real…

Sunday Salon: Soul searching and Inspiration

This morning I slept in and woke up feeling the need for some inspiration with writing and with life in general.  I made up a plan and a calendar  for Nanowrimo since I started late which showed I just need to write 2300 words a day and I'll make the 50k by the 30th of November. Gives me one days grace. As of yesterday I am at 6400. Still in the figuring it all out stage and wondering why I keep referring to my villainess as Dominique when I decided her name was Genevieve. Then I had an epiphany - Mother and daughter.  And something clicked.  For some reason I'm feeling a wall between me and the story, the actual writing part.  Don't know what it is. There's been a lot of ping pong going on in my brain lately. I saw this over on The Creative Penn on trusting the process of emergence and it sort of helped. 

"Even if you plot your books, sometimes you won’t know what is coming until the words appear on the page. Something happens when you commit to the page, to…

Sunday Salon: I'm rebelling, sort of

I'm so happy daylight savings time has ended and have gained my hour back.  I never did adjust when DST started so have been off kilter ever since time wise.  You wouldn't think an hour makes much of a difference but it actually does.  Among other things, it means an extra hour of writing and dinner will be on time for a change.  *grin*

Nanowrimo - I've been in a state, just a state of angst, anxiety and depression since Thursday.  Yep - a very weird mix.  I really, really, really want to go to town writing Green Cross but to tell the truth,  I just don't want to write crap.  I have other wips started during nano that I just haven't been able to properly edit. Do I really want  to add another one to the mix?  No.  So, while I still want to be involved in Nano, use the energy of Nano to write the story,  I'm going into rebel mode and setting my sights a bit lower than 50k.  If in the course of writing,  I somehow reach 50,000, awesome.  Otherwise I'm not goin…

Ready, Set, Go - Nano!!!!

Ready. Set. Go! 

Paul Coehlo's manual for climbing mountains from Like the Flowing River 

A] Choose the mountain you want to climb: don’t pay attention to what other people say, such as “that one’s more beautiful” or “this one’s easier”. You’ll be spending lots of energy and enthusiasm to reach your objective, so you’re the only one responsible and you should be sure of what you’re doing.

B] Know how to get close to it: mountains are often seen from far off – beautiful, interesting, full of challenges. But what happens when we try to draw closer? Roads run all around them, flowers grow between you and your objective, what seemed so clear on the map is tough in real life. So try all the paths and all the tracks until eventually one day you’re standing in front of the top that you yearn to reach.
C] Learn from someone who has already been up there: no matter how unique you feel, there is always someone who has had the same dream before you and ended up leaving marks that can make y…