Season of Books

So I can’t be the only writer who is sad that Nanowrimo is over.

Sure I was writing really quickly, but there’s some sense of accomplishment after finishing Nanowrimo.

But now it’s December, and I suppose I could be editing my novel or something, but I just want to take a break from that for a while and what better way to take a break then reading a book?

So during these cold winter months, what are some good books to read?

Polaroid Life

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I guess if you had asked me a year ago what I would be doing now, I probably would’ve made something up you know like all college seniors do, but in reality they don’t know what they are doing, because no one really knows what they are doing. (Deep stuff right there haha) But you know, senior year EVERYBODY expects you to know what you are going to be doing when you don’t really even know what you’ll be doing tomorrow.

But now a year later, I have a job, I wouldn’t say it’s my dream job, but it’s in my field, I have a car, I wouldn’t say it’s my dream car, but it drives, I have a boyfriend, Yeah he’s my dream guy, and I’m looking into grad schools.

So maybe a year ago I didn’t know where I would be today, but I’ve been finding out that’s ok. Once I heard a speaker use this example. Finding God’s will for your life is like an old Polaroid picture. (Like one of those old ones that the picture starts off black then slowly fades in view) You can’t see it all at once, but you see what you need to when you need to.

So as this year is about to come to an end, I am looking forward to what part of the picture I will see in 2020.

December Again

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So this morning on my drive to work, it snowed. Not like to the point it was annoying to drive or anything, but to the point that I turned on my windshield wipers and watched the snow fall.

It was a rather cold miserable morning and it was dark basically my whole drive to work, but it snowed. I guess that really means that Christmas is coming.

It’s really hard to believe that it’s December. Like it seems like it was just New Year, and soon it will be New Year again.

So here’s to December, and to the bit of snow that tried to fall this morning.

Why my first NaNoWriMo became my Last NaNoWriMo

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So you made it. It is November 30th. That means you survived NaNoWriMo. Whether you “won” or not, I feel that anyone that participates in NaNoWriMo is an automatic winner.

This year was my first NaNoWriMo. I mean of course I’ve heard of it before, I mean what writer hasn’t, but I’ve never actually had the time, or really the motivation to participate. I mean why would I stress myself out over an assignment that isn’t actually an assignment?

But after (a little) planning and convincing myself I wasn’t a complete psycho for wanting to attempt this, I started NaNoWriMo 2019.

I wrote about 25,000 words in the first two weeks. Which is about how it should go, but I wrote about 10 thousand words every weekend. I honestly think that is the only way I managed to win NaNoWriMo. I am definitely a write everyday kinda person, but write a daily blog post is a little different from writing you know a novel. It just worked better for me to write most of it on the weekends.

So you might be thinking, you said you won, why do you say you wouldn’t do it again?

Well here is the truth I learned from NaNoWriMo. . .During NaNoWriMo, you write very fast. (I mean duh) Which might work for some people, but also it might not work for others. I would write take my time and write it as well as I can the first time so I don’t have to go back and edit it as much later. (Cause we all know how fun editing is)

So while I don’t regret doing it, and wouldn’t be completely against doing it again, I don’t think that NaNoWriMo is best for my writing style, but if it works for you then great. Obviously no two writers are the same.

So here’s to the last day in NaNoWriMo (why couldn’t they have picked a month with 31 days, that extra day could be the difference between life or death haha)

NaNoWriMo in Review

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So this month has been NaNoWriMo in case any of you writers out there have been living under a rock.

This was really my first time attempting NaNoWriMo and it was a little different than I expected.

It was a lot of writing (I mean no duh) But there were times when I knew I had to write and I was like, but I have nothing else to say. (Which is very unusual for me.

Did I win? Well not quite. I have 4 more days (of course these days do get a little busy with Thanksgiving) But here’s to my first NaNoWriMo attempt.

I feel I learned a lot about my writing style and how to improve my writing. So even if I don’t “win” I still feel like that is winning enough.

Thanksgiving 365

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So yeah it’s November. Sometimes I still write 10 when I’m writing the date though. . .I wonder how long it’s going to take my to adjust to writing 2020 in the New Year. . .

But all in all this November has been pretty great.

I have worked at my job for a little over a month now and it’s going pretty well, I had time to do NaNoWriMo (and almost completely finish it) It’s almost Thanksgiving, and you know that’s crazy, but a good crazy, and in about a month I get to see my boyfriend. 🙂

So that’s how my November went, and yeah I definitely have a lot to be thankful for. I know that sometimes when everyone asks what you are thankful for it gets kinda old, but all in all, we shouldn’t just be thankful in November, but all year.

Well likely no one is going to ask you what you’re thankful for next March, but maybe throughout 2020 try to think about ways you can be thankful especially when it is not Thanksgiving. 🙂

Praise the Lord

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So this morning I was reading in Psalms, and a lot of them start with the phrase, “Praise the Lord.”

So Thanksgiving is about a week away. (Which is super exciting) I remember a blog series I did probably about 2 years ago. I took the whole Thanksgiving week and made a blog post telling what I was thankful for.

The reason I did that was because I was probably over 500 miles away from home in college, and couldn’t really go home for Thanksgiving. Of course I had friends to spend the day with, and go black Friday shopping or whatever, but it’s somehow not the same.

And that particular year, it seemed like everyone had a way to get home. (I mean in all honesty, who would want to stay at school for Thanksgiving?) Everyone but me. . .of course that wasn’t true, but at the time it seemed like it.

That Thanksgiving, I remember waking up later and eating the breakfast box they gave to everyone, and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade live streamed on Facebook.

Then me and one of my friends went to her sister’s house, and we had a bit of a Thanksgiving lunch, then I spent a lot of the day with my now boyfriend (We weren’t dating at the time, he didn’t officially ask me to be his girlfriend until January of that next year) So that was good.

But that was probably one of my favorite college Thanksgivings. (Not that college Thanksgivings were good or anything. . .)

But even while I had to spend Thanksgivings at college, I found ways to remind myself to be Thankful. I think that’s how life is like all the time.

I don’t really know when these Psalms were written. (These are like Psalm 140 and on) But I do know that David probably had a lot in his life that he wasn’t thankful for.

I mean a lot of that was his own fault due to sin, but still, he starts off like all these Psalms “Give Praise to the Lord.”

So even when it seems you can’t find something to be thankful for, we still are called to give praise to the Lord. . .and I assure you you definitely can find something to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

So this is Christmas

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So there’s this radio station that I used to listen to when I was growing up every year around November because they would start playing Christmas Music really early.

Now this was before the days of internet radio and what not. (Yeah I actually remember Y2K and dial up internet. Thank God for technology) But this station was out of a town about 2 hours away, but this station would be the only station that would start playing Christmas music in November.

So we would usually break apart a coat hanger, and attach it to the end of the radio antenna and then the station would come in better.

So that happened pretty much every Christmas growing up until I was in like 5th grade. (We got high speed internet)

I guess I hadn’t really thought about this in years, until this weekend I was driving home from work, and I changed my radio to this particular station, and sure enough, they were playing Christmas music.

So because that station is playing Christmas music, it definitely means without a doubt that it is Christmas.

So this weekend, we put up our Christmas tree. 🙂 Merry Christmas Everyone.

Happy Friday

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This morning I woke up to the chorus of Known by Tauren Wells. I turned off my alarm, not really wanting to get out of bed, but here I am.

I got up, got dressed, got ready for work and started my drive through what remains of the snow we had on Tuesday, and got to work. . .but then as if a light hit me out of no where I remembered, it’s Friday. That means that I have an entire weekend until Monday. (Which is kinda depressing if you ask me.) But hey it is a weekend. 🙂

So hopefully this weekend will be good, and I can get caught up on my NaNoWriMo project. (I’m at about 20,000 words) So I think it’s going pretty well.

So here’s to a great Friday, and the beginning of a great weekend. Maybe I’ll get some Christmas shopping done 🙂