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Halloween Wrap-up and My November Challenge

November 3, 2011

I know so many of you have been on pins and needles waiting to find out what Sophie decided to be for Halloween. So without further adieu, I bring you … the fairy princess!

The trick-or-treating loot!

As much as I love October and Halloween, I am ready to move on to November (I already took down the Halloween decorations). Lots of fun things happening in November. For one thing, it always feels like a short month at work. There’s my birthday (Nov. 6), my mom’s birthday (Nov. 5), my mother-in-law’s birthday (also Nov. 6), and Sophie’s 4th birthday (Nov. 9). I’ll be enjoying a staycation next week and can’t wait to see my sister and nephew, flying in from Iowa. And of course, there’s Thanksgiving, the holiday where you are required to eat like there’s no tomorrow.

This November brings a new project for me — I am participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for the first time.  You may have seen this on other blogs, or perhaps you have participated in the past (or participating this year). The objective is to write. Essentially to write a novel — 50,000 words — in one month. It seems daunting and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take on this challenge. Could I do it?

But I realized what a great way this is to jump-start my novel writing, in a national forum where there is SO much support from fellow writers. And if that isn’t enough, my work buddy, Wendy, is taking this challenge with me. We’re starting now and ending on November 30, Wendy’s birthday.  We will read each others’ work, make helpful suggestion, and, most importantly, cheer each other on.

I’m excited. I’m ready. I’m pumped! Let NaNoWriMo begin — only 49,700 words to go! … I better get writing!

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  1. November 3, 2011 5:00 am

    Sophie is one of the prettiest little fairy princesses I ever seen. 🙂

    Wow, you all could have a mega size birthday party. Happy birthday to you all.

    I wish you the best on Nano. You go girl. 😉

    • November 6, 2011 10:23 am

      Thanks! We usually do have a big birthday together. But sometimes it’s nice to enjoy my own day too.

  2. November 3, 2011 5:33 am

    I’m doing the Novel Writing Month too! Although mine is going to end up being more of a non-fiction work. I think I’m already behind though. Maybe it’ll end up being a short story. 🙂

    • November 6, 2011 10:23 am

      Oh I’m already behind! And mine is more of a memoir too. I figure it’s better to write and accomplish something rather than stressing on the number of words. Good luck to you!

  3. Lena permalink
    November 3, 2011 5:42 am

    Love the costume! My boys were Batman and Robin, it was adorable. Good luck with the novel in-a-month — that’s crazy but you know what, it can be done! Keep us updated!!!

    • November 6, 2011 10:24 am

      I bet Batman and Robin were so cute! Thanks — we’ll see how far I get with my writing.

  4. November 3, 2011 6:06 am

    Sophie is a beautiful princess! Your November is my March. Happy Birthdays to all of you!! Good Luck with Nano! Can’t wait to read your novel.

    • November 6, 2011 10:24 am

      Thanks, Rada! It may be more of a memoir/novel. We’ll see what happens.

  5. November 3, 2011 6:17 am

    Good for you — good luck with NaNoWriMo!! Look forward to hearing more about it. Enjoy the birthdays!

    • November 6, 2011 10:25 am

      Thanks for the encouragement, Caryn. Hopefully I’ll have some good news on November 30.

  6. November 3, 2011 6:52 am

    I have to confess I was the worst Halloween mom. I always just bought the cheapest and easiest costume and didn’t do more than a pumpkin and some cobwebs for decoration. But my kids didn’t suffer in the candy arena in our neighborhood, so I don’t think they cared too much.

    Happy early birthday to everyone in your family, Leah! Mine AND my daughter’s is Nov. 7. Each year I find more and more people with birthdays the same week as mine. So cool.

    And a heaping helping of good luck on NaNoWriMo. I wanted to take on the challenge for the first time this year, but my recent neck surgery limits computer time. I’ve set less ambitious writing goals for the month, but goals nonetheless. Oh, and I also appointed myself head cheerleader for all my NaNo writing buddies out there. Go! Write! Team!

    • November 6, 2011 10:26 am

      Happy Birthday to you too! It sounds like your kids didn’t suffer for Halloween! I’m sure you did alright. Thanks for the encouragement on Nano. I can see where a neck surgery might put that task on hold. Hope you’re doing better!

  7. November 3, 2011 7:03 am

    Love the costume! She’s a great fairy princess.

    I’m up to 4,000 words so far for NaNo. Chugging along!

    • November 6, 2011 10:26 am

      Good for you, Shary! I’m not that far along. But I’m writing and that’s what counts, right?

  8. November 3, 2011 7:22 am

    Wonderful costume Leah – Sophie looks beautiful like her mom. And good luck with NaNoWrMo – cant’ wait to hear how ti goes!

    • November 6, 2011 10:27 am

      Ah, thanks, Susan. I’ll keep you posted!

  9. November 3, 2011 7:33 am

    I LOVE fairy princess costumes! Many good memories! I’m editing a draft this month so not doing NaNoWriMo but I’m envious!! Have fun!

    • November 6, 2011 10:27 am

      That’s great that you’re editing a draft — certainly an accomplishment.

  10. November 3, 2011 10:52 am

    Sophie is the prettiest princess ever! 🙂 And send some candy over my way please? 🙂

    • November 6, 2011 10:27 am

      I would be more than happy to send you some candy. We have tons of it!

  11. November 3, 2011 11:24 am

    Your November sounds like lots o’fun! Good luck with NaNoWriMo!! I’ll be eager to hear how you like this challenge? I was seriously considering participating this year, as I never have, but alas, we are still reeling from post-flood fun 🙂

    And what a Pretty Pretty Princess! (Have you played this game w/Sophie? If not you should run out & get it My girls LOVED it!)

    • November 6, 2011 10:28 am

      Thanks, Denise. I had not heard of that game. Will check it out — thanks for the recommendation. We’ll see how I do with NaNo!

  12. November 3, 2011 11:35 am

    That’s one beeuutiful fairy princess! (Good candy haul, too.)

    Good luck with the Nano, Leah!

    • November 6, 2011 10:28 am

      Thanks, Cynthia. Truth be told, there is quite a bit more candy left. I think it may be here until after Christmas at this rate!

  13. November 3, 2011 12:22 pm

    Yeah for you Leah! It is a lot of work if you stop and think about it (the daily word count) but you’ll find it’s also soothing in a strange sort of twisted way only a writer would say and feel. I did it last year (I had to finish my book) and used Nano as a way to do accomplish this.. Turns out it gave me a bigger gift… hmm, addiction maybe, the need to write every day. Enjoy your month and the writing.

    • November 6, 2011 10:29 am

      Thanks, Brenda. I’m trying not to concentrate so much on the word count and rather the task itself. Just putting the words down has been great.

  14. November 3, 2011 1:02 pm

    Beautiful photo of you both and all the best with the novel and Happy Birthday’s and Thanksgiving, wow and then it’ll be almost Christmas!

    • November 6, 2011 10:30 am

      Thanks, Claire. I know — can you believe it’s almost Christmas? Yikes!

  15. November 3, 2011 6:49 pm

    She is sweeter than candy! Congratulations on your NaNoWriMo! That’s way cool! Also, happy early birthday to everyone! It IS a busy month!

    • November 6, 2011 10:30 am

      Thanks, Ann. I like November because there is lots going on and it always seems short. Then a few weeks until Christmas and Chanukah!

  16. November 3, 2011 10:28 pm

    First of all, little Sophie is so cute! 🙂 And I love that she’s sitting on a pumpkin. And secondly, I took down all my Halloween decorations too. Time to move on to the next holiday! And third — you can do it! You can write your novel. You’ve had great practice with this blog, and you’re right, there’s lots of support here.

    What’s it going to be about?

    • November 6, 2011 10:32 am

      I’m so glad you agree about moving from one holiday to another. Thanksgiving decor is now all around. Thanks for the encouragement on the novel. It’s been fun actually putting all these thoughts down on paper, even if it’s not the precise word count. I don’t want to talk too much about what it’s about. But I will say it’s memoir that I will likely fictionalize. About certain aspects of my life with a humorous twist. I’ll keep you posted!

  17. November 3, 2011 11:13 pm

    Are you already going through Halloween withdrawal? Or have you already started counting the days until next October? It won’t be the same without all your Halloween posts. At least fall is not over yet and there’s still Thanksgiving!

    • November 6, 2011 10:32 am

      No, in fact, I’m glad to see October gone. I was ready to move on this year. Full speed ahead to Thanksgiving and the winter celebrations.

  18. November 4, 2011 7:15 am

    Your daughter looks adorable in her costume! Love that you’re attempting NaNoWriMo. It’s good for me to know someone else who is doing it. Day 4 and I have to say that I’m looking at what I’ve written and how much is left to go and I’m feeling kinda nervous. 50,000 words will be the longest thing I’ve written to date and I’m scared that I don’t have that many words in me. My husband says I definitely do, but I’m freaking out a little bit. One day at a time, right?

    Best wishes on your book. I’d love to ‘friend’ you on the NaNoWriMo site, but I’m not even sure how. My user name is FringeGirl incase you get it figured out. Happy November!

    • November 6, 2011 10:34 am

      Thanks for the encouragement. I know what you mean about the word count feeling daunting. I’m trying to concentrate more on content and getting stuff written rather than the actual number of words. I’m under leahsthoughts on NaNoWriMo. I’ll look for you too.

  19. November 4, 2011 9:10 pm

    I just don’t know how you have time to do everything Leah. You must be a high energy person to cope with so much. I wouldn’t even attempt Na-No-Wri-Mo as I’d HAVE to follow through no matter what and put a ton of extra pressure on myself. Anyway, I’m glad for those you are doing it because I know they’ll find it a worthwhile endeavour. I wanted to let you know I made cake pops tonight (chocolate ones) as kids no. 1 and 4 are visiting with their dad tomorrow. I know they’re going to love them, so thank you again for the receipe!

    • November 6, 2011 10:53 am

      I really don’t know how I do it, which is probably why I was exhausted this past week. I’m excited to try NaNo more to see what I do, rather than the number of words. We’ll see. How did your family like the cake pops?!

  20. November 5, 2011 1:11 pm

    I just love that little girl!

  21. November 5, 2011 9:04 pm

    Leah, Sophie looks precious! What a beautiful fairy princess! It sounds like you have a full plate with the month of November. I love staying busy since time seems to go by quickly, and sometimes, that’s a good thing. I will be cheering for you as you incorporate yourself into the NaNoWriMo challenge. Go get ’em! 🙂

    • November 6, 2011 10:55 am

      Thanks, Bella. And thanks for the NaNo encouragement! I’ll let you know how it goes.

  22. November 6, 2011 4:26 am

    I was just following some links about NaNoWriMo and found myself here, but I wanted to tell you your fairy princess looked ADORABLE! Happy post-Halloween! It sounds like you’re gearing up for a fantastic November.

    Good luck! And, Happy Writing!

    • November 6, 2011 10:55 am

      Thanks so much, Emily. And thanks for visiting. Looking forward to checking out your blog too. Good luck with NaNo!

  23. November 6, 2011 3:57 pm

    Most beautiful fairy princess ever! Good luck on NaNo.

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