Halloween Wrap-up and My November Challenge

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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