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Football, Flurries, and Fifty-Thousand Words

Wow. November is drawing to a close and with it three milestones starting with the letter ‘F’:

  1. FOOTBALL! The CFL’s Grey Cup was played on Sunday, and although my team didn’t make it to the big game, I thoroughly enjoyed what will probably go down in history as one of the craziest upsets ever. The Toronto Argonauts came back in the final minutes to beat the highly favoured Calgary Stampeders in a wintery snow bowl. I felt bad for the Stamps, since the game was freakishly reminiscent of their loss last year, but on the other hand, kudos to Ricky Ray for becoming the first starting quarterback in CFL history to win four Grey Cups.

2. Fifty Thousand: Yes, I love football, but I also love writing and this year I finished ‘Nanowrimo’ for the seventh time. I clocked in my 50,000 words earlier today on a project I have loosely named ”Teaching Memoirs’ since it includes a large segment on my time teaching Drama as well as quite a bit on my time homeschooling. I’m not sure exactly where it will go from here, but I’m looking forward to editing it and seeing what happens. (Nanowrimo stands for ‘National Novel Writing Month – where people from around the world sign up to write 50,000 words in the month of November.)

3. The final ‘F’ for this post – Flurries – lots of them! We have been locked into a snowy world for about three weeks now, and as you can see from the pictures of the Grey Cup game on Sunday, it looks like we’re not the only part of the country to be experiencing these above average snowfalls so early in the season. My husband has shovelled our driveway at least ten times (not exaggerating) and it isn’t letting up. A ‘White Christmas’ is a no-brainer around these parts!

Still Nano-ing

This month I am participating in my seventh ‘Nanowrimo’. I tell you this so that you will have some mercy when it comes to me posting on this blog!

For those who don’t know (cause you’ve been in some kind of closet somewhere, or on another planet, or maybe just watching too much TV…) Nanowrimo is short for ‘National Novel Writing Month’ and it happens every November. ‘Wannabe’ and seasoned writers alike sign up to write 50,000 words in thirty days. It sounds daunting at first, but I’ve come to love the fresh sense of enthusiasm I feel each year, not to mention the satisfaction of getting those 50,000 words down. Usually it’s not pretty. (It’s a pretty rough, in fact, but it often does have potential.)

My NEIGHBOURS Series came out of a Nano frenzy, as have several other novels I am in the stages of editing and getting ready to publish. Last year i started on NEIGHBOURS II during nano month but didn’t get it finished, so I am using my time (and 50,000 words) to get that complete, hopefully and ready for publication after Christmas. (A daunting task, I won’t lie, but I’m trying to watch less TV, too.)

So here is to all those ‘nano’ enthusiasts out there! (And to all the potential readers who might benefit.)


My very first Nano badge from 2010!


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