Camp Nanowrimo – Writing Frenzy!

I’ve been NaNoWriMo-ing it this summer!

If you are a writer who needs some motivation, definitely check out Nanowrimo (November) and Camp Nanowrimo (June and August).

I participated for the first time this June in Camp Nano and am getting very excited that I’m finally making progress on my writing.¬†The goal of Nanowrimo is to write 50,ooo words in 30 days. Yep. Quite a bold goal.

I didn’t get to the 50k goal, but happy enough to get a total of SIX new chapters for my memoirs!!! My memoirs have been quite dusty these days and I’m just happy to make ANY progress. So I feel VICTORIOUS!!

In my excitement to get back into my memoirs, I decided to push myself even further by creating a website to track my progress, keep myself accountable, and simply do something FUN to motivate me forward.

So…

What has lit this fire? Why am I doing this when I already have a full time job, two kids, and a developing side-biz? Am I not busy enough already?

Um… yeah.

But here’s the thing…

I promised myself I’d finish my memoir by the time my kids were old enough to read it… and my almost-seven-year-old¬†daughter is already reading grade 2 level chapter books, so I am seriously running out of time!!!

So a big thanks to Camp Nano for the motivation!

Since Nanowrimo is a FREE service, and helps motivate kids as well as adults, I have a donations page for Nanowrimo that I should share with you in case you would like to donate to help them out. HERE IS THE LINK.

Here’s a little video I made about my experience back in June, with really BAD hair, and wearing my jammies:

A “Thank You” to My Angel, Rose

This week has been very difficult with the kids. It’s one of those weeks that has been so frustrating, I feel like blasting myself to the moon just to breathe. I know the kids pick up on my tension, especially my daughter, Rose. Rose quite often is my God-by-Proxy person in my life. I am certain God uses her as a conduit to give me just the message I need. This has happened many times in my life with Rose, and it happened again this week. It was amazing.

I was fuming mad at both the kids for not listening and not getting along with each other. It was bedtime and I was ready to say goodnight and get some time to myself. I asked Rose over and over to please pick out a story for bedtime and to hurry (before I lost it completely). She finally decided on a Peanuts comic book and flipped to the comic she wanted me to read when we were finally settled in her bed for story time. As I began reading, I joked to her that I felt just like Lucy, and we both tried to laugh about it. When Linus gives her his sweet-heart line at the end, I stared at her with amazement, smiled big, and kissed her on the top of her head.

“Rose,” I said to her, “I think you’re more than just a person. You’re an angel.”

We hugged and I read her more that night than I planned to, happy to have my mood suddenly changed with a warmed heart again.

Just had to write about this and share this same comic with any others out there who are having a hard day!