NaBloPoMo…the final day!


It’s the last day of November, and time to take stock of the whole NaBloPoMo experience.  I was mostly successful.  I just went through my posts and it looks like I managed a total of 24 posts for the month, between my two blogs.  Not too shabby for a person who typically posts 2-3 times a month!  Here are some things I have discovered over the course of the last 30 days:

  • Having a given deadline/target/etc. definitely improves my writing habits.  While NaBloPoMo is really just an arbitrary “deadline” and there is no real consequence if I did not write, having the “contest” hanging over my head forced me to write.
  • Feeling the need to write every day did not particularly raise the quality of my writing, however.  I had several posts that were just photos or links to videos, and I felt those were cop-out posts.  I put them there for the sake of posting something.
  • When I write more often, I get more ideas.  They definitely creep up out of the woodwork.  This is good to remember, and hopefully will cause me to post more often in the future.
  • I got quite a few new followers during November–particularly for my Arbitrary Flights of Fancy blog, which had been languishing in a virtual blogging no-man’s land up until now.  But they don’t seem to be particularly active followers.  My tried and true followers were the ones who continued to “like” my posts and comment on them.  Love you guys!!  I do wish to extend a hearty welcome to the newcomers.  I hope you stay with me.  I promise to make a valiant effort to write more often, keeping an eye to the quality.
  • I found some great new blogs to read and some new writing communities.  Blogher and YeahWrite are communities I hope to stay active in now that November has come to an end.
  • I wrote some posts of which I am truly proud during this month, despite what I felt to be the forced nature of the writing.  If you haven’t been reading all month, here are my favorites:  A Nice Cup of Tea, Numbers, The Healing Has Begun, The Reverse Bucket List, and My Peaceful Place.

I hope you enjoyed taking this blogging journey with me.  I’ll see you in December!


And so it begins…

The holiday season.

Many of you have been looking forward to the holidays.  Thoughts of turkeys roasting, pies baking, shopping madness, and time spent with family and friends have you filled with nostalgic happiness.

I normally am a big fan of the holidays.  But I’ve been dreading this particular holiday season for quite some time now.  And now here it is upon us and I’m not sure how I feel. More

NaBloPoMo…Day 27

I have been a naughty NaBloPo-mite, and haven’t posted in a few days. For this I apologize profusely. In penance, I have written a longer post than usual over at Arbitrary Flights of Fancy. I think it’s a good one. It’s a chance for you to get to know a little bit more about what makes me tick. Enjoy!



I am feeling a bit perkier today, as promised.  It’s getting to be a particularly difficult time of the year, and I am having trouble remembering the hope.  I needed to see this today.


Needing the weekend

Ugh, it’s been a long week. I don’t have anything particularly profound to blog about tonight. I’m upset by things at my work. One of my kiddos has gotten himself into real trouble and I’m sad and disappointed and feeling like I should have done more to help him. It’s so hard to know what kids are really thinking.

Then there are adults looking for quick fixes and back doors around policies that are in place for good reasons.  Sniping at each other and complaining about things that don’t need to be complained about.  Basically, acting worse than the children.

I love my job, but it’s so hard sometimes and it doesn’t come without a cost.

I think it’s time to curl up on the couch and try to refuel.  Have a good night everyone.

I will be perkier tomorrow, I promise. 🙂


photo credit: Lel4nd via photopin cc

NaBloPoMo Day 21

You’re just going to have to go read this one for yourself. I apologize ahead of time!! Mr. One Woman has a crude sense of humor. 🙂

Be Amazing…

You know you want to 🙂

rules for being amazing

NaBloPoMo…what are we up to??? Day 18???

Today’s post is a pretty darned good one if I do say so myself. It lends itself to discussion, so for heaven’s sake, leave a comment!!!! Check it out at Arbitrary Flights of Fancy. It’s all about words. We’re all writers here…what could be more interesting than words?

The Rape of Men

***I am placing a huge trigger warning on this one. The article I have linked to is very graphic and extremely upsetting. Please, please, be careful reading it if you are a survivor.*** More

NaBloPoMo Day 15

Today’s post is over at Arbitrary Flights of Fancy. Read about my evening commute. It’s more interesting than it sounds…really!

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