The Obligatory NaNoWriMo Blog Post

So…I’m trying this NaNoWriMo thing again!

In which Aimee loses her mind, yet again.

In which Aimee loses her mind, yet again.

If you’ve been reading for quite some time, you may remember that I NaNo’d two years ago.  It was the first I had ever heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for those of you who may not know) and I was very excited.  While I did not write the requisite 50,000 words, I did indeed write around 10,000.  I felt pretty darned good about that.

Then the following year, I tried NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month or something like that) where you vow to write a blog post each day throughout the month of November.  This was more successful, and I think I posted 26 posts out of the 30 days.

What I found out doing Nano the first time was that I am totally not prepared to write an actual novel.  So I’m bending the extremely flexible Nano rules this time and writing a collection of short stories.  This suits my writing style better and I feel I will be much more successful.

I won’t go on and on, but keep your eye on the widget in the sidebar.  It should update my wordcount throughout the month.  I’ve got 1800 or so words for this first day.  Anyone care to join me????

Aimee (who you may or may not hear from for the next 30 days!)

 

NaBloPoMo…the final day!

NaBloPoMo

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!

Aimee

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!

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!

The Healing Has Begun


© 2010 Matthew West, Sparrow Records

I’m just back from Wednesday night choir practice at the church, so I thought a song might be appropriate tonight.  You know how I love the songs!  This is another song from Matthew West, a great Contemporary Christian singer.  What I love about his songs is that even non-Christians can find meaning and comfort in them.  This one, “The Healing Has Begun,” has a very uplifting message. More

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