1

My Thanks to You

turkey-clip-art-cute-turkey

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate! To those who don’t, Happy Day of Lyndsy’s Gratefulness!

Thank you to all of you who are reading this. This blog may not be much to others, but it means a lot to me. I process a lot while I write and without a place to do it, thoughts would stay scrambled in my head. Somehow just talking to myself doesn’t have the same effect.

I’ve had a rough few years between loss, illness, and injury. Having you all read and support me from such distance has meant the world. I know that all of your kind thoughts and prayers have made things so much better for me than they would otherwise have been.

I have so so much to be thankful for this year. Family, friends who are like family – that’s what really matters to me in my life. Take away everything I own, and I’m still alright. None of those things will ever compare to the love and support of all of you.

While this is sort of *the* day of thanks, I hope you all have known well before this how much gratitude I have for you. I don’t ever want to take for granted the love, support, good humor, and caring you all send my way.

I hope everyone has an excellent day, whether you’re spending it with family, with friends, or doing your own thing. Whether it’s eating a traditional Thanksgiving Day spread or if it’s at a restaurant having steak.

If you’re having trouble coming up with good things in your life because life is trying to kick you around a lot right now, remember that I’m here and I dig you. Let’s chat. Have some laughs. You deserve it.

Love to all of you!

30-Day Project: October Wrap-up & November

30-day Project

Hello November! My goal for October was to read for one hour every day. It didn’t always come in a one-hour block, and there were two days I didn’t read at all. However, I read 18… EIGHTEEN books this October! Even though I didn’t read an hour every day, these 18 book went a long way toward finishing my reading challenge of 100 books for the year. I was behind schedule at the beginning of October and now I am 7 books ahead of schedule! Which is good since November is all about writing.

That’s right! It’s National Novel Writing Month again! I didn’t finish last year which disappointed me. I had over 20,000 words in the first 10 days and then basically stopped. I had some personal things going on and it was a novel that should have been plotted out a bit more (murder mysteries need SOME planning). Even still, I wanted to finish. I liked what I had.

This year, after reading “2K to 10K” by Rachel Aron, I have decided to plot out my story (I did it the old fashioned way with notecards on a cork board) and then, each day before I start writing, to plot out what I want to accomplish in each chapter. After having done this for only today, I can tell that it’s going to make a big difference.

My goal for November is to write for the novel every day. To finish 50,000 words in November and “win” NaNoWriMo, I have to write at least 1,667 words per day. Today I wrote for an hour and a half and got almost 2,600 words done!

This is a novel I want to publish so I’m taking it pretty seriously. Knowing that is stressing me out more than it’s helping, but I’m tired of making excuses for myself for why things aren’t getting done. So I’m just doing it.

I am still going to try to read this month as well. To me, being a good writer comes in part from being a good reader. Every time I read a book, I’m adding more notes – don’t do this, do this, that’s a good item to add/good plot twist/etc.

If you’re interested in what I’m writing, let me know and I’ll fill you in!

Oh, I’m also going to be doing the 30 Days of Thanks! I should really focus on thanks every day of the year and perhaps once I get on a roll this month I will.