Whoosh… there goes November…

I hope everyone Stateside had a lovely Thanksgiving. November has gone by in a flash (well, let’s face it, most of this year has done the same), but since I’ve been especially busy, it has seemed the shortest month of the year so far.

First, I’ve been occupied with NaNoWriMo, and managing to keep my head above the sea of words as I battle toward the 50,000 finish line. Although I’ve done NaNo before, this year has been a bit of a struggle. The words haven’t wanted to come and sometimes it’s felt like pulling teeth. But nearly there and just a few thousand words left to write as I type this post. Although the conventional thing to do is to write the first draft of a new novel during the month, I’ve been a little unorthodox and used the 50,000 words to finish a story that’s been around for a few years now, plus written a short novella, and started another one. It feels like I’ve been very productive, but I have to admit I’ll be glad to hit that 50,000 and ease off a bit.

Second, I’ve tried to balance all the brain work with some physical activity.  Walking Ms. Vivvy is always a pleasure and trudging through fields always helps with the creative process, especially with the new voice recorder app on my phone. I often wonder what would happen if someone overheard me dictating into the machine, especially the love scenes 🙂

Then, thanks to a special monthly deal at the local sports centre (ahem* even more special if you’re a senior *ahem) we’ve been trying out a variety of teacher-led classes and also a new venture for the centre, Les Mills virtual sessions. So far we’ve sampled total body tone, fitness yoga, legs/bums/tums, coreX, body balance and sh’bam (phew, that one was a killer). This week it’s zumba, which I’m not too sure about to be honest.

But my real love has to be the adult ballet classes. There was much excitement last week when our teacher introduced some very intense foot exercises, told us we weren’t beginners any longer, and bandied around the words en pointe. That led to much speculation that we would soon be dancing on our toes like real ballerinas. Our excitement was soon dimmed when she introduced a new arm position and said ‘your left hand should be lowered to just above the height of your ‘tutu’. We all went quiet after that, as visions of prancing back to the car park after class while wearing our new ‘tutus’ took on nightmarish proportions. There were cries of ‘not in a million years‘ and ‘I’d never find one to fit me’, amongst other things.  Of course, our teacher was only joking…we hope!

Have a great last week of November …




8 responses to “Whoosh… there goes November…

  1. Well done on NaNo, Tricia. You’re close. You can make it! And I, like you, did a hybrid NaNo. Half of one story and half of another. And ballet? I took it years ago, for a short time. I was still way past tutu age when I took the class, but I loved it. I hope it continues to bring you joy.

  2. Okaaaay Lady, if your instructor wasn’t joking you have to, seriously have to, post pictures. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I’m with you with time passing so quickly, in that respect I’d like to flip back a few years (quiet a few years) when it seemed like forever between Christmas’s. Now I blink and the month is gone. And, seasons … not going there.

    Congrats on the NaNo achievement. Laurie’s right a hibred version of NaNo.

    • Ha, Lavada. She’d better be joking, but if not there will be no photos on pain of her demise, LOL And yes, I can remember when Christmases were a long time between. Heady days 🙂

  3. Whoosh indeed! You are amazing. So much in one month and NaNo!! I can’t stop the TuTu image running in my head. What a woman. X

  4. LOL, Janey. Get that tutu-bearing image out of your head right this minute! 🙂

  5. Glad you made good use of the NaNo experience! Way to go!! and as someone who took ballet for 12 years, good for you! And en pointe is lots of fun! 🙂 Jillian

  6. Great news on completing NaNo. I know something good will emerge from all your efforts. 😉

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