So that was November?

These days every month seems to pass in a flash, but November takes the prize for me this year. Probably because my main focus was NaNoWriMo (a yearly event that challenges you to write a 50,000 first draft of a novel in one month). I’m extremely happy to report that I hit that goal. Yay! And a double yay to my fellow NaNo-ers Jillian and Kit who also came in well ahead of schedule. We rock, ladies 🙂 (nothing like a bit of self-congratulatory rhetoric, ha!)

Working toward that goal was harder some days than others, but what I found interesting was how it kind of solidified my process. I’ve been writing for many years and I’m usually a sit down and just write kind of gal, but lately I’ve noticed that word sprints are my bag. Word sprints consist of setting a timer for however long you want to write (or whatever task you want to accomplish), in my case twenty five minutes, and then not stopping until the timer goes off. Then you can take a short break (five minutes) to get up and stretch, make a cuppa, sweep the floor, you get the drift, before heading back to the keyboard and setting the timer again. It’s worked so well for me and really keeps me focused, so I’ll continue to work this way in the future.

When I wasn’t writing, November has been a month for walks in the local woods. My happy place. I think we’ve had everything weather-wise this month here in the UK – gorgeous sunshine, rain, fog, rain, frosty mornings, rain, and yes, even more rain. And with rain comes mud, mud, and even more mud. Happy days. It was during one very rainy, muddy walk that I discovered my sturdy boots leaked (thank goodness for Black Friday sales 🙂

One day I checked to make sure nobody was around and then had a very happy time amusing myself kicking up leaves as high as I could. Well, it made me happy. It wasn’t long before an inquisitive little girl made her way back from her own explorations to see what her crazy mummy was up to 🙂

Can you spot Vivvy in the photo?

Anyway, I hope everyone has had a good November and taken the opportunity to enjoy the month whatever you have been up to (and a belated Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends).

I want to just finish this blog with a heartwarming video I spotted on Facebook this last week. You might have seen it, but here it is below. It’s a mamma chimp reunited with her baby after she thought the baby had died. In reality the baby had been whisked away for life-saving treatment. That is one adoring and beautiful mamma. I admit to shedding a happy tear while watching, and even AJ was clearing his throat a few times. Best with the sound on…

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11 responses to “So that was November?

  1. Ahh, what a great video. And acting like a kid, kicking up leaves…it’s the perfect Autumn endeavor at ANY age. Though I did have to search a bit to find Miss Vivvy. CONGRATULATIONS on winning Nano. To you and Kit and Jillian! That is no easy feat.

  2. Look at you living your best life kicking up leaves! I love it. Fun!! and yay on NaNo for all three of us. Back pats all around. I had a hard time finding Miss Vivvy! LOL Sprints are my thing too. I love them. AND I saw that video earlier– so sweet. Mama’s love! Jillian

  3. I found Vivvy pretty quickly and love the word picture you painted of playing in the leaves.

    You, Jillian and Kit major impressed me with your NaNo accomplishment. And I am with you on sprints. I think of Jamie Davenport a fellow author as she introduced me to them. Thank you Jamie!!!

  4. Liked – “One day I checked to make sure nobody was around and then had a very happy time amusing myself kicking up leaves as high as I could. Well, it made me happy.”

  5. Well done on NaNo! Kicking up leaves is what Autumn is all about. That and jumping in puddles is what keeps us young!

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