Monday, November 25, 2013

Sharing in November



Our posts this month are themed “Sharing” on the Write...Edit...Publish Blogfest   which is hosted monthly by Denise Covey. Our list is growing, so if you’d like to participate, or just visit and read, click on the link!

This month I’ve noticed that many folks have shared the traditions that they follow with their families on  Thanksgiving. I thought about our traditions and found we don’t have too many. When it comes to food, my mother makes dressing and fights with my brother-in-law about who makes the turkey. (LOL!) My bro-in-law is a great cook, so is my mother and my “other” dad and so we always eat well during the holidays. But we don’t have traditions in that we do the same thing every year. Take this year, my husband and I will stay home and celebrate “the” day with very dear friends who are adopted family. And so, we will discover new things to do, new things to eat and it will be a new way of celebrating what we are thankful for.
Mary Burton and me
I’m looking forward to it because I’ve spent the vast majority of this month right here, in front of this computer, spewing words in a daily feast of creation, producing, as Mary Burton calls it, my “sloppy draft” of a new novel. The last few years I’ve spent revising two novels. This is the first sloppy draft I’ve done in way too long. I thank the month of November and those who help put together NaNoWriMo, so that I could profit from it this year. I was afraid of it. Thought it would be too difficult to put 50,000 words down in one month.  I am proud to share with you that I was very, very wrong. I’m now at 75,666 words and today is the 30th day of the month. This story flowed from me with an ease that makes me know it was meant to be told. I put the speed of the writing down in part to the conference I went to in October (battery recharge), to the workshop giving by Mary Burton and the fact that I actually wrote an outline of what I thought I could do with the month of November before I started the actual writing.

Mary Burton, Author
In this month of sharing, I am aware of being thankful, truly grateful, for the chance to write as I love to write, to have a family I cherish, friends whom I love and who love me, and that even when I find something to worry about (I’m a serial worrier), I am deeply blessed.
Happy Thanksgiving. May you each be encircled with happiness and love... and, if you need some lovin’ and happiness, I don’t mind sharing. You’re welcome to some of mine!






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16 comments:

  1. Hey Lisa. I'm glad I popped by again. I thought you'd somehow missed the post. A lot of others probably thought the same. I'm sorry that no one has commented as this is such a lovely sharing post.

    I loved reading about your traditions too. Happy Thanksgiving!

    The December TRADITIONS linky is already up at WEP as I'm heading off to Europe in a few days and need to get everything happening!

    I'll try to alert others to the fact that you have posted!! Everyone was keen this month and the posts all tended to be on the early side...

    Denise

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  2. Thanks Denise! Now that I'm almost done with my novel writing for nanowrimo, I'm going to go visiting all the blogs I usually read. I'll be up my link shortly for December.

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  3. Hi Lisa,

    How did I miss this...I'm so sorry it has taken this long to arrive. I might say it's to do with my hectic life of being a celebrity. Then again, delusion is over.

    I'm reckoning that you had a very peaceful Thanksgiving. Spending a nice, hopefully relaxed time with your dear friends aka adopted family, I'm sure was just the positive tonic.

    We need those moments away from the computer screen. And NaNo, I wont make mention of the Mork from Ork challenge.

    A peaceful rest of your weekend, Lisa.

    In kindness,

    Gary :)

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    1. Hey Gary, so nice to "read" you! Thanks for coming by. I read about Mork from Ork! I made it anyway, LOL. Hope you aren't freezing!

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  4. Hi Lisa, thanks for sharing this special day, it's always fascinating to read about other peoples traditions and culture. Well done on writing that first draft on NaNoWriMo!

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    1. Thanks so much Jenny. It was a labor of love, really. Now I'm trying to find out what I'll write about for Traditions, being that we change our so often!

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  5. Hi LIsa. Thanks for being a good sport about this. I see you have linked for TRADITIONS. Excellent. Make sure you tell us when you post this time won't you? I feel really bad that your post was missed in November.

    I didn't get my NaNo novel finished. Too much preparing to travel, but I got over 30K and tons of research awaiting when I return in 5 weeks!

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    1. Yea! For getting those 30,000 in! I SO hope you have a wonderful trip. And no worries, after I visited all the others blogs, they visited me too! See, better late than never!

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  6. Good luck with your book! I am sure it will be a good one!

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    1. Thank you George, I hope so! I have to do the edits on a previous novel shortly, so I miss the writing and might have to go back and do a little messing with it anyway...

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  7. Congrats Lisa! It's not so hard after all, is it? I love the "sloppy first draft" mentality cuz we can't fix something that's not there. :D

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    1. Yes, PK. This is the first time I've ever enjoyed a first "sloppy" draft! I almost can't wait for next November!

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  8. Hi Lisa - one week on .. I hope you had a gloriously peaceful fun filled day with friends and family - sounds good to me. Congratulations on finishing off your 'sloppy first draft' - as PK says you can't fix what ain't there ...

    Enjoy the coming month and future edits and more writing .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary! So glad to see your face. Love the photo and you look like you had so much fun that day... Hope your week was wonderful too.

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  9. Congrats on the novel! A heartwarming post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Nilanjana! I'm feeling the lack of writing now and can't wait to get back to it...

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