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This past week has been crazy

Since leaving my job, I have been working on my Nano project- which turned into a short story I will be putting out somehow when I get it finished and a novel I am wanting to self publish when I get it finished. I have decided that, instead of trying the traditional route, I’m going to go ahead and self publish. I’m still looking into the different platforms but I still have time.

On top of that, I’m trying to prepare Bethcessories for the holidays- including my first print advertisement for local business. My word count for Nano is suffering, but my businesses are picking up right now. I guess you always have to sacrifice one thing for another. In the very near future, I’m going to be working more on my DIYmommy page, I’m trying to come up with a good domain for it since DIY mommy is taken. I want this to be different from this website but I’m not sure what to name it.

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Day 3 and I’m crushing my wordcount

I’m 3 days in, 2 of those have been long work days and day 1 my minimonster was as crazy as she could be- so I had to mop the craft room and then kitchen and couldn’t get much typing done until they went to bed.

I’m past the 5000 mark, about to hit 6 and as of Friday, I’ll be unemployed for a spell, so I’ll crush this challenge.

I have decided on 2 different projects- 1 was a short story then I decided on a full novel I’m working on now. The fantasy is almost done but I’m moving that to the side.

The longer one, i definitely want to publish when I finish, but just a few thousand words in and I’m already jealous of my main character.

I really do need to quit this only writing in November thing- I need to keep myself in the habit of writing daily and actually finish these rough drafts I have been procrastinating on.

If my blog isn’t as active- it’s because of my shop plus Nano, holiday prep and more than likely whatever job I end up working next.

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Looking back through my life I am learning

I just left my second longest job.

2 1/2 years and I left.

I enjoyed working there and I’ll miss my coworkers, but I needed to move on.

As I’ve been applying for jobs and working on leaving my comfort zone, I have had some job apps asking for my full employment history. It had me going through and recounting and made me realize something. I have burned out on nearly everything but two stay in my mind.

Skincare and writing. My first job was in high school. It was my longest running job and only ended because I went to college. It gave me a firm love of writing articles. I loved pitching, researching, interviewing and writing. I loved taking the pictures for the articles and attending the meetings. I loved everything about it.

Back in 2011, I was looking at a website devoted to 30 day challenges where I ran across NANOWRIMO which quickly became my favorite month. It gave me a fierce obsession with writing and as soon as I finished the rough draft of my first, inspiration quickly hit me and I started a new draft. Then another.

The first was my first win and so far, only, but I have planned and started yearly since. This year will be my 7th year doing it and will be my second win. I have a finished rough draft of a short story from a few years ago and am planning the next several in the series. Once I get all 7 finished, I’m planning on publishing the full short story series and releasing it.

I read a lot about finding and following your passion and finally realized I found mine a long time ago. I’m a big advocate of following your passion, I guess now is a better time than never for me to listen to myself.

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30 Day Writing Challenge

Instead of just simply challenging myself to write 30 posts, I think I’m going to come up with a writing challenge. This is a way of trying to help myself with coming up with topics and warming up my writing skills in a variety of topics. I’ll make this challenge public to see if anyone would be interested in joining me.

This exact challenge will be started on June 1, 2018 and anyone who is interested is welcome to jump in.

The goal of

Day 1- introduction to the challenge

Day 2- personal story

Day 3- post about a pet (current or growing up, if you have never had a per, someone else’s that you knew)

Day 4- post about a childhood pet

Day 5- Another animal related post, could even be a recipe

Day 6- your favorite recipe

Day 7- free day (anything you want)

Day 8- Family story from growing up

Day 9- Story about your mom

Day 10- story about your dad

Day 11- post a review on your favorite album

Day 12- review about your favorite movie

Day 13- review about your favorite book

Day 14- free day

Day 15- create a short story- any subject

Day 16- everyone has an area of expertise, write an educational piece about yours

Day 17- what is your dream job?

Day 18- talk about your hobbies. Which is your favorite?

Day 19- if you’re a parent, pick a topic and write about it. If you’re not a parent, free day- pick a topic and write about it

Day 20- pick your favorite animal and write an educational post about it.

Day 21- what is a favorite memory?

Day 22- write a poem

Day 23- write some song lyrics

Day 24- post a recipe you have created or modified

Day 26- pretend you’re doing a short biography on yourself

Day 27- write about gardens (or pictures of gardens you find pretty)

Day 28- what is an object you cannot live without?

Day 29- short, humorous post about any topic

Day 30- review of an appliance or item you use a lot

Day 31- review of the month challenge.