‘Tis the season


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Goodness gracious, where did this year go? It seems like only yesterday I was training myself to write 2011 instead of 2010. Thanks to online banking, I write few checks anymore, so it takes until April or May for me to make the written transition into a new year. Then, in no time it seems, it’s time to do it all over again. Tomorrow is December 1st. I’ve done a little holiday shopping, but usually, by this time of the year, I’m finished, and sometimes, I even have the gifts wrapped. Okay, I seldom have them wrapped, but I usually have the wrapping paper on hand and could have them wrapped. Because I have to mail so many of our gifts, I need to get busy or there will be…
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Did it!


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NaNo for me is OVER--at least it is for me. I officially reached my 50,000 words at 12:40 yesterday. Woo hoo! I validated it, got my badge, and patted myself on the back for finishing NaNoWriMo three days early. My novel is no where near complete, but the good news is I still love the story and the words are flowing. Once it’s written, I’ve learned, comes the really difficult part. Editing. Rewriting. Re-editing. Re-rewriting. After doing that a dozen or so times, I can submit it to my critique groups, and when they’ve ripped it to shreds, it goes to beta readers. So 50,000 words is only a drop in the bucket, but it’s a start. Since I’ve been planning this one in my head for months, I needed…
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It’s a boy!


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We found out our first grandchild will be a boy! Grayson Herb Elam, due to make his appearance sometime in March. His daddy is deployed to Afghanistan and his Mommy is preparing for his arrival at their home in Hawaii. Do you think Hubby and I'll be going to Hawaii in the spring? You betcha! Here are some pictures of the handsome young man. (I just know he's handsome. He can't miss with his mom and dad!) Is it just me, or do these make you smile?   ~ Kay  
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING


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  THANKSGIVING GREETINGS   I have so much for which I am thankful. Tomorrow, and everyday, I will thank God for my many blessings. Safe travels if you are making a trip this holiday weekend. ~Kay
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Another NaNo Update


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  Finally! I've got a little breathing room. After a productive weekend, I'm more than a day ahead on the writing schedule. Never mind that I'd hoped to be seven days ahead because of Thanksgiving and vacation. I'll take what I can get whenever I can get it. The muses are working overtime and the story is coming together. When I get bogged down, I've started skipping that part to come back to write later. I've never done that before, but it is working well for me. I simply do that section in a colored font to signal it isn't finished. I'm sure a lot of people do this, but right now, I'm feeling pretty brilliant. Here's another NaNo cartoon. Enjoy! 'Til Wednesday Kay    
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Friday, another Writeday


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It's a beautiful, sunny (but cold, really cold) day in Nashville. I’m looking out the window at the gorgeous sunshine and having trouble keeping my butt in my writing chair. I think I'll run a few errands this morning to satisfy my need for sunlight (and maybe take some extra Vitamin D pills). Then back to the keyboard. We’ve had several rainy, dreary days this week, which came at a good time for my writing. I had to get out for tap class, but that was pretty much the only time I left home. I’m still on target with my word count and should cross 30,000 today. If only I could keep myself from getting lost in the research. It’s so interesting. I had done some of it before the start…
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Half way there . . . barely


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Yesterday was the midpoint for NaNoWriMo and I made it -- barely. I screeched by with a little over 25,000 words in my quest to to the 50k mark. I kind-of-sort-of got lost doing some research. Fun, but it doesn't add to the count. Next update on Friday. I hope to see you then. ~ Kay
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NaNo update — Right on Schedule (finally!)


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  I got three days behind last week, but had a writing marathon Saturday and got caught up. Whew! Here’s my current standing. I hope to stay on top of my writing this week and get way ahead next weekend. Things are getting exciting in my book. How is yours going?   NANOWRIMO GOAL 50,000 words NANOWRIMO words written through yesterday 21,800 NANOWRIMO target through yesterday 21,671 NANOWRIMO words remaining 28,200 I hope you have a productive week. Kay
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Thank you to our Veterans — today and every day


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Happy Veteran’s Day Especially to my own fabulous veterans: Hubby, Dad, Bother-in-law, and Cousins   An extra-special thank you to three extraordinary young men who will one day be veterans    Drew Step-son, Active duty, Afghanistan (please keep him in your prayers)   Sean Cousin, Commanding Officer, NIOC Pensacola, Florida   David Cousin, Active duty, Bremerton, Washington
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Exciting News! Baker’s Dozen!


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Right smack in the middle (well, not quite the middle, more like the first third) of NaNoWriMo, something really cool happened that totally distracted me from my NANO word count. At 13,375 words I'm on track, but barely, and every single thing I wrote yesterday was crap. Seriously. So what happened? Monday, I found out I'm one of twenty-five authors (adult genres) selected for something called the Baker's Dozen. The Baker's Dozen is the brainchild of a super-duper blogger/author known only as “the Authoress.” Part of her allure is the mystery of her identity, but that’s just a hook. People keep returning to her website because she does great things for aspiring authors. In addition to the annual Baker’s Dozen (which began last year), she hosts an almost monthly Secret Agent…
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