Friday, October 31, 2008

NaNoWriMo!


What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2007, we had over 100,000 participants. More than 15,000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

So, to recap:

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month's time.

Who: You! We can't do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let's write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era's most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

Still confused? Just visit the How NaNoWriMo Works page!

This is a reprint of the NaNoWriMo homepage. I will be undertaking this endeavor this month. I am going to finish my Proverbs devotional! So some of this months posts will be familiar to you and some will be new. I guess using previously written material may be cheating a bit, but I am really want to finish this project and I am using NaNoWriMo as an excuse to do it! When it is done I plan to self publish it and make it available for sale to any one who might want it. Like most of my other projects it will be philanthropic in nature as part of the proceeds from Proverbs, Particulars, and Possibilities will go to a kids mission in Ecuador.
So stay tuned in November, it is bound to be an exciting month!

As a side note, this could make a great homeschool project and they do run a kids version of this program at their site here.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Cause for concern

I've never been a big Oprah follower but I have tuned in from time to time. Once I heard she was going to create her own TV network I got a more than a bit nervous. Now there is some real cause for concern. This video on You Tube explains it really well. It is also not just sound bytes strung together, these are her own words very plainly spoken and if you are a believer in Christ, than you should be more than concerned.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I'm Baaaaack!!!!!

We are moved. We have TV and now we have internet as of this morning. I had an accumulated 140 emails which I will be playing catch up with for some time. We still have a few things left at the old house and some cleaning to do, but we have settled in nicely. About half of our stuff is still in the garage and we are wondering why we even need any of it since we are perfectly happy with what is already in the house.
I have a confession as well, a good deal of what we had to move were books. Books, books, and more books. It is time to whittle down the library, especially since each library visit results in another 40 or so books.
Hopefully later today or tomorrow I will resume my blog format, but I just wanted to let anyone who might care that I was back in the blogosphere.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Offline for a bit...

Just in case anyone misses me for a bit and wonders where I am, I will be offline for a bit starting tomorrow. Hopefully I will be back online sometime next week.
Just all part of the moving process. Siiigggh!


Moving progress update: 40 percent done, 60 percent to go.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Website Wednesdays #7


Today's offerings are...

1. The Mom With Brownies :Here you will find many, many, links that could make it possible for you to homeschool for free or close to it.

2. Homeschool Share: One of the best places available to find free resources for lapbooking and unit studies.

3. Easy Test Maker:
Every so often it's okay to give a multiple choice test. Here is a place to go where you can make your own any way you want to for free.

That is all I have for you today.

Moving update: 33% done 67% to go.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Carnival of Homeschooling is Up!

My tip for you today is to take a break and mark it on your school planner as professional development, then go check out all the great ideas happening at this weeks
Carnival of Homeschooling.

We are still moving and unfortunately I do not have any inspiring tips to share with you except to maybe be careful of how much stuff you accumulate because you may eventually have to move it!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Monster Mommie Mondays #6- The Joys of Moving :(



The title of this post may be misleading, if you had heard me read it out loud you'd have heard my voice drip with sarcasm. That's one problem with writing, you can't hear the sarcasm, it must be spelled out somehow. I could not live without sarcasm.
So here we are in the midst of trying to move not just three years worth of stuff, but more like eleven because of all the stuff we brought when we moved here. My daughter's room is 15 years worth of stuff, because she will not throw anything away!!!!
Why can't there be a moving magic wand? Or a easy moving button like they have at Staples? Oh well, maybe my woes will inspire me for something for my tip Tuesday post, or at least entertain you because you have been here before as well.
The temptation is to throw everything out and start over. That is utterly wasteful. First of all, I would probably go and get more stuff(which I have no money for) and all my current stuff would end up in landfills. We will probably take quite a bit to the local church run thrift shop, and we have already had a garage sale, but there is still so much! Right now since the new house is only ten minutes away, we are taking lots of trips with small loads.
In the midst of all this, we are still homeschooling(a little), having art class, and having a birthday party on Saturday. After the party on Saturday, we will be borrowing a friends' trailer and getting all the big stuff moved over. I absolutely hate losing ground on homeschooling. It means we will have to work some on our vacations. We are seriously considering changing our schedules around and taking a break during the winter months and homeschooling through summer. Where I live it is so hot in the summer that outdoor activities are severely limited, not so in the winter where we still average 60 to 70 degree temperatures. The only thing that has kept me from doing that is the fact that we homeschool through a public school charter school and they follow a traditional school calendar. I have come very close to filing my independent homeschool affidavit several times, but the homeschool climate here in California is tumultuous and the charter provides safety. There are many of you who would warn me to be careful of trading independence for safety, and for the most part I agree, but I am allotted so much freedom as it is right now that it's hard to be super motivated to change. The day may come however...
Of course after we got quite bit of stuff out Ryan did this and we all said why move?

This would be a high rise apartment complex in Japan!

Friday, October 3, 2008

My new niece or nephew

My kids are going to have a new cousin sometime in May, so I thought this visual would be fun for them.



This should be correct based on the new info I just received as per the due date.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thankful Theology Thursdays #6


"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want." Psalm 23:1

It's official we are moving! It's only about ten minutes away;a bigger, newer house for the same amount of money and the opportunity to buy the property in a year or two.
We are very excited, albeit a bit daunted. We have a lot to do in a short amount of time. There is also a measure of faith required here as I will be moving my business as well.
We really debated if we should do this. We knew that buying wasn't an option for us right now but we needed a bigger place. We were about ready to just wait it out and then two things happened. The first was that the toilet broke, again. The second was that we started memorizing Psalm 23. (We have Psalm 24 down now). The passage is not new to me. Next to John 3:16 it is probably the most quoted piece of scripture there is. It is used in every tv show when they have a funeral. On tv that's a lot. However this time I looked at it was different. Like many people I write in my bible. Notes on passages or applications pointed out during sermons. From a previous study of this passage I had verse 1 underlined and next to it I had written "God will provide". I know that it is true. I have experienced it time and again and yet like the Hebrews wandering in the desert I tend to forget all that God has already done for me. So now, we are going to step out in faith a little and just wait to see what God has planned for us.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Website Wednesdays #6


Since the Carnival of Homeschooling is up a day late and has over 60 participants, I will be lazy and let them be website pick this week. To check them out just go to Simple Pleasures. Again for the sake of shameless self-promotion, you will see my hummingbird lesson as one of the offerings.