November reflection

November 2016 Journal Prompts - Gratitude and Joy. New prompts released the beginning of each month >> Eight Pepperberries blog

I had forgotten all about this reflective post that I said I was going to do at the end of November!

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1. Everyone currently in my life right now including you wonderful bloggers.

2. Eating with the family.

3. I can’t recall the last silly thing I did for I was caught up trying to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge last month.

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4. I don’t celebrate the holidays… not one of them.

5. See Q4.

6. Pray, seeking my Father’s advice.

7. Objects don’t bring me joy.

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8. I am grateful for the writing talent that God has given me, the ability to speed read and to design.

9. By being the example. Teaching starts at home and parents should teach their children about gratitude by showing them how to appreciate something/someone.

10. Thank you, God, for the blessings. Every night we still pray though… taken from Dobre Brothers’ No Fakes.

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Dynamic December!

I honestly love this GIF because it made me laugh out loud today and I needed it. I came up with a few short stories on the spot about why Mr. Cruise is looking at the toilet sign in despair, but the GIF is taken from when TC made an appearance on The Late Night Show with James Corden. I think Corden lacks in the humor department so I don’t watch the show, but for some reason, this episode was recommended to me and I watched it and laughed my head off. It was a pretty good skit, but no, I still won’t be wasting my time watching his show.

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Anyway, doesn’t matter, because it’s December! 

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Can you believe this? It’s already December! The time is just getting shorter and shorter day by day. I mean, where did November go?

December Plans!

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Fresh from participating in NaNoWriMo, I am looking forward to catching up on some posts I drafted for this month and by the looks of it, we have much to talk about. I am looking forward to updating some categories (Yes, This Is Our World, English English! and Pretty Cool Fact especially) and I have something in store for Thankful Thursday which would involve the blogs that I follow. 

This month (if I stay on track), we’ll talk about stuff like:

^ Languages

^ Book Covers (might get push back to January, to be honest)

^ Blogging (this one is a maybe although I have many topics in drafts!)

^ Editing

^ Family

See, the blog is so random and I have so many ideas, that sometimes, I don’t know where to start.

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Over on Pinterest, I’ve pinned over 50 challenge ideas for the blog in the last few months, but I’ve decided on this one:

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Whoa, I better slow my roll there for this month looks like it’s going to be packed!

Blessed December to everyone, thank God that you have breath, and remember to…

June plans! – La Petit Muse:

NaNoWriMo final check-in

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After many sleepless nights – no caffeine needed – I finally completed NaNoWriMo with 50,045 words after banging out 9000 words last evening. It could’ve been more, but I am satisfied with reaching the required goal of 50,000 words. I’ll try to catch up on reading, commenting, and following of blogs this weekend God’s willing preferably on Sunday after getting some much-needed sleep. I also have to reply back to some emails, but that might have to wait until Monday. 

The Phobia Challenge would be back next week Friday be it God’s willing. I think we’re on the letter ‘H’ now. I may have a few posts scheduled, but I am not sure as yet, but I hope to get back into the habit of blogging soon.

Also, congrats to all the NaNo participants out there! You did it whether you accomplished 50,000 words plus or not. The most important thing is that you started a story and even if it’s halfway completed, you have something to look forward to when you get the time to write. Isn’t that exciting? 🙂

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Thank you, wonderful people, for all the encouragement and well wishes. You’ve been with me since day one and I am utmost grateful for it. Thank you for coming on this journey with me. ❤

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Now, I am going to take off my jacket and toss it somewhere in the corner…

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…unwind a little bit…

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…and then collapse into a deep sleep.

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I know. I know. You have probably seen this sleeping photo like a hundred times this week, but this is the mood that I’m going to be in for a while. 

Good evening and blessed weekend everyone.

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NaNoWriMo check-in: Memes that describe my current feelings about my novel.

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I am still trying to bang out words to reach my goal by the 28th, but I stop to have a little bit of fun. I love GIFs so consider yourself warned with this post.

When I started writing from nothing on November 01st, I was excited and pumped and shouting “LET’S DO THIS!”

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When I didn’t write for a day, I tried making it up the next day: I must write 3000 words today.

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Yet, I was sometimes distracted:

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Social media is not a huge distraction for me, but I like logging into Pinterest for I create character boards there sometimes.

And I found this…

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My main male character is going through a rough time after losing someone important, but he is obliviously charming.

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Did I mention that he is a professor?

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And there is this one character who is like…

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I am having fun writing this story, although when I reread a few chapters, I rolled my eyes; but this is where I am grateful that something call editing exists!

Although the story is currently titled Dangerous Obsession, it is not a romance. It’s kind of angsty. I’ve never really done angst before and I try to stay away from it, but it couldn’t escape this time.

When you think there’s a cute moment, well, hmm, don’t hold your breath.

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I was happy when I passed 27,000 words!

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So I am trooping on…

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NaNo participants, we’re almost there! Keep writing.

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Published NaNoWriMo books

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Today, I want to share a few books that started off as NaNoWriMo projects that turned into something bigger: published and bestsellers. 

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen has been adapted into a film and is known as NaNoWriMo’s biggest commercial success. 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a hit with young adults. I’ve been meaning to get a copy of this book for the longest while, but I don’t know why I haven’t put in the order for it as yet.

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is another book that resonated well with young adults. I am always on the fence when it comes to YA. I have this book in PDF format, but I am just too lazy to start reading it.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a fantasy novel. It was written over the span of three NaNoWriMos. This book was also adapted into a film if I am not mistaken or is still in talks of being adapted into a film.

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Wool by Hugh Howey is a post-apocalyptic thriller that belongs to volume 1 of the Silo series. Howey became the first self-published author to receive a six-figure print deal and keep the digital rights to the book.

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If they can do it, so can you. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise where it concerns your craft and don’t doubt your ability for this could be you when the challenge is over. Write on.

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The NaNo report: checking in

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Gah! I’ve been trying to write this post for the longest while, but I just couldn’t bring myself to because I’m so tired! This weekend was eventful so I cannot complain. I did not get much writing done and I hardly got time to read other blogs, so I hope to catch up this week. 

NaNo’s been nothing but a blast so far. I am having fun writing this story and putting the characters together. I still don’t have an outline to work with, but I love how the story is shaping up.

Total Word Count:

15,985

Definitely nowhere near the goal that I want to reach, but I troop on. Forgive me for this short post, but I plan to talk about writing and NaNo this week… hopefully. God bless.

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Outline? What outline?

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For the past five years or so, I’ve been jumping headfirst into NaNoWriMo without warning. I don’t know what I’m going to write until the last minute and when I finally decide on what story I’m going to write, I simply dive in. I know that it’s dangerous to work without an outline, but that’s the thrill of it! 

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Although by the time I start putting words on paper, the story starts dictating itself so I’m rarely ever surprised when I complete a story. I like taking clichés and ideas and turning them into something completely new and exciting, and I am hoping to achieve the same result with Dangerous Obsession.

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Writing by process of discovery is my forte because novel outlining does not work for me. The characters always seem to take over and then I am forced to abandon the outline, therefore, I don’t ever feel guilty about not outlining. When I used to outline my work, I felt as if I was the translator sitting down to tell the story I already know and it was not fun. I found out that I love discovering my characters as I go along rather than thoroughly sketching them. Case in point: when I started writing, it started with the character I call Ray da Díxon and because I did not thoroughly sketch him, I went back to revisit this character and created an identical twin for him. And because I did not thoroughly sketch them, I still discover new things about them every time I write stories around them.

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I write wherever I am in the story, whether it’s the beginning, the middle, or even the end. Sometimes I know what comes next, sometimes I don’t, but that’s the beauty of not outlining, at least for me, because the less I know, the more I discover as I write. 

Remember, whether we outline or not, writing is a process. 

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DISCLAIMER: I am not here to preach about how to write to other writers. What works for me may not work for others. Writers should find their own process of creating a story and if it’s ridiculous? Eh, who cares? The most important thing is that it works for you.

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