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Preptober Pumpkin-head

 

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Hello writer friends and family!

This week we venture into preparing for our next hay-maze adventure…

PREPTOBER! PREPtober… preptober.

was that supposed to be an “echoing” example?

assorted_frosted_orange_and_harvest_white_artificial_pumpkins_medium.jpgYes. So, please re-read that so that we are on the same page, thank you… With a thespian-backed dialect if possible.

Seriously?

Did you re-read it?

Ugh.

Read it!

With the joy of the stage in your heart!

Fine.

Okay, perfect!

*slaps forehead

It is October and it is time to get ready for NaNoWriMo 2019! *insert catchy music here and cheering ~ The online writer’s Unknown.jpegretreat for authors of any expertise to get working on those books! If you are a wannabe writer; this is wonderful to get you mapping out ideas, learning how to format and really just sit your cute bottoms down and start writing! If you’re an expert; then this is a great challenge for you to try to write your next bestseller in 30days! The average word count goal for this 30 day writing challenge is generally 50k words; however, if you find that your total word count for your book will be more or less, then that is fine too.

Go to nanowrimo.org, sign up and add me as a friend. We can author together! Share our ups and downs throughout our writing journey for this challenge! Dig into their online resources as well! So much to learn and soak up!

 

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But, before you run off to carve pumpkins together in celebration, check out this week’s accompanying video on my youtube channel.  (Don’t forget to subscribe and hit the notification bell) This week I show you how I get ready to write my next book. How I organize my month and writing efforts. I feel that setting myself up with a plan helps me step closer to the ultimate goal. Finishing the first draft of the next book!

IMG_2999As I mention in the video, I am preptober-ing for a non-fiction book I am working on. I am so excited about this endeavor and it is a topic I have been feverishly notating for much longer than a year and have realized for all my years on this earth. I’ve wanted to take on the self-help world for some time and taking on this challenge has been so inspiring for me because I know I will be helping so many with this next release!

And it’s been a learning annex too! A what? Formatting is different. How so? Angles. Like geometry? Personal discovery and experiences. Oh, please no. Keep those to yourself. Hush.

All new influences compared to writing fiction. Don’t get me wrong. I have many more stories in me and more fiction to come; but, taking a break from it to write this is going to be super!

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What are you working on right now? What makes your heart sing? What stories do have welling up inside of you? Get one of those great stories out in NaNoWriMo this year!

I can’t wait to see you there!

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People, Plots & Planners

Without organization…

I. AM. LOST.

I truly admire those who can wander around through life without plans, schedules, organizers, alerts, banners, and alarms to get them through the day. Now don’t get me wrong. My Sundays are pretty unplanned.

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However; I must confess, I’ve LITERALLY scheduled burrito Sundays, movie binging, and couch potato-ing into my google calendar. For Sundays.

So… you’re still scheduled.

Uhmmm…. yeah. Ya got me.

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It’s possible I do have a problem. You do. Because yes, that may still be in the realm of being scheduled. I guess. *shrugs and shuffles feet against the floor

BAM! BUSTED!

Right. Anyway, moving on to my currently “scheduled” post…

LET’S GET THE BOOKS (AND OUR LIVES) ORGANIZED!

Have you heard of bullet journaling? It’s an overview of your month, followed by a tracker for your daily tasks you want done, followed by a list of other things you may want to do; but may or may not have time to get to. Which, you can push to the next month God-willing. This may sound complicated. But I promise it’s not.

I’ve come up with a simplistic version that has proven to work well for me. I don’t spend too much time creating the BUJO (short acronym thats super cute for bullet journal!), I keep it’s design simple, page count to a few pages (never more than FOUR), and I color code each task and check mark for easy eye-catching satisfaction!

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Mine are all items I already have on-hand. I don’t buy anything new except maybe the stickers. Which, if you know my obsession with Dollar Tree, you’ll completely understand… I find all my cute stickers and die-cut designs from, YEP. You guessed it!

DOLLAR TREE!

*insert bells and whistles here. **with streamers, sound makers and celebratory cheers

If I can get it at Dollar Tree, I do. She totally does.

I do not feel the need to hit the stationary store or the big box retailers of

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office confectionary to over spend. NO THANKS. Additionally, with the over saturation of “how much can we buy” instead of saving what we have and using a limited financially ambitious creative resource to accomplish the same thing someone else wasted their money on…. Why would you want to over pay?!

Seriously. Anyone?

Of course not!

So, here we go! Let’s plan. Let’s get organized. Let’s save moula. Let’s BUJO.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial on planning your own bullet journal to plot your month.

Speaking of plotting. I’ve barely mentioned it. But, I imagine that with

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planning comes plotting and therefore; plotting is planning…? Or planning is a plot?

What the hell are you saying?

Who knows.

And so, the plot thickens.

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Stationary Shopping: Restriction Mode

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I have officially been put on journal and stationary purchasing restriction. *sigh

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE stationary, thank you notes, decorative or personalized letter pages, envelopes, journal writing books, and even sketch pads. Oh, criminy.

I know.

As if I don’t have enough clutter circling around my desk. *whispers… but there’s still room in the blank notebook bin!

Trees in the forest are quivering as I write this, I know. I’m a monster. Terrible person. Hush.

There is just something about putting a pen to the page that just feels nice. Cathartic. Meditative, even.

And with Camp NaNoWriMo just around the corner, let’s face it, how can I possibly be expected to refrain from buying more highlighters and stickers?! It’s a nightmare I tell ya. A nightmare.

I truly think that it’s the little things we should consider finding joy in and for me its staaaaaa-tionnnnn-aaaaaary! Echos. Echos. Echos. Did you hear the echoing voice calling out?

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Oh, dear Lord… *slaps forehead

Did I lose you at Camp NaNoWriMo? Well, if you recall, I did an annual writing event last year – for the first time – called NaNoWriMo. An acronym that stands for National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, writers from all over attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. While I have written books with as much verbiage; I had not done so within a month. So, I thought I’d add a fun challenge to my writing by joining in on the fun!

Watch me track my progress and see how I did in the video below!

Now that spring is upon us, daylight saving’s time has switched back, and I’m overcome with an aching to wear tank tops again… It’s also time for Camp NaNoWriMo. Another writing event that I will be attending. 

Again, for the first time.  

The goal in this event?  I’ve given myself a 30,000 count of words to attain. If you watch the video above, you’ll see why… 

If I can accomplish this smaller goal, then I will be able to add an additional goal for a quieter project that I am keeping under wraps until it’s release. It’s a non-fiction and that’s all I’ll be able to spill on that. 

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Camp NaNoWriMo will be the same duration as the NaNo event in November; except that Camp NaNo occurs in April. If you are a writer, or aspiring writer, add me as a writing buddy.

We can help motivate each other! 

I surely won’t need any stationary, as most of my writing is done on my computer. But, I simply cannot help myself when I see those adorable, blank notebooks that I clearly MUST add to my collection! No, you must not.

As I prepare to begin my writer’s retreat, I am besought with the urge to visit Ross, and Target for a few more blank books. No, you’re not. To creatively organize my month with colored markers and marvelous stickers of station. Hearts, moons, stars and rainbows. All unnecessary.

Oh. I’m doing it.

You’re on restriction.

Tattle tale. I’m doing it, so there.

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Oh! And never forget the glitter…