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NaNo is over now what?

This has been the busiest November I can ever recall spending. Happily the stress level was low but my emotions ran the full gauntlet of a loop-de-loop rollercoaster.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m usually the calm one. I’m the perpetual big sister with a shoulder for everyone else to cry on. This month, even though I’ve been laughing and silly, there’s been an undercurrent of emotion I’m not used to dealing with. It’s made life interesting to say the least.

As I’ve mentioned before I was taking a course through Transitions. I highly recommend it to anyone who is at a crossroads in their career (or even their life). It is a roller-coaster. I discovered a lot about myself that I’d effectively hidden or taken for granted over the years. It also validated the path that I’m on and has given me even more connections and resources to use in my journey.

I crossed the 50,000 words finish line on Saturday for NaNoWriMo. During the all day writing marathon at my place and we had a blast. Two of us passed the finish line amidst lots of applause (and huge sugar rushes from all the sweets and other goodies). PaperBox Books supplied pop and pizza to keep us fueled during the day. The last people left just after 10pm. I was so sorry to see them go. My house felt very empty afterward.

Today is the last day and even though I’ve crossed the 50k mark there are still a few thousand words left to my story. We’re word warring with New Zealand, so every word counts. I’ll finish my story and do my part to win.

Then it’s back to the grind:

Reviewing novels to publish at PaperBox Books, creating a proposal for a couple of places to conduct seminars on internet marketing and writing (this really excites me) and creating/updating three website that fell by the wayside during November.

The Inagural Transit Write-In

So today we tried something a little different. If you happened to be on the skytrain system in Vancouver, you might have noticed a bunch of people frantically writing on their laptops or going old school with a pen and paper. That was us.

We stole a page from other NaNoWriMo.org cities and held a transit write-in. It was a blast. Some of us got the see the Canada Line for the first time while others ventured further out in the burbs than ever before.

The trek was not without it’s challenges: missed trains and drunk fellow passengers among them. All in all, it went much smoother and was much more fun than even I had expected… and I had high expectations.

Unfortunately, I had myself double booked. I had to leave the gang at Columbia Skytrain Station on their way back into town to get ready for my dinner out with friends. They went on to do double-cross of the Burrard Inlet on the Sea Bus. I’m sad I missed it.

Tonight, I came home to a much cleaner carpet and a feeling of accomplishment. I bought a small carpet cleaner to clean my desperately-needing-a scrub carpets and spent much of the morning on my hands and knees working to get the carpets back to normal in lieu of boosting my word count.

I have tomorrow night off from social engagements and will blast a few extra thousand to get me closer to my goal. Only 9 days left of NaNo 2009. I’m happy to see so many people signing up for the year-round get togethers.

Tomorrow will be Sunday Brunch Writing Prompts through Toasted Cheese, then off to Blenz for a bit to socialize then it’s off to play tag in the park… in the rain, then home for a hot shower and cuddle up in a warm sweater, blankie, fuzzy socks and my word count.

What a week!

I just realized how long it’s been since I blogged. This has been an exhaustive week of ackward questions, self-discovery and new friends.

The good news is that thanks to the Transitions course I’m taking, I finally (just in time for my mid-life crisis) I’ve figured out who I am – better late than never I guess.

It’s been confirmed, my interests and skill set say I should be a writer… or maybe a bus driver. Hmmm – maybe then I could meet that cute bus driver on my route… or at the very least, meet all kinds of characters to include in my novels. It’s a win/win.

There is only 10 days left of NaNo 2009. It saddens me to see it wind down. It’s gone really fast this year. This has also been a year of massive growth for the Vancouver Region. There have been new people joining us for this insanity at every event. Many of them eager to write with us throughout the rest of the year too. (does a little dance of joy around her office)

We’ve started letting people know that we meet all year long, so hopefully our core group will be even bigger next year. This makes me feel incredibly good.

Well, I still have an hour before bed, time to get some words in. Have a great weekend.

Monday again… already?

My day started in near disaster… ok well not really a disaster, but a near inconvenience. I painstakenly made sure my alarm was turned on for this morning but I neglected to make sure it was set for the right time. Luckily, my brother/housemate had to leave for work just after I was supposed to get up. This was lucky because he has an insane schedule and it’s rare he heads to work at a remotely normal hour.

He bellowed at me from outside my bedroom door, effectively scaring the be-jesus out of me. My feet hit the floor and I was off running. Happily, my morning routine is pretty simple, so I still made it to the bus stop with minutes to spare.

Week two of this class I’m taking is personality assessments. I love this stuff. We did the Meyer’s Briggs test first thing and followed it with an interests analysis. According to my interests, I should be either a writer, editor, performer (music or comedy) trainer or speaker or gardener. Apparently, with my current plans of writing and helping to run an e-publishing company, I’m right on track.

This is a good thing to know.

Tomorrow we get the results from the Meyer’s Briggs. I’ve taken this test a few times before and I find it facinating how it’s changed over the years. There has been a lot of change for me this year, I’m curious to see how it translates.

Oh and my word count hit 32,000 tonight – I’m a happy girl.

Week 2 of NaNoWriMo is over

My brain is dead, I dislike where my story is going, I have no idea what to do next, for that matter I’m still not entirely sure what my story is even about… yup week 2.

It’s that part of the novel where you question everything about your book and even your sanity for attempting such a stupid personal quest to begin with. This is why I love NaNo. I am not alone and we’re all hitting this same spot at the same time. Writers are a very supportive group and we cheer each other on, even when we’re in a competition.

I gave my brain a rest last night, watched some TV, played a few rounds of solitaire and answered some business emails. Today I’m cleaning my house… well at least getting the dishes and laundry done before forcing myself to get over my ego and dive back into my story.

Whether you’re writing or not – enjoy your Saturday.

Write Your Own Eulogy

So I’m taking this Transitions course. It’s designed to help people decide what they want to be when they grow up. I really wish I’d had access to something like it when I was finishing high school, it would have saved me a whole lot of wasted time.

After we ‘blue-skied’ our dream job and analysed what we hated about past jobs we did a few exercises to determine what was really important to us. The goal is to align our personal and professional goals instead of having separate sets which are constantly at war with each other. Then we moved on to describing our perfect life, how it would look and feel, where it would be, what we’d be doing and who we’d have with us.

The final exercise for the morning was write our own eulogies. What would we like people to say about us after we’re gone. Or if you’re too freaked out by the concept of dying, imagine a toast at yout 75th birthday party.

Here’s my eulogy – read by my incredibly hot partner – whoever he may turn out to be:

“We’re gathered here today to honour Sue Nelson Buckley as we freeze her aging body to thaw out when we’ve cured old age. Her body gave out long before her youthful spirit was finished doing what it was meant to do.

Sue single-handedly made 106 the new 30.

Sue always described herself as a late bloomer. She didn’t really follow her dreams until she was in her 40s, but once she hit her stride she was unstoppable. Well, except for the flowers, she always took time to stop and smell the flowers, reground herself and remember what was truly important in this life. As I stand here and mourn the temporary loss of my best friend, I’m heartened to see the size and diversity of the group gathered to say “see you soon” to the amazing person Sue was and is. Very few of us wil bother remembering Sue for her vast amount of money. We will all treasure the way she touched our lives and helped us achieve our own dreams.

Enjoy your rest Sue, We’ll see you in re-animation.”

You’re allowed to laugh. It is funny, but I truly how that I will be able to be the kind of positive influence as written above. (The vast amounts of money would also be nice but not a paramount consideration)

This begs the question, Are you living the life you want and what kind of legacy will you leave behind?

Ohhhh what a feeling

come on – sing it with me!

It’s the last day of a busy, productive and interesting week. I’m looking forward to the weekend…it’s a stange feeling because I haven’t had an actual weekend in months. Not that I actually have time to rest and relax – NaNoWriMo is still going strong and there are lots of events and write-ins to attend for that.

The Transitions course I’m attending is fun. I’m into that kind of stuff anyway but having a facilitator go through the exercises with you and sharing stories with your fellow classmates instead of just reading a book is much more effective. It’s worth me pulling my lazy morning butt out of bed to got. Even on a cold, windy, raininy day like it is today.

I’m off – Cheers & have a great weekend!

Lest We Forget

It’s Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans’ Day in the States and truly we have a lot to be thankful for. I look around my groups of friends and realize how fortunate we are. In many cases, my grandfather could possibly have faced theirs across a battle field.

It’s an intriguing concept isn’t it?

Within 100 short years sworn enemies have become friends working together to preserve life on this planet (ok and line their pockets too – but at least they’re working together). It is still incredible to me.

I no longer view Remembrance Day as a time to remember only fallen Canadian Soldiers. I feel every man woman and child should be remembered and thanked for their contribution, no matter what their nationality or belief, they all thought they were doing the right thing, no matter what history’s hindsight tells us now.

To honour the freedom I have on this day, I’m looking at pictures from my friend’s in Germany, writing with a friend whose family comes from Japan, and another whose relatives hail from the States. I’ve recently helped a friend from Iran write her applications to for the CA program.

From much strife has come much good – may we all learn to make the good happen without the precursor of war.

My all our God’s bless all of us so that we may all live in harmony with each other.

Tired and it’s only Tuesday

I am so glad tomorrow is a holiday. I am very sad for the reason we have this holiday. Many good people died to give us the life we have today. I like my life so I appreciate their sacrifice.

Today was jam packed full of wonderfulness. The course I’m taking has been interesting so far. Turns out I know the facilitator. We worked together back in BC HRMA. Vancouver really is a small town.

Then it was off to the lawyer’s office to talk about PaperBox Books. He seemed really impressed with how together we were. We have a solid grasp of what we’re doing and how we’re going to do it. I love a good validation session.

Then it was off to Waves for a write-in. When I left I was just shy of 20,000 words which I quickly topped once I got home.

After a day of accomplishment, it’s time for bed. I’ll leave you with some words of wisdom that jhust entered into my inbox… it seems especially appropriate during NaNo

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. – John Wooden

Night All – Sleep well til wake

Back to the grind tomorrow

Tomorrow morning is up early and work hard all day.

Unfortunately, this working hard thing won’t be done from the comfort of my own home. I have to be at Gilmore for 9am. (I know all you 9-5ers are shedding a tear in my general direction). I’ve been slaving over my computer at home over the past few months and my commute has consisted of a 5 minute walk from my bed to my desk, including a stop to use the facilities and start my coffee maker.

Oy, I hate mornings. But as I said to a friend this morning, I’d hate them even worse if I didn’t wake up at all. So I’ll take them with a smile of thanks for another one.

I also have to come up with something brilliant to say for my other blog on Web Design and general advice for small business owners. (if you’re interested, it can be found at http://snbconsultingservices.ca/blog)