It’s Friday, and the day before NaNoWriMo! If you missed it, yesterday I shared a prayer I made up to help me continue writing during November, inspired by Bl. Mother Teresa. Here’s how I prepared.
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Whipped up a few posts that needed to get done
Every month, I write a saint series with my friend, Tiffany. I can’t leave my girl hanging in November! So I prepared that and have it ready to go. We love these posts and enjoy finding connections between the saints we choose to share with others. In the process, we learn new fun facts about saints, and lately, Dominican Saints and Blesseds.
I also have my monthly prayer request post ready to go for November. I will definitely be praying all throughout. I’ve come to find that when everything gets unpredictable and crazy, all I have is prayer. Especially the rosary. The repetition of the Hail Mary prayer, soothes me into the land of “it’s all going to be ok, because look, your prayers don’t change”. And nothing soothes me more right now than this rosary (and my family, and this new Skinny Cow Caramel ice cream cone. I mean, WOW).
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Got two lay Dominican modules done
Life doesn’t stop for NaNo, so you have to plan accordingly. My lay Dominican chapter has outlined an aggressive plan for me to complete the Novice modules (two a month for the next few months) by August 2015 when we have the next annual retreat. I worked on them immediately after the last meeting (we meet the third Wednesday of every month). I even added some reminders to bring some props for my presentation. It’s just a rosary flip book I made a couple of years ago, and a little scriptural rosary book that I use. I have shared my module presentations here before when I was a Postulant, but haven’t – because – all the busy!
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Took a break from activities at church
I had to. I am making up for it, I think, by attending an extra mass a week (usually Tuesday nights). There was no way that I would be able to keep up with being on the RCIA team, cantoring and all the lay Dominican ramp up that’s been going on. I’ll be back, I promise.
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Read all the books
I visited the library and killed my Kindle when I thought I might even try to participate in this event. I read books from authors whose genres loosely matched mine, as well as books that I thought could teach me how to read like a writer and write like a writer!
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Added the NaNoWriMo web graphic to my Facebook profile, blog sidebar and begged all to join me, Mwahahahahaha!
Because that just means business. I’m all about the public
shaming accountability to keep me on my toes. I think my count for NaNoWriMo converters is up to 8 or 9 people – as in, I got them to join! The latest one to join the ranks is my accountability partner, Rhonda (who has a newly launched website that I s-t-a-l-k because it’s pretty, people. She had me at “an image and a word”).
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Actually named my novel on my NaNoWriMo profile
And because I love you, here’s a hint on what it could be about. When I drive to work, I listen to the Morning Prayer in the car, I’ve told you that. Well, I heard this a couple of days ago and almost lost it (in a good way):
From Psalm 81
But my people did not heed my voice
and Israel would not obey,
so I left them in their stubbornness of heart
to follow their own designs.
And that’s what it’s about! BOOM.
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I made a conscious effort to slow my roll on social media.
Now, I love social media. We all know this as evidenced by the three part m-e-g-a post I wrote for Katie Cross’ website. But, I knew that I wouldn’t be as active in November and didn’t want there to be a significant drop off, so I scaled it back slowly. Did anyone notice? Probably not, it was more for me anyway! And that’s the whole point of NaNoWriMo!
How about you? Are any of you doing this 50,000 word jaunt? Give me all the words of wisdom! I don’t know if I’ll be writing #7QTs or taking a break, if I’ll blog, or what. But I will be writing!! Here’s hoping that I write faster than my characters talk. Chatty Cathy’s, all of them.
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