Oct 212015
 

Updated for 2015…

NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words during the month of November. This can seem like a daunting and time-consuming task and when you have a house to run as well it can seem almost impossible. With some preparation, you can make November run more smoothly.

I’ve looked at a few prep lists for NaNo and noticed that mine was a little different. I decided to share it in hopes it might help someone else. I know this is a little late. I’ll try to repost the revised version of this list a little earlier next year.

  1. Plan all meals for the month of November. Make sure to keep #2 and #3 in mind while making your November menu and consider doing a search for quick meal ideas. I’ll try to post a few of my favorites during NaNo.
  2. Freeze leftovers for easy meals in November. My Food Saver is one of my best friends all year round, but it’s particularly helpful for stocking up meals for November.
  3. Dust off that crock pot. Your crock pot can be a time saver and is for more than just making roast. I’ll try to post a few more of my favorite crock pot recipes during NaNo.  I’ll post some one skillet/pan and one pot recipes, too. Jumping on the freezer meals bandwagon is helpful, too.
  4. Detail clean the house. I have spring-cleaning and then NaNo cleaning. If the house is freshly detailed, those quick room cleanups go even faster. Besides, a super clean house can make you feel more comfortable with putting things off for a day or two longer so you have more time to write.
  5. Schedule blog posts. If you have a blog, write a few blog posts in October and schedule them to post in November to squeeze out a little more writing time. Unless you’re doing NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) as well. I don’t know if scheduled posts are cheating, but it doesn’t seem sporting to me.
  6. Jot down notes or make an outline. While there are many people who can sit down to a blank screen and just start typing, I’m not always one of them. Faced with a deadline, I feel more comfortable with some kind of direction in mind. Doesn’t mean that my characters don’t wander off script and I wind up with a different story than I planned, but it helps keep me from running into that brick wall called writer’s block.
  7. Do any research needed ahead of time. Frantically researching while trying to finish NaNo can be a word count killer. I didn’t finish more than once because I didn’t get all my research done.
  8. Fill out your calendar with appointments and obligations. Make note of these. What days are you not going to be able to write? If there are five days in November that you cannot see a way to fit writing in for whatever reason, adjust your daily word count accordingly and aim for that.
  9. Let your friends and family know what you’re doing. They might scoff, but knowing ahead of time can ward off an explanation later. Listening to the scoffing while you’re doing NaNo not only takes time away from writing but could also damage your flow with negativity and drama you don’t need.
  10. Make a playlist. A playlist of music that fits your genre or in some way fosters your creativity can help drown distraction and get you in the mood to write. Use headphones for best results.

For those of you participating this year, write like the wind! I’d love to hear/read how you’re doing so feel free to comment on a post or drop me an email.  Feel free to add me as a friend on the NaNoWriMo website, too!

Nov 302014
 

Winner-2014-Web-Banner

Yea! I won, but I’m not done. There’s still plenty to do on the novel, but it’s there sitting in black and white on my HD. I feel like I accomplished something and it feels good.

Thank you to my cheerleaders! You helped more than you know. And a special thank you to my donor! Your contribution to the cause was heartwarming.

Congrats to all those that finished NaNo this year! For those of you that didn’t, you still have more words than you did when you started and that’s an accomplishment!

This is also my last post for NaBloPoMo. I wanted to do more actual writing and less photo posts, but I made it just the same.

Now, I’m going to take a day off then get back to work. So tomorrow I’m going to do something to reward myself. I don’t know what yet, but something!

Nov 202014
 

As I type this, I’m at 36,999 words. With eleven days to go, the finish line is in sight.

I even received an anonymous donation for NaNoWriMo. My heartfelt thanks goes out to my donor. I appreciate the support!

There’s still time to donate. My fundraiser page is here if you’d like to lend your support to NaNohttps://www.classy.org/fundraise?fcid=369327

I wanted to post a quick update while I take a break from typing my fingers numb. I’d love to be finished by Thanksgiving, so I’m putting in extra time until then. As long as I don’t get stuck, I think I can do it. Cross your fingers for me or make me a cup of cappuccino. That would be even better!

Nov 172014
 

Sometimes photo editing helps to jump start the old creativity, so I played around with a picture of a sunset I took in 2010.

I liked the picture, but it was a little bland. I wanted something more vibrant, so this is what I came up with.

Arkansas Sunset Edit

 

The original picture was taken from a moving car while we were driving through Arkansas. I went a little overboard on the edit, but it’s fun to play. This is the original picture.

Arkansas Sunset Original

 

Now, back to writing! Only 20,991 words to go!

 

Nov 132014
 

I’m using Write or Die to time this for me. Today’s Daily Prompt was 10 minutes of free writing, so we’ll see what happens. No plans, just typing whatever comes into my head.

I’ve been working hard at NaNo this year. I’m trying to push myself beyond 50,000 words and I’m still on track to at least finish the 50k, so I’m free like I’m doing well so far.

I haven’t had time to work on any new crochet or jewelry projects since I started NaNo. I have a shawl I’m dying to make and I have beads that are dying to be used. I’m anxious to get back to work on other hobbies, but I’m enjoying this time with just my writing. I’m not good at balancing things, so I often wind up working on one thing at a time. I wish I could manage to do all three in one day and get everything else done.

Mister Underfoot has been driving me crazy, but he’s so adorable it’s difficult to be upset. He won’t let me read. He pushes the book out of my hand and covers the entire thing with his body. When I’m writing, he tries to get between me and the keyboard. When I cook, he plants himself in the middle of the floor for me to trip over.

I got to see my grandson again last night. He’s getting so big! There’s nothing as precious as seeing the smile on his face.

So far the laptop is hanging in there!

I’m starting to feel guilty spending so much time writing on my husband’s days off. He had vacation for the first week of November, he always takes off over our anniversary, and his weekend is Wed and Thurs. It gives him an excuse to play games though, so I don’t think he’s too upset.

The Daily Post – Ready, Set, Done!

Our ten-minute free-write is back for another round! Tap away on whatever comes to mind, no filters attached. (Feel free to edit later, or just publish as-is).

I opted not to edit.

Nov 102014
 

Two days ago, I was taking a break from writing while looking up something on YouTube when the monitor on my laptop turned black at the edges and blocks of color started moving around the screen. The sound started stuttering and this deep voice blared out of the speakers. “What… what… a-a-are… youyouyou…” I have no idea what could have been playing to cause those words, I’m guessing it was an ad before whatever it was I loaded, but it was freaky!

scream_sumi

The laptop was unresponsive for several minutes. Not even the power button worked. It finally rebooted and I tried to figure out what happened, but I couldn’t duplicate the problem.

Thanks to Scrivener, I didn’t lose anything. I hadn’t saved in some time, but Scrivener saved my butt.

So, I was typing along yesterday, listening to Midnight Syndicate and hammering out the words when my laptop started looping the last sound and froze. Not even threatening it helped.

kill_latop

Yes, I morphed into a male with a gun this time. I’m glad my husband wasn’t home because he might have had a heart attack.

I lost some words this time, but not as many as I could have. Probably a few hundred at most.

Between having issues turning my laptop on, I have to keep moving the position of the monitor until it’s in some arbitrary perfect spot, and this new issue with what seems to be my sound card, my laptop appears to be dying.

For now I’m staying away from FaceBook on the laptop thanks to the auto-loading videos, YouTube and sound at all for that matter, but the ease of working anywhere trumps the possibility of losing words.

Throwing caution to the wind! I hope I don’t regret it!

Nov 042014
 

I’m not going to spend as much time on fundraising as I would like, but NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program could use your help. I’d like to be able to give more to support NaNo, so I figured I would set up a fundraiser page in an attempt to raise just a few more dollars.

I’m not expecting much, but I feel like I owe NaNo. If it wasn’t for NaNo, my total lifetime word count would be significantly less. NaNo gives me a deadline, a goal and a sense of accomplishment.

Here’s a copy of the form letter that appears on my fundraising page:

Dear Friends, Family, and Righteous Supporters,

This November, I’m writing a novel. An entire novel, started from scratch, and completed in just one month, as part of National Novel Writing Month(NaNoWriMo).

And you thought nothing interesting ever happened in November.

NaNoWriMo is free. I’m raising money to help the nonprofit that runs it:

  • Value and encourage all writers’ voices, no matter their gender, race, or background.
  • Provide free curriculum, workbooks, and virtual tools to students and educators in 2,000 classrooms.
  • Guide 700+ community leaders in building vibrant, writing and literacy-focused oases in their local neighborhoods, libraries, and bookstores.

Every dollar I raise will keep my spirits high as I write my way towards the realization of my creative goals. More importantly, your contribution will help the nonprofit behind National Novel Writing Month build a more engaged and inspiring world. You can help by:

  • Making a much-valued donation to this page!
  • Spreading the word, and sharing my page with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, or email.

Thank you so much for your support of my writing! I’ll be posting updates on my novel and fundraising on my sponsorship page throughout the month.

If’ you’d like to support NaNo and by extension my writing, you can find my fundraising page here: http://www.classy.org/christymoon

Participant-2014-Web-Banner

Nov 012014
 

This year I have officially lost my mind. I’m attempting to take part in both National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). I may have no hair left come December, but I’m hoping it’s a challenging and rewarding experience. Maybe I’ll make crafts with the hair I lose for Christmas presents!

NaNoWriMo 2014I’ve participated five times and finished NaNoWriMo four times so far. Each experience was different and rewarding. Although I’m not always able to join in the fun, I look forward to each November with zeal and trepidation.

Part of the fun is supporting other writers and watching them meet their goals. Word sprints, cheering each other on, giving and receiving advice, it’s all a valuable experience. Even when I can’t participate or can’t finish, I still enjoy my time spent with other writers struggling to make word count.

My current word count is in the sidebar on the right side of the screen if you’d like to follow my progress.

NaBloPoMo 2014Last year was my first time participating in NaBloPoMo. I met some passionate bloggers and some of the nicest people on the net. I was surprised at how supportive the blogging community could be! So, although I’m doing NaNoWriMo, I didn’t want to give up NaBloPoMo. I’m excited to see what amazing things people post this year and hopefully make a few new blogging friends along the way.

I just might be insane, but it’s going to be an interesting November!

Nov 012013
 

I will not be doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, but I will be checking in on all you NaNo’s and cheering you on. Hopefully, I’ll be able to join you again next year. Sadly, there are too many other things on my plate at this time.

However, I will be participating in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) this year instead. It’s a chance for me to get back to work on the blog, still have plenty of time for other projects, and not feel left out of the November mayhem. The goal of NaBloPoMo is to publish a blog post every day this month and I will be trying to meet that goal by blogging different subject matter. I could probably do a month of nothing but jewelry posts, but I aim to make this month a bit more varied. We’ll see what happens. Should be an interesting month here at Kryson’s Kreations.

If you would like to join me this year for NaBloPoMo,  you can find out more information at http://www.blogher.com/novembers-nablopomo-here

Even if you don’t join, some of the writing prompts might give some valuable inspiration.

Oct 252011
 

NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words during the month of November. This can seem like a daunting and time-consuming task and when you have a house to run as well it can seem almost impossible. With some preparation, you can make November run more smoothly.

I’ve looked at a few prep lists for NaNo and noticed that mine was a little different. I decided to share it in hopes it might help someone else. I know this is a little late. I’ll try to repost the revised version of this list a little earlier next year.

  1. Plan all meals for the month of November. Make sure to keep #2 and #3 in mind while making your November menu and consider doing a search for quick meal ideas. I’ll try to post a few of my favorites during NaNo.
  2. Freeze leftovers for easy meals in November. My Food Saver is one of my best friends all year round, but it’s particularly helpful for stocking up meals for November.
  3. Dust off that crockpot. Your crockpot can be a time saver and is for more than just making roast. I’ll try to post a few more of my favorite recipes during NaNo on the Community Cookbook.  I’ll post some fast and one skillet recipes, too.
  4. Detail clean the house. I have spring-cleaning and then NaNo cleaning. If the house is freshly detailed, those quick room cleanups go even faster. Besides, a super clean house can make you feel more comfortable with putting things off for a day or two longer so you have more time to write.
  5. Schedule blog posts. If you have a blog, write a few blog posts in October and schedule them to post in November to squeeze out a little more writing time.
  6. Jot down notes or make an outline. While there are many people who can sit down to a blank screen and just start typing, I’m not always one of them. Faced with a deadline, I feel more comfortable with some kind of direction in mind.
  7. Do any research needed ahead of time. Frantically researching while trying to finish NaNo can be a word count killer.
  8. Fill out your calendar with appointments and obligations. Make note of these. What days are you not going to be able to write? If there are five days in November that you cannot see a way to fit writing in for whatever reason, adjust your daily word count accordingly and aim for that.
  9. Let your friends and family know what you’re doing. They might scoff, but knowing ahead of time can ward off an explanation later. Listening to the scoffing while you’re doing NaNo not only takes time away from writing but could also damage your flow with negativity and drama you don’t need.
  10. Make a playlist. A playlist of music that fits your genre or in some way fosters your creativity can help drown distraction and get you in the mood to write. Use headphones for best results.

For those of you participating this year, write like the wind! I’d love to hear/read how you’re doing so feel free to comment on a post or drop me an email.  Feel free to add me as a friend on the NaNoWriMo website, too!

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