Thursday, October 30, 2014

Almost NaNoWriMo Time ~ Getting Ready

We have been getting ready for NaNoWriMo, well mostly me! Celeste keeps telling me that she knows what she will write about, that she has her story all ready. Good for her! 

I wish I had that kind of confidence right now. I did send my novel I wrote in 2008 to the local print centre and might do a sequel...or do something entirely new. 

Looking back at previous blog posts I wrote about NaNoWriMo reminded me of the challenge. 

There are a few posts on my old blog Canadian Home Learning under the NaNoWriMo label.   

Adrienne and Andre participated twice and both won in 2010. I won twice (2008 and 2010), and participated 3 times. 

I also wrote about Celeste's experience with it two years ago. She wasn't ready then and I learned a lot from that experience. 

Here is how I get ready for this writing challenge:

* Think of a story plot and some characters 

* Write the daily word count goal on my board. Having a certain amount of words each day really helped me before in writing 50, 000 words in one month

* Get resources ready, thesaurus, dictionary, writing guides and inspiration

* Lots of TEA! 

* Notebooks to take along when I am out of the house, to keep writing in or jot down ideas

I honestly don't know how this year will turn out but I am excited to be participating again, and even more having Celeste with me! 

Both the NaNoWriMo site and the Young Writers Program are filled with support and resources to help writers. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Simplicity Saturday ~ Black-eyed Susans

A small bunch of black-eyed susans is blooming in the middle 
of our "dump" pile, where the old fence pieces are resting,
 in the corner of our garden! 
I noticed them just a couple of days ago. 
I didn't plant any so it was a beautiful surprise.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Link ♥

A few of our favourite links this week. 

♥ We are big fans of Disney and can't wait for Big Hero 6! 

♥ Speaking of Disney, check out all the fun at Disney Halloween 2014!

♥ I participated in a snail mail social at the PEI library this week with a friend. It was a lot of fun and we both made several envelopes and postcards! We used templates from this site to make envelopes out of calendar pages. 

♥ The last few days have been filled with talks about NaNoWriMo! If you are not familiar with this challenge, check out NaNoWriMo and for younger writers, the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. 

Celeste is planning on participating for the first time and this will be my fourth time. We better load up on lots of tea and snacks! 

I found a few links this week that were of interest: 

25 self-care strategies for fall  

50 things you should do before you are 12 (but I think this list is great for all ages!)

How change of seasons affects animals and humans

Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Documented Life Project ~ Weeks 41 & 42

The last two weeks of the documented Life Project were fun simple prompts, at least that is how I interpreted them! 

Week 41 was polka dots. I took my journal to the park and did a whole bunch of polka dots in a rainbow of colours. I did add one heart for fun. 

Week 42 was stars. I added stickers to the page, then painted all over with blue. After the paint dried, I peeled off the star stickers and added a white outline around each one. 

Check out Art to the 5th for all the prompts and for information on how to sign up for the free 2015 project!