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Sunday, November 30, 2014

The end of NaNoWriMo


On the 1st of November, I wrote saying that this year for the first time I was participating in NaNoWriMo. My word count meter showed 0 of 50,000. I'm happy to say that on this last day of November, it now shows that I have successfully completed the NaNoWriMo challenge. Here's my meter today.

50665 / 50000

How did it go for everyone else who participated? Did you reach your goal?

My best to you all,

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving, Shopping, Gratitude and what it all means...

Hello! Happy Thanksgiving!

I've seen a lot about sales happening on Thanksgiving and whether one should go to them. Some people are very adamant. Here are my thoughts. Remember that the best you can give anyone is your time. With that in mind, it's ok to shop for big sales- it's great even that Americans are so generous. We recently tied for the top most giving nation in the world. It's wonderful that the holidays inspire giving at soup kitchens, food pantries and angel tree donations and that people are so willing to give to complete strangers. Shopping for loved ones is also not just commercialism, it's wanting to give. That's commendable. 
Today, though, it's ok to pause to say thanks first for what already is present, without having to acquire more. Your family and friends most want you, not what you wrap for them. As much as I love Christmas in Europe, as an American married to a European, I like that in the States we pause first to say thanks, to be grateful, at the beginning of our holiday season. So, maybe today, pause- say thanks and then when you do go out to shop, you'll be less busy, more focused, and with a heart full of gratitude. That's the best way to begin. 
That's what I'll be doing today, as I bake pies in my great-grandmother's pie dishes and think of the early American settlers and the Native Americans that are a part of my cultural and personal ancestral heritage.

I'm grateful for my family and friends- for all of you- and I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
And now a beautiful reminder of those simple gifts... 

My best to you all,

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday- Minor Characters with their own books

From The Broke and the Bookish

Hello! Today's Top Ten is "ten characters you wish would get their OWN book (minor or just maybe a semi main character you wish a book was from their POV)". 
Mr. Darcy- Pride and Prejudice

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Daisy- The Great Gatsby

The White Rabbit- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 

Mina- Dracula

Boo Radley- To Kill a Mockingbird

Mrs. Hudson- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Mr. Toad- The Wind in the Willows

Tiny Tim- A Christmas Carol

Brom Bones- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Friar Laurence- Romeo and Juliet

Monday, November 10, 2014

A new way to remember veterans and St. Martin

In honor of Veterans Day and St. Martin's day, both of which are commemorated tomorrow, I am reprinting this post from last year.

Armistice and St. Martin
Today, we pause to remember the veterans. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the first world war fell silent in armistice. War that had entangled the world because of a series of diplomatic treaties forever changed the landscape of the European fields and trenches that the war was fought in, but also the psyche of humanity. Pages could be written alone on the war and its remembrance, but I'd also like to talk about something else today.
It is also St. Martin's Day, a holiday that is still celebrated in Germany through the creation of lanterns, a parade led by a man on a horse, and the eating of sugar pretzels beside a bonfire.  So, who exactly was St. Martin? He was a Roman soldier who tore his cloak to give half of it to an old beggar man on the street. St. Martin and veterans have much in common. St. Martin shared his cloak with the beggar in need, laying down his comfort and his warmth as the soldier set aside his own comfort in the trenches and the fields. A sacrifice laid down for another is a mark of both St. Martin and the soldier. St. Martin's day lanterns will line the streets of Germany tonight and candles, a flame of hope and remembrance, is lit in tribute to those who have gone before. Perhaps, the greatest act of remembrance to veterans and in honor of St. Martin is to reach out our hand to those in need, even in small everyday acts of kindness.

My best to you all,

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saturday's Quotation to Inspire: Reach for the Stars

Today's quotation to inspire comes from Hariet Tubman. It is also the end of the first week of NaNoWriMo. How's everyone doing who's participating? Last Saturday, I put the word count meter up officially showing the start at zero. I'm happy to say that the meter now stands at over 12,000 words, or 24%. Best of luck to you all!

My best to you all,

Friday, November 7, 2014

Book Cover Reveal! The Missing by Necole Ryse

Hello! Today, I'm taking part in a book cover reveal as part of YA Bound. 

The Missing (The Birthright Trilogy Book 2)
Release Date: 12/16/14
Cover Designed by: Najla Qamber Designs

Summary from Goodreads:

Reeling from her boyfriend's
disappearance, Raevyn Jones is shocked to learn that she is considered suspect
number one. To make matters worse, rumors are swirling that golden boy, Jeffrey
Donnelly, isn't just missing...he may never be coming back.

And Raevyn is being framed.

Her second semester at Benjamin Wallace Fitzgerald University, the nation's
first Ivy League institution for African Americans, is full of twists and

Soon Raevyn will learn not to trust anyone, not even the people she calls

Book One:

The Legacy
Release Date: 06/17/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Nineteen-year-old Raevyn Jones has never worn a designer gown. She's never had access to unlimited champagne or chauffeured limo rides.

But when she is dropped in the midst of the Black Ivy League--against her will--she has to pretend that everything is normal, as if she belongs.

When her new friends start to question her sketchy past and her shaky legacy at Benjamin Wallace Fitzgerald University, Raevyn realizes she will have to rely on her street smarts more than ever before.

Raevyn starts to receive cryptic text messages and emails from an anonymous sender and she soon discovers that not only does someone want her to leave B.W.Fitz--someone also wants to end her life.

About the Author

Necole Ryse graduated from Towson University with Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications.

Bored with life as an adult, Necole decided to follow her dreams to write fiction and she hasn’t looked back. She joined theWinslet Press family to release her first novel, THE LEGACY.

She enjoys chocolate covered pretzels, Criminal Minds marathons, and all things Harry Potter. 

Author Links:
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Have you voted today?


Yesterday was election day in the US. No, I'm not a day late. I'm wondering if you've voted today.

Have you voted to make the most of today?
Have you voted to try your best?
Have you voted to learn something new?
Have you voted to do something good for your health?
Have you voted to achieve one more step toward your goals?

If we elect to do these things each day, then every election is a win.

My best to you all,

Saturday, November 1, 2014

NaNoWriMo- Alphabet Soup

Today it is cold, rainy and windy- very much a soup kind of a day. It is also officially the first day of NaNoWriMo, where the challenge is set to write 50,000 words during the month of November for a novel. Most finished works tend to be nearer 75,000-90,000 words for the genre that I write, but 50,000 is the official word count designation that determines when a novella becomes a novel. Technically, I've completed this challenge before- in terms of writing 50,000 words in a month. I've never officially attempted NaNoWriMo though. My editing is now complete on the work I'd been writing and so the timing coincides perfectly. This year, I am going to participate in NaNoWriMo!
I'll keep a word count meter on the blog here to track progress. So, here it is- all ready to go on day 1!

0 / 50000

Best wishes to those of you also participating! Are you a repeat challenger or is this your first time also?

My best to you all,