"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

11/28/11

What I Don't Understand

Living by Grace

This week, Vonnie is hosting Monday Manna, so be sure to pop over to My Back Door and read the other entries, and link up if you want to participate. And we're also discussing this post at Living By Grace today. Would love to have you join the discussion there!

 Here's today's verse:

“What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?" Job 38:19
To my kids (for the most part, anyway), I'm pretty smart. I seem to be getting less so in their eyes the older they get (and I'm sure this will continue well into adolescence), but for now anyway, they still expect me (and my husband, of course) to know most, if not all, of the answers.

But, of course, we don't. There are so many things we do not understand - from physics (well, I don't anyway!) to the square root of 5 to seven digits to why you always find what you lost exactly
five minutes after you buy the replacement.

Sometimes, I wish I had all the answers - especially when my kids are asking the questions. There's something about not being able to give your kids the knowledge they ask for that makes me feel inadequate and incapable. I mean, I'm the PARENT! I'm supposed to have all the answers - right? I'm supposed to understand.

But I can be reassured - and I can reassure them - that even if none of us know the answers, there is Someone who does. I may not know how to go to where light or darkness live, or how to bring rain to a parched land, but I know Who does.

And I, and my children, can depend on the all-knowing God, no matter how much we don't understand. Because He knows all.

**


Thanks for reading! Be sure to stop by Vonnie's blog for more Monday Manna - and come to Living by Grace for a discussion.


Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

11/25/11

Finds for Fridays - November


FYI - because of my participation in  National Novel Writing Month this November, my blog reading was decreasing considerably this month. Because of that, I'm only having this one Finds for Fridays for this month.


Finds for Fridays is my way of sharing some of the wonderful blogs posts I read each week. I am currently following close to 100 blogs and at least scan them as much as I can. Each week, I'll note and "set aside" some posts that especially speak to me for whatever reason. And each Friday that I am able, I'll share them with you. I hope you'll stop by and read the posts, and maybe even follow the blogs if you aren't already. A win-win, right? One more FYI - these are only (with an exception or two) from my "Top Ten Blogs" - cuz that's about all I've read this month!

And here they are!

Mirrored Elevens by Patty Wysong at Jewels of Encouragement (about being a reflection of Him, no matter our "position.")

Surprises in the Scripture by Diana Dart at Jewels of Encouragement (about how our life is like Bible accounts)

Thoughtful About: Being Wanted by Roseanna White at Writing Roseanna (about how much our kids need us, and how much WE need our Father)

A Heart Set Free by Mari LaVell at A Mari Heart (a short story you will NOT soon forget!)

Writing/Craft Posts 
What is Your Novel Missing? Deep POV by Cindy R. Wilson at The Writers Alley (a SUPER explanation of exactly what Deep POV is)

Thanks for reading, folks! Be sure to check these out when you can - and possibly even follow the blogs. You will NOT be sorry!

Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

11/24/11

Giving Thanks Where Thanks Is Due

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends. I am thankful to the Lord for YOU.

Enjoy your day!



Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

11/22/11

If I Were... (and the Internet Cafe)

How often are you surprised at how clueless some people can be? Sure, you don't say anything about it, but you wonder how they CAN'T grasp the simplest concepts. I'm over at the Internet Cafe today, talking about exactly why that's a bad attitude, and how our wisdom is, well, not so wise. It's All Him.

And now, for a LITTLE fun :)

If I Were...

If I were a month, I’d be April.      
If I were a day of the week, I’d be Sunday      
If I were a time of day, I’d be early morning.
If I were a "planet," I’d be Mars.     
If I were a sea animal, I’d be a dolphin.
If I were a direction, I’d be Northwest.  
If I were a piece of furniture, I'd be a recliner.
If I were a liquid, I'd be apple cider.
If I were a gemstone, I'd be jade.
If I were a tree, I’d be an oak.
If I were a tool, I'd be a level.
If I were a flower, I'd be a stargazer lily.
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be a spring shower.
If I were a musical instrument, I'd be a flute.
If I were a color, I'd be purple.
If I were an emotion, I’d be joy.     
If I were a fruit, I’d be a peach.
If I were a sound, I’d be The Pink Panther theme.
If I were an element, I’d be oxygen.
If I were a car, I'd be a minivan.
If I were a food, I’d be ice cream.
If I were a place, I’d be a rainforest.
If I were a fabric, I'd be cotton.
If I were a taste, I’d be sweet.
If I were a scent, I’d be vanilla.
If I were an animal, I’d be a koala.
If I were an object, I'd be a laptop.
If I were a body part, I’d be a pinky toe.
If I were a facial expression, I’d be a grin.
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be bunny slippers.      

WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Go ahead and try it on YOUR blog - or in the comments. Be sure to let me know so I can check your answers out!

Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

11/21/11

I'm Not One To Brag...





Living by Grace
Welcome to the combined Monday Manna with Living By Grace (click here for this new Facebook community). The purpose of Monday Manna to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. Each Thursday, a Bible verse to ponder will be posted, either here or at my dear friend Vonnie's blog, My Back Door. The following Monday, those participating will post their thoughts on the verse at their own blogs and link up at the bottom of the post in the Mr. Linky  gadget. The main purpose is to chew on the same Scripture and learn from one another.

AND now, we'll also be discussing the devotional - and thoughts about it - at Living By Grace.

I'm hosting today - and here's the verse:
But let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 9:24
 Looking forward to your thoughts. Mine are below.

**

I'm going to be honest here. I love getting credit for hard work I've done. It makes me smile when I get a "thank you" for something I've accomplished and, I'm ashamed to say, I sometimes get grumpy when my efforts go unnoticed.

I wouldn't exactly call myself a braggart, but I certainly don't complain when others give me kudos. And maybe that's natural. Who really wants to be ignored when they have a great accomplishment?

But, of course, I don't really do anything, do I? It is only through Christ that I can accomplish good things. So boasting is ridiculous, unless we are boasting about He who allows us to accomplish.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
And He is certainly someone to boast about, is He not? Just look at the qualities mentioned in this Monday's verse. He exercises kindness, justice and righteousness. This world is His, and every good thing is from Him.

So I have nothing to boast about - unless I'm bragging about my God. And that's someOne to brag about!

**

Thanks for reading. Be sure to link up below with your own thoughts - and stop over at Living By Grace to join the discussion!




Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

11/19/11

I'm at Jewels of Encouragement

Be sure to stop by JoE today. I'm over there talking about freedom and slavery. Praying it encourages you (that's what the blog's about, yanno!).

Riding God's Grace Over Rough Roads

11/18/11

Friday Fiction - "Handmaiden To A Princess" Excerpt

It's been a LONG time since I hosted Friday Fiction, but when the lovely Sara "Sawa" Harricharan mentioned the possibility of posting a NaNoWriMo excerpt, I figured it would be fun!

Soooo, here I am :) Remember - this is NOT edited (I didn't even reread it! LOL).

Be sure to link up in the gadget below my story. Don't forget to browse the links, read a few pieces and leave a comment or two. We all love the feedback. Happy reading!


Handmaiden To A Princess - NaNo excerpt
Dew still covered the ground as Ashia walked along the flower-bordered walkway from the princess' quarters she had just left. The sun, scarcely above the horizon, shone directly in her eyes, so much that shielded her eyes with her left hand. Her right, however, grasped as small knife. A necessary implement for her morning duties.

The closer she got to her destination, the slower she walked, until she came to a complete standstill at the entrance to the king's flower garden. Eyes closed, she inhaled slowly and took in all the scents of the nearby flora. The smile across her face widened. And once she opened her eyes, what she saw warmed her cheeks.

“Nahum. I didn't expect to see you here so early.” She lowered her eyes slightly, trying to calm the flips in her stomach.

He chuckled, his brown eyes sparkling. “I am always here at this time. It is you who are early. Does the princess have an early engagement? Did she request flowers still fresh with dew?”

She willed her smile to tone down. “Oh, nothing like that. I simply didn't sleep very well, and thought I would get an early start, and perhaps have time to mill about before I needed to return.” She shifted the knife from hand to hand.

Nahum nodded and smiled. “Then I shall leave you to your milling.” He turned and walked up one of the paths, stopping at a patch of pansies.

As he knelt, Ashia turned, heading down the main garden path toward the center. Sitting on a log beside one of many patches of growth, she once again inhaled the many scents of the flowers around her. A red and yellow lily caught her attention. She brought her face within inches of the bloom, inspecting every bit of it. Not an imperfection in sight.

Next, her fingers caressed the petals, the silky feel making her fingers tingle. Finally, she lifted the knife, which she'd placed on the ground beside her, and cut the stem about a handsbreadth down from the bloom.

“One more,” she muttered, “and the princess will be satisfied.”

Ashia rose, the lily in one hand and knife in the other. Inhaling, she surveyed the nearby flower beds, watching for a bloom to complement the one she'd already chosen. Perhaps another red and yellow flower. Or maybe just one of those colors. 

She released the air from her lungs as a tall hyacinth, the same shade of crimson as the lily, caught her eye. She raced toward it and dropped to her knees in front of the multi-flowered blossom. Holding the lily up beside it, she smiled. “Perfect.”

Something brushed against her shoulder. “Those do complement each other beautifully. You really do have an eye for color and beauty.” Nahum's voice made her look up. His brown wavy hair covered his right eye. She resisted the urge to brush it away from his face.

She smiled at him, then returned to the flower. After cutting it from the stem, she rose. “Thank you, Nahum. I do enjoy all that grows here. A touch of beauty in a frightening, uncertain place.”

“That it is.” He beckoned her toward a small bench not far away. They both sat.
“And the Lord said that it was good.” Nahum stretched his arms out and extended them from in front of him to his sides. “My scriptures say that Yahweh made all of this: every tree, plant, mountain, hill, person, star in the sky. And that it is good.”

Ashia fidgeted in her chair. “If this is true, I wonder why he made the nettle? Or the mosquito?” She lowered her voice and head. “Or the madman.”

Nahum raised his eyebrows. “Or war. Or death. But He is sovereign. And much of what he did create is lovely. Especially in this garden.” He leaned to the side and picked a daisy from the ground. “For you. A bit of beauty to take with you into the cruel world.”

She grinned, stifling a chuckle. “My god would ask for this flower as a sacrifice, perhaps. He would demand I focus on pleasing him, rather than lightening my mood. To him, beauty is useless unless it is benefiting him.”

Nahum's brow crinkled. “My God also desires sacrifice. He is a just God, who does not take our transgressions against Him lightly. Yet, He also blesses those who love Him and gives us beauty to appreciate. He values nothing more than devotion to Him, and truth.”

She snickered. “And mine values gold, silver, and spices. He gives us nothing unless we beg, and even then there is no guarantee. We must please him, or face his wrath.”

Nahum sighed. “And yet you worship him. You sacrifice to him.” He looked into Ashia's eyes. “Forgive me for my questions, and do not answer if it makes you uncomfortable, but I'm curious. Do you believe your God created the world? Why do you sacrifice to him? What makes him worthy of your worship?”

Ashia's insides tightened and she felt her face pale. “I really don't know what to say. I know he has kept me and my family safe. And the rituals are so important to Mama. I guess I never really thought about it before.” She forced a smile. “But I will.”
 **
Thanks for reading! Be sure to link up below, and read some of the other stories. You'll be blessed!



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11/17/11

Monday Manna: Verse for November 21


The purpose of Monday Manna to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. Each Thursday, a Bible verse to ponder will be posted, either here or at my dear friend Vonnie's blog, My Back Door. The following Monday, those participating will post their thoughts on the verse at their own blogs and link up at the bottom of the post in the Mr. Linky  gadget. The main purpose is to chew on the same Scripture and learn from one another.

I'm hosting this week. And here's the verse!
But let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know Me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 9:24
Looking forward to your thoughts - AND mine. See you back here on Monday!

Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

11/15/11

The End of A 2 Z (that means "Z")

Ordinary Lives. From a 2 z 4 u & me
Welcome to THE LAST WEEK of my dear, dear friend Patty Wysong's From  A 2 Z 4 U and me. We're working through the alphabet - one letter each Tuesday. No rules, other than your post has to relate to the letter of the week. Link up at Ordinary Lives and check out everyone else's post. Click on the graphic above for more details, and stop by Patty's blog  to link up.
Can it really be time for the letter Z? It's hard to believe we've been at this for 26 weeks. Apparently, though, we have. Though I haven't participated every week, I've been pretty regular for the most part. And it's been fun.

I've known what Z was for for at least a few weeks. There were several possibilities, but one definitely reached out and grabbed me - especially after taking a peek into my daughter's "stuffed animal tub."

Here at An Open Book, Z is for zoo.

Monkeys kicking back
Pretty, eh?
We love to go to the zoo here. There's one, the John Ball Zoo, only fifteen miles away, and we try to go at least a few times a year. They have a summer camp that the kids love. They've both been doing it every summer they've been old enough. It's a highlight of their summer.

But this past summer, we did a little extra "zooness." We traveled an hour or two to the south and had a mini-vacation involving not one, but two other zoos.

My girl petting the giraffe. SO cool!
One was a "typical" zoo - The Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, a substantially larger zoo than John Ball. Their "Wild Africa" exhibit was a huge hit with my kids (who had been there once before, but couldn't remember, as it had been a while). The walk-up giraffe platform was definitely a favorite for all four of us. Face to face with these tall creatures? Yep :)
goin' for a ride!
The second zoo was not as traditional. The Kalamazoo Air Zoo featured the history (and future) of flight - including a replica of the Wright Brothers' plane, flight simulators, and a stealth bomber. Lots of fun rides for the kids too - of just about any age.
The zoo in her closet

And then, of course, there's the zoo in my daughter's closet. I suppose she's no different than most girls her age (nearly 8!) - she LOVES stuffed animals of many kinds. Just in sight here is a unicorn, an elephant, a few dogs (including "Smoochie Poochie," a fave, who's licking the elephant's head in this picture), and a cat. And there are LOTS more under this pile. And even better? It costs us nothing to see them (though buying them was NOT free), and they won't attack ;).

So, there's Z! What a fun project, Peejers! Be sure to stop by her blog for more "z" posts.






Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

11/14/11

The Scent

Living by Grace

This week, Vonnie is hosting Monday Manna, so be sure to pop over to My Back Door and read the other entries, and link up if you want to participate. And we're also discussing this post at Living By Grace today. Would love to have you join the discussion there!


Here's today's verse:
"And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma."(Ephesians 5:2 NKJV) 
It's getting closer and closer to Thanksgiving - in just ten days, families and friends will be gathering to reflect on the blessings God has given, and enjoy a feast. At least MY family will.

As tasty as the turkey, stuffing, candied yams (yuuummm), green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pie may be, sometimes I've found that even better is the aroma. Sometimes, in fact, I prefer the scent of something to the actual taste.

For example, I love the smell of coffee, but I don't like the taste. Not even a little bit. And, at least in my opinion, most breads (though not all!) smell better than they taste.

But did you ever think about how pleasing our actions can be to God? When we love as God loved us, when we make sacrifices for the kingdom of God, He is pleased. And our sacrifice smells sweet to Him.

In Old Testament times, there were sacrifices for sin, for fellowship, and several other things. Each required giving something up, and the scent of the burning offering rose to heaven. And it pleased the Father.

God asks us to do the same - to love in word and deed, to draw closer to Him, to sacrifice our own needs, desires, and lives for His. And when we do, it is not just pleasing in His sight. It is a pleasing aroma in His nose.

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Thanks for reading! Be sure to stop by Vonnie's blog for more Monday Manna - and come to Living by Grace for a discussion.

Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

11/9/11

A Fall Walk




The Barn Door

I'm over at The Barn Door today, talking about taking A Fall Walk. Hope you'll stop by and check it out.

Thanks!


Riding God's Grace Over Rough Roads

11/8/11

Y is for

Ordinary Lives. From a 2 z 4 u & me
Welcome to week TWENTY-FIVE of my dear, dear friend Patty Wysong's From  A 2 Z 4 U and me. (Just one more letter. WoWzers!) We're working through the alphabet - one letter each Tuesday. No rules, other than your post has to relate to the letter of the week. Link up at Ordinary Lives and check out everyone else's post. Click on the graphic above for more details, and stop by Patty's blog  to link up.
Is there a food that you truly enjoy, but nobody else in your family likes it? A delectable treat that tickles your taste buds, but your spouse and kids would rather eat dirt than consume?

And is this food one that needs to be cooked - so it's not a matter of just grabbing it from the store and stuffing it in your mouth? It take EFFORT to prepare it for just one person. And sometimes, it just doesn't feel like it's worth that effort.

Yummmmmm
My answer, of course, is "YES." And the food? YAMS: or perhaps more properly categorized, sweet potatoes.

It hasn't always been this way. My son, Andrew, LOVED them as a baby. For quite a while, they were his favorite baby food. Orange was a common stain color on his bib, and, of course, all over his face.

But his tastes changed to correspond more with my husband's (who doesn't even like to have one near him LOL) and daughter's. So I'm the sole sweet potato/yam lover in my house. And maybe I'm lazy, but rarely do I take the trouble of picking one up and baking it just for myself.
Part of my dinner at Brann's last Thursday

So I wait for Thanksgiving, when someone else MIGHT bring some to the family gathering (it's not too popular among the hubby's family either). Or I keep my eye out for it on the menu when we eat out. (I'm SO glad they're becoming more popular)

Every once in a while, I'll pick up a can of yams, or buy a sweet potato and bake it and have it for lunch. But it's not common. Perhaps I'll go treat myself with one...

If there aren't any at Thanksgiving.

**

Thanks for reading! Be sure to stop by Patty's blog for more Y posts.







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11/7/11

Good and Bad

Living by Grace
Welcome to the combined Monday Manna with Living By Grace (click here for this new Facebook community). The purpose of Monday Manna to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. Each Thursday, a Bible verse to ponder will be posted, either here or at my dear friend Vonnie's blog, My Back Door. The following Monday, those participating will post their thoughts on the verse at their own blogs and link up at the bottom of the post in the Mr. Linky  gadget. The main purpose is to chew on the same Scripture and learn from one another.

AND now, we'll also be discussing the devotional - and thoughts about it - at Living By Grace.

And here's today's verse:
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future. Ecclesiastes 7:14
Looking forward to your thoughts. Mine are below.

**

We're fickle people - many of us, anyway. When things are going our way, we take the credit, but when life is bad, we blame God. Pretty ridiculous when you think about it, isn't it?

How often have you heard someone say "How can a loving God allow ________ ?" or "Why me? Why does the Lord allow all these things to happen to me?" We work hard. We do the best we can, but still businesses fail. Natural disasters come. Illness takes us by surprise. Random violence infiltrates our world, or even our homes. And we often wonder, if only for a moment, what we ever did to deserve such treatment from God.

Yet, when was the last time you questioned the GOOD things God sent your way? "How can a just God allow me, a sinner, to go to Heaven?" or "Why me? Why does the Lord shower blessings on a person who deserves nothing but condemnation?" We cheat. We steal. We covet. We put our own desires above others.' But still, the sun rises each day. We have food and clothing. We are loved. We are forgiven. We are saved from our sins.

We have every right to be happy when things go well, and be a bit down when they're not. But be sure, no matter your circumstances, to give credit where credit is due: to the Lord of the universe.


**

Thanks for reading. Be sure to link up below with your own thoughts. And come chat with ME about this post at Living by Grace.


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11/4/11

Finds for Fridays: November 4

FYI - because of my participation in  National Novel Writing Month this November, my blog reading is decreasing considerably over the next several weeks. I am unsure when my next Finds for Fridays post will be because of it.  Whenever I have time to read and have blogs to share, I will post links on Fridays. If I don't, well, see you in December with more links! ;)


Finds for Fridays is my way of sharing some of the wonderful blogs posts I read each week. I am currently following close to 100 blogs and at least scan them as much as I can. Each week, I'll note and "set aside" some posts that especially speak to me for whatever reason. And each Friday that I am able, I'll share them with you. I hope you'll stop by and read the posts, and maybe even follow the blogs if you aren't already. A win-win, right?

And here they are!

The Enigma of Trust by Lynda Schultz at Grains of Sand (about Jesus, trust, and naivete)

Adventure Awaits! by Christy McGraw at Critty Joy (about becoming and trust)

Passing Fancy by the Prude at The Barn Door (about Midwest autumns)


Writing/Craft Posts
Welcome Guest  Blogger Superagent Natasha Kern at Seekerville (about what a writer should expect from an agent)

Hope you'll stop by these blogs and check them out. Great reading, I assure you!

Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

11/3/11

Monday Manna: Verse for November 7


The purpose of Monday Manna to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. Each Thursday, a Bible verse to ponder will be posted, either here or at my dear friend Vonnie's blog, My Back Door. The following Monday, those participating will post their thoughts on the verse at their own blogs and link up at the bottom of the post in the Mr. Linky  gadget. The main purpose is to chew on the same Scripture and learn from one another.

I'm hosting this week. And here's the verse!
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future. Ecclesiastes 7:14
Looking forward to your thoughts - AND mine. See you back here on Monday!

Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

11/2/11

Out of the Frying Pan...A Goals/Progress Update

Can it REALLY be November?

Apparently.

In fact, if I'm "on schedule," by the time you read this, I'll have already had my tech-free Tuesday on the first, when I wrote close to 2,000 words in my current WIP (longhand). But as I'm writing this in October, no guarantees.

But November is for later. How about we start with my goals from last month?

Here you go - right from last month's goals/progress post:
  1. Finish fleshing out my 12-step plotting, do characterization, outlining, etc. for Handmaiden to a Princess so I'm prepared to write 50K words of it in November (yes - I'm doing NaNoWriMo - for the first time!)
  2. Keep up and  learn as much as possible from the free ACFW course on Plotting and Outlining (to help me prepare for NaNoWriMo).
  3. Four blog posts average a week
  4. More thinking about Ailing Body, Nourished Soul.
  5. Edits of the biblical fiction devos with Jennifer Slattery
Well, I did a decent amount of preparation for NaNoWriMo (click there to be my NaNo buddy) - finished my 12-step plotting, filled out character sheets on five of my characters, and some other stuff. Of course I could have done more, but it's November now - and at least I don't have less!

The plotting and outlining class was pretty good (I did keep up), and I have been pondering ABNS (which will almost definitely become more of a "how to survive a crisis" type book - eventually). And JEN AND I FINISHED OUR BIBLICAL FICTION DEVO EDITING! Just waiting to hear back from a publisher about it. High hopes here :) And with 20 posts this month, I easily made the four posts a week thing.

So, in a word or two - a good month. And now on to THIS month.
  1. Keep up on the blogging I "need" to do (FaithWriters blog three times a week, Monday Manna, a2z, and my three group blog posts) minimum. Anything else is gravy. (some of this I've prewritten before November)
  2. Write 50,000 words in Handmaiden to a Princess (yes - typing that TOTALLY freaked me out!).
  3.  Do NOT read every blog on my google reader (this COULD be a goal that's hard to keep, believe it or not - but if I don't, there's NO way I can get the writing done I need to!).
I do believe that's enough. :) Thanks for reading, and encouraging me. Be sure you become my NaNo buddy if you're playing along - no promises I'll chat, but I like to be connected.



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