Okay, first things first.In the interest of not neglecting my obligatory mini activism for the month, you may print out your free flyers here. The Thanksgiving one is very simple. You print out both sides and then cut the paper in half. When you see it, you’ll understand. You should get 2 flyers out of each sheet of paper. They have enough simple vegan recipes to make a nice Thanksgiving meal.
If it’s in your budget, for $20 you can “Adopt a Turkey” at Farm Sanctuary. The money helps the sanctuary care for the animals. The sponsored turkeys get a nice Thanksgiving meal before they are taken to their new adopted homes.
***Now on to NaNoWriMo!
To be honest, I had no intention of doing this for 2008. I had decided in the past month that I just had too much on my plate to squeeze it in. I had no definite plot ideas like I did last year, and I was not feeling particularly motivated. However, after reading about the people who squeezed it in despite working on doctorate thesis and working another job, I felt a little guilty and so I decided to go for it.
It’s fun. I just didn’t feel like I had a right to make time for myself when I had other things to work on. But you know what? Everyone needs some time to themselves. Plus, I remember that last year I actually felt more productive overall when my time was constrained working on Nano.
Oh, wait… You don’t know what Nano is? I’m sorry, let me rewind a bit. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. For the month of November, you challenge yourself to write a complete 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Start at Midnight the beginning of the first day and finish by Midnight of the last day of November. The novel cannot be something you’ve worked on previously. It has to be from scratch and have a beginning, middle, and (hopefully) an end. Other than that, the sky’s the limit. Want to write about aliens kidnapping Queen Elizabeth and replacing her with Herbert Hoover? That’s fine! As long as it’s begun on November 1st and (hopefully) the plot is resolved with at least 50,000 words by the 30th, you’re gold.
The Office of Letters and Light created free programs such as National Novel Writing Month to help spark a lifelong love of writing in children and adults around the world. If you would like to sponsor my Novel, the proceeds would go to this wonderful organization. Please go here to sponsor my Novel.
I’ve stocked up on sugar and caffeine, soda and chips, and fingerless gloves. I even have my Typewriter Snoopy to inspire me. Never underestimate the power of large amounts of caffeine and a writing mascot. Once this blog is posted, I’ll be off participating in the literary abandon of high speed novelling!
I usually try to update this webpage weekly, but holiday season is the exception. This post will probably stay up for the month for 2 reasons. Reason One is to highlight the Thanksgiving flyers so more people will be able to download them. Hopefully, at least a few will use the recipes and save a turkey’s life. Reason Two is that I’m devoting my extra time to increasing my word count for NaNoWriMo instead of posting here. The two issues of this post are relevant for the whole month anyway. If I can either figure it out or ask hubby to do it, I might add word count widgets to the page (just in case anyone other than myself is interested). If not, you can always check my word count at my Nano page here.
Happy Thanksgiving, and see you in December!
For past posts concerning last year’s Nano novelling experience, please check out: