NaNo, a break, and a Thanksgiving sale

I’ve had several ideas over the past few months that I’ve tried to flesh out into novels, but they didn’t seem to be going anywhere.  An idea that I’d had before came back to me in October, and since NaNoWriMo was approaching, I decided to do it. Apparently, the challenge of a deadline has sparked something inside me, because here we are on day 11, and I am 31,766 words in. I feel like I’m mostly writing crap right now, but it occurred to me as I was writing this morning that I often feel that way. So I’m going to keep pushing through and ignore the fact that I feel like I’m writing crap. I can fix crap, I can’t fix a blank page, right?

Many people have mentioned to me, both online and off, that they wish they worked from home like I do. While I won’t deny that working from home is wonderful, and homeschooling my children is also wonderful, there is one thing it’s lacking: clear delineation between work/school and home.  While it’s fairly easy to stop with school (the kids need their outside time), stopping work is a bit harder for me. I enjoy my writing so much that I can easily do it all day and right up until bedtime. Of course, this means that I don’t read, or enjoy any of my favorite TV shows, and I also end up not playing games with the kids or doing anything for myself.

All of that is why I’m looking forward to a Mom’s Night Out later this week. It’s a chance for me to truly take a break from everything: work, school, even the kids. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids and I love spending time with them. But sometimes I need a couple of hours away from everything  to laugh and just be an adult with other adults. I always come home from these nights feeling refreshed, relaxed, and like something inside me has been reset. I don’t go out like this very often, but it’s so nice when I do. Especially during a month like November, when I’m trying to get school done so we can take a week off for Thanksgiving, trying to write 50,000 words in a month, and still find time to read, kick back, and sleep.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I’ll be offering two of my books at a discount at Thanksgiving. From Tuesday, November 25th through Tuesday, December 2nd, you can pick up Tangled Deceit and Rainy Days and Flowers for just $.99 each.  Both make for excellent reading while you’re sitting around, feeling stuffed from turkey and gravy – or trying to ignore the football game and all the associated shouting that goes with it (seriously, do football fans realize that the players can’t hear them?).  You can also pick up Rainy Days and Flowers and Tangled Deceit on sale in the UK on those dates as well.  (One more discount for you: You can use coupon code FRMUATWN in my CreateSpace store on ANY of my titles between November 25th and December 2nd to get $3 off – that’s $3 per title, for a total of $12 off if you buy all 4! This coupon code is only valid 11/25-12/2/2014 and only in my CreateSpace store.)

What do you have going on this month? Working harder than usual, or taking a vacation? Getting ready for Thanksgiving, or don’t celebrate at all? Prepared for the shopping or wishing you could hide out from the crowds?

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