Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Again

Hope You Had a Happy Halloween!

Hard to believe the year is coming to a close. Time moves so fast since I left the workforce. I’m blessed to have so much time to write for my enjoyment.

On that note, November means it’s time for National Novel Writing Month. I believe this is my eighth year of participation. The goal is to write fifty thousand words before December rolls around.

To be honest, I almost didn’t sign up this year. I wanted to work on unfinished tales from my series. There are so many project ideas resulting from prior writing challenges (I also wrote fifty thousand words for ‘Camp NaNo’ in both April and July).

A friend changed my mind. It will be his first attempt, and he told me he looked forward to my encouragement.


How could I back down after that? So, I am setting aside my beloved series and plan to rewrite something else started many years ago. Back then inspiration came from another writer’s original characters shared, of all places, on a fanfiction website (now defunct). I wanted to finish his or her story, in fact.

But this talented person (whose interesting pen name was DonkeyJaws19) was nowhere to be found to ask permission.

Thus, a very different original tale came into being. Today I’m going to start fresh on ‘Awakening Arick’, a tale of magic and love, adversity and discovery. Arick is a very special young man with no clue as to his potential.

First, I need to clean my two fresh water aquariums. It should have been done a week ago. If I start writing now there is a good chance the chore will be postponed yet another day.

I can’t have that. Guilt is weighing my mind as it is. But once I get moving the whole process only takes about an hour.

Wish me luck on the challenge. Should be fun.

Do you keep fish tanks?



  1. We had small tanks over the years, 5,10,30 gallon fresh water. Then we had a 55 gallon for quite a few years. Too much work! I loved it at night with the house lights off and the tank lights on. Relaxing... if it was clean!
    I have an empty, ready-to-fill, 10 now, but I'm going to sell it. Like I said, too much trouble. Plus, I don't know where it would go the cats wouldn't bother it.
    Good luck on the writing this month! If we don't hear much from you, we'll understand why.

    1. Interesting. I've learned that a larger tank is easier to maintain in a sense. The amount of water allows for more margin of error. And you can have a greater variety of fish. What on earth lives happily in a five gallon tank? Seriously, I struggle finding fish for my ten gallon. Heh... I wish I could convince hubby to let me get a really big one. Especially as my clown loach might outgrow the 29 gallon tank any year now. ~grin~ Thanks for the kind words of support!

  2. No, I don't want any fish tanks. I want a kitty or puppy.

    I'll await your story. I love your stories.

    Have a fabulous day, Darla. ♥

    1. I actually prayed today that God would bring us a pair of ginger kitties. ~grin~ I fell so hard for that little stray in the spring. Heh... Thank you for the boost! You're very kind.

  3. You only have to get through 1667 words today. Totally doable.

    Good luck with NaNo.

    1. You nailed the math on that. Heh... I did it in a little over two hours yesterday! Guess the rewrite wants to come out. I'm looking forward to diving back in this afternoon. Thank you for the kind words!

  4. Good luck in the challenge! I know you can do it.
    I had fish many years ago, but they didn't live long. I had a 10 gallon aquarium with tetras.

    1. Thank you! Tetras are cute and seemed to do well for me in the past, maybe I should try them in my 29 gallon tank because I lost two out of three dalmation mollies after a few weeks. :( And yesterday the remaining little fellow seemed to be swimming funny.

  5. You are so funny. Taking on that huge writing challenge, then throwing in that first you have to clean your aquariums. That made me laugh.


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