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Thursday, October 24, 2013

NaNoWriMo Prep

NaNoWriMo begins in one week. I won't be uploading the stories here, but I may share a little about them as I'm writing.

The freezer is full of homemade soups for quick reheating, and I'll be using the crock pot like a mad woman. This week, I'll do some bulk cooking in the form of burgers, chicken, and meatballs, which reheat well. I'll go to the store for mixed nuts so I'll have something to munch on during the day.

I will take Saturdays off, because I have local events on all four Saturdays in November. That means I'll have to work extra hard the rest of the days. It averages out to 2000 words a day (the absolute MINIMUM), if I take Thanksgiving off too (I probably will).

There are two NaNoWriMo meetups being planned! There is one on November 1st in Mobile, and one TBD on the Mississippi Coast. I hope I feel up to attending both group sessions.

The NaNo forums have been so helpful the past couple days. I have more pirate info and murder suggestions than I know what to do with, ha! If you want to keep track of my daily word count, I've installed a widget on the right side of the screen.

I've used Evernote for ideas and outlining, but I've decided to use Nisus Writer Pro for the book itself. It has a sidebar that includes spelling and grammar check, a thesaurus, and word count. It's fantastic. I'm ready to do this!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

MDA clinic update, and going to Orlando

CALGON, TAKE ME AWAY.

Not really, but this week is insane:

Monday - went to Jackson, stayed overnight
Tuesday - MDA consult, went home
Wednesday - Walmart run, visited Mom, packed for Florida
Tomorrow/Thursday - Leave for Orlando, stay overnight somewhere half-way
Friday - Arrive in Orlando, Periodic Paralysis Conference begins
Saturday - Conference all day
Sunday - Conference end, genetic testing, leave Orlando and hopefully make it home by 11pm

MDA appointment went well, although my muscles were in bad, bad shape. So heavy I couldn't tie my own shoes, and pain was a 9...almost in tears. Had a good consult, and the MDA rep said she looks forward to hearing about the conference.

Pretty sure I have a sprained right hand, and lucky me, I'm as right-handed as it gets. I can do very little with my left. Doc thinks it's a Carpel Tunnel flair-up, but I twisted it pumping gas last week and still believe it's a sprain. I do know I have CTS, though, and either way, Dr. H wants me to wear a splint for six months. That's going to make NaNoWriMo interesting...as if the contest isn't challenging enough. I'm not backing out, though, so that is that.

I've deactivated my Facebook account for now, but I'll be back soon (for those who are on my list). I've lost a lot of tolerance for the place lately, and need to make a change. I'm not sure what that will entail, but I imagine my blog readers won't be affected.

Prayers appreciated for a safe and productive trip to the conference. And again, I am so very grateful to those who helped make this possible.