What's in a Name?

Happy Tuesday, all!

I know, I know.  This is a Name post on a TUESDAY.  #WHUTTT  My little household has been a little under the weather following a lovely Thanksgiving day.  We're better now!  But I did not get my posts together due to that fact.  heheh

Anyways, here's a new set for you with some rather unique names.

Enjoy!

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Garo
M | English, German

Meaning unknown.  Possibly a variant of Gero, which hails from names beginning with the Germanic element ger meaning "spear." 


Carmel
F | English, Jewish
KAHR-mel

From the Hebrew word karmel meaning "garden."  Mount Carmel is a mountain in Israel, mentioned in the Old Testament.  As a given name, Carmel has mainly been used by Catholics.


Roald
Norwegian

Modern form of the Old Norse name Hróðvaldr or Hróaldr, made up of elements meaning "fame" and "ruler."  This was borne by the children's author Roald Dahl (1916-1990).


Alanna
English

Feminine form of Alan, which possibly means "little rock" or "handsome" in Breton.








Names & meanings via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.

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How was your Thanksgiving, friends?  And what about NaNo? Still pluggin' away?

What do you think of this set of monickers?  Got a favorite??

Have a lovely week!

Thankful


"Rejoice always! pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16 -

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On this day of Thanksgiving (and EVERY day), I am thankful for my dear husband, Evan.  He's the love of my life & my best friend.  I love you, EJ! (INFINITY & BEYOND)
I am thankful for my family---each and every one of them!  For my sweet friends: Risa, Amanda, Ashley, & Heather.  For my amazing blogger-friends & writing partners-in-crime! And for my darling baby boy, Gabriel.  <3 I am thankful for my cozy home.  For my car.  For ALL the books.  For my blog.  :]  For poetry.  For my ability to write the thoughts of my mind & heart.

God has blessed me greatly.  Words cannot adequately express my simple & humble gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving!
<3

Be ENCOURAGED // He Said, She Said


SLANDER.
*wince*  We are ALL guilty of this.  It's as simple as a "he said, she said" statement.  But if the subject of this statement were in the room, would you actually be saying such a thing to his or her face?  If not, it is SLANDER.  And the best thing to do would be to say nothing at all.


I would say for some people, slander is unintentional.  For example, it could be in a prayer request, a bits of news shared between confidants (which can be defined as gossip), or an opinion given in answer to someone's question.  If we ourselves do not know the full truth of something, it is not good to give our personal opinion.


"Let no unwholesome [corrupted] talk proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear."
- Ephesians 4:29 (NASB) -

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In Nancy D. Wolgemuth's book, Adorned, she gives four statements explaining the answer (p. 114-116):

Slander can involve giving a false report.  [1
Slander can involve the spreading of harmful information.  [2
Slander can include the reporting of truth with harmful content.  [3
Slander is not the same as gossip, but gossip makes slander easier.  [4

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I was guilty of slandering someone this past week.  And certainly not to their face.  And not while in the process of hearing news about them and then giving my opinion.  Nope.  It wasn't until I read this chapter in Nancy's book that I realized, "Wow.  I believe I just did that."  Because if that particular person had been there with me at the time, I wouldn't have said to my sister the simple statement of not being surprised by that person's actions (noted, with a kind of snobby attitude).  Even though I've not had contact with that person in YEARS, slander is still slander, just as gossip is gossip, and a lie is a lie.

"We are stewards of the treasure of each other's good names.  Let us seek to silence the. . .slanderer within & graciously give and receive others' help when one of us slips, perhaps unaware, into slander."
- Jon Bloom -

Slander affects not only those around us, but our own character as well.


"Do not speak against one another. . ."
- James 4:11 -

In this passage, the phrase "speak against" can be defined as "thoughtless words."  My MacArthur study Bible explains it this way: "[It] means to slander or defame.  James does not forbid confronting those in sin, which is elsewhere commanded in Scripture.  Rather, he condemns careless, derogatory, critical, slanderous accusations against others. . ."

Slander hurts.  And so does gossip.  But what exactly is the difference between the two?

GOSSIP noun
"casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true"

SLANDER noun
"the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation."

To summarize, GOSSIP spreads rumors about a person(s), which can certainly be harmful to them.  SLANDER is knowingly giving false statements with intent to harm.  But GOSSIP can so very easily become SLANDER, which can cause serious damage to the person(s), to character & relationships, and to reputations.  Slander is Gossip leveled up.

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This all leads back to sound doctrine & reverence!

"Sound doctrine in a woman's life produces reverence for God.  And that reverence shows itself in a careful use of her tongue and in a temperate lifestyle."
- Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Adorned -

I do not know about you, but I want to be that woman.  I wish to be known for my humility & kindness, for the encouragement I give to others, and for my uplifting words.

Don't be a He-Said-She-Said kinda girl. 
Be ENCOURAGEMENT!

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What about you?  Have you unknowingly slandered someone recently?  If so, asking forgiveness is certainly in order.  It could be sent as a simple text, though face to face has more absolute meaning to be sure.  It could be in praying for the person or persons, where really you would rather just ask God to forgive you & not worry at all about them.  

But in His eyes that wouldn't be right.  He asks us to go the extra mile.

I must constantly ask God to remind me to be in prayer for certain things.  This is one of them!  He will use his Spirit to remind you, however subtly, to watch your words AND your thoughts.  It's simply up to us whether or not we say them aloud.

What's in a Name? || Nicknames

Hullo, dear friends.  How was your Monday?
Mine was gorgeous and sunny and a high of 65 until the bit of rain came.  :]

Posting this a bit late, but here's a new set of nicknames!

Enjoy!

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Sol
Solomon
M | Biblical, English, Jewish

From the Hebrew Shelomoh, which is derived from the word shalom "peace."  In the Old Testament, this was the given name of the son of David & Bathsheba, who was renowned for his wisdom & wealth.

Bev
Beverly
F (& M) | English

From a surname originally derived from he name of an English city, meaning "beaver stream" in Old English.

Derik
Frederik
M | english

Danish & Dutch form of Frederick, meaning "peaceful ruler."

Josie
Josephine/Josephina
F | English, German, Dutch

English, German, Dutch form of French Joséphine, the feminine form of Joseph, which means "he will add" in Hebrew. 




Names & meanings via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.


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Whatcha think? 
Josie is my favorite out of this set.  What do you think about Frederik?  Do you like the use of Derik as the nickname, whereas most would assume he'd be called Fred?  Would you add any more rare & unique names to this list?  If so, lemme know! I may feature them in the next Nickname edition.  :]

Book Review || Mornings With Bonhoeffer

Mornings With Bonhoeffer:
100 Reflections on the Christian Life
Donald K. McKim

Abingdon Press | October 2, 2018
devotionals, non-fiction, Christian Life

[GoodReads]
"No priest, no theologian stood at the cradle of Bethlehem. And yet, all Christian theology finds its beginnings in the miracle of miracles, that God became human."

These stirring words are just a sample of the wisdom found in this collection of 100 devotions that guide and inspire us. Mornings with Bonhoeffer provides an acute understanding of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's theological perspectives, helping us to reflect on what his thoughts can mean for faith and the Christian experience. Short excerpts from Bonhoeffer's letters and passages from his sermons, paired with the daily devotions, offer timeless and moving reminders of God's love for humanity speaking to the "head" and "heart" of theological understanding and personal faith.

Dr. Donald K. McKim brings Bonhoeffer to life in this beautiful devotional that provides understanding of often misunderstood, multifaceted writings as well as an inside look at the imperfect man behind the saintly image. The result is a heartrending portrait that provides Bonhoeffer's true insights, as well as insight into the faith that sustained and redeemed him.


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This is a lovely little devotional that takes you through the writings of Deitrich Bonhoeffer and what he has to say about various topics in the Christian life.  Each day's devotional begins with a quote from him, followed by the author's expounding on said quote and topic, ending with a Scripture verse to look up as a reference.  They are simple and brief---perfect to start the day off!

"Faith is trust.  It is trust in Jesus, even when He seems to be asleep in the boat.  Through all conditions of life---in calm seas or dangerous seas, faith trusts Jesus.  It does not rely on its own strength.  Faith believes only in God.  Faith overcomes fear because God saves those who are perishing.  We are people of 'little faith.'  But Jesus is with us.  He calms our fears.  He gives us faith."
(Bonhoeffer, Chapter 13)

I'm a collector of inspiring and influential quotes from a variety of people, and this devotional is LOADED with them.  Each one serves as a great reminder of Who we are to live for and why.  And they're scattered with tiny historical snippets of Mr Bonhoeffer's life, where he preached at the time of the quotation, and the like.

I would recommend this little devo to anyone familiar, or unfamiliar, with this great teacher of God, and anyone searching for a brief 5-minute something to go along with their quiet time.

Be ENCOURAGED || A Model of Reverence

So, I'm two days late. . . 
(thanks to internet troubles and life in general, I didn't have my posts drafted for this week, so. . .)
But no worries, right?  I'm still here to share ENCOURAGEMENT for the day!  The writerly post will have to wait until next week, unless by some miracle I could get it up tomorrow. . . xD


Titus 2:3
"Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior. . ."

What does this mean?  In her book Adorned, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth states that various Bible translations explain it like this, "to live in a way that is appropriate for someone serving the Lord." 

To me, that statement seems to hit the nail right on the head!

"To be reverent means living with the constant, conscious awareness that we are in the presence of an awesome, holy God."
- p. 94, Adorned -

If we were successful to remember this each & every day, what a change in our lives people would see!

"[Younger women are] constantly surrounded by coolness, worldliness, and shallowness.  What they don't see enough of---what they are suffering from lack of---are mature women who have been with Jesus, what one Bible commentator has described as 'life in the presence of the holy.' "
-p. 99, Adorned -


As godly women in an ever-growing, ungodly world, we are called to be reverent not only in behavior, but also in 

APPEARANCE (1 Tim. 2:9-10)
"Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness." (NASB)

In this particular passage, Paul is NOT banning the use of make-up, jewelry, clothing, or hairstyle.  He is merely pointing out that these things are not meant to be the obsession of your time and heart.  A woman's appearance is only a piece of who she is---not the whole puzzle!

ATTITUDE (1 Tim. 2:11-12, 15)
"A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness.  But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. . . But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint."

We could expound on EVERYTHING mentioned in these verses---which have all too often made us women bristle and get defensive---but suffice it to say that this speaks to our attitudes and how we respond to God-ordained authority. 

Nancy adds this:
"No, we women are not confined to vows of silence, but reverence toward God and His Word does make up teachable and responsive to God-ordained authority.  It restrains us from asserting ourselves beyond divinely appointed bounds.  And it makes us willing and eager to carry out His sacred calling for our lives."
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LIFESTYLE (1 Tim. 5:9-10)
"A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been the wife of one man, having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work."

These verses speak of a woman who is qualified for financial care by the church.  But they also tell of the quality of an older woman who has lived her life full of purpose and intentionality.  She was faithful to serve, was not idle in her days, and didn't waste her life on what doesn't matter.  Her behavior and lifestyle was the model of reverence, and in that, those around her could not help but see the beauty of the gospel.  Oh, what an example I would wish to be!

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Where does reverence begin?
It can only begin in your intentional and deliberate quiet time with your Lord.  We all struggle to make that work, am I right?  We complain and use the excuse, "I don't have the time!"  But Time is a gift.  And it's something we can make more of---without the use of any Time Turner or the like.  ;D

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Are you serving as a model of reverence to both the older & younger women around you?  Do they see the beauty of your character in the reverent, gentle personality that our King wishes we convey? 
I know I fail in that every day.  But I hope this little post will serve to bless you, and that the Lord will grant us daily reminders to be who He has called us to be. 

Happy Friday, y'all!  Have a lovely weekend & be ENCOURAGEMENT to someone today.  <3

What's in a Name?

It's a rather dreary Monday in my neck o' the woods, y'all.  How about you?
But despite the dreariness, it's still a lovely Monday!

How was your weekend?  And how fares your NaNo-ing?  I'm struggling on that a good bit, but I feel like I'm doing what I can.  Just don't look too closely at my wordcount. . .  {And I gotta say it's so fun to be a part of the Pen Dragons, a Google Hangout, hosted by the ever-lovely Christine.}

As you can see---quite obviously---I failed to post some writerly words of wisdom last Friday, but all's well.  I just wasn't able to draft one in time and have it ready, and my weekend was pretty full up with family & football (Go Vols! and Titans! and Pats!).  
But here I am, and with a loverly batch of English rareties.  :]

Enjoy!

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Vance
M | English

From an English surname, derived from the Old English word fenn, meaning "marsh, fen."


Elletta
F | English (rare)

Meaning unknown.


Amias
English (rare)

Variant of Amyas, whose meaning is unknown though perhaps a derivative of Amis, ultimately derived from Latin amicus, meaning "friend."


Onalee
F | English (rare)
AWN-ne-lee

A variant of Onneli, which could possibly be derived from Onni, meaning "happiness, luck" in Finnish.





Names & meanings via behindthename.com
Photos via Pinterest.


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Have a marvelous week, dear hearts!  
I've got a great set of posts coming your way:
Be on the lookout for some up n' comin' book reviews, a little bit of uplifting encouragement, and the newest linkup in Christine's Know the Novel series!

Be Encouraged || A Godward Focus

None of us measures up to what we long to be.
- Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth -


Believe it or not, as ladies striving to be more like Christ, we have a job description.  And it's not just to become the Proverbs 31 woman, although that is a great example to endeavor to be.  

You remember how we talked about each of us being both a younger AND an older woman to others around us?  And in being that, we can build the core relationships that are so necessary in the Christian faith?  The only way to do so successfully is in keeping a Godward focus.  I rather like that phrase, don't you?  All too often we lose sight of what's ahead of us, because we keep focusing on what's behind.  


"Let your eyes look forward; fix your gaze straight ahead."
- Proverbs 4:25 -

So, what does the "job description" then entail?  And how can we keep that Godward focus?
Look at the passages of Titus 2:3-5 (Because this book study I'm into focuses on this particular bit of Scripture, be warned we'll be visiting & revisiting these verses in the weeks to come! ;])
"Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored."
Titus 2:3-5



I love how Mrs Wolgemuth states it:

"If you're an older woman, teaching good things to younger women is part of your job description.  God has a purpose for you in this season of life that is vital & no one but you can fulfill.  The assumption is that you have learned how to apply the sound teaching of God's Word to your behavior, affections, relationships, priorities---everything---and that you are committed to take what you have learned and pass it on to others.  This should be the norm, not the exception."
(p.71 of Adorned)

Wow! This applies to those of us in our 20s, you know.  Because there's a teen girl who just turned 16 or a high school graduate at age 18, who are searching for the advice and experience we can give.  You may think you're not qualified, but EVERYONE has some form of experience.  Maybe they simply need a friend.  YOU could be that to them.


Nancy continues to state the following:

". . .if you're a younger woman, this passage raises important questions for you: Who are you learning from?  Who are your teachers?  Are they mostly your peers?  What online communities are saturating your thinking and shaping your relationships?  What celebrities are influencing your values, you sense of identity and purpose?"
(p.71 of Adorned)

Those are some thought-provoking questions.  Can we answer them?

For me, I have a dear friend who is only a couple years older than my six & twenty, but I so look up to her.  She lives out her faith so beautifully and boldly.  God is visible to her in absolutely everythingOh how I wish my faith were as strong as I see in hers!

Do you have some such person?  I hope so!  And if not, I would encourage you to seek one out.  This could be an older lady in your church's women's ministry, or the sweet mother of four next door.  We all need someone to learn from, whether or not you realize this.  Perhaps your own mother is not near enough to you, but there's an older, godly lady who works with you at the store that you find yourself looking up to.  Seek her out!  She may not feel qualified themselves, but as mentioned before, we all have experience we can share.  And who knows? she may love that you asked her.


Again, Mrs Wolgemuth sums this up wonderfully:

"The roles of older woman---lovingly teaching what is good---and younger woman---humbly learning---are for all of us.  They're what Scripture calls us to.  None of us belongs on the sidelines."
(p.81 of Adorned)

So, keep that Godward focus.  Don't measure yourself by others' standards, measure yourself by His.  Be willing to be open with the younger ladies in your life, and also be willing to humbly learn from the older ones.

I cannot say it any better than that.  :]

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Talk with me!  Do you have a friend/mentor---someone older you look up to?  If not, is there someone you have in mind, you just need a nudge to ask if she would be that person for you? 
*pushes you in right direction* 
Go to her!  You may just make her day.  In my experience, people love to be needed.  <3

Book Review | Romanov

Romanov
Nadine Brandes

Thomas Nelson | May 7, 2019
Historical Fiction, Fantasy

{GoodReads}
From the author of Fawkes comes a magical take on the story of Anastasia Romanov.

The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.


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{The Basics}
Wow.  I thoroughly enjoyed this magical, historical fiction about the infamous Romanov family.  As we all know, it was believed for a time that Anastasia, fourth daughter of Russian Tsar Nikolai Romanov, and her younger brother Alexei had survived the rebellious revolution to overthrow the family's reign.  Nadine Brandes gives a page-turning, historically accurate (with the exception of magic) tale of familial love and humility in the eyes of oppression.

Our story begins with the family in exile, moving from one prison to another.  The conditions are extremely poor, to say the least, and their rations little to nothing, resulting in malnutrition---despite the houses having once been beautiful places of nobility.

Forced to live under such circumstances, the Romanovs make the most of their time, and under the leadership of their papa, they treat their captors with respect and humility, befriending those who are willing and displaying the high value of their own characters and the biblical command in loving those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44).  However, escape and rescue is never too far from their minds, for the Red Army is under orders to keep them captive until further orders---be that execution or otherwise.

Nastya's greatest desire is that they would be banished to some unknown village where they could live happily as peasants, as a family, for the rest of their lives.  But as history has revealed, that was never meant to be. 

{Spiritual Content}
The family prays quite often, and Papa reads from the Bibliya daily, to keep up their spirits.

Did I mention this story contains magic??  What a neat twist for a historical fiction novel!  The magic system is incredibly unique in that it uses spell ink, and one must paint it on whatever is needing the magic and speak/sing the word for it to be used.  

Rasputin is mentioned briefly as a spell master for the Romanovs, until he was executed.  The Red Army hunts such spell masters in fear that they could rise up in rebellion and form a formidable army against them.

{Violence}
 Alexei suffers from hemophilia, a blood disease that does not allow his blood to clot.  Because of that, any bruise or cut he gets could be fatal.  He acquires a bruise on his knee simply from getting up from slipping and it swells to three times its size.

The family hears gunshots nearly every day in a nearby village---executions the Red Army take out.  A man is shot in the head as a punishment for interaction with the family.  Throats are slit, people are shot, or beaten.  

{Language // Alcohol & Drugs}
None, with exception of one use of "b-----d."  There's mention of lewd writings soldier wrote in the bathroom the girls use, but nothing is explained in the story.

A commandant is constantly drunk, having to guard the family.  Vodka bottles are strewn all about his office.

{Romantic Content}
One of Nastya's sisters falls for a friendly soldier.  Nothing happens romantically, other than a shared kiss, but their relationship is really sweet.  Nastya herself is attracted to Zash. 

Gossip has traveled around the Russian people about Nastya's mother and her time spent alone with the spell master, Rasputin, behind closed doors.  Nastya confronts Mamma regarding this, simply wishing to know the truth.

{Conclusion}
All in all, I LOVED this book!  I so enjoyed how Mrs Brandes captured the personalities and characters of the family members.  There is no doubt whatsoever that they love each other and would do whatever is in their power to protect them.  This tale is written from Nastya's perspective, who we learn is a mistress of mischief, who loves to make her family laugh, and would risk her life to give them some form of relief from their sufferings.  She adores her papa, encourages her mother and sisters, and is fully present for her ailing younger brother---who is more mature than his age suggests.

It's certainly not like 20th Century Fox film Anastasia (1997), but it is a unique and thrilling take on the Romanov family.  I would highly recommend! 

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Ages 16+

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

What's in a Name || Places Edition

Good evening, dear beans!
I hope you had a lovely Monday.  :]

Today's post features a unique batch of ladies' names that you'll find hail from rather familiar landmarks in our world.  Some could be used for male or female, but to me they seem more on the feminine side.

Enjoy!

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Paris
F | Various
PER-is, PAR-is

Unknown meaning.  From the name of the capital city of France, which got its name from the ancient Celtic tribe known as the Parisii.


London
F & M | English (modern)
LUN-dǝn

From the name of the capital city of the United Kingdom---meaning unknown.  As a surname, it was borne by the American author, Jack London (1876-1916).


India
F | English
IN-dee-ǝ

Meaning "body of trembling water, river." From the name of the country, which is derived from the name of the Indus River, Sanskrit.


China
F | English (modern)
CHIE-nǝ

From the name of the Asian country, which is ultimately derived from Qin, the name of the ruling dynasty in 3rd-century BC.







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How's NaNo progressing for those of you taking part?  I'm still processing the fact we're in the month of November. . . O_______O
Happy writing, y'all!  Have a marvelous week!

How I Plan to Survive NaNoWriMo


NaNoWriMo is here!

Anyone else feel that way?? *points up*
Well, if so, I thought I'd share my survival plan for this lovely month of November.  It's nothing much, just three tips to keep my sanity (especially with a little one to tend).  :]


For those of you unfamiliar with this strange word, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.  And in this particular month, writers and authors from all over the world commit their time & talents to writing an entire novel in THIRTY. DAYS.

Oh the INSANITY.

But yeah.  It's pretty cool.  :]  My first-ever time taking part was last year and it gave me the push I needed to start working on my WIP Beauty & the Beast retelling, Noya I didn't quite make "winner," but I had a great time writing and learning more of my characters & story.  [Read my post from last year here on How I Survived NaNo as Just a Participant.]  And if you are participating, I'd love to be a writing buddy!  Find me here.  *^ - ^*

With a two & a half month old baby to tend nearly every hour of the day, as well as my household duties as a wife, I have limited time to write.  Because of this, I've a plan to balance out my desires.

I know school, work, and other responsibilities may take up your own sweet writing time as well, so perhaps these simple things could help keep you focused. :]



If, due to your responsibilities---be they what they be, the 50k goal isn't possible and leaves you feeling defeated and doubting your writing skills, then set your own ACHIEVABLE goals and meet them.  I'm not saying don't strive for that 50k---do so! and have fun!  But also remember if that goal isn't met, then don't be defeated.  It's not the end of the world!  You are no failure.  (Unless you DIDN'T strive for the goal and procrastinated in your laziness.  Only then would you have failed due to a lack of ambition.)

This November's goal for me is not so much word count as it is time.  I'm working towards taking a minimum of ten minutes a day.  And so far so good!  My ten minutes yesterday turned into a whopping half-hour!

Achievable goals spark motivation, y'all.  Make 'em & meet 'em!


There's no room for stress.

None.

So, STOP. IT. 


Seriously, though.  Stress is unhealthy, for both body & mind.  And if you are writing AND stressing on a story that is your passion for this November, most likely the words will not flow as smoothly, nor will you enjoy the process near as much as you SHOULD.

Which leads me to the next tip. . .


ENJOY THE PROCESS.  
There's not many things in the writing world so thrilling as seeing your characters & scenes come together, flowing through your pen (or keypad) and filling blank pages.  And when an amazing new idea pops into your brain, it's such fun to jot it down.  Or when a plot hole seems to fill itself, you could almost cry for joy!

When the fun just doesn't seem to come, it may be worth it to stop and take a break, then return with fresh eyes.

Enjoy the writing!

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What of you, dear heart?  Do you have a survival plan?  How do you enjoy the process?  Do you set small goals with prizes to keep you going?  Let me know!

Happy writing, y'all!