Camp NaNoWriMo word count update

Hey folks, I’m not too far off today’s target at 4806 out of 5500 so far!!


Camp NaNoWriMo, Again, Apparently

So, I’m doing it again, apparently.

My word count goal is much lower this time, however, because July is a very busy month for me this year.  This is the first year I’m doing both summer NaNos, too, so I thought I’d go easy on myself.  For now, my goal is 15,500, so about 500 words per day, which is pretty reasonable.

I started on July 3rd, though, so I’m a little bit behind, but not by too much.

I am also writing by hand for the first time, which should be interesting.  So far I’m having pretty good success getting something onto the nice crisp white pages, and I hope it continues this way.  I dread the hand cramps that are in my future, though.

You can find my project here:


Camp NaNoWriMo

Anybody remember NaNoWriMo from November?

Great, I’m doing it again in April.  Well, sort-of.  It’s Camp NaNoWriMo, and you can find my ‘Camper Info’ here: Camp NaNoWriMo User Profile, Be-the-ratgirl If you want to add me as a writing buddy, just drop me a line to say you got there via my blog, and I’ll be ecstatic to add you back!

I’m trying out a new app called “Whitelines Link” to keep all my work synchronized across all my devices and available to me when I’m not at home.  If you use it too, or have suggestions for other ways to do this, comment and let me know, I’m always eager to try new things.

If You Like: Poetry

If you like listening to poetry, rather than reading it, and you don’t mind heavy subject matter, then I suggest you look up a YouTube channel called “Button Poetry.”

You can try one of their videos out here:

(please be advised that this poem is titled “American Rape Culture,” if you feel this topic might not be for you, then please give it a pass)


Button Poetry:

January Cure Update: Assignments

Assignment # 5:  Choose a Project  –  I chose to re-organize the furniture in my Solarium, which doubles as my office

Assignment # 6:  Flowers & A Better Kitchen – This one’s been postponed!

Assignment # 7:  Plan to Host a Party – Every month Hans & I host our friends for a weekend of gaming, and this January is no different.  The weekend of January 30th- February 1st we’ll have three of our friends over, invitations have been sent, and the plan is ready.

Assignment # 8: Three Minute Quick Sweep – I actually do a version of this every day already; I collect garbage and do quick clean-ups just before I put the dishwasher on every morning to help keep the mess under control.

Assignment # 9: Project – I re-organized furniture in the Solarium on the day I chose the project, but it’s taken me much longer to tidy up my art supplies and the general clutter.

Assignment # 10: One Drawer at a Time – For me this is actually a continuation of a project I started in December; I have been re-organizing all my clothing drawers using Ikea divider boxes.  I took the opportunity to do the very last clothing drawer.  Having dividers in there makes a huge difference, and I’ve followed the suggestions of a few other people:

Assignment # 11: Flowers & A Super Clean Bedroom – Hans brought me home a single white rose and some baby’s breath on Wednesday as a reward for making a big effort to get out of the house this week.  Unfortunately, the bedroom clean had to wait as there were too many other things going on.  I’m hoping to get it done soon, though.

Assignment # 12: Media Fast: This one hasn’t happened yet, but hopefully in the next few days, we’ll be able to take the time to turn off all our electronics for a few hours.

Assignment # 13: Bathroom Cabinet Cleanout: This one’s still pending

Assignment # 14: Landing Strip / Clutter Filter:  I set this up last year, and we’re still using it.  I just took a few extra minutes to clear things up and do a quick little refreshing of the area.

Assignment # 15: Closet Cleanout: Pending

Assignment # 16: Living Room Deep Clean: Pending


If You Like: DIY HGTV Handmade

If you like DIY projects, then I recommend you check out HGTV’s DIY channel.  They have many different types of crafts, styles, and difficulty levels because the channel is hosted by several different crafters and often has guests.

Here’s one of their videos to get you started- this particular video doesn’t have instructions, but it does give you an idea of the variety of their projects:


HGTV Handmade on YouTube:

January Cure Update: Assignments 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assignment # 1:  Well, the photos from the weekend were a little delayed (sorry!), but here you can see the new plant & its fellow green friends:

Assignment # 2:  I’ve done well with Assignment 2, which was to make a list of all the little improvements each room needs.  The whole thing seems much more manageable now!  So much of it is just tidying up and getting rid of things we no longer need.

Assignment # 3:  I had set up an outbox last year, and I’ve kept the habit all year long, so I just made a point of checking the status of what’s in there at the moment and if I can move the process along.

Assignment # 4: “Purge the pantry”  Yesterday was a really busy day, so I’ve pushed this off onto today.  I’ll let you know how it goes!