November Instagram…

I finally got through NaNoWriMo relatively unscathed, and winning with a margin of 50,612. I’m absolutely shattered, to be honest! It was my birthday on Sunday, so I’m now a year older and (sort of) a year wiser. I’m looking forward to this month – there’s lots of things coming up. Not least is our trip to New York – something we’ve all wanted to do since we first went there in 2005. This time Dan and Sarah’s boyfriend Matt are coming, as well as my Mum. A trip of a lifetime, I think.

Last month was hard, but I felt exhilarated come midnight on Friday 30th. It felt so good that I had pushed through all my resistance and lack of motivation. I think I was limping over the finishing line, but I’m glad I made it. I hope you did too – even if you didn’t reach 50,000 we’re all winners because we’ve started something. Next thing to do is keep going, fill in the plot holes and missing chapters, write an ending (which I actually managed to do this year), then put it away for a few weeks and work on something else. Then go back and write the second and third draft. Don’t be afraid of tackling your mistakes and adjectives. The best thing about writing is that we can always change things.

On Saturday, I had a disastrous date with a pie from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days cookbook. I attempted to make a Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pie but the top layer wouldn’t set, so it ended up being a runny mess. Never make a pie at 1am in the morning. And always relax and don’t get worked up. Also, don’t use too much milk. I tried some of it, and it was okay, but probably not exactly how it was meant to taste! Sarah said she found the cat on the counter having a go at it so it got thrown out. What a waste. (I’m happy to report that Flossie was fine and looked very pleased with herself).

This is my month (and a bit) of Instagram:

Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world. ~  Albert Einstein

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