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write with others!

Last night I went to the local Barnes & Noble to meet up with a group of local writers here in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s November, and this month as is every November is NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to complete 50,000 words in a single month – a difficult challenge!

I successfully completed NaNoWriMo a few years ago, but this year, as I was on vacation for the first week of November, I decided not to go for it again. Regardless, I’m always up for meeting other writers and sharing ideas and motivation, so I dropped by the book store for a NaNoWriMo Write-In.

It was a lot of fun to meet others interested in writing, and to pump each other up to meet difficult writing goals. We used the “Box of Doom”, a tool that gives each writer a random plot element and a random number of words to write, and then challenges the group of writers to meet their individual goals. I wound up with the challenge of writing 2100 words in 30 minutes that I did not complete successfully, though I still received “NaNoWriMo credit” for failing the task (there’s an achievement, for lack of a better term, for completing the task, and also an achievement for failing it).

While there turned out to be much more talking than writing during our Write-In, I still recommend getting together with local writers to talk about writing! It’s extremely motivating to talk about writing and to critique the writing of others, not to mention very helpful for all of those involved who are interested in improving upon their craft.

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12. Nov, 2010
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back to Florida

last week we returned to Disneyworld for a week – the first time around we bought annual passes (which are much cheaper in the long run if you plan to go to the theme parks for more than a few days), so this time around it was almost somewhat economical!

one of the highlights of our trip was visiting my sister Linda and her family in Tampa; we went trick-or-treating with my sister, her husband and their kids in their suburban neighborhood. My parents also came by for the occasion, visiting from Ellenton, somewhat south of Tampa and just north of Bradenton, where they spend their winters. It was very fun! Callum went as Luke Skywalker (Yvonne sewed his outfit for him), while Mia dressed as, yes, Darth Vader.

here are a few pictures from the trip:

Callum in the line for the Test Track ride at Epcot, being a dummy. And by dummy I mean crash test dummy.

Callum being a dummy

four of us on the Expedition Everest roller coaster at the Animal Kingdom. If you look closely you can see me in the dark red shirt raising the roof near the middle of the coaster with Callum to my right, and Yvonne and Mia behind us.

Expedition Everest

Mia, who is 5, had a love-hate relationship with Expedition Everest. She rode on it, cried throughout the whole second half of the ride… then wanted to go on it again. Again she cried and said she didn’t like it, but afterward wanted to go on it a third time. After the third time she was done! Callum on the other hand couldn’t get enough of the roller coasters – he loved Space Mountain as well! Next time we go (though who knows when that will be) we’ll have to get him on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at the Hollywood (formerly Disney MGM) Studios. Though I don’t know if we’ll be able to get Mia to go on that one, and she certainly won’t be riding “that scary elevator ride”.

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