Friday, October 28, 2011

NaNo Project

I've never done NaNoWriMo in the past because November is one of my busiest months of the year. My busiest is actually August and September with school starting. And then it's November. But this year, I'm so determined to get my current writing project done. I'm half way through and I think NaNo can push me over the edge.

On top of doing NaNo, I'm going to be giving out prizes at the end of the month to celebrate my success! (If you're an Orange County public school teacher, I know you're laughing over that one right now).

So after I pass my 25% mark, I'll be giving away a book, then at the 50% mark, then the 75% mark. If I make it to the 100% mark, I'll give away 5 books total. So we'll see what happens by Dec. 1st and how many books I'll be giving away to my amazing blogger buddies!

You can check my side bar on the right to see how I'm progressing. Yeah, right now I'm at the big fat ZERO mark.

I probably won't be posting much since I'll be writing my butt off. But if you get a chance, send me good wishes, cyber chocolate and coffee. I'll need them. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Diwali!

One of my students brought me a bag of yummy treat this morning, happily telling me, "Happy New Year!"

My student is Indian and his family celebrates the Festival of Lights holiday by handing out presents and treats to friends and family members.

The Diwali holiday received it's name because it's literal translation is "row of lamps". People light small clay lamps with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. Firecrackers are often sent off to drive away evil spirits.

So wishing you all a Happy Diwali!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Made Me Smile

Today when I came home from work and opened my mailbox, I discovered my contributor copy of FUN FOR KIDZ magazine. I had totally forgotten I'd even wrote those articles for that issue! Thinking back, my oldest wasn't reading when I wrote them three years ago. So it was an unexpected surprise to find him sitting on the couch, reading the magazine and learning from something that I wrote.

It made me smile.

Last week I had a friend I'd met in Korea (she's now working in the Netherlands) come visit me. We had thought her trip wouldn't work out but in the end it did! The next thing I knew, she was flying out to Orlando to visit! We had a blast together catching up and riding all the roller coasters at Disney.

Another unexpected surprise.

Then tonight, I kind of had a big breakthrough on my current writing project. I'm trying out some new things with this book and it's kind of scary and overwhelming, but at the same time I'm learning so much from the process. And I love creating a new and fresh story.

So how about you? What brings a smile to your face today?