calendar // November

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I said it the other day and on reflection, realised how true it was. It’s not Halloween that scares me, it’s the day after ~ the eldest turns 12.

Twelve?! How did that happen?

I guess when you consider the lightning fast pace of each and every year, it’s not that hard to believe. This photo was taken on the same day that last year’s November taken. It’s a long time between decent photo walks!

Next year, a few short months away, I will have a high schooler, children in different schools, the apron strings slightly loosened.

So now, with the weeks in the school dwindling into single figures, I’m going to relish the simple weeks we have left.

So November. The year’s end is but two months away.

So we kick off with All Saints Day and of course end with Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday.

  • November comes from the Latin novem meaning nine.
  • It starts on the same day of the week as February and March in common years and is one of four months with 30 days.
  • November 11 is Remembrance Day or Veterans Day in the US. Other notable dates include World Diabetes Day on November 15, International Men’s Day on November 19. It’s also Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month. It’s also Movember.
  • For budding writers it’s a big month with National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month. [Timely writing advice round-up here]
  • The race that stops the nation, Australia’s own Melbourne Cup is on the first Tuesday.
  • The birthstone is topaz and the citrine and the flower is the chrysanthemum.

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so, you want to be a writer? It’s NaNoWriMo time

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Let me start by saying, I have absolutely no plans to write a novel. I don’t have the patience.

Although I love words, and work with them daily, but am ultimately the evil editor type rather than the whimsical wordsmith type.

As a journalist, I’ve done my share of writing and re-writing, but have always hankered for honest-to-goodness writing that occurs in a mythical spot where a typewriter sits on a wooden desk in minimalist surrounds, facing a window, steaming cup of something nearby and piles of notes, papers and pens scattered around.

And this is why I’m such a sucker for anything that mentions famous writers, their process, their favourite drinks or their writing habits.

And I also love information hoarding and when I saw the other day a mention of National Novel Writing Month, it seemed the opportune time to roll out the words on writing I’ve been hoarding for the better part of six months.

Here’s a tip: Big Huge Labs have a cool, simple writing interface here ~ for all those times you are feeling wordy ~ or try one of these

There are lots of written words on writing, and writers. So as we head into #NaNoWriMo, a few tips on writing from writers.

So from all those words on writing, I’ve narrowed it to three tips on how to be a writer.

You need some quirk.

Kerouac liked scrolling his work, Joyce used crayons, Woolf like to stand, Steinbeck always had 12 sharpened pencils on his desk and Capote wouldn’t start or finish a work on a Friday. What’s your quirk?

Make sure you have a routine.

First thing in the morning, after a cup of tea, lighting a candle, waiting on the moon. It’s all in the timing. Or perhaps try one of these creative routines.

You need a signature drink

Hemingway was a fan of mojitos, F. Scott Fitzgerald a gin rickey. What’s your poison?

Further reading:

Are you attempting NaNoWriMo?  Do you have a novel in you? Or perhaps just a short story?

 

print // spooky fun

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There’s two scary things this week ~ Halloween and that it will be November on the weekend. Honestly, I don’t know what I find more frightening. Perhaps the fact my eldest is also about to turn 12!

It’s a scary time of year.

For those getting into the the Halloween “spirit”, some fun printable for your spooky fun.

Find past Halloween posts here

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