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Sneaky Monday

Filed under: The Class of 2k12, Touching the Surface

Sneaky, sneaky Monday. I was just ready to settle down for a long winter’s nap and BAM!!!! I realized tomorrow is Monday–aka blogpost day. *head thunk* And not that I don’t love my blog, but seriously I’m in a food coma right now and my lap top did that same thing it did a couple weeks ago and it just shut down Grrrrr. Yes, I’ll be hitting the Genius Bar at the Apple store ASAP! So why am I still in such a jolly mood? Well, I had a great Christmas and I’m still able to get this blog post out to you on my iPad!!!! Yeah, I’m in love. I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy this little baby. Think I’m going to have to name this little guy George. Unless you have a better name. :o)So, to celebrate sneaky Monday…tell me what was your favorite gift of the Holiday season.

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Are You a Crock Pot or a Salad Bar?

Filed under: Touching the Surface, Writing Style, YA Books

Yesterday kicked off another year of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and I’m jealous.  I want in on the action.  I love the group energy and the idea of vomiting words out on the page, but I have to face reality, this experience may never happen for me.

Some of the reasons have nothing to do with “writing.”  I am previously committed to other endeavors that are really important to me.  The dance studio where I teach and take class, has its annual recital in November.  I’m passionate about dance and love this time of year.  I can’t imagine taking something I really love and making it stressful.  Also, my sister-in-law and her family live out of town and every other year she’s home for a Thanksgiving/Christmas Festivus in November.  I can’t imagine cutting into that special time with family.  And then there’s the holidays…I’m not a good elf.

Basically, November is just not an optimal time for me to write a novel.  So…if NaNoWriMo was in March–would I do it?  I’d be a lot more tempted, but the answer is still–probably not.  Why?

Because I’m a crock pot.

And NaNoWriMo is a salad bar.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good salad bar.  But this is about writing, not eating.  Although I’m getting hungry right now.  But in the context of novels, some people (the salad bar folks) take their ingredients, throw them into a big pile and digest them later.  The other group of writers (the crock pot gang) carefully think about how to put their ingredients together ahead of time, then let everything cook slowly so that things can blend together.  Both dishes are tasty.  Both writing styles have advantages and disadvantages.  And ideally, my preference is to have a little of both–for balance.

But at the end of the day, I’m not sure I could JUST be a salad bar.  Which means I’m not sure I’ll ever do NaNoWriMo.  But hey–you never know.  I just might get hungry enough.

Are you a crock pot or a salad bar?

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