So it’s over for another year. Christmas that is. The hustle and bustle, over emphasis on materialism, the frantic wrapping, decorating, cards, cooking and family gatherings. Relief. Sleep. Getting back to ‘normal’.
I know… you think, “not another blog about post Christmas whatever.” Well, you’re in luck. I’ve said all I’m going to say about that subject. Like I said before, relief.
It’s been several weeks since I have posted anything. I’ve been busy with my mother-in-law in the hospital and doing all the stuff ‘necessary’ for you know what. (See I didn’t say it.) I just haven’t taken the time. Now I need to get back at it.
Guess what!!! My NANOWRIMO sweatshirt came yesterday. As a winner of the 50,000 word novel writing challenge in November, and they were on sale so I got the hoodie. Maybe they were on sale for everyone whether you won or not but as a winner I got an email about it. That made me feel special so I ordered one.
It’s a nice sweatshirt, warm and cozy. I wore it today. With the blue letters ‘NANOWRIMO’ emblazoned across my chest I thought people in McD’s would ask what it meant. It’s a weird combination of letters, not recognizable as a school, business, organization, or anything else really. Yet not one person asked.
I was surprised at this. Here I am, ready to announce to the world, well, maybe just the people I see when I get breakfast or lunch, that I’m a writer and no one asked me.
I was prepared to declare that I wrote 50,172 words of a novel in the month of November. That it’s an original work of fiction which I started on the first and completing the challenge on the twenty-eighth. I then would answer the myriad of questions which would come my way.
What is it about? Book two of the series, what’s the first one about? When is it going to be published? Where can I get copies? Will they be in print and ebook forms? How long have you been writing?
When I answered all the inquiries the person’s response would be, “Cool, I’ve never known an author before.”
Well, it didn’t happen. God has kept me humble, and that’s as it should be. I am proud of the words and stories He has given me and pray He will continue to do so. I’m learning, as I write, how to inculcate the truths of Scripture into life through the people and plots I’ve been given.
That in its self is a blessing. I am satisfied with that because it’s helping me in my relationships.
Besides, I’m ready when I wear it out in public again with the answer to “What in the world is NANOWRIMO?”
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Sophie Dawson is my pen name. The real me is the wife of a farmer in western Illinois.
I have two grown sons, one of which is married to a wonderful young woman. They gave us the most wonderful granddaughter ever in November of 2010. I'm not the least bit prejudice. :)