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Of Trick-or-Treat and Writing and Thankfulness

Good morning friends! It is officially November, which means that National Novel Writing Month has officially begun! This means I’ll be devoting a big chunk of my time this month to the usual attempt at completing 50,000 words by the end of the month. I never try the traditional finishing a novel in a month because that’s just nonsense. Usually I just keep working on the same novel for each year and counting just the words I’ve written during the month of November. That novel wasn’t going anywhere, though, so I started a new one that I’ve told you about before and I’m super excited about. Hopefully this one will go a little better as I have a better idea of where it needs to go and what needs to happen. I’m still kind of winging it, though, so, you know. You’ll be hearing a lot about that, probably.

img_20161031_184127So today I had three things I wanted to write about and I couldn’t decide which to go with, so I picked all three. We had our first trick-or-treat night in our new house on Monday and it was pretty interesting. This whole house thing is a learning experience and this was just one more thing to learn from. My doctor’s appointment went well, by the way, and was not as scary as I thought it was going to be. I picked Logan up and we got home around 5. Trick-or-treat started at 6 so we had an hour to get ready. I dressed up and did my robotic doll make-up and put on a dress and a simple sweater and so tights, because it was chilly. I’d gotten Snickers and Kit-Kats because they are the best candy and I knew I’d be eating probably all of it and there weren’t any Twix. 6pm rolls around and we can hear people coming down the street. We put on a Mystery Science Theater: 3000 episode to watch while we wait for kids to show up, if they show up. We did manage to get three whole kids at our door, so I didn’t have to eat quite all the candy.

img_20161031_200034What I’ve learned from this year is that we need to put lights by our walk way. Seriously, it’s super dark and I think that kept people away. We also maybe might want to think about sitting out next year, depending on the weather, so people don’t have to walk up the long walk way at all and deal with all the stairs in their fun costumes. I thought about going out this year, but I’d want a light source for the end of the walk too and we didn’t really have one and we’d already planned to watch the movie, so we stayed in. My poor cats were not into trick-or-treat. They hung out with us on the couch until they heard, or saw someone coming up the side walk and then they bolted. Because strangers are scary, even if they don’t come in, apparently.

The third thing I wanted to talk about this morning was the days of thankfulness I did last year. I’ve been debating on doing them again this year, but the thing is, I feel like I covered all the big things last year. I got my husband, my family, my friends, college, and church. But you know what? I think I can probably come up with a few more things that I’m thankful for. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I’d like to give it the attention it so richly deserves. Seriously, Thanksgiving is so underrated and underappreciated.

So here’s the plan, I think: because there are so many things to write about in November, I’m going to try to write every week day for the month, which will probably fall apart around the end of the month, but what can you do? I’ll do free writing for NaNoWriMo on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Thankfulness posts on my usual days, as much as I can, leading up to Thanksgiving. I can’t imagine I’ll post the Friday after Thanksgiving, just warning you now, because Black Friday is a thing that my in-laws do and it’s actually quite fun. So, I hope you all had a lovely Halloween and continue to enjoy the rest of your fall as we approach the actual best holiday! Have a lovely day, my friends!

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