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Emma Palova, born in Czech Republic, is an author, a writer, a screenwriter, a journalist, a photographer, a designer and the founder of Emma Blogs, LLC, based in Lowell, Michigan. Currently, she is working on her memoir "Greenwich Meridian" which she intends to turn into a screenplay. Palova started her blog EW Emma's Writings at in support of the publication of her memoir in January, 2013. The blog has grown into a passion and a company that designs blogs for other people under the umbrella of Emma Blogs. Palova is a prolific online publisher open to new ideas and to new horizons. A natural innovator, Palova loves to create progressive brands into the future. Check out her inspirational post "Desert epiphany" and the authors page on About_me and on Facebook. I am looking forward to seeing you around the greater Grand Rapids area and on my blog. I am seeking an agent or a publisher for the memoir that I intend to publish for my mom Ella's 80 birthday on Aug. 23. I celebrated my fourth anniversary on the WordPress publishing platform on Jan. 15th, 2017 with more than 1,000 followers and 500 plus posts. Love always, Emma

40K Mark in NaNoWriMo

I crossed the 40,000-word mark today in the NaNoWriMo 50k word challenge. It always amazes me how I got here?

The answer is simple, writing every day, and making it my number one priority of the day. My hope is to carry this beyond the challenge into the upcoming months which is easier said than done.

With the holidays upon us, it seems impossible, until it isn’t. NaNoWriMo organizers enabled everyday writing tracking even after the challenge ends on Nov. 30.

I will be at West Catholic Central on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To be continued

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NaNoWriMo Days 20 & 21, total of 39,585 words

I had to combine the totals for the two NaNoWriMo writing days, since Day 20 on Sunday, Nov. 20 wasn’t a writing day at all. More like research and staying in touch with my writing project, a sequel to The Lost Town based in Singapore, MI during a major selling event, Christmas through Lowell.

For the third day in a row, I was stationed inside the Lowell Area Historical Museum, Industry & Retail Room with the Cutter Factory sleigh, selling books with six other vendors. Although we had a ball and enjoyed good sales it was exhausting.

I had a clear view of the Strand Theater’s playbill from who knows when that actually inspired me. Check out the feature photo.

By now, we know each other’s sales pitches by heart.

“Are you readers?” I ask. “Do you like to read?”

“No, I don’t have the time,” was the overwhelming response.

“My earrings are two for 10,” Ashley Thompson said.

And so on.

“I have postcards from Lowell,” Bruce Doll said.

“Would you like to buy a candle?” the candle kid said.

NaNoWriMo Day 21

I logged in a total of 1,600 words trying to get back into the swing of things. You would not believe what a two-day break from writing does. It puts you out of touch with your own story, and with the characters, you have created. It takes forever to get back into the zone of the book.

To be continued..

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Christmas through Lowell Friday through Sunday

Greetings from the Lowell Area Historical Museum Industry and Retailing Room where I will be stationed for the next three days with my books, and other vendors. Books make great gifts and souvenirs from the great town of Lowell. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to find a unique gift.

Even though I didn’t get much NaNoWriMo writing done, I came across a lot of inspiration for more writing.

First we got a foot of snow making it hard to get out of the house. So I had a chauffeur for the day, our Moravian son Jakub Pala. We made it to our first meeting of the Michigan Craft Distillers Association at DeVos Hall in downtown Grand Rapids.

“How did you get here?” Diana Stampfler, executive director said.

“One of our Moravian Sons gave me a ride to the meeting,” I laughed referring to the name of our Moravian Sons Distillery.

Timed right before the opening of the Food and Wine Festival, we got a sneak preview of the exhibits of craft distilleries, wineries and breweries.

Long Road Distillery

NaNoWriMo writing , total 37, 407

Sequel to The Lost Town

Tightened the ties between the Lost Town of Singapore and Breese located on the Dream Waterway that connected Lake St. Clair to West Michigan.

Introduced hints of secrets of Singapore not to be revealed.

The Lowell Ledger 11-23

In the upcoming issue watch for these stories.

Local baker mom wins Gingerbread Championship on Food Network

Rogue River Artists at Lowell High School the first Saturday in December

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NaNoWriMo 2022 Day 16

Christmas through Lowell this weekend

I will be at the Lowell Area Historical Museum, station k, 325 W. Main St. from Friday afternoon through Sunday, Nov. 20 with my books from the Shifting Sands series.

NaNoWriMo continues

The adventure to find the lost city of Singapore continues with an average daily log-in of 2,000 words. I find that it is optimal to keep up the pace of the story, and not lose the storyline.

Any extremes above or below that count, are just that, extremes that will catch up with you. We discussed this in yesterday’s Halfway NaNoWriMo Breaking Point Podcast with authors Jean Davis and Vera West. Check it out.

The word build-up of 3,000 words tends to dwindle away if you slack off the next day. Trying to make up for the required 1,667-word daily login is almost impossible. It’s a big chunk of text.

Here is the Halfway NaNoWriMo episode

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Halfway through NaNoWriMo 2022 with Wrimo Experts

NaNoWriMo authors Jean Davis, Vera West, and host of For the Love of Books Podcast Emma Palova take you through the first half of the 50K writing challenge in this special episode. Their combined total log-in was just under 80,000 words.

Find out what they did to reach their writing goals on their journeys to publishing new books in 2023. Keep on writing past the challenge, and make it a daily habit, these experts say.

Watch for their books in 2023.

So listen in and jump on the NaNoWriMo roller coaster, because you can’t edit a blank page.

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NaNoWriMo 2022 halfway breaking point

It’s a big day in Michigan. Today is the opening day of the firearm hunting season that will run through the end of November. Stay tuned for details.

A Big Day for Wrimos

We’ve reached the halfway point on the NaNoWriMo roller coaster. Listen in to the special podcast episode with experts Jean Davis, Emma Palova and Vera West.

NaNoWriMo 2022 Day 13 & 14

Rough Seas

Total words logged in 31, 165 on Monday, Nov. 14.

No, smooth sailing through these two days filled with focused writing. After I got over the halfway hump on Friday and Saturday, the ride on the NaNo 50k word roller coaster got bumpier.

It must have coincided with the drop in temperatures in West Michigan as we chilled down, and the skies got cloudy. Our driveways are now lined with stakes with snow in the forecast.

So I introduced the Tower of Breese into the story about the search for a lost town. That helped to further establish the enemy. However, I got stuck again on Monday morning and added another layer to one of the protagonists deepening the conflict.

What’s the next step? The protagonist has several options and doesn’t know which road to take. I should map it out for him on the beat sheet plotting method.

Christmas through Lowell 2022

Setting records this year the tour has 61 locations and I am on one of them, station k on the CTL tour map aka Lowell Area Historical Museum in downtown Lowell located at 325 W. Main Street.

In my other role as a reporter for The Lowell Ledger, I wrote like crazy on a Sunday afternoon about the upcoming Christmas through Lowell tour this weekend, Nov. 18 through Nov. 20.

Christmas through Lowell, Nov. 18 through Nov. 20

In my role as the Director of Operations for Moravian Sons Distillery, I am going to our first meeting of the Michigan Craft Distillers Association at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids. I am psyched. There will be a bunch of other distillery newcomers.

In another role yet as the producer and host of For the Love of Books Podcast, we will bring you insights in the special episode “Breaking Point” about getting halfway through NaNoWriMo.

I can’t wait for authors Jean Davis and Vera West to share their insights because you can still jump on the NaNo ride.

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NaNoWriMo Day 12

Breaking Point

We’re chilling in West Michigan all the way down to 38F with snow in the forecast. That meant no break between the two writing sessions outside on the trail. I switched to the treadmill by the stairway.

We’re halfway there on the NaNoWriMo roller coaster 50k word challenge and rocking it. I climbed over the hump yesterday with the help of the protagonists looking for the Lost Town of Singapore.

Instead of Singapore, they found a strange city on the Dream Waterway connecting two lakes.

The upcoming special episode of For the Love of Books Podcast will feature authors Emma Palova, Jean Davis, and Vera West sharing their experience from this year’s National Novel Writing Month 50k word challenge.

Don’t miss out, because you can still win the challenge if you jump on the ride now.

Listen in on

“Start where you’re at, find what you love and go from there.

Joanna Walitalo, UP author of Woodburnings

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NaNoWriMo Day 11

Blue Heron Spotting, Armistice Day

Can you spot the Blue Heron in the feature photo above?

This is my third attempt to get this post published. It’s Friday evening in West Michigan and a chilly one.

The NaNoWriMo 50k word challenge continued as I got over the halfway hump logging in more than 25,000 words.

The protagonists moved the story forward with unexpected twists and turns.

To be continued due to technical difficulties.

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