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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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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 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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NaNoWriMo Day 10

Likely the last 70-degree day this season, so I got right on it writing in two sessions: in the early morning session, I took a walking break to the Franciscans, then I wrote more for a total of 2,426 in the late morning session. I had to wrap it up after the second break at the Arrowhead Golf Course. My brain refused to function anymore. I stuffed myself with a nut mix and chocolates.

I drove back home through the orchards that always calm me down.

The story is on its way to the first big surprise nearing the top of the first climb on the roller coaster plotting method.

The word total since the challenge started on Nov. 1 is 22,570 words. I wish I could have written more, but the body and the mind are smarter than I am and stopped me.

Today, we’re stilling peaches from Mason Apple Orchards in Belding. Thank you, my friend, Lynn. This is the third stilling run of the season.

To be continued…

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NaNoWriMo Day 9

Rising moon over the cornfields

It was an awesome writing day split into two sessions. I logged in 3,277 words for a total of more than 20, OOO words. I am working on a sequel to The Lost Town.

Christmas through Lowell

In my other role as a newspaper woman, watch for the upcoming story about Christmas through Lowell featuring vendors and artists in The Lowell Ledger.

I will be on the tour as well inside the Lowell Area Historical Museum in the industrial room with my books from the Shifting Sands Series plus the Konecny Family memoir.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to meet a local author and shop for lovely gifts.

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NaNoWriMo Day 8

It’s a big day today that started off with the total lunar eclipse of the moon known as the bloodied moon. We can see the next one in three years.

The Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

Blood moon, Lunar eclipse

NaNoWriMo Day 8

I started writing at 8 a.m. and moved the adventure further ahead after flipping back to the beat sheet method. After the lunch break on the trail, I wrote in the afternoon logging in 3,217 words for a total of 16, 867. I wish I could have written more. But it is what it is. Grateful for this productive day.

Morning effects

General Election Nov. 8

Now we’re getting ready to vote at our brand new township hall. And then it’s Taco Tuesday or Mardi Taco; we haven’t decided on a specific joint yet. It seems like all the local restaurants got away with Taco Tuesdays.

Done at 6:22 p.m on a beautiful Tuesday evening. I voted as the 776th voter in the overcrowded Vergennes Township hall. The rewards were excellent at Ripple on the Flat in downtown Lowell. We had Midwest tacos and I had a Cochinita taco with a Hemingway cocktail.


Have you voted yet?

Voting in Vergennes Township.

All in a day’s work.

Feature photo: Morning above our tree line.

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NaNoWriMo Day 7 Week 1

In the first week of NaNo, Day 7 I logged in a total of 13,650 words. On top of that, I wrote for the Lowell Ledger logging in 1,841 words with stories about Milo’s Consignment, Station Salon Celebrates 10th Anniversary and the Lowell Arts Artist Market. That would put me at 15, 491 more like my buddies. Writing is writing, my buddy Diana says.

Lowell Ledger stories gallery for Nov. 9

Stay tuned for these stories in the upcoming issue of the Lowell Ledger

In the NaNoWriMo 50k word challenge, we met our nemesis on the first climb of the roller coaster plotting method. I am still thinking about switching to the 15-beat sheet method, but on the other hand, I like the tension of the unknown.

Blast from my communist past in former Czechoslovakia

Nov. 7 was another mandatory holiday, when we paraded with lanterns in the streets of Gottwaldov, now Zlin, to celebrate the Soviet holiday of their October revolution known as VRSR.

Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia. I will write more about this when I have time.

The October Revolution, also known as the Bolshevik Revolution or (according to the communists themselves) the Great October Socialist Revolution,[2] abbreviated VŘSR or Great October, was the second phase of the Russian Revolution of 1917, following the February Revolution. 

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