The days are long, but the weeks are short. This popular saying completely summarizes my life this semester. On Monday morning I wonder if I will ever make it through the day, and before I know it …. it is Sunday morning and I am preparing for another week of the same. My mother warned me that the older I become, the faster time flies and she wasn’t kidding. I continue to try to find at least some portion of each day to “live in the present” and not miss the hidden blessings. I continue to try to do at least one thing just for me because I want to – not because I have to or because someone else expects me to. It is a slow process to retrain your brain to live differently – but I will continue to persevere.
I have read with interest – and jealousy – the writing plans of J. Kaye, Vivienne, and Amanda as they prepare for NaNoWriMo in November. I think the first time I “read” of this event was last year when Belle participated, and I was incredulous that anyone could possible write a novel in 30 days! Since that time I have read numerous books on writing, including No Plot, No Problem, and I have daydreamed of joining the thousands of online participants. While I truly do not think that this is the right time in life for me to do this (all that grading you know…..) I have taken the step to at least register my name on the site and join the regional group. Did you know that there are currently over 800 people in the greater Kansas City area registered?! That is insane – and wonderfully comforting to know that so many other aspiring writers are in such close proximity.