Rah, Rah and a Rant.

As some of you know, I just finished up with National Novel Writing Month.  What I didn’t tell you is that NaNoWriMo is my writing sanctuary.  It is a place where I feel totally comfortable and have some pretty awesome cyber friends. 

In 2007, I “met” a group of wonderful writers.  We encouraged each other on to win the purple bar of goodness (which is reaching the 50k word goal and getting a “winner” bar on your profile), and in the process forged a pretty serious bond.  Each year, our family grows with a few new faces, while others hang back as Real Life keeps them from the race.

This year, our little group consisted of seventeen women.  No, we are not sexist, we would so allow men within our borders, but I think we jabber a little too much for the testosterone-types.  Anyway, fourteen of us received the winner’s bar, making our success rate over 80%.  Overall, NaNo’s average success rate hovers around 17%.  We have some serious writing mojo!

Yet that’s not even the best part.  One of our crew threw out THE MILLION WORD CHALLENGE.  She dared our little clan to type our way to 1 million words in just 30 days.  Our success is my Rah number one!

Rah number two regards my youth group.  My last blog was out of commission during November, so I was unable to give kudos to a fun, funny and compassionate group of kids.  This year, they single handedly fed five local families complete Thanksgiving dinners. 

Pies, whipped cream, turkey, gravy, corn, olives, pickles, bread, you name it.  If it was on your table, it was in the baskets they delivered.  Overall, they self-lessly provided food for over 25 people who otherwise would not have been able to share in this Great American Tradition.

I love my kids.  All twenty of them. 

And now for the Rant.  Winter is here.  Snow, wind and cold arrived on our doorsteps this morning.  Corralling winter clothing in our house is akin to organizing a parade made of cats, rats and bats.  In other words: impossible.

Yesterday, the littles dressed in their full winter gear and headed off to school.  Like all wonderful children, they left half of it there.  Boots.  Hats.  Mittens.  Over the years, we have collected a fair amount of emergency winter wear.  You can do that with four kids.  However, during my morning taxi route, I did have to drop my Middle Son off sans boots.

Immediately after getting out of the car, the boot Nazi chewed his butt.  I could see the spittle fly from her lips and freeze in mid-air.  He stood on the cement, raised his little hands in the air and dropped his head in shame.  Sheesh.  He’s only a second grader.  And it is the first snow fall. 

All she had to do was let him go to his classroom and get his boots so he could enjoy the winter wonderland with his friends.  But no, she had to cut him down.  In front of his peers.  And his heartbroken mom.  Where’s the love?

I bet the boot Nazi didn’t make Thanksgiving dinner baskets when she was a kid…

warm wishes on a chilly day~ cat

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12 responses to “Rah, Rah and a Rant.

  1. Boo to the Boot Nazi!! What a Scrooge!

    Woot to your Youth Group and for hittin’ the million word mark! That is awesome!!

    -Charlie

  2. Wonderful..things are coming right along and I am having a blast with it…especially since your advice on tenses..lol makes it much more enjoyable now that I’m not pulling out my hair trying to fix something that didn’t need to be fixed:).

    Are you having Nano withdraw?

  3. Absolutely. I’m curled up in the fetal position under my desk. LOL!

    Having to restart my blog gives both my brain hemispheres something to do after the adrenaline rush of November.

    I’m glad you’re done pulling out your hair. I thought it was looking a little thin on one side : )

  4. Aren’t kids great? If you give them the chance, kids will show you their hearts every single time. Love it.

    Boot Nazi is not someone I ever want to work with!

  5. Jemi, your kindness and love of kids would squash her scrooginess into the snow.

    I’m guessing it would be too far to bus my kids to your school? Just a thought…

  6. Hi Jody, Thanks for sending me a link to your new blog. I love it! It’s nice getting to know you a little more than we do on AQ.

    Congrats on your NaNoWriMo thing! It sounds like you got a lot out of it. When do we get a peek?

    Your blog has tempted me to revise my own. It’s been lying dormant because I didn’t have time to keep it up while I finished (a term I used loosely) my book. But I love blogging. It’s kind of like adopting a puppy though. Once you have it, it’s always nudging you for attention.

    But I might just go wake it up again. (How ’bout all those mixed metaphors? A puppy wouldn’t be sleeping through all my neglect.)
    Rahma :}

    • Rahma,

      Thanks for stopping by. Did you notice I linked to your website? I think it is just so amazing and your story is so incredibly delicious that people should really see it. I’m hoping that it will be published just in time for my Middle son the read it ; )

      A day without blogging is like going out in public without brushing your teeth. It leaves you feeling incomplete and a little meh. I loved your mixed metaphors…maybe it’s in a neglect induced coma?

      I have a long way to go on my novel. In fact, I haven’t even opend the document since I finished on November 30th. I’m letting it cool for a few weeks while I work on some other things.

      • Greetings Jody,
        I did notice the link. Thanks so much!

        I have my query out to 5 agents right now. I’m taking the silence as a good sign, since a lot of rejects have come back within hours.

        I am soooo tempted to get my blog out of its dormancy, but I think I’ll just come and read yours for now. If I didn’t have to sleep for a few hours every night, I could do so much more.

        Later,
        Rahma

      • Rahma,

        You make me giggle. I’ll let you get your few hours of shut eye as long as you promise to keep me apprised of your situation. In my experience, longer time has usually meant a favorable rejection, but that was with fulls, so they were actually deciding on the whole shebang.

        That’s what I like about juvenile lit. A fair amount of really great agents/editors out there still accept chapters or fulls for submission. I think that helps tremendously.

        Good luck! Also, I found you on SCBWI. I’ve been trying to register for the discussion boards, but so far have been unable to. I am very interested on networking there. Do you use them?

        ~cat

  7. Yes, congrats to the NaNo Buds for meeting an awesome writing challenge! And congrats to you and your youth group for feeding those families! That’s a really meaningful gift for them., and a gift to the givers as well!

    Your blog is inspiring me to get back to posting in my journal, if not perhaps daily right away, at least weekly. I think it’s true that a serious writer should write something every day. I enjoy reading your entries!

    J

    • Joanie, you’re nothing but a sweetheart. And one of the major contributors to our million word win!

      I look forward to reading your daily/weekly life and writing endeavors.

      hugs, cat

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