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“Miss Darcy”

Sometimes I feel like I have my hand in too many things. Too many pies in the oven. But the truth is, I like it that way. I love having a variety of interest! There’s jewelry making, writing, bookkeeping, office remodels, and kids to think about. Today, a slice of jewelry making.

"Miss Darcy" necklace from BHuey Designs' Pride and Prejudice line

A necklace for Miss Darcy, one of the most complex characters in the Austen cannon. I love her story. Her fall from grace, her struggle, and ultimate redemption. Used by a scoundrel, then rising into womanhood despite him. I love her. This beautiful pendant reminded me of her; the pink color is called Antique Pink, and it’s perfect for her character.

I’m working on lining up shows for the fall! I’m excited for some things coming up in October, and hopefully several in November. I know, I know, it’s a long way from now. For now, let’s enjoy summer!

Writing

NaNoWriMo for Moms

Ah, November.  Around here, November is when it starts to get cold.  The hard frosts come, the plants die, daylight savings robs us of our natural sleep cycle.  Okay so I dislike the dark and the cold.  But, however true that may be, I do enjoy this season.

I love Thanksgiving.  It’s my favorite holiday, if I had to choose.  Kevin’s birthday is in November, too.  And November is also when NaNoWriMo happens!

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an event run by a nonprofit organization.  It happens every November, and the goal is to write 50,000 words (the average length of a full-sized novel) in 30 days.  For more information, head to their website.

I have participated in this wonderful, creative, crazy event once before.  I loved being a part of such a large group of fearless (or fearful, yet courageous) writers.  But when it came time to sign up this year, I hesitated.  Being a mom, homeschooling two kids, and running a very small business, I figured I just wouldn’t have time.

But writing is what I love to do.  It’s what I’m passionate about.  And I’ll be boldly honest here – becoming a published author is my dream.  After a little nudge from a friend, I decided to just go for it.

And so I came up with my own criteria for this year’s NaNoWriMo.  I’m sharing them here, for all those who have ever said, “I can’t do that…”

  1. Set your own word count goals.  There are no NaNoWriMo police.  The event is about creativity.  Go for it!
  2. Write when you can, accept when you cannot.  This year, my writing time is limited to once, maybe twice a week.  Be where you are.  It’s okay.
  3. Recognize what NaNoWriMo is all about.  Stories matter.  So do you.

Write on!