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Monday ramblings: NaNoWriMo Win, Readers’ Workouts and Book Buying Binge



It’s a little early yet, I know, but the writing’s been going really well and I actually “won” NaNoWriMo on November 22, the American Thanksgiving, but couldn’t validate my win until yesterday.

I am now firmly ensconced in “Act III” of my children’s novel, and could possibly finish the first draft this week. Or not, as I’m in for a very busy week. I had a number of indexing deadlines scheduled for earlier this month that were delayed and guess what? They’ve been rescheduled for completion this week and next!

Yes. Welcome to my freelancing life …

Readers’ Workout and #30DS

It’s a good thing I’m writing now about the 30 Day Shred Twitter group I’ve been participating in, because one thing I’ve noticed: when I’m busy, exercise is one of the first things that gets prioritized right out the window. Which is very, very sad because it should be in my top three priorities, right after meditation and writing.

Participating in #30DS has been really motivating so far, though, so who knows, right? Just knowing if I do get the Shred done for the day, I can send out a tweet to my #30DS support group really pushes me to simply get it done. That, and telling myself it’s only 20 minutes. (It’s really about 25 minutes if you count the warm up and cool down, which I do, because apparently I’m supposed to be getting 150 (or is that 160?) minutes of exercise a week).

#30DS is part of Joy Weese Moll’s Readers’ Workout challenge. Anyone can join in; the weekly post goes live every Tuesday and you can either blog about your weekly Readers’ Workout goals and successes, or chime in on the comments. If you want to do the 30 Day Shred with us on Twitter, just jump right in. We’re all doing different levels of the Shred so you don’t have to be at any particular level.

Book Buying Binge

I’m sad to say I went on a book buying binge yesterday (well, okay, not really. I’m actually really happy about it and enjoyed myself thoroughly!).

After my big book purge last year, before moving to the city, I swore to myself I wouldn’t go on such binges again.  I think I’ve done quite well, actually, since we moved last November and this is my FIRST book buying binge since we moved. I should be patting myself on the back, right?

Anyway, I blame Memory and Kailana. I saw their tweets about the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale at Bookcloseouts (can you say 50% off already discounted prices? I can, over and over and over again!) and couldn’t resist taking a look – and then I was trapped! I spent yesterday doing indexing, taking a break to browse Bookcloseouts and add more stuff to my cart, indexing some more, taking another break to add more stuff to my cart, and so on.

I was up until 3 A.M.!! Bookcloseouts has only limited quantities of each book, and several of the books in my cart had only two or three copies left. I wanted to make sure I finished up the purchase before bed, because who knew if there would be any copies left in the morning, right?

As it was, I only managed to hit the following categories: Children’s Fiction, Children’s Non-Fiction, Art, Crafts & Hobbies and Cookbooks.

The sad news is, I only got two books for myself – I’m trying to be thrifty, so each time I saw a book I wanted, I checked the library, which had copies of nearly every book I was interested in. Right now I’m trying to buy copies of books that I’ve already read and really really loved, so I just couldn’t justify adding new-to-me books that are already available from the library (there’s also the NOT-ENOUGH-BOOK-SHELVES motivation).

The good news? I checked off a lot of people on my gift list! So that was very, very good indeed.

I can’t resist temptation, though. The sale at Bookcloseouts doesn’t end until tonight, and I still have all the Fiction categories to browse through. I just might end up with a second order!


It all started with the 30 Day Shred.

Wait a minute. That’s not true.

It all started a month ago, on the day my sister took me out for dinner for my birthday.

We decided last year to give each other birthday gifts of a night out, with great company (each other, of course) and fantastic food. It’s a gift idea that works for us, because my sister is very specific about the gifts she wants, which I find challenging, and I’m very “oh, I like everything”, which she finds challenging.

So last month, as my birthday gift, she took me to George restaurant. I’d never been there before, so I headed over to the website to take a peek. And realized I’d probably feel more comfortable if I dressed up a little.

That’s when it all started.

I tried on outfit after outfit – and they were all too tight!

What happened?! Where did my waist go? Where did my svelte (well, sort of) arms go? I’d lost them!

Fast forward a few days, and I’m on Facebook. I see author Carrie Harris posting an update about finishing Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30. She loved it, lost a whole lot of inches, and is doing it all over again.

Jillian Michaels. The name rang a bell, and when I went searching Amazon for the Ripped in 30 DVD, I saw the 30 Day Shred – and I realized I OWNED THIS DVD. I’d bought it earlier this year in one of those mad fits of “I’m going to start working out again, I am, I am, oh yes, I am” – and it’d been sitting on one of my shelves, unopened, gathering dust with a few other fitness DVDs I’d bought at the same time.

And that was how I ended up doing the 30 Day Shred. I have to tell you, the first three days I was in SO much pain, I could barely walk. I bravely pressed on with it, though, and relief finally came on day number 4. (So if you’re just starting out with something like the Shred, stick with it – the pain does go away.)

So what’s this got to do with running?

There’s some weird thing that goes on when you start working out again. I found myself doing really crazy stuff, like slipping in a Zumba DVD after I’d finished the Jillian Michaels workout. And when the weather got cooler, I found myself thinking about running again.

I used to run, back before I got pregnant with Dylan. He turned nine this year, so it’d been ten years since I last ran.

I took the plunge last week. I pulled my hair back, put my sunscreen on, and went for a run.

By the time I’d adjusted my headphones and took my first few steps, it had all come flooding back – I remembered how much I used to love to run in the fall and the spring. There’s just something about the wind on your face, the momentum of your legs, the music in your ears, the scent of fresh, cool fall air.

I’m very pleased to say my lungs stayed on course the whole time. My legs, on the other hand, weren’t quite up to the job, and I had to take a few walking breaks to comfort them.

Each day, though, the running just keeps getting better and better. Today I ran without taking any breaks. My thighs aren’t too happy with me right now, but I know they’ll eventually start coming around.

So that’s what happened. A birthday dinner => the 30 Day Shred => running.

It’s odd how these things happen.

logo for Readers' WorkoutsWith this post, I am SO pleased to finally be able to participate in Joy Weese Moll’s Readers’ Workouts! It’s taken me a while to get back on the fitness track – I’ve definitely needed the motivation of a disappearing waistline – but hopefully this is just the start and regular updates will follow.