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Self-Portrait Friday: 8/27/10

Happy Friday!




Today’s self-portrait shows a ring on my right hand, as well as detail shots of the ring.  Made of sterling silver, this ring was custom-made by an artist I found on Etsy.  (I actually ordered three or four things from this vendor – Kathryn Riechert) “Exuberant imperfection” is a phrase I borrowed from Chris Baty, the founder of National Novel Writing Month.  On page 32 of his book No Plot? No Problem! Mr. Baty first introduces the idea of exuberant imperfection.  To paraphrase, in order to eventually write a great novel, you have to write an enthusiastic but crappy novel first – a very rough draft.  Mr. Baty wisely points out that we can seldom do something well the first time we do it, and rather than focusing on the result, we should first focus on the doing – the trying.  The skill, refinement and attempts at perfection can come later.

What does all this have to do with me, and exactly why do I like this phrase enough to put it on a ring?  I guess it’s kind of like a motto or a two-word self-portrait.  In my mind, this phrase means that I’m enthusiastic and actively participating.  That I’m passionate about life, and would rather leap, try something new, get in over my head, and/or potentially stumble than play it safe.  I’ll be the first to admit that I’m far from perfect, and I know I’ll continue to make mistakes along the way, but I am proud that I’m excited about life, am seldom jaded, and that I continue to learn and grow.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Be sure to tune in Sunday when I introduce a new feature.  It will be the first installment in my Remarkable Women Series!

Warm regards,

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Calling All Aspiring Novelists!


Are you interested in writing a novel, but just haven’t gotten around to taking action and actually doing it?  If so, National Novel Writing Month is for you!

Held in November, National Novel Writing Month – also known as NaNoWriMo – is an ever-growing event, with tens of thousands participating each year.  (There were nearly 170,00 participants in 2009!) The goal?  To write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Impossible?  Certainly not.  Inadvisable? Only if your sense of adventure is dead and buried!  I met the goal of 50,000+ words when I participated in 2007, and you can succeed, too!  I will be participating in NaNoWriMo again this November, and I hope you’ll limber up your fingers, get your creative juices going, and join me.


The NaNoWriMo website (nanowrimo.org) is bursting at the seams – full of both information and inspiration.  Look around and you’ll learn about NaNoWriMo’s roots, that there are regional writing groups and get-togethers, and you’ll also find the forums that you can participate in or just read for your information.  The FAQs page is particularly helpful.  Another resource, if your interest is piqued, is a book by NaNoWriMo founder, Chris Baty.  No Plot?  No Problem! is a fun read for those of you contemplating joining in the fun, and is available both online and at bookstores.

So please – poke around the NaNoWriMo website and see if you can squeeze a 50,000 novel into your month of November.  I’ll be in the trenches, writing away, and would love some company!  I’ll post a few of my own NaNoWriMo tips as the event draws a bit closer. Please leave a comment on this post or send me a message through my contact page if you think you might give it a go…

Warm regards,

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