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Mental(ly) Challenge(d)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

You may have wondered, you may have said it in fact. "This chick is crazy!" Well, I've been accused of it many times, and it's probably somewhat true. Over the last few months I have innundated myself with the physical challenges. I've watched my body turn itself from an out-of-shape mess into a sort-of-tuned machine that can slowly churn out miles. It's not so easy to "pinch-an-inch" anymore. This traning has been a mental challenge as well. Believing that I can do this, ignorning the part of my brain that screams at me "What the hell are you doing! Stop this crazy running thing!" "Nope." I tell myself. I feel good. This is worth it to me!. Changing how I look at myself and my capabilities has been a life-changing experience. There's been something else that I've been wanting to do ever since I can remember. "Oh jeez." you think. "What's she going to do now?" I'm going to give myself some more mental exercise. Yes, I'm going to make my first pass at writing a novel. I found this challenge on Raehan's blog. She was asking for company, and who am I to pass up something like this! Last night over dinner, Nick and I talked about the kind of character that I want to write about and the kind of story I'd like to create. I had already had something in mind from when my sis asked me what kind of novel I would write. I don't really know where to start, but I think maybe a brief outline and maybe a character sketch? This is going to be fun! I don't know how serious a story this will end up being. Maybe I'll have to refer to some of my blog-friends as characters. Uh-oh...he he he. If some of you get a questionnaire from me, don't be surprised!

10/11/2005 09:42:00 AM :: ::
  • You go with your bad self! I'm sure it will be challenging and fun. I could give you my research paper to write. How versed are you on the Scholastism and it's social aspects in relation to the churches of the middle ages in France? teehee!

    By Blogger Carnealian, at 10/11/2005 11:01:00 AM


  • *does happy dance* This is great news! I know I can't spell, but I am a lot better at grammer now. So let me proof read! Okay, let's not lie, I'm not that great at grammer either. But I still want to read it! *smiles*

    By Blogger Brittany, at 10/11/2005 11:22:00 AM


  • Congrats, but from experiance may I pass a warning? The most common timeline is thus:
    1 year to write (if you really pound it out)
    1 year to revise and rewrite (fun fun)
    2-200 years to publish

    But I also want to read it, so get moving girl. And don't forget, sex sells :D

    By Blogger Coyote Mike, at 10/11/2005 11:28:00 AM


  • I want a signed copy. :)

    Good luck and keep us posted.

    Get it? Posted? Heh. Pffft

    By Blogger FTS, at 10/11/2005 12:19:00 PM


  • As long as you have fun doing it, you'll finish. Good luck.

    By Blogger mman, at 10/11/2005 12:24:00 PM


  • What a novel idea!! *groan* sorry!

    Really, though, nothing crazy about it! I'm sure you'll come up with some good stuff!

    By Anonymous abbynormal, at 10/11/2005 01:50:00 PM


  • I'm not really into reading novels. The only novels I like are Star Trek ones :D Michele sent me

    By Blogger J Anderson, at 10/11/2005 03:50:00 PM


  • Way cool! Go for it :-)

    By Blogger Jen, at 10/11/2005 06:01:00 PM


  • You go girl! Thanks for stopping by earlier too.

    By Blogger used*to*be*me*, at 10/11/2005 06:33:00 PM


  • You go girl! I decided to do this too. You, Raehan, and I should start a novel club.

    By Blogger Indigo, at 10/11/2005 07:05:00 PM


  • I think I am going to do this too. Others have encouraged me to do it.

    And as Yoda said, "There is not try. There is only do."

    By Blogger UziCue, at 10/11/2005 10:55:00 PM


  • Here from Micheles, and best of luck!

    By Blogger Plumkrazzee, at 10/11/2005 11:25:00 PM


  • Oh, I'm so glad!!! Now tell me what our plan is? We need one, don't we? And Indigo is part of our club.

    And Congratulations, Michele sent me. You are site of the day.

    I come here anyway!!

    (Psst. I'm taking a week off blogging, but we should e-mail each other about this novel thing.)

    By Blogger Raehan, at 10/12/2005 12:38:00 AM


  • Good for you on the writing! There's a story in all of us.

    Here from Michele's!

    By Blogger Alisha, at 10/12/2005 12:48:00 AM


  • Hi, Michele sent me! Good luck with the writing: I find I'm fine with beginnings, not so sure how to end...

    By Blogger Bec of the Ladies Lounge, at 10/12/2005 12:52:00 AM


  • Writing a novel? Running marathons? What next Stella? Tight rope walking across Niagara Falls while playing the saxophone and juggling with flaming torches?

    Er, good luck anyway!

    By Blogger culfy, at 10/12/2005 02:06:00 AM


  • I'm one of the ML's for my region (I'm Zoetrope on the NaNo boards), and this will be my third attempt at writing, as well.

    It's great fun. Good luck!

    (Michele sent me)

    By Anonymous MissMeliss, at 10/12/2005 02:18:00 AM


  • Good for you! Do you think about your writing while running? Michele sent me.

    By Anonymous mar, at 10/12/2005 02:37:00 AM


  • Good luck!! & have fun with the novel!

    Michele sent me... happy Wednesday!!

    By Blogger Marie, at 10/12/2005 05:51:00 AM


  • How do you find time with raising the kiddies, that's what marvels me at your passions! Can you throw flame torches? If not, why not? hee hee (re: culfy ;-)

    I'm trying to do other things other than work a 9-5 and i'm often exhausted, without having kiddie winkles in tow-Go Girl go!!!

    I'm waiting to read your first draft... no presssure ;-)

    By Blogger The Wisdom of Wislon, at 10/12/2005 05:54:00 AM


  • Wow! That's impressive! Good for you. I just made an appointment with a trainer for tomorrow. Hope it goes well.

    Great on the writing thing. Are you, by chance, doing the "write a novel in a month" thing? My friend is doing that. Best of luck on that!

    By Blogger Karen, at 10/12/2005 06:04:00 AM


  • OH@! I've heard of these! Write your heart out girl!!!! good luck!

    By Anonymous Laura, at 10/12/2005 06:46:00 AM


  • Here from Michele's. CONGRATS!!! Do you need a cat for your book...cause I'm between engagements at the moment!

    By Blogger Oreo, at 10/12/2005 07:24:00 AM


  • Best of the luck with your writing!

    Michelle sent me!

    By Blogger Tyra, at 10/12/2005 07:52:00 AM


  • Best of the luck with your writing!

    Michelle sent me!

    By Blogger Tyra, at 10/12/2005 07:52:00 AM


  • hi! michele sent me!

    i admire your courage! i still haven't found the drive to "build" my body or write my novel... my life still needs some organizing.;) but, good luck with your endeavor. have fun!

    By Blogger -xtessa-, at 10/12/2005 07:56:00 AM


  • Congrats on site of the day and good luck with the novel.

    I'm beginning to wonder if NaNoWriMo is some sort of social experiment designed to test the infinite monkeys at an infinite number of typewriters theory.

    Maybe you are the Shakespeare monkey. It would be great if something good came out of it. Be sure to share.

    By Blogger yellojkt, at 10/12/2005 08:59:00 AM


  • Hey Girly-girl!! Look at you..writing a novel AND Michele's site of the day. I'm very impressed :)

    By Blogger MommaK, at 10/12/2005 08:59:00 AM


  • Good morning! Here via Michele's. Congrats on being her site of the day!

    I also wanted to wish you good luck with the writing marathon. I could never write that much in a month. Good luck, and I'm interested to hear more about your writing.

    By Blogger Trista, at 10/12/2005 09:56:00 AM


  • Good luck with that novel. Can't wait to hear more about it!

    By Blogger mommy d, at 10/12/2005 10:51:00 PM


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