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Happy Monday! Did you notice the banner? Yes! It’s official! I validated my word count on Sunday and claimed my winner’s banner for NaNoWriMo.

That’s not all that happened over the weekend. Notice a few changes to the website? Apparently there was an update for the theme I use on WordPress. I clicked on to my site, prepared to schedule a post, and the site was screwed up. We’re talking the menu was now on top of the website banner and couldn’t be read. Everything was super large, too. No matter what I did I couldn’t fix it. So, I ditched the theme and installed a new one. It took an hour and a half for me to make things friendly again. Feel free to let me know what you think.

Let’s look at some of the highlights of last week’s writing:

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A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE:

Mrs. Lee’s office is in a dilapidated store front. Lemon air freshener works overtime trying to cover the smells of dust and mildew. Files are stacked precariously on a rusted metal cabinet in a corner. Potted plants, many of them parched, line the window sill. A small table, to the right of the leather sofa I’m sitting on, holds a crushed box of tissue and a dish of wrapped candies. I suspect the beige shag carpet holds its fair share of mysterious fragments.

[from the rough draft of Restore: the Alliance Chronicles, Book Four]

I love the description in that passage. There’s more I can do with it, but it’s a good start.

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Avoiding more writing. Seriously! My mind wanted to do more after the rough draft. So I let the muse play. She wanted to write the last novella, Mark’s story. It’s planned, plotted, and the first 2,784 words are written. This last novella is scheduled for January 2018.

SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: The underlying message. Mark’s story is a little different than the previous ones. Without giving anything away (yet), it’s a love story full of emotion. At first, it starts off as feeling unrequited. The message, though, is there are different levels of love. The amount of love you receive may or may not fulfill you, but it might be just what you need at that moment.

WHAT’S COMING UP FOR THE WEEK? I’ll continue writing the rough draft, but I’m not setting any goals since it’s a holiday week.

How am I feeding my soul this week…

I have THREE arcs due for reviews, each one a week apart. Guess who will be doing some intensive reading?

If you’re still working on your NaNoWriMo project, keep focused. You can do it! That’s it for this week.

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