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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Golden Coffee Cup

Writing time has been temporarily suspended before our little daughter goes off to (sniff) preschool! She's potty trained...she's two and a half...and she's about to escape our exclusive influence and unconditional love to encounter...anything. Just like books, when they go out into the world - we have to hope we have given them the best possible start and that others will love them as much as we do.

My writer friend Molly Blaisdell is once again offering her alternative to NANOWRIMO, the Golden Coffee Cup! Participants set their goals by November 1st (go post them!), and if they reach their goals (however modest) by November 30th, they are eligible to win the Golden Coffee Cup Award. Here's mine from last year:

So with three writing days per week, I won't know what to do with myself! Write, write, write. And I'm sure there will be a fair amount of thinking, researching, email, and procrastination in there. But here are my goal possibilities (haven't quite decided yet):

  • Write very rough, short first draft of current project à la Karen Cushman.
  • Write a rockin' first chapter of said project so I can submit it to things (conferences, workshops, etc.).
  • Write as much as I can, the best that I can, in the given time and space of November (reasonable...maybe too reasonable).

I'm also thinking about going to the SCBWI Midwinter Conference again this year. The Writing Intensive was quite fabulous on many levels. Crossing fingers! I'm trying to save my pennies this year by knitting for everybody for Christmas. Mittens, anyone? (Thanks to chère Jaime for the recommendation!)

Speaking of knitting, check out the incredible knitted dolly a fan made for Laini Taylor, author of Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer. Wow! She also has some pretty amazing pictures of Esmé Raji Codell's Magic Book Room. I guess this means I'm a little behind in the great blogosphere (!), but I've been doing some knitting, baking, pumpkin-hunting, and sewing of my own before toddler goes off to school (more sniffing):

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