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Reon Laudat
October 20, 2020 @ 7:34 AM

Around this time last year, I participated in Preptober, the October planning stage before November’s National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo.
 
Every year, NaNoWriMo-ers all over the world challenge themselves to crank out a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.
 
Writing is such a solitary activity, but with NaNoWriMo you feel a little less alone.
Participants track their word counts, cheer for each other, and share tips/advice in person and on the net. With COVID-19 , I’m sure there will be fewer in person.
 
Book Two of my Mistywood Lane series, He Could Be the One, was my 2016 NaNoWriMo  project. At the end, I had a bare bones draft of 50,000 words, but I "won" 2016 ............

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September 28, 2020 @ 4:42 AM

So excited to see Beverly Jenkins on the cover of the latest Writer's Digest  (Sept./Oct. 2020).  She’s a superstar in the genre and one of the nicest authors.
 
 I chuckle when I think back to my plot to meet her. I'd discovered we were relocating to a suburb of Detroit. Knowing she lived in the area was a plus.  I got on my husband’s nerves.
Me: ”You know, Beverly Jenkins lives close by.”
 
“Somebody told me Beverly Jenkins comes here.” (random locations)
“I saw her (hindsight, possibly just her doppelganger) leaving Panera.”
“Beverly Jenkins this.”
“Beverly Jenkins that.” 
Does ............

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September 26, 2020 @ 10:14 AM

 During this dumpster fire that’s 2020, it's wonderful to have stress relievers you can always count on. For me, it's exercise and crafting.
 
 The yarn crafting community I’ve connected with online is a breath of fresh air! 
 
When I’m in a bad headspace, I “visit”  my yarny buds, then whip out my hook or needles. About a half hour later, I’m good--all zen- again. Seriously magic! :)
 
 
 Thought I’d share how I got into it and convince someone to give it a try. Be sure to read the articles linked below.
 
I started crocheting in third grade. A childhood friend taught me. We used to make purses. ............

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