As some of you know, I had hand surgery this week for a trigger thumb. If you want to see how that’s done, here’s a video. My doctor played Led Zeppelin, but otherwise this is pretty much how it went.
Thanks to all of you who have written guest blog posts to fill in for me during my recovery. Recovery is going very well, but I’d like to continue featuring guest bloggers. If you’d like to participate, just discuss your subject matter with me or send me a sample, and we can make it work. You’ll get to post links to your websites too.
This was the second hand surgery this summer. It really restricted my “active time,” but these thumbs had been hurting for a long time. I hope I will get a chance to kayak one more time before snow flies!
But the great news is these two surgeries gave me time to work on my writing. Today I made some edits to a novel I’m writing and then started filling in where the writing was sketchy. Maybe some of you do this. When I started writing the novel (currently called Expectations) it was for NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to write about 1600 words a day until at the end of November you have 50,000 words which could be a novel. One tip to get your words in is to write as fast as you can, and write an outline in text form, and then go back later and fill it in. For instance, you could write “my protagonist goes to the coffee shop every day. This particular day she meets her neighbors and they all go walking. While walking they plan a business they want to start.” Later, you would fill in who the neighbors are, their life stories, and about the business they are planning.
Have you tried NaNoWriMo? It’s fun and it’s only for a month. You can do it. I really enjoyed it and mostly typed at home, but they have local group writes at bagel shops and I did participate in that once. I even thought I could write a book a month that way. My username is maryblowers, all in lowercase, all one word. Look for me and let me know yours and we can buddy up.
I have a new book review coming at you tomorrow and I tend to like most books I review, but this one is about an intriguing way of living that can help you feel like a new person. Watch for it.