Dev, Thanksgiving, and an Etsy or Two

I really should be writing right now.  In my novel, that is.  It's almost 2:00 pm, I have approximately 36,000 words, and tomorrow will be a big day getting ready for Thanksgiving.  Yet here I am, choosing instead to update you on things you may or may not want to know.

My novel is progressing, although not nearly as well as it had in the beginning.  Some of you seasoned writers and/or NaNoer's may be saying, "Uh, huh.  That's typical."  However, it was unusual for me to be so organized and inspired in the first part of the month!  I am only now seeming to run out of creative juices, because I feel as though I don't have time to work out the fine details, which in many case make or break a tale.  Also, I find that my very rough plot outline is fast coming to the end, and I still have 14,000 words to go.  Depresssing?  Perhaps not.  Discouraging?  Slightly.

The bright spot in the sky is that I am enjoying my novel more than I had expected to when I had first headed into this month.  In many ways the story has fleshed itself out in unexpected ways.  I had no idea that girl named Babbly (No reference to her vocal speed or lack of substance intended!  She is a very nice girl!) would pop up in this otherwise unromantic story.  I also had been quite unaware of the fact that my main character, Dev, had an uncle that works in the prison of Torbin Car, Elldyria's capital city.

On the other hand, much of what I had wanted to include has been glaringly forgotten, which may add a few more words if I'm desperate.  For instance, I neglected to create enough hype and reasonings for the antagonist's nickname, The Tongue Lord.  Is this sounding weird enough yet?  Another thing that I forgot to include was the fact that Dev is usually the undefeated champion in the country.  Yeah, there's a lot of cliches that need to be worked on, but hey, just remember that my bedtime has basically been 2 am since November 1st.

We are hosting the family Thanksgiving at our house which means a major clean, preparation for any of the foods that we have opted to make, and getting creative with decorations and entertainment.  It is work, but it is enjoyable work, and I am looking forward to tomorrow and the next day with nearly all of the excitement of the four year old who will be begging to work alongside me.  I am also looking forward to seeing a few family members that I haven't seen in quite some time.  Yes, Thanksgiving is definitely a time to look forward to, as long as I don't eat too much food, which will almost certainly happen.

I have recently added a new item to my Etsy shop!  I still haven't decided on something that I would like to make consistently, and be known for, but for now I am enjoying my odds and ends.  Maybe someday odds and ends will turn into a full blown product line!  Make sure to check out all of the two items I currently have listed.  You don't want to miss anything! Just kidding, of course.

Although this post has been entirely made of random things, here is one final random thing to leave you, my dear and loyal readers with.  For, if you are reading this then you certainly are dear and loyal, since I don't post consistently or anything of real consequence.  The movie Cranford certainly grows on a person, even though I have only seen the whole thing through once.  My favorite character is Mr. Carter, who is really nice and everything, but in the end dies.  It's very tragic.

I'll go write in my novel now.


  1. Your novel definitely sounds interesting! :-) I hope you can get it finished up the way you want it!
    Happy Thanksgiving,
    (formerly pinkflamingo)

  2. I'm glad you decided to opt for the blog update! Even if you *could* be novel writing... I don't want to stand in the way of you becoming the next best-selling author, of course, but an update or two along the way is always welcome. =D

    Your novel sounds like it is going great! (at least, that's how I see it)
    I noticed on your sidebar widget that you've made a bit more progress since this blog post. Yay! Keep it up. You just a few more thousand!

    I like the new shoulder bag in your shop... cute! Anyways, hope you had a splendid Thanksgiving, my dear!

    Now then--quit reading blog comments and go WRITE. A few more hundred, or thousand... whatever floats your boat. Just 5 days left. *tick*tock*
    ~ Tarissa

  3. Ohhh... what a cute purse!!! I have an Etsy shop too, though my growing business is all local.

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    God bless!

  4. Hi there! Thanks for your comment! I'm a very "cold" person, so I have a deep love for thermal socks!!!

    I do jewelry design mostly. Locally I also sell hair accessories, handbags, and handsewn journals. I also knit and crochet, but I usually just use those things for gifts.

    I too have struggles with making the etsy shop worthwhile. My business has really taken off locally though, with many good opportunities to display and sell my projects. Have you ever thought of making a bunch of projects and running a booth at an event in or near where you live? (In the warmer months, of course!)

    God bless!

  5. Nice purse you made...I think I would have made the top flap a longer triangle shape and had it feed through behind the bow on the front...not so much chance of opening that way or losing things that might slip's very cute though. Congrats on NaNO~~ did you win a prize or do you take the accomplishment as enough?

    Love you~


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