Thursday, January 5, 2012

Branching out

One of my resolutions for 2012 was to light a fire under my butt and do something with what I've been calling my "mom book." I started writing it years (and years) ago, but somehow life just seemed to keep getting in the way:

  • Changed jobs
  • Started knitting again
  • Said goodbye to one of our dogs (*sniff*)
  • Began learning kenpo karate
  • Welcomed a new dog into my heart
  • Visited my mother and stepfather in California
  • Was laid off
  • Took up spinning (spinning fiber, that is)
  • Started freelance writing and editing
  • Provided a variety of support to
    • My big bruddah, who went through a painful divorce
    • My husband, who had major surgery
    • My father, who had a stroke
    • My sons, who continued to be a source of delight -- and frustration (of course)

And while all this was going on, I worked on my mom book off and on. Three years ago, on a whim, I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 novel in 30 days. It doesn't have to be perfect -- hell, it doesn't even have to be coherent. The purpose of this insane endeavor (insane because it's held in November, always a busy month) is so that you can prove to yourself that you can string together that number of words, relatively painlessly, by getting into a daily writing habit. So far, I've participated in NaNoWriMo in 2009, 2010, and 2011 ... and I won each of those years. Boo-yah!

Early this last December, while I was preening over my most recent NaNo win, my older son said, "Yeah, mom, but how many books have you finished writing?" I sputtered and squirmed, but the fact is that I hadn't finished any of the four ... no, wait, make that six ... books I'd started writing. Whoa.

During the last week of December, I decided that I'd try blogging my mom book. I have bits and pieces of it written, so those posts would be easy. I had chapter heads and subheads, so I had a road map of what still needed to be written. And it wasn't like I'd have to post something every day, right?

So on January 1, 2012, I clicked Publish on my first post on The Blog of Mom. The year stretched ahead of me, and I'm pretty excited to see where it will lead me.


  1. That's pretty cool. Congratulations, I hope it works out.

  2. Did you find anything at the S&W that you just 'had' to have? I was there, too, and was so happy that the weather was nice. Some years, it's been too hot and crowded to even shop!