IWSG and Weekly News


It’s the beginning of yet another month, which means it’s time for another posting of the IWSG. If you haven’t clicked on the image and traveled to the variety of blogs that participate in this hop, do it. Treat yourself to a little pre-holiday giggle or cry, depending on your needs.

Now on to my own post for this month.

I know that many of my fellow are writers are deep in the throes of NaNo at the moment. I’m doing a modified Nano with my new project. I predict my first draft will actually take three to four months, rather than one. But, I feel a bit a part of the club at the moment; it’s a coffee-driven, anxiety-riddled club for sure, but it has more than its share of talent and benefits. Most notably, the dedication to put down words every day.  That’s what attracted me to my own modified version.

What about you? Are any of you participating in either the traditional NaNo or your own version?


Next up, weekly news.

This first one seems more like a scene from When Sharks Attack. Guess curiosity really is bad for kitties.


I’d love to snorkel down and see this, and it helps preserve the reef – bonus!


Geologic speed bumps in an earthquake zone. Cool!


That’s it for me for another week. For those of you trapped inside for the duration of NaNo, get a refill on your coffee. For those of you still able to go outside and take in the dwindling hours of daylight, send chocolate and Starbucks. Writing is hard work. 🙂

About kimlajevardi

I am a forty-something-year-old writer. I'm currently drafting my second book. I've also written short stories, poems, and some non-fiction over the last several years. My interest in writing formed during countless hours with my nose tucked in books. I may have even been clutching a novel as I was born. :)
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18 Responses to IWSG and Weekly News

  1. I learned my lesson with NaNo and changed it to a motivation to write daily, rather than reach a specific word count. With a couple deadlines for short stories fast approaching, and a serial story in the works (with a deadline also creeping up on me), I’m counting my successes in actually getting projects done. That counts for NaNo, right?

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

  2. I wanted to do my own version, but I became sidetracked with promo stuff for a new release. I’ll modify my goals, giving myself extra time to finish two drafts.

  3. rena says:

    I signed up, but mostly, I signed up so I’d have something to procrastinate against. It’s strange, but my rebellious streak is strong. If I have something I’m “supposed” to be doing, then I get other things done. Like I wrote a pitch for a book I’d like to start querying, and I wrote a synopsis, and I wrote a short story (I don’t even know who I am!), but my NaNo novel? yeah, 500 words in six days is totally a doable pace, right?

    • kimlajevardi says:

      I’m familiar with a rebellious streak. Isn’t it strange how it comes out even against our own goals? You’d think our stubbornness would be reserved for things others want us to do. Weird. Good luck with whatever projects you end up completing this month. 🙂

  4. lexacain says:

    “it’s a coffee-driven, anxiety-riddled club” Hahaha! That fish was so fast I couldn’t even see what happened! :O Good luck on your extended NaNo, Kim!

  5. The two times I participated, it took me almost two months to finish, but that’s all right!

  6. spunkonastick says:

    If the modified version gets you to write, then by all means do it.

  7. I’m not doing any version o it. I’m revising and I’m half way through. I might be tempted again next year! Good luck with your draft.

  8. dolorah says:

    All that matters is that you are pleased with whatever word count you have produced. I’m hoping to finish one or two short story starts this month. I’m counting blog posts/comments in my word count 🙂

  9. stephie5741 says:

    Good luck to all the Nano-ers! It is a crazy time, but you feel such a sense of accomplishment when you finish. (Even if you don’t, you have major progress on a novel anyway!)

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