Evidently, I love a challenge. First it was the Memoir and Backstory Blog Challenge in October. Then it was NaBloPoMo in November. And now? Now it’s the December Finale Challenge!
What, pray tell, is the December Finale Challenge? It’s a challenge over at Griffin’s Quill to see who can finish their sequel before the end of the year. The winner of the challenge wins bragging rights and a warm, fuzzy feeling in their tummy.
I’m participating, but I’m not holding my breath on winning. By my count, I’ve got a good 70,000 words to go before I can type every author’s favorite words at the end of my story (you know, The End) and since this month already promises to be busier than last month, I don’t know when I’ll have the time to write 20,000 words more than the NaNoWriMo goal. But I’ve vowed to put my best foot forward and, with any luck, I’ll be a great deal closer to finishing my sequel by this time next month.
In the more immediate future, I’ve got another challenge coming up. My oldest son’s teacher, upon learning that I’m a writer, asked me to come and speak to their class about writing sometime and this Friday is the day. I’m not fond of public speaking (and that’s putting it mildly) and I don’t know how I’m going to talk about writing novels for adults with third graders. Guess it’s a good thing I’ve got a couple days to figure it out. 🙂
And now, to sleep, perchance to dream. Happy almost-Hump-Day!
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7 thoughts on “Love a challenge”
Awesome post, Kay. Thanks so much for the ping back. You rock! Plus, I tip my hat to you for speaking about writing to children. In my mind, those are the two most important aspects of life. Just talk about what you’re passionate about and they’ll love you for it.
You’re welcome, Ryan, and thank you for hosting such an awesome challenge! Although I still don’t know that I’ll be able to type The End before 2013. 🙂
Tomcat is very excited for Friday morning. He has an imagination that would rival any author’s and I love going to parent-teacher conferences and hearing his teachers talk about the stories he’s written for assignments. I’ve had some great teachers over the years and without them, I’m not sure I’d have had the desire to push myself further in this wonderful, crazy endeavor. So, despite my nerves, I’m really thrilled that his teacher wants me to come and speak to the class. I’d have loved to meet an author as a kid!
The first time is always the hardest. Just don’t talk to them as if they’re kids (although they are) and they’ll love it.
Right. And talk slow…er. That was always my failing in school when it was time to give speeches. The more nervous I get, the faster I talk.
There’s never any time for anything. But if you can squeeze another few minutes from your life, Joleene Naylor, Donna Yates and I have just created a new group to critique each other’s world, discuss marketing techniques and show off our blogs. We’d love to have you as a member.: the-ink-slingers-league@googgle groups.com
It sounds wonderful! Thank you for thinking of me!
So inspiring post.