A NaNoWriMo Winner!


I am soooooooooo excited! I finished my NaNoWriMo novel at approximately 1:15 p.m. CST, November 30, 2016!

I called my mom and am ready to celebrate. Mom wanted to know what happens next.

I said, “So, I’m going to put it aside and not pick it up again until after the new year.”

Really, that’s what I’m going to do. It’s a really rough, rough draft and I did have to put in some nonsense in it to help my word count along. Even the place-holder title is going to change, and I’m probably going to change the name of the characters.

My friend, Kim, helped me to come up with ideas and clues to help with the mystery. Thank you, KB!!!

The plan is to whip the draft into shape in 2017 and think about publishing it.  Because it really turned out better than what I imagined. I may join the Christian Writer’s Association to help out. If I can’t get an agent and all of that, I may just self-publish for ebooks. As Princess Buttercup says, “The future awaits.” In other words, I’ll cross that bridge later.

For now, I’m just so excited to have put down a story and added my name to the list of NaNoWriMo winners. I really do feel like a winner. Yahoooooo!




Down with the Rocket City Bloggers

My business cards.

My business cards.

Yesterday’s big task was to prepare for a blogging event, Down with the Rocket City Bloggers: http://www.rocketcitybloggers.com.

So I’m busy like crazy trying to come up with a business card that will really stand out. I went to Pinterest and came up with an idea that I liked. I decided to hot glue a pencil to my cards…b/c I’m the write steph, right?

My tools and medium.

My tools and medium.

I got Staples to print my blog info onto some cream-colored cardstock. Then, I went home and cut it all out and trimmed them all with my Creative Memories quarter-rounder.

What did I do?

What did I do?

It was cold out, so I took a break to check the pups’ water dish. Pounce! In one fell swoop, Snuggles jumped on my only pair of clean jeans, leaving a muddy paw print on them. Grrr.

I went back in to ink an outline on my cards, to give them a distressed look. My right hand was aching by the time I finished everything.

Lefty came in from work at 4:45 so that I could leave early, but I was busy hot-gluing little golf pencils to the back of my cards.

I got a bath cloth and scrubbed off Snuggle’s paw print. No time to rewash my jeans. Ran out the door. Forgot my keys.

When I finally got to the blogger event, I circled the courthouse three times, trying to find a parking space. I ended up parking a mile away and had to parallel park. I tried. And tried again. I used to be able to parallel park on a dime. But that’s when I was in college, when I drove a little compact car. A nice lady nearby had to help me out because it isn’t easy to park a mom car.

I hopped out and tried to put my keys into my purse with my gloved hand. Whump! I knocked over my purse, and all of its contents fell out on the sidewalk in front of this swanky restaurant, with huge plate-glass windows. I knelt down to pick up everything and tried to ignore the looks of restaurant patrons. It was like they were watching me on a large-screen tv…me picking up my pack of tissues and my backless, un-smart flip-phone that no one else carries around anymore.

My purse and it's contents.

My purse and it’s contents.

With as much dignity as I could muster, I stood up and was on my to the blogger event. The courthouse square is so beautiful, especially at night. I tried to pretend that I was in NYC, going to an exclusive blogging event, but problem is that downtown Huntsville isn’t crowded on Thursday nights.

I had a great time, once I checked my coat at the door and ran into some friends inside the AL.com building—where the event was held.

I met a lot of nice people, and they seemed to like my pencil/cards.

When I left, I pulled out of the parking lot and backed into the guy behind me. Fortunately, there was no damage to either of our vehicles. I was busy apologizing to the man when he broke in and said, “No worries. It’s a rental.”

I got home and got in bed almost right away, with a cup of hot chamomile tea and a good book. So nice to rest after such an eventful day.

Here's what I did with the business cards, so that I can keep them all together.

Here’s what I did with the business cards, so that I can keep them all together.

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Construction Work Ahead

Hi All,

I once worked at a corporation where the upper management just couldn’t figure out their mission statement.  Did they want to make widget A or widget B?  They were struggling with their corporate identity.

Well, I’ve been kind of the same way about my blog.  I mentioned my quandary to one of my friends with journalism and graphic design experience.  My problem was that I was running out of memories and photos of me growing up in rural south Alabama. 

“Well,” said my friend, “You were growing up in rural south Alabama…and then you grew up.  End of story.”

Sage words, to be sure, and very much appreciated.  So where should I go from here with my blog?  That’s when I decided to tweak my header title just a bit.  I came up with “Life and Culture with a Little Alabama Twist.” 

I like writing about casual observations and thoughts about what’s going on in the world around me.  It’s from an Alabama wife/mom/writer’s viewpoint.  Really, it’s what I’ve been writing about all along.  I <I> promise </I> not to keep changing my look and my mission statement a lot on you, here, but I’m going to be experimenting a bit.  Just to have unity, consistency, and harmony.  

And isn’t that what we’re all striving for?