NaNoWriMo – Coming Clean

photographie faite par moi Lima 24 septembre 2...
photographie faite par moi Lima 24 septembre 2006 à 14:49 (CEST) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m not saying I’m throwing in the towel, not by a long shot.  What I am doing here is coming clean and letting you all know that I had a total of three writing sessions on this.  Today is the 25th.  I have five days left to bring this puppy home….or not.  I’m going to write some more regardless of whether it’s practical to even try to finish by the 30th.  I’m not saving this for next year – it will be finished by the time November 2013 rolls around.

I had the craft fair to focus on up until last weekend – not an excuse – just an explanation of how I chose to prioritize my time and energy.  There’s more to write and it wants to come out.  I just need to open the document and get going.  This isn’t a block and I’m not resisting it – it’s just that right at this minute I would rather paint a little.  But if I say I’ll start writing after Mass this evening then I’ll feel like it’s an obligation and I may not do it, so I’m not saying that but now you know that’s what I’m thinking.

Lots of things to think about here lately.  Baby boy has a birthday coming up and he’ll be turning 11.  I decided to get him a mobile phone so he has access to call for emergencies, can have contact information handy, etc.  and of course play games.  He’s doesn’t know it yet but it’s an iPhone 4.  He’s been very responsible with his (my old) Kindle and I really think he’ll appreciate the fact that he’s being recognized for that with additional responsibility that sets him apart from the baby sister.  She has Dad’s old iPhone to play games on so she’ll be somewhat ok with him getting a phone that will be “his phone”

On another front, I had some interesting news from “back home”.  My sister hasn’t spoken to my mother in nearly 6 months.  It’s interesting because now that’s she’s much older and needs next to nothing from my mom and my aunt and uncle she has less time for them.  I outlived my usefulness to her years and years ago but the elders have finally caught up.  Of course the only comfort I can possibly derive from that is the fact that things are turning out the way I knew they would.  Sometimes being right ain’t all that, is it?

And on still another front I am thinking I’ll get a job offer this week.  This still has a bit of the “pinch me I must be dreaming” aura about it but this is working out just the way I needed it to at this point in my life and my career.  Here is where I go back and link what’s happening now to my conversation with God as I was walking over the Key Bridge last December.  He made it clear things had to change with how I was (barely) living with the nutso job and pressure and mind games and manipulation and He also made it clear that I didn’t have to be nervous about how things would all work out.  No, He made it clear that if I relied on the faith that He already knew I had in Him that the way would be shown to me and things would fall into place nicely, and they have.

This is the most beautiful of experiences–seeing the manifestation of your faith in God in your life.  With this kind of thing going on I’m not sweating finishing my first novel in five days, starting my Christmas shopping, or paying my cell phone bill.  I’ve reached a balance where I worry very little about what might happen in the future and focus on my goals and objectives in the present day and offer the work that I do up to God…..always putting my children’s welfare at the top of my priority list.  This is what God told me He wants for me in this life so this is how I”m living it.



  1. I feel much better now, thank you. Although I’m not really sure my wife would spring for the dollar to get me an iphone. And I didn’t mean for you to feel obligated to explain yourself to me. I was just joking around! Our grand daughter, has expressed interest in an automatic hot chocolate maker. What’s so difficult about making hot chocolate, you might ask? The stirring. I guess you pour in the milk and chocolate and it heats it and stirs it for you. Go figure.

    • 🙂 I knew you were just joshing with me and so I was joshing back. Yeah, I know what you mean about the HC maker. No reason for that extra appliance hanging around on the counter. At one time I had an iced tea maker. It was a gift and I kept it but always thought it was a bit silly. Now I only make sun tea.

  2. Thanks for linking to my post on NaNo. I just wanted to add my two cents in about presenting your son with an iphone 4 for Christmas. I’m sure that he is a great kid. But really? An iphone 4 at 11? I’m going to be 65 next month and never even got an iphone 1. Ok, maybe I haven’t been as responsible as your son has. But doesn’t it count that growing up I had to walk 5 miles to school every day, even when it snowed? Barefoot and uphill? Carrying a tenor saxophone? I think I need someone to adopt me. My wife won’t buy me an iphone. She’s a beautiful and fantastic woman in all other respects so I guess I shouldn’t complain. And I’m not really. I’m happy for your son. No I’m not. Who am I kidding? I’m envious.

    • Hi Paul – thanks for stopping by and for commenting – especially for commenting – the phone device itself cost me 99 cents. I want him to have a phone so that when he and his sister are out and about or walking home from school he can call me at any time. I’ve been off work since February so here when they get home from school every day. I am probably going back to work soon, probably part time but it’s an hour away so I want them to have a phone to use with important numbers stored so they can get in touch with us. I have a 21% discount with AT&T carried over from my previous company. I already had a contract for a separate phone line and so I’m basically making that my son’s with a $1 phone. There is no way I’d pay retail for an iPhone for myself, much less my child….but I would get one for you for 99 cents. I’m sure your wife would get you one for 99 cents….does that make you feel any better?

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