Weekend Coffee Share: #NaNoWriMo has begun!

Hello Coffee Share peeps! This week, if we were sharing stories over coffee, mine would be rather bitter. I’ve developed a taste for coffee without sugar, and just a splash of heavy cream. I need to get some sugar free flavored syrups because I do like the flavors (especially hazelnut), but I’m finding that I feel better with less sugar in my diet.

Come snuggle on the couch with me, and we’ll discuss while I binge some more Ancient Aliens (It seems to be my thing right now). And if you ask nicely, I’ll even share my discount, post-Halloween candy with you.

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This week has been quite a doozy! But I’ve managed to keep somewhat on top of things… I think.

I decided that I wanted to be more organized leading up to NaNoWriMo, and while it definitely took a bit of work to get everything together, I feel fairly confident that I’ve got at least a modest plan and a moderate grasp of what I have to do to keep this level of organization going.

It’s going to definitely require my bullet journal, which I’ve updated and have filled with NaNoWriMo stuff, but I’m prepared… I think…

 

I found that I was taking a lot of time rewriting tasks in my BuJo. I wasn’t getting the things done that I wanted to each day and taking up huge amounts of space for the things I wanted to track/record on a daily basis that required a little more work than the basic habit tracker that I’ve come to love each month.

I also realized that one of the big things that really helped me a lot the last few weeks was keeping a rudimentary outline of my lesson plans in my BuJo, so that required some reworking of my weekly layouts.

I think I may write something a bit more about the changes after I’ve completely worked out the kinks.

Yes, there are already a few kinks.

I decided to do some sort of graph for those things I wanted to track, but I think I took up too much space for it. I had wanted to include some inspirational quotes throughout the month to keep me motivated for NaNoWriMo, and if I make that little graph chart smaller, I can put some quotes into the weekly spreads.

Thankfully, I only did one week in this new style so I can test it out! But I am pretty pleased with it… mostly.

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Most of this week has been made up of either NaNoWriMo prep, or “real” work stuff. It was the end of the six weeks this week, which takes up a ton of time for grading (which I haven’t finished yet), and we also had our Dia de Los Muertos party for the Multicultural Club.

I have to say, I’m very proud of those kids. We didn’t get to do all the things that I had hoped we could (because there is no budget for this club), but the kids really did the work and the research, and they put together a really cool party, complete with little group presentations explaining the whys and wheres and hows of Dia de Los Muertos!

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As for NaNoWriMo, I’m trying my hand at doing something a little more mundane than my usual paranormal/urban fantasy stuff. People keep telling me I need to write down my dating disasters into a story, so that’s what I’m going to try to do.

I’m finding it’s a little harder than I originally expected, though. It’s hard to retell the true stories in a fictionalized capacity. First of all, in order for it to be a story, the heroine must have some sort of evolution that leads her to some realization, and as it is based on my life, I don’t know what realization to give the fictional girl going through my experiences.

There also needs to be a story, not just a compilation of weird dating stories. And fictionalizing things that really hurt me is… complicated.

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On day one, I was setting up the fictionalized part, and it was easy enough, but then on day 2, I started adding in true tidbits, and I found myself struggling to not get lost in a tangent. It was even more difficult to try to tie in the memory to a story that I knew wasn’t true!

I’m going to continue with this story, though.

For one thing, I think it will be cathartic and help me to move on and find healthier relationships in the future.

For another, I like a challenge, and I want to see this through. There’s a tiny part of me that thinks I’ll end up sneaking in some fantastical elements so that I can disconnect enough to write the darned thing, but I’m going to try really hard to just write a basic chick lit story. No magic, no paranormal beings. Just men and women struggling to find love, like all of us out here trying to figure out this whole dating thing in a post Tinder world.

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That’s it for me this week. I know, I know, there’s usually so much more, but this week has been busy, yet boring.

What’s going on in your world this week? I hope it’s been productive. Are you doing NaNoWriMo this month? If so, we should totally become writing buddies. My NaNo name is eamays. Add me!

See you around the Coffee Share!

If you want to be part of the new coffee share, check out the new host:  Eclectic Alli, or go straight to the link up here

About Elizabeth

First and foremost I am a teacher. What I teach is a blend of grammatical art, literary love, and a smidge of spiritual awareness. My blog tries to combine the best of all three over a cup of tea.

15 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: #NaNoWriMo has begun!

  1. If you find sugar-free flavours, share them as I am now used to taking my coffee sans sucre. Though every once in a while a latte from Starbucks is a perfect treat 🙂

  2. There must be something in the air because this last week seems to have been somewhat wild for a number of people.

    NaNoWriMo is underway. I am not participating this year, it just wasn’t written into my plot line. I will enjoy reading about the adventure for everyone else though, and I love your Lisa Simpson clip.

    Great post, thanks for sharing.

    1. I also noticed this past week seemed a little harried for several of the Coffee Share peeps.

      As for NaNo, I may be mad at myself for trying to squeeze it in this year as well. The teacher life is killing me this year!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Good luck with NaNo! I’ve been meaning to look at bullet journals, they sound like they’d be right up my alley with my list-making addiction.. Thanks for the coffee and the candy!

    1. I definitely recommend them! They can be as fancy or as simple as you like. I’m still figuring out how to organize mine, but each month gets a little bit better, and (when I stick with it) I find I’m more productive! If you decide to use one, let me know how ti goes!

  4. I see you are making use of your student evaluation skills and progress reports to make graphs and keep track of things NEAT!!!
    have an awesome week and all the writing best
    ~B

    1. I am working on being organized. It’s only recently that I realized I needed a routine/pattern to keep myself sane, but organized… I am not. One look at my desk would prove that (I haven’t seen the top of it since a few weeks ago). But thank you!

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