Writing and life update!

Hello all!

First, I must apologize for the long delay in my postings—recently I had a bout of bronchitis (that I really think started out as allergies but then mutated!) I took a quick trip to the hospital on Black Friday and surprisingly, didn’t stay too long thankfully. After a check to make sure it wasn’t pneumonia, I was given meds and a nebulizer treatment—which I must say really helped clear things up! I’ve never had a treatment before, though I’ve been asthmatic since I was 19.

Perhaps I need to have a chat with my internist about getting one to keep at home to use whenever I’m sick.

The year is almost over, and I can’t believe how fast this year is going by! First, I’m happy that it is—mostly due to Marmalade Mussolini in office—but it’s also a bit jarring to know that it really felt like June was a couple of months ago. I think I think this because we still had hot weather well into October, which is unlike this area.

I realized last night that this will be the first #NaNoWriMo challenge in 5 years (I think) that I won’t complete. I think I had about 25,000 words down, but there’s no way I’ll get to 50k by Thursday night. First it really bothered me because not only am I perfectionist, but I also have OCD. And to see that break in my consistency on my profile will nag some part of me. But as life and bronchitis got in the way, it couldn’t be helped. This month really surprised me in the way that I didn’t anticipate to be busy in my real life, thus I thought I’d have more time to write.

For those who aren’t aware, I’m a preschool teacher as my day-job. And I’m in the middle of pursuing my credentialing (mostly so I can get paid more money), and it requires a lot of paperwork and continuing education classes. So after wrangling 2-year olds for about 7 hours, sometimes I’d have some night classes to take for about 2-3 hours. Predictably, I’d come home and pass out. And my mom is visiting from London, which it’s always great for her to be here.

I’m proud to say that I’m almost done Christmas shopping—very glad that I started way early this year. So in addition to wrapping gifts, I’ll also be storyboarding my children’s picture book that I’d completed, hunt down an illustrator, and finally finish my novel. My original deadline was the end of this year, but I’ll push it to February since I’ve had some last-minute things pop up that demanded my attention.

Honestly, I’m excited! For now, I’ve put auditioning on hold until I get this writing done. But I plan to go back to vocal training as soon as my voice is back. I swear the most depressing thing about being sick (for me) is that I can’t sing. And I love to sing!

What have you got planned for the upcoming last month of the year?

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