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For the last few years, I've participated in National Blog Posting Month. Though it's moved to an every-month thing now, it used to be an annual event that took place in November. It was created, I believe, in response to National Novel Writing Month. NaBloPoMo is pretty simple: blog every day. NaNoWriMo is a bit more complicated (but just a bit). The rules are:

  1. Write a 50,000-word (or longer!) novel, between November 1 and November 30.

  2. Start from scratch. None of your own previously written prose can be included in your NaNoWriMo draft (though outlines, character sketches, and research are all fine, as are citations from other people's works).

  3. Write a novel. We define a novel as a lengthy work of fiction. If you consider the book you're writing a novel, we consider it a novel too!

  4. Be the sole author of your novel. Apart from those citations mentioned two bullet-points up.

  5. Write more than one word repeated 50,000 times.

  6. Upload your novel for word-count validation to our site between November 25 and November 30.

You know where this is going, right? I've been writing. In the last month, I've written more than 50,000 words (though I wouldn't call the result a novel). So, this month, no NaBloPoMo. I'm going in. I'm going to try to write a novel.

I won't be posting it her. I don't have any illusions about it being good. But it's something I've wanted to do for years and thought was beyond me. I know now that it's not.


Listen, I haven't read all your blog stuff, but I like you and your husband/boyfriend? I don't even know. I am not sure why I like you guys but here goes. I have two anatolian shepherds that I rescued from the cleveland spca. It was on a whim, I lost my 10 yr old rotty-mix and well I wanted another dog, a small dog, 1 dog. I left with 2 dogs, sisters, because I thought you can't split up sisters. So anyway, I left with 2 dogs, big ones and I love em and they are really sweet and nice and easy to walk and great with my kids and my wife likes them.....but they are a lot of work and my wife prior to my getting dogs just opened her dream alteration/dress/drape/anything that you want made shop, and is really busy. I am a fireman and gone every third day and it is not making her happy on those days. She is overwhelmed and I am bummed at work because I can't help her and I think it is bad for our marriage to feel so much stress. My kids will be sad but I will feel so much better knowing I gave them to the right people. Please tell me you are interested. My boys named them Coco and Rose. They are white with black spots and are really good girls, they are spayed, and have all their shots. I will take them to you if you say yes. I read some of your blog and I just think that you are the right people for these two sweet sisters. Sometimes we call the the ladies. Anyway, think about it and email me if you are interested in getting Coco and Rose to the correct home... Yours. I don't want anything in return other than a clean conscience and maybe an email once a year with an update. Maybe a christmas card saying thanks for giving us the best gift ever, Coco and Rose. That's all.

Mike in Cleveland Hts., Ohio

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