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NaNoWriMo Update ~ Day 14

I had so  many interruptions today that I just threw my hands up and said “I Give UP!”

I did manage to squeeze out 1066 words for a total of 24068, so I guess it wasn’t a complete washout. But  I really wanted to do better today.  Ugh. I do have ideas floating around my head about where to go next in the story. Prepare for another action  scene with a twist. hehehe…….

 

 

 

 

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NaNoWriMo Update ~ Day 13

The past day or two I feel like my story has just been kind of idling. Not really going forward the way I want. Stagnant. Sighhhhh. But I keep plugging away hoping for some inspiration somewhere. Hmmm maybe it’s time for a new character  to  step out of the shadows. I’ll have to think on that one.

I managed to pull out 1398 words today for a total of 23002 words. I’m still on track, but barely.  Need to shake something loose tomorrow or I might be in trouble. Hope  everyone is having a better day!

 

 

 

 

 

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Another Award! Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

I was nominated for “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” by  Liam over  at http://thelifeofathinker.wordpress.com. Thank you so much Liam! Everyone should give Liam a visit,  you’ll enjoy it!

 

 

This award of course comes with a few rules.

1. Display the award image on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and link to their sites.
5. Notify the bloggers that they have been nominated and link to the post.

 

Not sure I can do 15 bloggers, but will do what I can to pick some awesome blogs! Now for the 7 things about myself you don’t all ready know. That is hard!

1. I sleep with my bedroom window open, even on the coldest Canadian winter nights.

2. If I sing in the house, one of my cats attack me. That’s just how bad I am 😉

3. I’m terrible at math,  hate numbers, and they hate me!

4. I have  not read 50 shades of gray and never intend to.

5. All my ex’s  live in Texas 🙂 

6. I’ve seen ghosts

7. I would give anything to learn how to fly an airplane

 

Now for the nominees!

http://rarasaur.wordpress.com (someone I recently started following who has an interesting and entertaining blog)

http://brudberg.wordpress.com (he has wonderful poems and writings)

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com (an always beautiful person  and blog)

http://seyisandradavid.wordpress.com (she has wise words and a wonderful spirit)

http://ThoughtProvokingMoments.wordpress.com (a wonderful lady who writes on her personal journey to conceive)

http://michelleatplay.wordpress.com (just an all around nice person who writes really well)

 

Please visit all my nominees! They are worth it!

 

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NaNoWriMo Update ~ Day 12

Not too bad today, finally got past that dreaded 20,000 mark! Started slow this morning,  but finally caught hold of a plot thread and pulled. Wrote 1816 words today for a total of 21604! Yahoooo!!!

Chapter total  is 10 with 75 pages to the manuscript. I am proud of myself for making it this far! Now I just have to get 30,000 more words out of this pea brain of mine! I was doing the happy dance today in my living room. Believe me you should be glad you weren’t witness to that! 😉

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NaNoWriMo Update ~ Day 11

I didn’t quite make the 20,000 mark like I wanted to, but got close.  Wrote 1492 words today for a total of 19788 words so far. I just couldn’t seem to concentrate to get those last 200 words out. I kept getting frustrated and so gave in for today. I hate when that happens. I am still on track though and projected to finish Nov. 27th. So  as long as I stay on track I am pleased. 🙂

As Annie would say…Tomorrow! Tomorrow!
I love ya Tomorrow!
You’re always
A day
A way!

 

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NaNoWriMo Update ~ Day 10

Had a good day on my story today. It was an action scene and maybe that’s why. None the less I was happy. I managed 2261 words  today for a total of 18296 words. Yippeee!!! I should easily hit the 20,000 mark this weekend. So even though the past few day was not as productive as I wanted I am still on track.

Here are a few paragraphs from the novel. Please keep in mind it is in very rough first draft! I thought it would be nice to show  Phillis kicking some ass! haha! 😉

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Phillis didn’t even have time to yell, she moved quickly to the side and started to run. She felt the man slam into her from behind and the momentum took them across the kitchen. She landed face down on the kitchen floor with the man on top of her. The breath was slammed out of her body by the sudden impact. She heard him grunt when he landed on top of her. She felt herself begin to panic and then all the self-defense classes Edith made her take in college kicked in.

Bucking her back, she took the black clothed man by surprise. Since he wasn’t expecting her to fight back he had become careless. As Phillis bucked him off her back she rolled over and took both feet and kicked him in his chest. He flew backwards and she scrambled to her feet. She had just managed to grab the kitchen door knob and turn it when she felt rough hands in her long hair. Tears came to her eyes when he yanked her by her hair back toward him. As her head jerked back with the pain, she managed to open the kitchen door.

The only sounds were the grunting of the man and both of their panting breaths. As the large man wrapped one arm around her waist she raised her foot and kicked backward. He managed to move his leg at the last-minute and her foot glanced off his calf. Trying to loosen his grip her hands clawed at his arm. Phillis quickly realized she would have to do something desperate because the man was much too strong for her. The heavily breathing man let go of her hair and put his arm across her neck and squeezed.

Phillis wondered if she was going to die. She had been afraid, but now that fear was quickly turning to anger! She was damned if she would give in this easily! And in her own home too! She remembered a self-defense move her instructor had taught them to use, she raised her arms and cupped her hands. She made herself remain calm as he was choking her and slammed her cupped hands over his ears as hard as she could do it backwards. It might not be enough to actually bust his eardrums but it might hurt him enough to loosen his grip on her throat.

The man grunted hard and his arm loosened around her throat just enough for Phillis to get her head under. She opened her mouth and bit his arm as hard as she could. He had a black sweater on but it still hurt him. She heard him swear. Phillis elbowed his stomach and managed to unlock his hold on her once more. She turned and even though he was a few inches taller than her five foot eight, she curled her fingers and hit him in his throat. He backed off and gagged. She smiled grimly hoping she had hurt him enough for him to leave.

Instead she saw his eyes grow furious. If he wasn’t going to kill her before he was sure going to try now! Without a second look she sprinted toward the door. If she could get outside she knew of a dozen places she could hide. No one knew these grounds as well as she did. She heard a roar behind her as she raced out the door. Did men really roar when they got killing mad??? Her mind skittered over the question. This was not the time for her strange sense of humour to come out. This man meant to kill her!

 

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NaNoWriMo Update ~ Day 9

Didn’t do so well today. Just couldn’t concentrate. We got another foot of snow last night. Ugh. It’s still snowing. Have too many things on my mind today and it showed.

Only wrote 1407 words today for a total of 16035. Not terrible but not good. But I’m still projected to finish Nov. 28th! So at least I am on track. Tomorrow will be better I hope.

courtesy of nanotoons.net
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Friday Fictioneers ~ Nov. 9

Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 If this is your first go at Friday Fictioneers, here’s how it works:

Every Friday authors from around the world gather here to share their 100-words and offer constructive crit and encouragement to each other. This creates a wonderful opportunity for free reading of very fresh fiction! Readers are encouraged to comment as well.  A thank you  to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting and for  this weeks picture.

Here is my story:

 

Teri looked at the frosted window pane with her artist’s eye. To be able to  take what mother nature provided for a muse this cold winter day and paint it on canvas would prove to be challenging. Challenges she was not afraid of. She looked again at each unique ice crystal upon the window and smiled. To Teri it was like looking at each individual she knew. So different yet so wonderful in each their own way. As she was also. She picked her paintbrush up with her toes and delicately dipped it in the paint and then lightly touched the canvas.

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NaNoWriMo Update ~ Day 8

A good productive day today. Not only did I finish another chapter in my book by writing 1572 more words today, for a total of 14628 for NaNo.

I also managed to post something for American Indian Heritage Month! Go me! You can read that post here.

Tomorrow I’m hoping for another chapter or at least another 2000 words and a post for my food blog. I have neglected it terribly! Thank you everyone for your support and a special thank you for my special girlfriend Peaches for her reading of my book so far and letting me know she thinks I have a winner!! Yahoooooo!!!!

Okay, I’m off to catch up on other peoples post and relax for a bit.  Talk to you all tomorrow!!

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American Indian Heritage Month

Bo Zho!

That is Potawatomi for hello! As I am part American Indian Potawatomi I wanted to write something of my own ancestors for American Indian heritage month.  A lot of people haven’t heard  of the Potawatomi’s. They aren’t as famous as Apache, Navajo or many others that we have heard about through books or movies.

The Potawatomi Indians or Bodéwadmi as they call themselves were a part of a long-term alliance called The Council of Three Fires with the Ojibwe and Ottawa . The name Bodewadimi means “keepers of the fire”.

The Potawatomi are first mentioned in French records, which suggest that in the early 17th century, they lived in what is now southwestern Michigan. During the Beaver Wars they fled to the area around Green Bay, Wisconsin to escape attacks by both the Iroquois and the Neutral Nation, who were seeking expanded hunting grounds.

As an important part of Tecumseh’s Confederacy, Potawatomi warriors took part in Tecumseh’s War, the War of 1812 and the Peoria War. Their allegiance switched repeatedly between the British and the Americans as power relations shifted between the nations.

Today, the Potawatomi are a thriving community. They provide health services and education to the people, with revenues generated from the tribe’s gaming and other business operations. I remember when I was young, the Potawatomi community were quite poor. They had issues with drugs, alcohol and health. Now, they have active programs to deal with the  drugs and alcohol issues. They also have very active health programs. I know that within a relatively short amount of time they went from being the poorest tribe to  the third richest tribe within the United States. In part because they  got leadership that looked toward the future of their people.

The Forest County Potawatomi (FCP) have lived in Forest County, Wisconsin, since the late 1800s. Around 1880, groups settled in areas near Blackwell and Wabeno and have lived in that area since, as well as in the Carter and Crandon (or Stone Lake) areas. My mother was born and raised in Wabeno, Wisconsin, she is now one of a short list of elders of the Forest County Potawatomi tribe.

I have always loved being part American Indian. My mother used to tell us stories of when she grew up and even as an adult. There were lots of restaurants, bars and stores that would not serve Indians. They had signs up that said they wouldn’t. Much like the Afro-Americans in the south there was much prejudice about Indians. In some places that prejudice still survives. It always seem so hypocritical to me. The American Indians were here way before anyone else. Yet we were looked at as savages when  the white man killed us at every chance,  took our lands away and herded us like cattle onto reservations where  we would starve to death over the winters. Now really, who were the savages??

Here is a timeline of the Potawatomi tribes movements.

In the beginning, the Neshnabek (Original People) settled along the shores of the great salt water (Atlantic Ocean), near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River.

1,000 Years Ago

Movement began towards the Great Lakes.
1500’S

Near Saulte Ste. Marie, the Neshnabek split into three groups – the Ojibwe (Keepers of the Faith), the Odawa (Keepers of the Trade), and the Bodewadmi (keepers of the Fire). This relationship is known as the Three Fires Confederacy.

The Potawatomi moved towards Southwestern Michigan.

1634

First encounter with Europeans: the French explorer Jean Nicolet visits the Potawatomi near Red Banks (Green Bay, WI).
17th and 18th Century
As strong allies of Nouvelle France, the Potawatomi control the fur trade in the Western Great Lakes.
1789-1867

In 43 treaties, the Potawatomi were forced by the US Government to cede all their lands between Wisconsin and Ohio.

In the 1833 chicago treaty, the largest land cession contained 5 million acres.

1838

After the signing of the 1833 treaty, most Potawatomi were forcibly removed west. This march became known as the “Potawatomi Trail of Death”.

1851
Simon Kahquados, last known Chief of the Wisconsin Potawatomi is born at Black Earth Village in Kewaunee County.
1890’s
The Reverend Eric Morstad assists several strolling Potawatomi families near Wabeno, WI homesteads under the Indian Homestead act of 1884.
1907
W.M. Wooster, b.I.A. Special agent conducts census and reports 1,972 Wisconsin Potawatomi Indians.
1913
Through the efforts of Charles Kishek and Reverend Eric Morstad, 11,786 acres of land is purchased using treaty monies.
1924
Native Americans are granted U.S. Citizenship by act of Congress. (The irony of it boggles the mind!)
1937
The Potawatomi Tribe is reorganized under the Act of 1934 and officially become the Forest County Potawatomi Community.
1988
Forest County Potawatomi lands granted “reservation” status
. National Indian Gaming Act (N.I.G.A.) passed.
2005
A four tribe alliance of the Potawatomi, Oneida, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Viejas Band of Southern California build a partnership venture and open the Residence Inn in Washington D.C.
We as people have come a long way through out history.  It’s nice that we have a month for teaching about our heritage. It is a rich and vital one. We are people who are tough and resilient. We needed to be. The traditions and rituals have kept us strong. The cornerstone of those beliefs is the Circle of Life that parallels the seasons of nature. The Circle of Life is a demonstration of the Potawatomi reverence for all living things and nurtures the belief that they are a self-reliant and self-determined nation of people.
Bidgek (welcome)

 

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NaNoWriMo Update ~ Day 7

Had another good day today, managed to write 2316 words even though I got a late start. Now I’m up to 13056 in 7 days! I can’t believe that I am doing so well this week. Honestly, I wondered if I could do this. But, I’m so glad I gave it a try. I needed the push. Some blogs I have read have , well lets just say they are NOT in favor of NaNo. They think it’s a waste of time, or say if you were going to write a novel you would just do it. Or any number of other things.

I started this new adventure because it gave me that extra little nudge in the direction of putting my words down in a somewhat book fashion. Instead of hiding behind short stories or stories of my life, I took the challenge to push myself to actually write……a book. Is  it something that someone else will want to read? I don’t know, I hope so. But  there are never any guarantees in life  about anything.

I’m enjoying the camaraderie that comes with others attempting the same challenge and cheering each other on. Even those that aren’t participating in NaNo are cheering me on and I want you to know I appreciate it deeply. I do love a challenge and I do love adventure.  Sure it might only be an adventure sitting in front of a computer and typing, but hey, I’ll take it and embrace it for all it’s worth.

I’m determined to make that 50,000 word mark.  And I am nothing if not stubborn. I fight for what I want. So again dear readers, thank you for your support and for still reading my posts all though they seem pretty boring to some. I am working on some new posts that have nothing to do with NaNo, and soon hope to have them ready to post. Hang in there folks.