Monday, January 16, 2012

A glimpse into this past November - NaNoWriMo

I haven't posted pictures in a while, so I thought I'd do a post about this past November through pictures and words. Here is part 1 - NaNoWriMo.

November is when our family participates in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), so we all write novels in 30 days. We go to a local coffeehouse often and write, write, write with friends. Okay, so there's a lot of talking and playing mixed in, too. :P

First, proof of writing/working while at the coffeehouse:

Thing 2 hanging out with the boys and writing
(or possibly playing Minecraft)

Thing 1 doing pass-along stories with some of the girls
(one of their favorite things to do at write-ins -- lots of giggles!)

And proof of playing while there, too. :)

Of course we need sustenance to fuel our creativity.

She looks pretty happy with that ice cream.

We love our local coffeehouse/theater. But we do write in other places, too.

Like at home with a cute puppy snuggled on our legs
but under our laptop . . .

At Starbucks
(where I get distracted by looking at my cute husband).

At home, we track our progress on these
nifty charts Mark makes us.
(Mark and I wrote a novel together this year
and the kids each wrote their own).

The kids won!
Thing 1 surpassed her goal of 35,000 words.
Thing 2 surpassed his goal of 4,000 words.

And Mark and I wrote our first novel together!

At our celebratory TGIO party (several people were missing - I don't think there was a time when ALL the writers were together at once the whole month) :

Awesome kids

No rabbit ears! :P

Zombie picture

I forget what we were doing in this picture -
getting the zombies maybe?

I honestly don't know how we weren't kicked out.

And the faithful adult writers
(again, several were missing).
Yay us!


Emily Foley said...

CUTE cute scarf in that last picture. I also love the argyle blanket. And I really want an ice cream that big some day. Did she eat it all??

On another note, do you guys shop your novels? I have a friend with an agent that is constantly doing revision after revision and submitting to publishers. I wondered if you have a goal of being published?

Dr. Mark said...

Yes, Kate ate ALL of it. That girl can put it away when she wants to. We haven't shopped any novels around yet, but I think all of us have something we'd like to revise and try to publish. We'll see. So much to learn about that world.

Stacy, great recap. Love the pictures! And congratulations to us for finishing the novel together. It was a lot of fun.

Lindsay said...

I agree with what Emily said..
How fun that you do those things as a family. Love it.

Robynne said...

Sooo cool, what a great accomplishment, and even cooler that you all did it together!! Way to go Foleys! :)

Boquinha said...

Thanks, everyone!

Em, I'd like to write more consistently and start submitting to both magazine and writing contests. I'd love to write books (and I have a notebook FULL of ideas), but I'd also love to have a weekly column or something like that.

Dave Johnson said...

Oh my gosh, this looks SO fun. I wish I'd been there. I miss the camaraderie of a writing group. I love how the kids are just as engaged as the adults. I'm bogged down in the submission process at the moment and need to get back to actual writing. Congrats to you all on making your goal!

Boquinha said...

Thanks, Dave! We wish you were here, too!