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Change is good, right?

November is turning out to be a month of many changes. One of the good ones you already know about. I’m doing housework. For real. It’s not likely to become a habit, though. This is only to honor NAtional HOuse CLEaning MOnth (see new page.)

My second good change will be to set off on a plan to get my body back in shape. I can even maximize the power of NaHoCleMo to help. Obviously, if I’m moving about to clean, I won’t be sitting as much to write—I’ll be burning calories. Yay! It’s sad to admit, but in the two years I spent writing my last novel, I’ve gained twenty pounds. Yes, I’m a cow. And I dare not keep up this obsessive pace of sedentary writing or I’ll be elevated to elephant status.

So, barring any injuries to impede my accident prone body, I will embark on a daily walk. You read that right. I’ll be leaving the house and everything. But—and this is the best part—I’ll also be journaling what I see, hear, think, or whatever, during these walks. That may be the only writing I accomplish during November, but I believe it might be valuable.  And maybe this change will become a habit.

Do you have any changes on the horizon for you this month?

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44 thoughts on “Change is good, right?”

  1. Linda, I’ve been thinking a lot about you lately and am sorry I haven’t stopped by your blog in a while. I’ve missed it (and you). I remembered that last year you did your November housecleaning month. I’m doing NaNoWriMo for the first time (as is my 12-year-old son!). I should also be doing NaHoCleMo, since I’m having 25 people for Thanksgiving, but I’m not sure I can fit in 50K words and 5K minutes of cleaning. I’m thinking I’ll just go for the illusion of clean (reference from an old episode of the Roseanne show). Best of luck to us both.


    1. How nice to know I’ve been thought of, Susan. 🙂

      Is the “illusion of clean” a spell I can put on everyone who steps through my door? If so, I’m there. 😉 Oh, and I’m trying a more reasonable 2,700 minutes this year.

      Good luck to you and your son on NaNoWriMo.


      1. Once I’ve worked out the exact spell, I’ll be sure to send it your way. My son’s at 5024 words after three days. I’m just starting today’s stint, but I expect I’ll wind up at about 7K before I crash and burn. Good luck with your 2700 minutes of cleaning.


      2. We’re both doing great on NaNoWriMo: Day 6 I’m at 16, 346 and my son’s at 9,369. But we have news on the NoHoCleMo front, too. I recruited the 3 boys to help me start whipping the house into shape for Thanksgiving. We spent three hours tearing the kitchen apart. That’s 4×3=12 hours, or 720 minutes. Not bad.


          1. My boys don’t think I’m so clever, but I was pleased with the idea. We’ll see what happens when I move on to the next room tomorrow. Having a blast with my son on NaNo. He’s so excited, which makes me excited.


  2. Changes this month: cleaning and organizing my bookcases (once and for all) and getting back to my full on exercise commitment. I’ve kept up exercising, but the amount has gone down since a car accident at the end of September.


    1. Sorry, to hear you had an accident, Barbara. My Wii exercise program dropped off after I fell off the balance board and broke my hand two years ago. Then basically ceased when I had a pinched nerve last year. I’m not doing so well on my walking plan yet this month. At least I’m not sitting all day. 😉

      Good luck on your bookcase project.


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