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December 1: post-NaNoWriMo and looking to the new year


NaNoWriMo is over. I am slightly exhausted but mostly really satisfied. I finished the month with over 75,000 words, which brings my grand total to over 120,000 words. Woot! I’m giving myself at least the next week off to let my poor brain recuperate, then it’s into rewrite-landia.

I know the blog got a little ignored during November. All the words were going to the book. That’s expected. And now that I’m done with that first draft, post ideas are coming back to me. I’m taking notes. But the thing is…

I think I’m going to change the format of this blog a little bit. Same topics will still be covered, but I’m thinking less of my day-to-day life and more of my thoughts and opinions on things. Maybe I’ll even make you laugh. We shall see.

None of the old posts will go away, but the site itself will probably get a bit of a facelift. Just as a warning.

So there we go!

I hope everyone has had a good November, and here we go, careening into the holiday season. Geronimo!

joanna irl

Happy November! It’s chili time. ^_^

The other night, I browned a lot of ground turkey and had quite a bit left over. Since it’s been so chilly out lately, I decided to make chili!


I started with onion, green pepper, and garlic in the pot and let it cook until it reduced. Then I stirred in the already-cooked turkey and beans, added tomato sauce and all of my spices, and let it simmer while I cooked the cornbread. Add cheese and voilĂ !