WillWriteForCookies Day 30 & final wordcounts

Today’s cookies are honestly the ones I love to make every year. I used to make them all year; having tasted one a moment ago, I think I’ll be going back to that. šŸ™‚ There is something about gingerbread that screams holidays to me. It always has. These are not decorated yet. The Fey and the Elf plan to make the icing tomorrow which means my kitchen will be covered in sugar and food coloring. šŸ˜€ It’s always fun.

Gingerbread

As I’ve mentioned, I worked on several different manuscripts this month. My official wordcount for the one novel is 23,241. If I had in the wordcounts for the other novels, I wrote a total of 52348. I am honestly quite pleased. I’d fallen out of writing this year. Adding up the wordcounts makes me feel like I’m actually accomplishing something instead of just wasting time (my family’s words). How did everyone else fare this NaNoWriMo?

 

WillWriteForCookies Day 28 & Thanksgiving

Today’s cookies were requested by the Fey. We made Devil’s Food Cookies. She loves these because they contain coffee. Not that you can actually taste the coffee.

Iced Devils Food Cookies

Today was also Thanksgiving (well, technically yesterday, but I haven’t been to bed yet). As an introvert, I absolutely hate Thanksgiving. Every year the grand-people (great, great aunts & grandparents) come to my house to celebrate Thanksgiving. This tradition started about twelve years ago when I decided I wasn’t traveling all over the state to visit relatives as I was massively pregnant and had a two-year old. My sisters and I started cooking Thanksgiving dinner and all the grand-people decided to visit us instead. So there are five grand-people, my uncle and his son, my parents, my two sisters and their four children (two apiece) plus my three children in my home.

I’m quite adept at dealing with my introverted nature when it comes to family gatherings. In fact, I’m so adept my family doesn’t even believe I am introverted. I’ve just learned how to smile and get through the day. I look forward to that moment when everyone has left and I can put my house in order (I have a touch of OCD too). Don’t get me wrong, I am quite thankful for my family; they are loving, generous, and helpful. I’m just also quite thankful when they leave. šŸ™‚

Writing: Well, I wrote quite a bit yesterday. I’m up to 23,000+. I’ve got Friday and Saturday left. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ll make it, but I’m nearly half-way there and it feels good.

Hope your Thanksgiving (or day if you’re not from the States) was amazing.

WillWriteForCookies Day 27

Today’s cookie: Lemon Crisps. These are extremely lemony and I find myself eating more than I intend.

Lemon Crisps

I mentioned yesterday my camera was broken. A photographer friend stopped for a visit, took one look at the camera, fiddled with one dial, and proclaimed it repaired. Lo and behold, it worked. Apparently, the Elf and Fey were experimenting with the different buttons and dials. I felt quite dumb as I didn’t even think to check the dials. Anyway….*shrugs, smiles* Here’s a picture of the Strawberry Shortbread.

Strawberry Shortbread 2.0

It looks more like a pie here, because I didn’t use a big enough pan. The top layer of shortbread is actually above the top of the pan. This has a layer of shortbread, lemon curd, strawberry pie filling, and another layer of shortbread. The Elf and Fey have devoured it, so it must be pretty good. šŸ™‚

Writing-wise: unless I spend all day Friday and Saturday at the desk writing, I don’t see myself making the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words. I’m a bit upset as I am quite competitive and actually wanted to win NaNoWriMo. I was prepared to be upset with myself until I remembered my main goal was to write for an hour a day, to make writing a habit. I’ve accomplished my goal which is an incredible feeling.

 

 

 

WillWriteForCookies Day 25

Today’s cookies were requested by my dad. He loves Pecan Sandies; my pecan shortbread is very similar to those. I find the pecan shortbread to be highly addictive and try not to make it too often as I can’t seem to stop eating them. šŸ™‚

Pecan Shortbread

 

It’s time to write, so I shall grab a dozen couple Pecan Shortbread and Earl Grey tea. Have a great night!

WillWriteForCookies Day 24

Today’s cookie was a repeat from last week: Triple Chiplet Cookies. I decided to let my children pick out their favorite cookies from the previous weeks. This cookie really is one of their favorites: pecans, semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips. A bit of an overload, in my opinion, but they enjoy them and helped make them.

Still writing, just not no the story I’m supposed to be. I sat down to write and while looking at the NaNoWriMo novel I suddenly realized how to resolve a tricky problem in another manuscript. Wrote 2500+, none of which count. *smiles wryly* Oh, well, at least, I’m writing and enjoying myself.

WillWriteForCookies Day 23

I’ve really been on a shortbread kick lately. The weather has finally started to change. Cooler/cold nights demand hot tea/chocolate and shortbread. At least, that’s what I believe, anyway. *smiles* Tonight I made Toffee Shortbread, using Heath toffee bits. My love of toffee comes from my dad, along with a love of fantasy and science fiction. IĀ  remember watching “Buck Rogers”, the original “Battlestar Galactica”, and “Star Trek” with him; he always had Heath bars for those times. *returns from memory lane* Anyway…today’s cookie:

Toffee Shortbread

As for my writing, I’ve only written 9500+ words for NaNoWriMo. Technically, I’ve written more than that as various plot bunnies have spawned and I wrote until I captured the gist of the story. Of course, none of those words get added to my word count as the count is only for one novel. Bummer. How’s everyone else faring with NaNoWriMo?

 

WillWriteForCookies Day 22

Another shortbread today. I really enjoy making shortbread as it always tastes good and is quick to make. Today’s shortbread has pecans and a rather surprising ingredient: Rice Krispies. Admittedly, I used chocolate Rice Krispies instead of plain, but the difference is negligible.

Pecan Shortbread

On the writing side, I wrote four pages in between teaching. Yay, me! The hour I devote to writing starts in twenty minutes and I’m really looking forward to it.