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. 🙂 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. 😀 It’s always fun.
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?
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.
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. 🙂
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.
Today’s cookie: Lemon Crisps. These are extremely lemony and I find myself eating more than I intend.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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. 🙂
It’s time to write, so I shall grab a
dozen couple Pecan Shortbread and Earl Grey tea. Have a great night!
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.
Today’s cookies are a simple GF shortbread. They are extremely crumbly, a bit more so than my regular shortbread; however, they still taste amazing.
NaNoWriMo – It’s halfway through the month and I am nowhere near halfway finished with my novel. I was upset and really quite angry with myself for not having written 25,000 words. My best friend listened to me whinge on for a bit and then asked me what my resolutions were for the new year (being pagan, my year ends on Halloween/Samhain and starts on November 1). I pulled out my goal journal/planner and reread my goals for my writing.
1. Write for an hour a day. Word count doesn’t matter, just get (back) into the habit of writing every day
2. Work on one manuscript at time. Jot down ideas for new stories, but focus on one.
After rereading my goals, I remembered why I thought it was a good idea to actually join NaNoWriMo. I wanted the motivation to write every day and what better time than NaNoWriMo? My best friend’s question: “Was I completing my personal goals?” Yes, I am. I have been writing every day. Some days that hour drags by and only two or three paragraphs may be written; other days I’m surprised to learn the hour is over as the writing is flowing. I’ve been working on one manuscript. It’s in bits and pieces, scenes/chapters are completely out of order at the moment, but I don’t really care. It’s great to actually concentrate on one manuscript rather than bounce back and forth between three or twelve stories.
I will admit that the competitive, massively goal-orientated side of me really wants to write 50,000 words this month. The creative, practical side of me knows if I push myself any harder I’ll experience burnout. Instead, I write every day and tell myself there’s still time for me to meet the word goal, and if not, there’s always next year. 🙂
Tonight’s cookies: German Chocolate Cake Cookies.
The cookies spread more than I anticipated plus I ran out of frosting. They’re an okay cookies, not one I’ll probably make again.
NaNo Update – Haven’t written today as I have been at the Evil Day Job and took the Bookworm to see “Ender’s Game”. The last batch of cookies is due out of the oven in ten minutes, then I’ll write.
PS. If you see a cookie and you’d like the recipe just email me or comment. 😀