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What I wrote in November

In an earlier post I wrote about my writing projects for the month of November.

So, how did I get on?

I added about 14,000 words to my childhood memories in the first 2-3 weeks of November. After that I had other demands on my time. I didn’t find the NaNoWriMo experience particularly helpful. In future I shall try to set my own goals. Putting words down without worrying about typing errors was not my usual way of working. It has taken me two days to edit what I wrote. Usually I check my writing as I go along, doing any necessary research at the time. I still need to organise the new material.

I also need to check that I haven’t repeated myself either during the month or by duplicating what I had written previously.

Working on my project in an intensive manner has given me some new ideas, which will involve rewriting part of my earlier material.

December is always a busy month, so I may not add any more words, but I hope I can do some planning, so that I can make progress when I start writing again.

Apart from NaNoWriMo I have managed to post here on Sue’s Trifles each Thursday. In addition I have posted once a week on Sue’s words and pictures, including a post which was featured by Cee Neuner.

The writing group I’d normally attend in person met on Zoom. I wrote something for the others to read and comment on. I have also written a poem for another online group, which meets soon.

A third online group listened patiently to me reading part of my NaNoWriMo project. They encouraged me to continue with it.

I have also submitted two of my poems (not saying where to), which I plan to read at a Christmas concert later this month.

Perhaps 2022 will be the year when I take stock of what I have already written and make some more submissions. I may have to forgo the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge or write very short posts for it.

My Blogiversary post for 2021

It was 23 July 2012 when I published my first blog post on Sue’s Considered Trifles. I have not added any new material to that blog for some time, but it could be useful to writers wishing to know which phrases were in use in the second half of the 20th century.

Tomorrow will be 23 July 2021, so that marks 9 years of more-or-less regular blogging. Sue’s Trifles, which has become my main blog, is a bit younger having its first post on 25 March 2013. I chose the theme Pachyderm for reasons I explained here. It is perhaps a little twee. Should I change it?

At first my posts were written in response to daily prompts from WordPress, but these were discontinued. Since 2013 I have taken part in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge every year and in 2016 I also completed the challenge on Sue’s words and pictures, which I began in March 2015. My first post is here.

My What’s new page lists all my writing adventures, if adventures is not too exciting a word for my exploits!

Nine years is a long time and my off-line interests have changed gradually as time has gone on. My favourite games are now Rummikub and Triominoes, with Scrabble and Upwords demoted to occasional use. Even before the pandemic I had stopped going to the craft group, the reading group and an embroidery group, which may all have been mentioned here on Sue’s Trifles.

I am far more involved with social media now than I ever imagined would be the case. When I began blogging, I was unaware that it was social media and that I’d make online friends among people in various countries, who also blog.

My first reviews of books I read appeared on Sue’s Considered Trifles as a page or pages. Gradually book reviews have become the major part of my blogging activities. If you had told my 10-year-old self that this would be the case, she would have been incredulous. Having to write a review of every book read and to queue up to show the review to the teacher before being allowed to choose another book, led me to choose the thickest book on the shelf in the classroom! (Writing and queuing stole valuable reading time.)

I try to include occasional craft posts and faith posts, or reflective posts such as this one for those readers, who perhaps followed Sue’s Trifles after reading posts in those categories. I am currently rereading the psalms, attempting to keep up with another blogger, who tweets every day. A few years ago I joined in with his #psalmtweets.

Lockdown has affected both Sue’s Trifles, where Paint Chip Poems have become a regular feature, and Sue’s words and pictures, where photo challenges have provided a source of inspiration rather than outings to places of interest. At the time of writing a few posts of local interest are in the pipeline and one has been published already.

As restrictions are lifted in the UK, I am spending more time outside the home – if only in the garden! In fact gardening is seasonal. I have returned to my voluntary job and am attending some church services, but not singing in the choir.

Although I carried out my garden survey this year at the end of March, I have not yet found time to compare the results with those for previous years.

My word for the year, Focus, has proved helpful as I seem to be able to work more efficiently than at some times in the past. There are always distractions like other people’s blogs to read, conversations to join in with on social media and podcasts and videos by blogging/writing friends.

My quiet times continue to include the Bible reading notes I mentioned here.

I also try to keep my contents and other lists up-to-date, although they seem to be of more use to me than to my valued readers.

What about the future of my blogs? Book reviews and paint chip poetry are likely to make up the majority of my posts on Sue’s Trifles. The photo challenge posts on Sue’s words and pictures are likely to continue on Wednesdays with posts on some Saturdays about places visited or events, such as a steam train passing along the local railway line.

Thank you for reading my 959th post on Sues Trifles!