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No Time to be Lax in November or is There..?

November 5, 2013

Lax – definition: 1. not strict or severe; careless or negligent; 2. loose or slack; not tense, rigid, or firm

English: "Guy Fawkes in Ordsall Cave"...

English: “Guy Fawkes in Ordsall Cave”. Google books edition. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For those of us embarking on the madness that is National Novel Writing Month, we certainly do not have the luxury of being lax. Every moment writing/typing those words is precious.

However, our minds do need to be refreshed from time to time. If we focus too hard we easily become frazzled and ideas or flow can be lost. Take a break of some kind. Focusing on something else can spark a new direction or plot twist so don’t be afraid to leave NaNoWriMo occasionally.

That being said, I am escaping for a couple of hours this evening to enjoy the English tradition of Guy Fawkes. Bonfire, fireworks and good heartwarming food in the company of lots of expats. here in Alberta. Traditions for anyone are a link to ‘home’ no matter where you reside.

Just in case you are curious here is a link to Guy Fawkes: and the rhyme follows:

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I see of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
‘Twas his intent.
To blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below.
Poor old England to overthrow.


Left to right the Conspirators.

Thomas Bates, Robert Wintour, Christopher Wright, John Wright, Thomas Percy, Guy Fawkes, Robert Catesby and Thomas Wintour

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