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Signs of Panic – NaNoWriMo 2013…

November 26, 2013
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Clamant – definition: 1. clamorous; noisy; 2. compelling, or pressing; urgent

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With only five days left to achieve the magical fifty thousand words of the National Novel Writing Month challenge, many participants are now feeling the pressure.

If you are fearing the 30th November link up here for some pep talks:

http://nanowrimo.org/pep-talks

My own experience this time around in NaNo, I found I ‘lost’ motivation when I tried to keep to my plot model. Having the story mapped out before me, hindered my creativity and I lagged behind dreadfully. Trying a new genre – cowboy romance – has added to the struggle but I am determined to make that goal. I may not sleep for the rest of this week but it will be worth it.

My word count today is 45,844, leaving a tantalizing 4,156 words left to create. I have to squeeze them in between a conference planning meeting tonight, an orthodontist appointment for my daughter on Thursday and organizing and packing books on Friday evening for an all day event on Saturday. Will I make it? I hope so. To be so close and not succeed would seriously suck!

How are you coping with these last few days?

Have you already achieved the target 50,000? Or surpassed it?

Do you have any words of wisdom to achieve the total?

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On Target?

My latest article for Strathcona Connect

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Another service that will be greatly missed is the hair salon – Magicuts. Again the staff was very friendly and accommodating and the prices were excellent. Some may say the service was ‘basic’ as there was no manicures, pedicures or ‘gel’ nail service but not everyone wanted a ‘full’ package – just a haircut! Again regulars have had to make alternative arrangements and have lost that special relationship with a hairdresser who ‘knew’ their hair.As we all know our Zellers store in the Sherwood Park Mall has been liquidated and will be replaced with a Target store in the spring of 2013. For many of us it has been sad to see Zellers go. The small café was a welcomed and more peaceful break from shopping as opposed to the bustle of the food court at the other end of the mall. Its position was ideal, tucked into the corner and away from the main thoroughfare. A meeting place for many; the café and its calm atmosphere and friendly staff will be greatly missed. The ‘regulars’ are now misplaced and a routine broken. Let’s hope the new storeowners will make provisions for them.

It is sad to know so many Zellers staff have left, their years of experience discarded. However, let us hope that many others will benefit from the ‘new’ store as employees and customers. Life goes on and although it is human nature to avoid change, let’s give the new store a chance. Their ‘Give with Target’ Canada did achieve its $1 million goal to help Canadians in need – so was this a ‘sweetener to help swallow the bitter pill of Zellers demise? You choose.

Target’s own promotional mission statement states ‘Our mission is to make Target your preferred shopping destination in all channels by delivering outstanding value, continuous innovation and exceptional quest experiences by consistently fulfilling our Expect More. Pay Less. Brand promise.’

Let’s keep them to that promise and use our ‘marke

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