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The Deed is Done! I'm a NaNoWriMo Winner!

I did it! I wrote a 50,000+ word novel in 30 days. If you haven't been following my progress, I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which runs from November 1-November 30. When I found out about it I knew it would be right up my alley. I'd been thinking about the idea for almost a year and I work really well under a deadline. 

It was hard. It was really hard to get a story that has only been in your head and put it down on paper (well, okay, type it into your computer.) I'm proud to say that my story now has a beginning, middle, and an end. It is also book one of most likely three. I had a dream about the opening sequence of book two in the last week of November.

I found that I really enjoyed writing every day, and I miss it already. Since the 30th I've stepped away from the novel, but plan on starting the editing process in January. I have no idea how long it will take me to edit it, but I hope only a couple of months.

It was hard to take care of a 3 month old, prepare for, and complete an ocean passage to an from Catalina, work on opening my own business (doing custom sewing), and find time to work out (much less have a meaningful relationship with my husband.)

Working out is what fell to the wayside. Although I still got almost daily walks in, I didn't have enough time to do everything else and lift weights. It was a small price to pay for being able to say I now have the first draft of a novel completed! Eric was also incredibly supportive. On our trip to Catalina there were several times when he took Cora for long walks so I could sit in a coffeeshop and type, type, type. He has also been writing a novel, though he didn't compete in the NaNoWriMo challenge. Perhaps we'll become a househould of authors typing away in exotic places as we sail. I could live with that.

Cora sitting patiently while I typed liked mad.

I'm so grateful that I have such an easy-going baby. There were many days that I typed while she slept, but for the most part I typed while I nursed her or while I wore her and sat in coffeeshops letting my imagination run wild and the story flow out of me. I also want to thank Eric and my friend Mele for supporting me this month. They were both great cheerleaders and each took care of Cora so I could do this. 

Onward and upward to the editing and revision process!


Then and Now, An Anniversary Retrospective

In March of 2005 Eric and I sailed to Catalina with our friend Ryan. Eric and I had been dating for about three months.

March 2005, Charlotte 25, Eric 26

A year and a half later the same intrepid crew made the trip again, this time on our own boat!

May 2006, Charlotte 26, Eric 27What's up with the faces Eric? Okay, the next one will be a super handsome one of him. Our next visit to Catalina was to get married. Surrounded by family and friends we said, "I do," on a perfect November day in 2008.

November 2008, Charlotte 29, Eric 30Our recent trip to Catalina was our fourth time there together. We celebrated Thanksgiving quietly on our boat but we also celebrated two years of marriage and six years of being together. I'm so glad I married this man!


March 2005Now:

November 2010, Charlotte 31, Eric 32, Cora 4 monthsThen:

November 2008


November 2010


November 2008Now:

November 2010

Life is good! Happy Anniversary Eric.


I'm Sensing a Theme

Fathers and daughters bond in many ways. Eric has found his particular niche by sticking his tongue out at Cora any chance he gets. Here, let me show you:

At first she didn't know what to make of it.

Now she smiles when he does it, and sometimes laughs. I'm still trying to capture it on camera.

Just wait until she's three and sticking her tongue out when she's mad at him. LOL!


All is well in Catalina. Have a happy thanksgiving everyone. We're sailing over to Emerald Bay today. Enjoy your turkey or tofurkey as it may be.


Provisioning for Catalina

We're in darling Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island today. To prepare for our sail here I tried to provision for about 7-10 days. It's not that Catalina doesn't have grocery stores, but, like Alaska (my home state), all goods are shipped over so they are more expensive and the variety is limited. I stocked up on canned goods, dried goods and long lasting fruits and veggies. So far in Catalina we have purchased only fresh meat, fresh bread, and some cold drinks since we're sailing without refrigeration for this trip.

Inspired by my friend Amanda, who also lives on her sailboat, I made a baking nook under the aft salon bench and tucked away my sugars, flours, and assorted cooking wonders.


Here's a full shot of the storage under the bench. Bonus points if you spot Cora's feet in this picture:

The cabinet that used to hold my baking goods became the snack cabinet. I don't know what it is about passage making but I get hungry. I crave carbs. I want salt! So we have Goldfish, Corn Nuts, Teriyaki noodles, hot chocolate to warm us up, oh and Cliff and Protein bars:

Eric and I have found that if we don't split the snacks up into little baggies, we can eat a whole box of Goldfish in far too short of a time. I tried to provision enough snacks for three adults for passage there and back so don't judge us too harshly on all those glorious Goldfish!

The aft galley cabinet was stored with rice, quinoa, wheat pasta, almonds, popping corn, whey protein, and prunes.

Some people are surprised when they see we have a tiny microwave onboard. Do not be fooled. Eric and I haven't used a microwave in years. No, this little puppy is used for storage at the moment. Eventually, we will remove it and truly use the area for some sweet storage:


Now, if you've stuck with me on this post until the end, I'll show you my favorite part of this provisioning process. I smartly stored away our goods on the shelves above the galley stove before we left San Diego. See, I'll show you:

But, during the passage to Catalina Island we experienced some 30+ knot winds and 8ft seas, and after all that my poor shelves looked like this:

Awesome, huh? Yeah.

I have a lot to learn about cruising on my sailboat as opposed to just living on it.

There's a reason why people say to rig your boat for 'missile hazards.' Those cans went flying during the trip. They went everywhere. And I thought I was being so clever running those cute little bungee cords in front of the shelves to "keep things in." Oh ho ho ho. Hee hee hee.

Luckily no one was hurt in the making of this blog post.


Every Day I Write the Book

A few weeks ago I posted that I had an idea for a book and that I was going to try and write it, and then I found about National Novel Writing Month, and nothing was ever the same again! No, really, National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, has been good to me. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days (the month of November.). Truly, you are writing the draft of a novel, but it's a novel nonetheless. I work great under the pressure of deadlines, so this is right up my alley.

I'm currently at 27,000 words, but I'm behind my daily required word count. By the end of the day today I'm supposed to be at 30,000; we'll see how close I can get to that. My blog posts have been minimal this month as a result of all this writing. I have to find time to sneak in the writing in between taking care of Cora, starting my own business (post coming on that topic soon!), finding the time to exercise, and getting the boat ready for our sailing trip to Catalina this weekend. Yeah, things are crazy!

But I'm still writing. I'm writing every day and the story and the characters are developing nicely. I know I can make the 50,000 mark by November 30th. I've over half way! In the spirit of Dori from Finding Nemo, I have to just keep writing, just keep writing!