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Just a quick question out of curiosity... When I retire, I will have nothing but time on my hands. How exactly does this Na-No writing contest work?
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You go to their website - https://nanowrimo.org/ - and join for free. Then, come November, you attempt to write 50k words. You can spend time beforehand planning if you are a planner, but the work is done in November. However, it is based on the honesty system, but if you cheat, you are really only cheating yourself.

Anyway, come November, you go onto the NaNo site every day and update your writing progress. We do the same here, but you need to be on the NaNo site for it to be "official". Most regions have groups dedicated to helping one another; where I live, we have a discord server and even do write-ins in person (viruses permitting).

It is free, but you will be sent heaps of emails asking for donations and they have corporate sponsors who will also ask you to buy their stuff. I ignore them, but do buy a Winners T-shirt every year I win.
Eric, Steven has given you the important details. I agree with him about being on WDC & nanowrimo.org, during November every year. My personal rule of thumb is to aim at 2000 words a day or 60,000 in the month. I just can't seem to wrap up any of my stories in 50,000 words. Besides, 2000 words seems easier to keep in my mind, at least, than 1667, which is typically par for each day.

I hope I haven't confused you. The point is to make the commitment to writing a lot of words every day, and you can reach the goal.

They also hold camp Nanos in the spring and summer. The camps are more flexible and can be a good way to ease into writing every day. You can find out more about camp nano on their website too. I can't remember who but someone on here is going to be running a prep-write-editing challenge here next year that is going to be an even more intense version of what nano is.
I have set an appointment to plead my case to the social Security Administration. It is Wed. Jan 4th at 10:30 AM. My sister will be with me for support. This is just the beginning of the process but I feel it is the right path for me.

I will keep you all posted.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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And to you as well!
are you having a dinner? Sister coming? How is mom? Are they haing a diner where she is at? I hope with all that is going on you get a nice dinner. If you were here, I'd invite you for pie. our dinner will be next week maybe.
We adopted a cat named Cheeto to help with my chronic blood pressure and anxiety. He is a cutie.

White feet and a golden brown fur. He is one year old.
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Pleased for you, have fun with your new cat.

Ohhhh boysies. Man a cat will help I think. How cute he sounds. Enjoy *Cat2*
Make sure to keep the kitty active with playtime if you want it to be a active cat or not so active if you want it to be a lazy cat how active it is in its early few years HEAVILY impacts how it is later in life.
These past few weeks have literally been a roller coaster. *Sad*

Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. *Headbang*

I have been diagnosed with COPD on top of my severe asthma. My blood pressure has been rather high the past few days and I am fighting an upper respiratory infection. All of this on top of my usual issues and the drama surrounding our mom. *Cry*

Forgive me for ranting; I just find it hard to focus on anything and do not know what to do with myself as I try to cope with this newest challenge in my life. Everything seems to be coming at us all at once. *Sad*

On the bright side, I finally got some health insurance. One hurdle cleared for now.
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we all need to rant now and then. I' d put your name for prayers on our prayer list on face book, but they aren't posting, they have to have the administration okay it. We will pray for you in our home
Happy Veteran's Day to all those serving who who had served!

Thank you for your service!
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Thank you.
Thanks a bunch
My blood pressure had been high all day while visiting mom. I then found it harder and harder to breath. I tried the inhaler and the nebulizer but nothing seemed to work. A nurse put me in a wheelchair and took me to the ER. I think I worried all of the nurses on the third floor. I was diagnosed with COPD on top of my severe asthma. I had a seriously bad attack; I have been ordered to two days of bed rest at home.

Mom sends her love to everyone.
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I have both of those too. We have to work -hard at not working hard. No stress. I thought she was home again? Our love goes to you too.
Hope things get better soon.
*Cry* *Sob* My mother was rushed to the ER Sunday morning after being discharged on Friday night. *Cry* *Sob*

We demanded real answers from the doctors and, unfortunately, we got them... My mother's heart and lungs are very weak; too weak for her to be home alone for any length of time. She requires 24/7 care.

We all had a long discussion with our mom and it was agreed that it would be in her best interest if we start looking into long term care. I do not know if it will be at home or in a facility.

Please pray for my mom. These next few weeks are going to be a difficult test.
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Sending much love and even more prayers! *Heartp* *Pray*
Thoughts are with you.
Well, my mother is back in the ER. *Sad* *Cry*

Bleeding through her GI tract, trouble breathing and pain in her left shoulder.

She will be kept at the hospital overnight and most likely into this week.
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have 2 men from my church give her a blessing. PLEASE.
My mother is back home. She returned on Tuesday morning and we spent the last few days just being a family. She is has been placed on a light exercise regimen that will hopefully keep her legs strong. She is in good spirits and asked me to thank everyone on WDC for their prayers and words of encouragement.

Thank you! *Heart* *Hug*
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I am so glad she is better. Give her a hug and kiss from me please.
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