Thursday Thoughts: NaNoWriMo and Creative Commitments

It’s probably not very surprising that I know a lot of creative people.  Among my friends and family are various other Etsy sellers, artists, scrapbookers, crocheters, knitters, seamstresses, quilters, woodworkers, and practitioners of just about any other craft you can think of.  Then there’s the people I met when I was a Theatre Arts major, the community theatre enthusiasts, and a plethora of actors and techies.  Most of my gaming friends are into role-playing and have developed elaborate stories for their characters.  Now add in all the writers and poets, computer programmers, graphic artists, interior designers… the list goes on.  So I really shouldn’t be shocked when I keep seeing one friend after another announce that they are participating in NaNoWriMo.

I’ve long thought about writing a book, or several.  I have characters begging me to tell their stories.  I’ve written a few scenes (this one belongs in a romance novel!) and backstories (this one is not for the faint of heart!) for some of my City of Heroes characters, and brainstormed ideas for a series based one or both of the Ashton twins, Jenny (my main character, One Hit Wonder) and Stacey.  I know I should take the “just sit down and write!” advice, but the way my writing process works, I don’t stop writing until the story is done, or at least that part of it.  And I just don’t have the time right now to spend hours, or heck, even minutes, writing anything that isn’t directly related to my business.

I am committed to three craft fairs in November, and am waiting for confirmation on a fourth one scheduled for December 1st.  November is not a month for me to write novels, or even short stories, it is a MUST MAKE ALL THE THINGS month.  I have literally thousands of items in various stages of completeness scattered all over my studio and spilling into the other rooms.  Thank goodness I have a supportive husband!

But I have been neglecting this blog, and my Etsy shop.  So I am going to make a type of writing commitment for November, and into December.  Let’s call it ReBloPoMo+ – Rewondered’s Blog Posting Month-Plus.  I am going to combine my “50 New Products In 50 Days” with my “Five by Five” blog posts.  So every day in November, and the first 20 days of December, there will be a post here and at least five new listings in my Etsy shop.  And I’m going to get my feet wet in the days leading up to November with a few themed “Five By Five” posts, starting with Halloween and gothic items.  It might be a bit late to order for Halloween, but I know there are others like me who think Halloween should be celebrated year-round, or are fans of “creepy” things, like skulls or Cthulhu.

Speaking of ordering, I am running a limited time special on two specific gift certificates.  The big deal is a Groupon-esque discount of over 76% off, where you can get $210 worth of my products (or custom orders) for only $50!  Click the picture below for details:

$210 worth of Rewondered products for only $50!

$210 worth of Rewondered products for only $50!

You can also get a half-price $20 Gift Certificate to Rewondered for $10.  Both of these offers are limited, so get them before they’re gone!  If you’re in New Hampshire, come spend your Rewondered Gift Certificate at my booth at one (or more) of the craft fairs I will be at:

I’ll have lots of items at the fairs that aren’t available online.  And with all the stuff I’ll be adding during ReBloPoMo+ (5 items x 50 days = 250 new listings!) there will be a lot more to choose from soon™.  Rewondered Gift Certificates never expire, you don’t have to use them all at once, and you can even refill them!  Get your holiday shopping done early, and let your friends pick out their favorite items, or get something custom made!

So what are you committed to this November?  Let me know in the comments below!  Are you doing NaNoWriMo?  Don’t write, but love to read?  Then check out NaNoLoMo – National Novel Loving Month.  Have a creative goal you’ve been putting off?  Maybe November is the perfect month to make it happen!  Let’s do it!

Five By Five Has Got the Blues

And so does the weather, apparently.  It’s incredibly overcast today, which gave me a bit of a slow start this morning (damn Seasonal Affective Disorder!), but I’m doing fine now.  And it’s a welcome break in the heat, with a forecasted high of only 83°F.  I also got the window air conditioning unit installed in my studio yesterday, so I’ll finally be able to work in there on these hot days!

The Blues is not a bad thing though, especially when you’re talking about music.  This is one of my favorite musical genres (yes, I like music other than hair metal and cheesy 80’s pop) and I was thrilled when, while I was living in Chicago, I got to see B.B. King at the Chicago Blues Festival and Jonny Lang at a concert.  There’s a Blues Festival this weekend near where I live, but we’re already going to be busy with the Balloon Festival.  One of the bands playing at the Blues Festival Saturday is also playing at the Balloon Festival Friday night, so maybe I’ll get a chance to hear them.

For now, I’ll just pop some songs into a playlist and groove while I present these blue items to you.  The Blue Basically Beaded Faceted Bead Necklace from the set of seven is first:

Blue Basically Beaded Faceted Bead Necklace Handmade by Rewondered

Blue Basically Beaded Faceted Bead Necklace

This next one is more of a turquoise blue, but that’s still blue, right?  It’s basically another variation of the Yellow and Silver Large Bead Necklace with Red and Yellow Snail Charm using different colors and bead caps.

Turquoise Blue and Copper Large Bead Necklace with Turquoise Blue and White Snail Charm Handmade by Rewondered

Turquoise Blue and Copper Large Bead Necklace with Turquoise Blue and White Snail Charm

This snail is also available as a single charm necklace, just like the yellow and red one.

Blue pairs with gold for this next necklace featuring a five petal blue flower:

Gold and Blue Daisy Flower Charm and Beaded Necklace Handmade by Rewondered

Gold and Blue Daisy Flower Charm and Beaded Necklace

Similar to the Blue Marble Gold-Framed Star on Gold Chain Simple Charm Necklace, I also have this pear one:

Blue Marble Gold-Framed Pear on Gold Chain Simple Charm Necklace by Rewondered

Blue Marble Gold-Framed Pear on Gold Chain Simple Charm Necklace

Snails, flowers, and fruit… sounds like a lovely day in the garden.  But now we’re going to take a giant leap out of the garden for our next blue item…

Blue and Silver Skulls with Arrows Charm and Beaded Necklace Handmade by Rewondered

Blue and Silver Skulls with Arrows Charm and Beaded Necklace

Other blue items available in my Etsy shop:

And these ones are available in blue:

And now, I need to get busy doing my homework, instead of going to play in my newly-air-conditioned studio.  That really gives me the blues.

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