NaNoWriMo 2018 Eighteenth Day and Notes On Oceanside and Alice Waters

Although my November has been fraught with interruptions like four glorious days in Oceanside with family and distractions like flu shots, movies (Nutcracker and the Four Realms and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (twice)), four USO hats last week, physical therapy, and a Timeless Melodies talk at Bowers museum, I have managed to squeeze out a few words. Drum roll please.

As of Saturday night, November 17th, I reached 30,592.

Woo hoo. No badge for 30K, but I proudly display my NaNoWriMo 25K emblem above.

So it’s the nineteenth day, what have I done in the interim? Started a giveaway campaign. Formatted and published a second book in a paranormal series. More on that in my next blog post.

Side note or a cheesy way to show pretty pictures: Oceanside was gorgeous. We ran outside or stood by the condo’s “wall of window” to watch the breakers crash during high tide, scrambled down rocks, steep stairs or ramps to walk long sandy beaches during low tide or just took in incredible sunsets.

Two highlights of Oceanside? Visiting Mission San Luis Rey de Francia (shown here) and discovering Little Cakes vegan cupcakes.

Must add a final note of a glorious November distraction–Alice Waters’ Philosophy of Food MasterClass was a reverent, illuminating, and delightful experience. I’m sad that it’s over. I began the class with a passion of food from the garden, an appreciation of handling veggies while cooking, and loving the taste of fresh, organic, sustainable produce, but I was open to walking new territories. My boundaries have expanded. Thank you, Alice Waters.

Please share your own November distractions whether or not you’re doing NaNoWriMo. It helps knowing that I’m not alone.

Watch for exciting news in tomorrow’s blog!

Happy eating and noveling, Michelle

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About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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