Jumping In With Both Feet Without Really Looking: Just Like My First Quilt

In 2002 my maternal grandmother passed away suddenly and as the only woman in my family without a sewing machine, it was decided that I should have hers. I had never really used a sewing machine but accepted it as a material connection to a woman I admire and miss daily. A few days after receiving the machine I just up and decided to make a signature quilt for my mom’s upcoming 50th birthday. Did I mention that I had never so much as threaded a sewing machine, had no idea how to make a quilt, and her birthday was less than six months away? Yeah, that’s how I do. There is something about crafty things – I jump in with both feet without really looking. It’s also how I have amassed a large collection of hobbies and crafts!

And that is how I’ve come to NaNoWriMo.

I have no plan, except I will write 1667 words per day for the month of November, am committed to attending at least one write-in per week (Please say hi if you see me at one!), and will do most of my writing under the watchful eye of my lifecoach, The Agnes.

I have no prep, except I signed up on the NaNoWriMo website, joined the NaNoWriMo:: Dayton Facebook page, and will attend the Kick-Off Party (is there an end of the month party?!).

I have no outline, except a vague notion of writing something kind of autobiographical because people tell me I should but also kind of fictional because I’m a pragmatic daydreamer and… why not write the story however I want? I created and use the hashtag #UDoUBooBoo because I’m all about honoring who we are at any given moment and celebrating every single day who we are becoming. So maybe I’m a little zany, out there, and quirky but I’m jumping in with both feet without really looking

Dandelion in Bloom – autobiographical fiction 
NaNoWriMo Newbie – First year!
I learned about NaNoWriMo from my dearest friend Cindysama in Indiana who has been talking about this for a few years and this year I wanted to support her in reaching her goal. As I looked into it more, I realized I wanted to give it a try.


  1. Hurray for jumping in with both feet! I have to ask how the quilt turned out. :) Happy Writing!

  2. Thank you for guest blogging today. How's the water? lol. Jumping in with both feet and going for it, is brave. Yes, our TGIO parting is Dec 1st at bd's Mongolian Grill. Hope to see you there.


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