Monday, November 28, 2016

Giving Thanks

I can't believe it has been seven years since I moved to Colorado from Manila and one of the holidays I very much look forward to every year is Thanksgiving because that is usually when families and/or friends come together and spend time with each other around good food and good company. This year, we hosted Thanksgiving and though we've lost one beloved uncle to cancer early this year, gatherings like this helps remind me to spend more time with those we do still have around and to be even more grateful for their presence in our lives. 

I have finally finished all five shawls and have shipped them along with other items in a large box early this afternoon and hopefully it will get to my family long before we get there as that box also contains quite a few Christmas presents that still needs to be wrapped, etc. 

On the music side of things, now that I've managed to free up some time to learn a couple of new songs, I've added two new videos on my Walt Disney Music Collection playlist on my YouTube channel. The two songs I've learned to play on my Yamaha DGX-660 are Once Upon A Dream from Sleeping Beauty and Part Of Your World from The Little Mermaid. You can watch those videos here

As for the writing, I have finished the first draft of Helena and the Seven Gnomes (Book 2 of the Helena Meets Magic series) and I've started working on Helena and the Dragon (Book 3). I've also updated Book 1 of the series titled Under The Moon to include a sneak peak of Book 2 and it will be available for free in all the ebook retailers sometime in December. Right now, I'm looking to change the cover of Book 1 and getting a cover for Book 2 and 3 made that way, it can be easily identified as books in the same series. 

This month has also been NaNoWriMo and though I did not officially participate, I have written 6,756 words on Helena and the Dragon this month as of November 26, 2016. If you are participating in NaNoWriMo officially or unofficially, how are you doing with your writing goals? Did you reach it or do you need to hustle and get your word count up for these last few days left? Whatever you do, keep writing.

Books I've Read Since Last Blog Post

Currently Writing

  • Helena and the Dragon - I'm at 6,756 words out of my 20,000 word count goal for this MG/YA book.

Finished Objects

  • Christmas 2016 Shawls - pattern used was On The Town Shawl by Julie Farmer, yarn used was Bernat Baby Sport, 100% Acrylic, Sport Weight

Up Next in Crochet Projects

  • A baby blanket for my coworker's baby boy
  • The Virus Shawl
  • Stripey Socks
  • Winter Hats


Just in case, I would like to share the blogs and/or podcasts I'm really enjoying which are also listed on the side bar...and these are in the order I discovered them...hope you'll enjoy them too!