Project: Diligent December

1 Dec

December’s here, and I can’t believe it, really.

Time’s flying, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.  Seriously — it feels like just a few days ago that I was embarking on my Oktoberzest project, just a few days ago when NaNoWriMo started (then promptly ended).  

Now, here we are, first day of the last month of this decade.  

I haven’t written anything on my novel since before we left for Kansas, but that is about to change.  Though I have a surprising amount of catching up to do from our time away — emails, phone calls, all those people I told, “Let’s hang out the week after Thanksgiving break – I’ll be free then!” — I’m close to the point where I can kick it with my writing goals again.

Eesh.  I’m at a Starbucks — a very crowded Starbucks — and I’ve just been encroached upon by an unavoidably unfortunate whiff of something that smells like too-fruity teenage lip gloss.  Oh — wait, what’s that?  Thank you, thank you, no seriously THANK YOU, kind sir in the cowboy hat and cowboy boots for offering to share your large table with Tooty-Fruity-Lip-Gloss-Lady.  My nose appreciates your generosity.

Now that that’s resolved: where was I?  Oh, yes.  Goals.  December Goals.  

My daily word-count goal for December is yet to be determined, but the overarching goal: finish this draft before Christmas Eve.  It’s more than possible; I’ve got somewhere in the twenty-ish-thousand range remaining.  If I really hunker down (yes, I did just say ‘hunker’…) I’ll be done sooner than Christmas Eve, even.  So, Project Diligent December is now on!  Doesn’t flow as well as Oktoberzest, but whatever.  

Any of y’all have goals you hope to accomplish during December?  If you need/want/require/will-just-die-without accountability — especially with busy holidays fast approaching, or perhaps you have post-NaNo burnout but still need to get stuff done — feel free to post your own Diligent December goals in the comment section.  Encouragement and accountability shall be yours in return!

In closing, I’m proud to mention (something that has nothing to do with anything) I can now actually call myself an honorary Norwegian.  I married into a family of lefse-making experts, and have struggled to get my lefse¹ to work out ever since our first year of marriage.  Today, though, I made a perfect batch.  It’s thin, fluffy, light, and best of all, the dough didn’t stick to one single thing.  

December is already working in my favor.

¹Lefse, in case you don’t know, is a traditional Norwegian food.  Basically, you make a dough out of mashed potatoes, roll it out, and cook it like a tortilla.  My husband’s family makes it on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it’s traditional to drink a lot of beer while doing so.  We butter it and pour ghastly amounts of sugar on it, roll it up, and enjoy.  In the past, my mashed potatoes always turned out too wet, and the dough would stick to the pastry cloth and the rolling pin.  Not pretty.  (Oh: the picture at the top is of lefse-making utensils.  I think they’re cute.)

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13 Responses to “Project: Diligent December”

  1. thorsaurus Tuesday / 1 December 09 at 5:18 pm #

    If they ask you to make lutefisk, pinch your nose and run out the back door.

    • owlandsparrow Tuesday / 1 December 09 at 8:08 pm #

      So I hear. 🙂 Are you a King of the Hill fan? Every time I hear the word ‘lutefisk,’ it reminds me of the episode called “The Man with the Horrible Smell.” Soooo funny, and enough to make me never want to eat it – let alone make it.

      Thanks for stopping by. I checked out your blog, too – welcome to the blogging world!

    • thorsaurus Wednesday / 2 December 09 at 11:55 am #

      Thank you. It’s a lot of fun. If I see a “King” episode where everyone is wearing vise-grips on their noses, I’ll know to watch.

  2. Merrilee Tuesday / 1 December 09 at 5:31 pm #

    Diligent December, for me, is getting all these half-written short stories off my plate and getting a good handle on the novel outline so I can dive in and write 🙂

    • owlandsparrow Tuesday / 1 December 09 at 8:10 pm #

      Nice. Sounds like plenty of work – just enough, not too much, and a lot of fun. I know you’ve been looking forward to December for, oh, at least a month now, right? Has work eased up on you at all? I sure hope so, it sounded like you were pretty swamped for a while there. Happy Diligence to you!

      • Merrilee Wednesday / 2 December 09 at 5:05 pm #

        Yes, I am back on track and no longer snowed under!

  3. jenniferneri Wednesday / 2 December 09 at 1:10 pm #

    I love the photo at the top. It made me feel yummy to see it first thing when I got here! Nothing much better than baked goods (especially when you’re pregnant 🙂

    Yes, I too aim to finish a first draft this month. Dec 18th is my deadline. Before Christmas vacation for the kids. Yet between all the appointments and PED days, I don’t know….

    Good luck to you!

  4. Linda Saturday / 5 December 09 at 9:01 am #

    My December goal is to finish the final (really, I mean it this time) polish of my novel. It’s going well, but my writing month essentially stops on the 18th, so I need to step it up.

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