(2017 NaNoWriMo) Captain’s Log, Day 24

The day after Thanksgiving is never a good day to write, which is why I tend to do most of my NaNo writing in the first half of the month. And because we rarely see the sun in the fall and wintertime, I made the most of the sunny day yesterday and didn’t write at all. Instead, I went for a walk, put up our Christmas decorations, took a drive, and watched a movie. All but the walk was accomplished with the rest of the family; in fact, the reason for the drive was so that the twins could practice driving–they each need 50 hours by the time they expect to apply for a driving license.

The walk gave me ample time to think about what I’ll do for the month I have off between semesters, whether or not I want to continue pursuing a literary agent with my most polished WIP, and which manuscript I want to take on next. While I didn’t come back with any answers, those will come, with time.

In the meantime, and during these last few days of NaNoWriMo, I’m going to head back to this year’s novel, A Good Education, and come up with an outline that can be tweaked if I choose to follow up on it in the near future. I’m also going to stop eating leftover Thanksgiving desserts: too much sugar makes for a sleepy (non-writing) brain.

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Christina Consolino is a mother, dreamer, author, editor and teacher from Dayton, Ohio. She's a member of the Plot Sisters and teaches Anatomy & Physiology at Sinclair Community College. She writes literary women's fiction, personal essays and more.