November 19th, 2018

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Gobble, Gobble, It's Monday!

Happy Monday!  If you’re in the US, then happy almost Thanksgiving as well.  Nothing exciting in these parts aside from the fact I got a kitten last weekend. I know, I’m insane, but eh.  If I can’t be the crazy cat lady then I don’t wanna play this game.  :D  But on a more serious note, how did last week treat you?

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1. Flash Challenge!  Your flash challenge prompt is: lint roller.  Give me 100 words or a graphic and I’ll reward you with my undying love and admiration.

2. Last week’s challenges:

3. Big Buddy 63%!  How are you doing?  I’m ahead for a change and it feels nice.  If you’re behind, there’s still plenty of month left, so don’t stress it.

agdhani – 31,500
asphaltcowgrrl – 9,450
simplyn2deep – 2.520
sharpiesgal – 3,780
cmk418 – 31,500
flipflop_diva – 6,300
weakmoments – 31.500
katleept – 28,350

Signups for November are here!  Come join us, it’s fun!  The Daily Count challenge is here if you want to see when you’re up next.

4. November’s challenge is NaNo!  You can check out the encouragement posts as well as some inspirational posts here.

I’m looking forward to a short week this week.  One boss is in New Zealand, another boss will be bailing as early as possible on Wednesday to head to his cabin, and the third, well, he’s always a bit of a wild card.  Haha.  But, I’m hoping for a good writing week.  What do you have planned to be awesome this week? 

Is your NaNo a Go or are you foreseeing a NaNoPocalypse?

Hello, all! How is  your NaNo going? If you are participating this year, I hope you're seeing progress that makes you happy. I had hoped for better, but I'm not sure why I felt it was reasonable with many big work days and a major personal project on the plate this month. Sigh.

There is still time, though - even though that time is, urm... 12 days.  For inspiration, a post re: how to attack NaNowrimo late in the month.

One of the suggestions is Word Wars!  What do you think, any takers? If you have free time on 11/22 and/or 11/23 at @11am eastern or 3pm Eastern I could run a few rounds those dates. If you're too busy working or celebrating US Thanksgiving, another option is the weekend of 11/25 and 11/26 -- feel free to toss out some days/times and I'll gladly plan some word wars if any takers.

I did spent yesterday outlining one holiday gift fic. I know what I plan to write for the other. So at least I have a plan - and hey, who knows, I might not make 50k but perhaps I'll end this NaNo month witha decent total and a couple of nice gifties. 
Teen Wolf::Derek::Hale House

Word of the Day 11/19/18 Penumbra

Penumbra (noun)
penumbra [pi-nuhm-bruh]

noun, plural pe·num·brae [pi-nuhm-bree] /pɪˈnʌm bri/, pe·num·bras.
1. Astronomy.
a. the partial or imperfect shadow outside the complete shadow of an opaque body, as a planet, where the light from the source of illumination is only partly cut off. Compare umbra(def 3a).
b. the grayish marginal portion of a sunspot. Compare umbra(def 3b).
2. a shadowy, indefinite, or marginal area.

Related forms
pe·num·bral , pe·num·brous , adjective

Related Words for penumbra
shadow, dark, gloom, obscurity, shade, darkness, dusk, screen, cover, shadiness, umbrage, blackness, coolness, penumbra, umbra, semidarkness, gloominess, adumbration, shelter, protection

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Origin: 1660–70; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin paen- pen- + umbra shade

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.