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Monday, September 30, 2019

My Messy House...

Here it is, another Monday morning. I ran out of the house without finishing my usual routine. One of the kiddos forgot their show and tell so there's a little extra fuel consumption, but even without the extra trip to the elementary school, I am vowing until the end of the year that I will have a messy house. Feel free to read that again.


I actually will make notes for myself  so I am not too terribly tempted to clean. I guess I should clarify - I'm still planning on feeding the children, washing the dishes, and vacuuming up the pet hair. However, I won't be going through closets and drawers in an attempt to deep clean and organize. I am preparing for NaNoWriMo and recently read a compelling article about how cleaning can often stand in the way of writing. I am going to resist the urge for unnecessary interruptions. You've been warned! If a messy house isn't your cup of tea, maybe you should avoid the Otto house until we have the tree up and there's snow in the yard.

That brings me to ask you, dear readers and friends:

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What are your goals?

Does something seem to always get in your way when you start writing? What is it for you? How do you plan to stay focused this month, this year, and moving forward?

I'm sort of combining a few things into this note and as the holiday season is fast approaching, I'm curious if any of you are giving books as gifts? If so, could you please leave a comment with a book that has recently touched your heart and explain a bit of why? Then - if there's a particular book you will be giving as a gift, leave that title and reason as well. I'm hoping for lots of help this holiday season - and if you are an author and you want to leave the title of your latest book as a suggestion, there's nothing wrong with a little self-promotion.

I have a few books on order at our local book shop and the lovely Bev Denor at LaDeDa Books and Beans always gives me suggestions for gift books, and I also received a copy of Jennifer Snow's latest release, so my list begins! Now let's hear yours!


Crystal is a secretary, council secretary, financial secretary, and musician at her church, birth mother, Auntie, babywearing mama, business owner, active journaler, writer and blogger, Blog Tour Manager with WOW! Women on Writing, Press Corp teammate for the DairyGirl Network, Unicorn Mom Ambassador, as well as a dairy farmer. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their five youngest children, two dogs, four little piggies, a handful of cats and kittens, horses Princess and Paige, and over 250 Holsteins.

You can find Crystal riding unicorns, taking the ordinary and giving it a little extra (making it extraordinary), blogging and reviewing books here, and at her personal blog - Crystal is dedicated to turning life's lemons into lemonade!


  1. NoNoNaNo. I'm going to be coming off a book deadline so I have another project I'll be working on during NaNo but I'm not going to push myself to get it done during NaNo, if that makes sense. Instead, I'll be using that time to get back into it.

    I clean when I'm trying to figure something book related out. My husband knows I've had a breakthrough when half of the shower floor is scrubbed.

  2. I don't know if I'll have it in me for NaNo although I always hope that maybe I can do a half-sy NaNo and commit to doing a handful of short stories that add up to 25k.

    I LOVE books as gifts. To me, cozy mystery series make such a wonderful gift (especially ones with recipes). I'm a sucker for a happy ending with a great casserole recipe, ha.

  3. Crystal:
    Best of luck with NaNoWriMO, and one of my writing group members and I were talking last night about never doing laundry or cleaning things during the "work day" because they do take more time than you think. And if you were at an office building, you wouldn't be able to throw in a load of laundry.


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