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NaNoWriMo is Slowly Beating Me to Death

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I’m almost ashamed to show my face here (metaphorically, of course). I’ve been very lazy about tending to any of my social media and am now turning to it only as a means of procrastination. I must say, NaNo is kicking my butt this year.

I’m no newb to National Novel Writing Month. I’m even the Municipal Liaison for my region! And I don’t know what it is, but I’m just not getting in gear the way I have in past NaNos. I set out to write a fairy tale a day and became quickly bored with that. I decided to work instead on a novel I had planned out several years ago, that has a strong skeleton, but very little meat. I even more quickly realized I couldn’t think of anything to write for it. So I decided to try my hand at a historical fiction set in my hometown that I had done a TON of research on a few summers ago, but that flopped just as quickly. So now I’m on to writing new scenes for my novel which I finished for NaNoWriMo last year and have been working on the second draft for. Hopefully that will carry me the rest of the way to 50k words.

I know that I am no longer even close to writing a novel for National NOVEL Writing Month, but at least I’m writing at all. I’m using the deadline to force myself to write, no matter what I write about.

I’ve been consistently a day or so behind my word count, but I’ve never fallen excessively behind. So that’s something. I just need to get the motivation to crank out a ton of words so that I don’t have to kill myself in the final days of the month.

As of now, I’m officially halfway through the 50k and only a day behind in my word count. I’d say that deserves some hot chocolate with rum, yes? Anyway, the whole reason I’m posting this in the first place is to make myself feel less guilty for not working on my NaNo. Thanks ¬†for listening to my rant!

I guess that’s all I really have to say. To make myself feel even less guilty for procrastinating, I’ll throw in a plug for my Seeds of Inspiration! If you, like me, are struggling with your word count this NaNo, a Seed of Inspiration is just what you need to get the creative juices flowing again! Check them out at Tiny Octopus Designs.

P.S. I got over 400 words out of this post. Wish those could count for my NaNo!

The Seeds Have Hit Etsy!

I stayed up all last night prepping listings for their midnight release, published them at midnight, and then treated myself to cereal before going to bed. Today I gave a terrifying presentation, treated myself to a hazelnut and lime Italian soda, and then went home and finished putting the listings up. Needless to say, I’m pretty pumped about having my Etsy shop more packed than it’s ever been and I want to share the good news!

Rather than writing a lengthy post, because I’m honestly feeling like tucking in early, I’d like to showcase a few of the new shop additions. Hope you see something you like!

 

 

 

 

All of these pictures link back to the associated Etsy listings if you’re interested in exploring further.

Make sure to check out all the other Seeds of Inspiration now up for sale and pick yours out so that you’ll be prepared once NaNoWriMo comes around!

SALE on Seeds of Inspiration!

I’m having a sale! I’m having a sale! While the Seeds may not be hitting the metaphorical shelf until September 26th, you can still claim one ahead of time! Is there a favorite Seed you’ve had your eye on? Even if there isn’t, do you already know you’ll be buying one once they’re up for sale? Then just call dibs!

From now until September 26th, you can pre-order your Seed of Inspiration and save 20%! Just contact me with the name of the Seed you’d like and if it hasn’t already been claimed I’ll send you a code which you can use during checkout to receive your special discount.

NaNoWriMo won’t be complete without your own personal muse to cheer you on and smile encouragingly up at you through November and beyond!

And as always, don’t forget to check out the Tiny Octopus Designs facebook page for updates, pictures, and more!

Seeds of Inspiration in Prep for NaNoWriMo

I had a lovely afternoon of bright sunlight and no work or school yesterday so I took the opportunity to photograph the Seeds of Inspiration! Since I’ve already announced that they’ll be up for sale on September 26th, I’d now like to tempt you with some hopefully tempting pictures.

In case you can’t tell, these two sets are matching earrings and necklace pendants! That way you can take your muses everywhere you go!

Whether you’re planning to participate in National Novel Writing Month or fighting a bout of artist’s block, these little muses are sure to be just the kick in the pants your creativity needs! Keep an eye on the Tiny Octopus Designs Facebook page for more pictures and updates on the Seeds and swing by my Etsy shop whenever you get the chance.

Lots of love,

Heather

Tiny Octopus Designs is having a sale! Come by the shop before…

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Tiny Octopus Designs is having a sale! Come by the shop before the month is up to get 15% off of anything in the store!

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Ella the Polymer Clay Squid Pendant

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Ella is a sweet little squid pendant handmade out of polymer clay and painted with acrylic paints. She and the rest of her buddies are available for sale at Tiny Octopus Designs.

Also, Tiny Octopus Designs is having a SALE until the end of February! Everything in the shop is 15% off with the coupon code LOVEYOU. So stop by soon and pick up your handmade, one of a kind necklace for 15% off!

Don’t forget to stop by my Facebook Page for updates on new items and upcoming sales!

Leroy the Octopus Pendant

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I’d like to introduce Leroy the darling little octopus pendant! This fella is a one of a kind piece of art handmade from polymer clay and painted with acrylic paints. I’ve applied several layers of protective finish to preserve his colors from daily wear and tear and it also gave him a little bit of a gloss as though he’s just climbed out of the ocean!

Leroy and his pals are all for sale at Tiny Octopus Designs and through the month of February I’m having a 15% off sale with a coupon code! The code can be found at my Facebook Page and will be valid until March 1st so use it while it’s there!

Something about the way Leroy is posed makes it look like he’s sucking his thumb while gazing out across the horizon. Am I the only one who sees this?

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