Have you ever heard of NaNoWrMo?

I listen to podcasts a lot and sometimes get bored with whatever I’ve been listening to.  So about a year ago, while looking for something new I ran across an obscure podcast that was a quick, easy listen.

In many of the episodes, the host kept mentioning Nano month and how much she was trying to meet this writing goal. It was totally foreign to me but because I’ve been writing a lot more in recent years I tried to find out what I could.

Fast forward to this past Thursday and I’m on a conference call listening to a town hall. I’m skimming my smart phone and notice that trending on Twitter is #NaNoWrMo2018. Hmmm.

I looked into it and decided to join in for the fun of it. No planning. No forethought. I grabbed one of the projects I’ve been working on and I’m off.

NaNoWrMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It appears to have been going onbooks-education-school-literature-51342 for a long time but I didn’t know anything about it. It’s basically an organization that through a website provides motivation to write. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

I know 50,000 probably won’t happen for me but they say that it is an achievable goal for a full-time worker with a family to achieve in a month. So let’s test this. I’ll let you know how many words I write in November. (Not counting blogs or paid projects that is.)

Have you ever heard of NaNoWrMo? Are you doing it this month? Have you ever? I’d love to know.

— Namaste

The Wayback Machine

I was just reminded of something I learned about several years ago — the Wayback Machine.

On any given day, I’m trying to get better at one particular food dish. I’ve perfected (to my satisfaction) gumbo, potato salad, scones, and fried rice.

The fried rice like you get at a restaurant and is so yummy it is the entire meal. And I did it! I found a blog post that gave all the tips for the perfect fried rice. I’d used it for years.

So I’m standing in my kitchen, on one cold and windy night. Ha!

Yes, I was standing in my kitchen freaking out because a menu for our nontraditional Thanksgiving dinner depended on the yummy fried rice. Fifteen people were soon depending on my meal.

I was freaking, because my saved Internet bookmark to the recipe was telling me it was no longer available. I had no hard copy. Ahhh.

My #4 — youngest son — saved me. He typed in his smart phone the name of the recipe I gave him and seconds later, I had my recipe. Complements of the Wayback Machine.


It’s a website that has been archiving the Internet so that you can find links to things that were long ago taken down. A scary thought for some, but when you need a recipe or such, it’s very useful.

And if you ever wanted to make restaurant quality fried rice, here’s the Wayback link for THE best recipe.  Originally posted by Ali’s blog Gimme Some Oven.