True, true — 10,000 steps you take in a supermarket are not the same 10,000 steps you take when you hike up a mountain. However, I write 30-month challenges not to publish that particular manure-filled manuscript in the end, but rather to practice discipline with an iron fist. What I learned doing NaNoWriMo is: get out of your own head; get out of your own way; if you don’t stop crying on the floor in a fetal position while sucking your thumb you’ll never write a damn word; ego is the true enemy, but laundry comes a close second.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.