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Making an Author out of Me

So I have finally done it. I have finally completed my first official novel.

Of course I have written a few other bodies of "work" through out my life, but outside of a book I wrote in 5th grade for class, I hadn't actually completed any of them.


I ticked that box this week thanks to this amazing group of folks at https://nanowrimo.org/

And my mother for steering me in the direction of the site in the first place.


But... to start


Items I have a learned today:


Bobble hat: beanie

Shambolic: a new way to say shambles. Said like "that meeting tends to get shambolic." Or you can apparently make it plural by saying "omni-shambles"

Torch: Flash light

Choon!: Good tune!

Never a bother: No worries or no problem.




Picture above - is the world according to a map in Dover Castle - kind of what my life feels like right now.


I pretty much average 5-6 hours of a sleep a night at the moment (which I know is going to freak my mother out, but I am fine! I promise!). Even when I am not up working on something for school or writing, my body has sort of moved into functioning off of limited hours of sleep. I'm not entirely sure that's a good thing. But some day I will return to regular sleeping schedule (maybe in two years when I have finished this MBA program).


So this past week has been a bit busy. As I mentioned above I have finished my first book. I am not entirely sure if I am willing to share it yet as it's kind of all over the place. However, it is still such a great feeling to know that I have it written it. It's out of mind and on paper, even if there are one too many f' bombs in it. Not that I swear... ever.


My Met Police Group (the first big assignment for school was to come up with an innovative solution to tackle youth and knife crime in London) is also really close to being able to turn around our first pass at our portfolio. And then we will have the next few weeks to touch it up and make it final.


And my project at work has kicked up a notch. Next week I think I'm literally in about 20 different meetings about it as we are to the point that we need to start implementing/rolling things out.


So it's been busy. But it's been good.


I don't think I have anything earth shattering to share with you all at this point, other than the fact that I keep plugging along.


Well, I mean other than that I just might have completed my first best-selling book :)

If I ever get it to the point where I'm willing to share it.

But that's a story for another day... and I have a Marketing plan for the Met Police to try and figure out.


Happy December everyone!


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