Thanksgiving and Civics and Writing

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of good food, family, football (if you’re a fan), and fun times. We had the family over and really good food. Unfortunately, I took very few pictures. Not sure why. After everyone left, Bob and I did mutual head thumps asking what were we thinking?

IMG_2303 Isn’t he beautiful? On sale at Penny’s.

So how did I do with Noom and Thanksgiving? I’m sure you want to know. It worked really well. Do you know sausage balls are only 56 calories each? My daughters both make them. One batch is gluten free with real sausage and one has fake sausage (maybe tofu) and real flour. I had one of each. Well, I may have had two of the real deal. LOL

For the meal, I had turkey, dressing, cranberries, coleslaw and a small roll. This: IMG_2302

There was way more food, but I opted out, because these are my favorites. And yes, I had a piece of pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream. It was yummy if I do say so. For supper later, I had just some turkey. And wine, of course. So, the end result was about ½ pound gain, which was gone in two days. All in all, I’m pretty proud of that. How did you do? Did you cook a turkey? Did you go to a restaurant? Did you host or go to family or friends? Did you skip it all together? Did you get on the scale the next day?

Let’s talk about Civics for a moment. Did you ever take a class on Civics? I did when I was in 8th grade in Puerto Rico. We had a great teacher who really made me think. I decided right then I wanted to be a U.S. Senator. I was fascinated by the possibility of making a difference. Well, as you know, the closest I came to that was serving on a school board. At the time I represented 77,000 people in my single member district, which was like a Senator in Vermont did at the time. I found that to be amazing.


So, I’m wondering. Are you watching any of the hearings? Frankly, I find it fascinating. I love how very smart some of these folks are. How articulate. How much history they know! It’s fun to hear quotes from Jefferson and Hamilton applied to current events. I like knowing that I’m living in an important time in history. (Perhaps all times are important times, but earlier times I was too busy being a mom, wife, volunteer, and working to notice some of it.)

I’m not asking to get into a nitty gritty discussion of the issues. But I can’t ignore what’s going on right now and I am curious. Are you watching the hearings?

And lastly, let’s talk writing. During the week of Thanksgiving, the Kiss of Death Chapter of RWA sponsored BIAW (Book in a week). You may remember I did a week like that back in September. That week I started book 8. I committed to 2 hours every day for a week. In September I wrote all 7 days. But this time, I just couldn’t get to the computer on Thanksgiving. I started on Monday at 28,733 and by the end of the next Sunday I was at 43,885 for over 17 thousand words. On weekend retreats I’ve cranked out this many words before. But those are hard to schedule and cost money if you go someplace.

At this point, the story is more than halfway finished if I end up with 70-85 thousand words. You gotta know this is very rough though. I’ve got notes saying: add more about the dog and the son. LOL Rewrites are going to be a nightmare.IMG_2301 Charley didn’t want to be left out. (BTW, He’s in this new book.)

This writing has been much different than what I usually do. I’m almost full-on pantsing. Y’all, this is scary and thrilling. I finally feel like a real writer. I’ve always been a bit envious of panters over plotters. Like somehow, they were the real creative ones.

Of course, the process doesn’t matter. Everyone does what works for them. The bottom line is to end with a good book, which hopefully this one will be. It’s possible I can finish the first draft by the end of December. I’ll keep you posted.

As always, I’d love to hear from you.



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11 responses to “Thanksgiving and Civics and Writing

  1. I love your table settings, Marsha! And congratulations on your word count. That’s great going!
    In politics, our General Election is all anyone talks about here. Voting is next Thursday. These are interesting times in politics in the UK, too, but that reminds me of an Arabic curse – may you live in interesting times! 🙂 Let’s hope times get less interesting for both of us soon.

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    • Hey, Helena. Glad you like the table. I do love Thanksgiving. Your politics may be crazy, too, but your campaigns don’t last as long as ours. Love the curse, Haven’t heard of it before. Definitely interesting times. It’s like reading a scary suspense novel. Thanks for stopping by.


    • Hey, Helena. Glad you like the table. I do love Thanksgiving. Your politics may be crazy, too, but your campaigns don’t last as long as ours. Love the curse, Haven’t heard of it before. Definitely interesting times. It’s like reading a scary suspense novel. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  2. Proud of you watching your intake. So much
    temptation. Your table is beautiful. That would make a pbj sandwich festive and tasty! We went with GTs brother to Golden Corral where it is so easy to overeat. We were there at 11 am and beat the crowd. Very pleasant. Fun people watching
    Food was fresh and desserts plentiful. Glad we ate early to have all day to digest it!!
    No I’m not watching the inquiry. Book 8 is coming along. Pantsing causes too much editing for me and stress not knowing how to proceed. I tried it once.
    Have a blessed Merry Christmas!!

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    • Hey, JQ. Yes, people watching at Golden Corral is entertaining. But then I enjoy people watching everywhere. 🙂 Yes. I’m terrified of the editing part. It may be the last time I do this. LOL Thanks so much for stopping by.


  3. Hello Marsha. Congrats on watching your intake. I gained two pounds over Thanksgiving. We had our main Thanksgiving at our son Peter’s home. The company and the food was spectacular. They went all out!! Much more than I do at home. On Thanksgiving we had a much smaller meal, but still had turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and vegetables.

    I have been watching the impeachment hearings and could offer a lot on that, but you probably know what I’d say…lol. 🙂

    Great on your word count. I finished my first draft the weekend before Thanksgiving. I’ll start revisions mid-January. Our youngest son and family will be here for a week in January. We’ll celebrate Christmas with them then. Our grandson’s first birthday party will be here. Our oldest son and family will be here for Christmas.

    Great post as always!

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    • Hey, Susan. Sounds like you double dipped on Thanksgiving. That happens sometimes. The day itself isn’t so important as long as you can get together with family and friends and eat lots of good food. I notice you call it stuffing. Do you put it inside the bird? Based on pics I’ve seen of y’all’s culinary expressions, I’m sure the eating was awesome. Always love to hear from you. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂


      • I’m just used to calling it stuffing. My mother always put stuffing in her turkeys and would sew them shut even. I used to put stuffing/dressing inside of Cornish hens. That’s about it. The stuffing/dressing at my son’s and our home was not put into the bird.

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  4. I love fall and Thanksgiving. My son thinks my dressing and gravy are unmatched, my grandson loves the chocolate pie, and all four grandchildren prefer “Gran’s green beans” because “they are soft, not hard”……….so that gives me a star in my motherhood crown. Your table is very pretty!

    I loved my Civics class in high school and Government in college. My son majored in Political Science and worked in D.C. for two years. I loved going there to visit, and he and his roommate were able to get us in on special tours. Our tv goes on at 5:30, never before. In college I was active in politics. I have looked at the history courses offered today in universities…….really? Today I am sickened by the corruption, lacked of true statesmen/women, and PARTISAN POLITICS. My very long term support for two elected persons in D.C. who disappointed me so deeply ruined my love of the process of voting issues and my belief in honest government.

    We are looking forward to Christmas! Will take Kameron and Houston to Casa Saturday, bake sale at church, neighborhood ladies Christmas lunch, and Ya Ya teacher group party. We will take all four grands (ages 10, 11, 14, and 16) for shopping at the Dollar Tree, wrapping at our house, and dinner……..tradition since Karson and Hailey were 3. Quick trip to winterize Happy Trails in Arkansas, Ann then enjoy the season of Advent and Christ’s birth, truly the highlight of the holidays.

    Marsha, my very best wishes to you and yours,❤️🎄🎅🤶🙏

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    • Hey, Daisianne. It’s so nice when we do something our kids and even better grands love. Love the Dollar Tree trip with the grands. Really fun idea.
      I’m sorry about your disappointments and know that can really make it difficult to have faith again. But like everywhere, there are good people out there, putting their love of country first. At every level of government and not just the elected folks but the government workers, too. But yeah once you’ve given your heart and then it’s stomped on…. I get’cha.
      Love the pictures of Happy Trails. Didn’t know that was its name.
      Thanks so much for stopping by. Wish you and yours the blessings of the season. 🙂


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