Thursday, November 29, 2012

Spoiling a Family Happy this Christmas

I am struggling with my inner Grinch again. I sneered at jukeboxes playing Christmas songs, jeered at celebrities lip-synching with Santa at Rockefeller Plaza, and smeared my eyeliner crying when Feliz Navidad (my deceased mother's favorite Christmas song) played on the radio tonight.

But after watching a segment on homelessness on NBC, and conferring with Steve tonight,I decided to grow my heart from two sizes too small to as big as it can get. We decided to sign up on the St. Vincent de Paul website to adopt a family, and spoil a family happy this Christmas. And by giving a couple kids and their parents a lovely Christmas this season, the void in my heart can continue to heal. I am tearing up thinking about making someone's holiday happier.

If you are ever interested in adopting a family, here is the website:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Writerly Weekend

So far, it's been a writerly weekend full of family,friendship, and fun. I finished a NaNoWriMo novel (50,000+ words) and can now cross that task off the proverbial bucket list. I wrote a novel!!!!!! It's just the beginning. This novel is the first and roughest draft I have ever written,but taming the perfectionist editor within is an accomplishment in itself. Of course, there are many more words to write before I sleep, and then there is the plethora of revisions. But for now, I will add words to the novel and then revise for 2013.

I enjoyed watching people comment on my word count status, and get a kick out of the kind messages (thank you!) and seeing that writerly friends are starting to keep track of their own words. It's easy to do. Just give your story a beginning, middle, and end, and a working title. Feature three main characters, and then watch your story blossom from the seed to a flower. One page is 250 words. If you write an average of one page a day, you will have 365 pages and 91,250 words. That's a good-sized novel. Writers and editors usually go by word count,because that is how a writer is usually paid. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) tracks progression by word count, and that is how I was able to commit and stick to writing and finishing the first draft. Start posting your word count on Facebook or Twitter. Soon friends and followers will start encouraging and responding, and possibly start their own novels.

So if you're thinking of starting that novel, stop thinking, and start doing. One word at a time, and remember that the first draft is always the worst draft. Now I need to finish the drafts for my writing class. -xoxo Lori

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I'm geeking out over a cool new venue called ModCloset. It's located in downtown Elkhart. The owner is really cool and the clothes are fun. The garments are high quality and made in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. I purchased two sweaters, two dresses, and a pair of white sunglsses with brown/black lenses that are really cute. (I hope I can hang on to them.My track record with sunglasses isn't very good.) The clothes are made out of sturdy fabric and are reasonably priced. The energy in the store was great; I felt giddy trying on the clothes!

if you're in ever in downtown Elkhart, this is a must-visit space:

As soon as I take some photos of my new clothes, I will post them here!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Bad Habits

I believe that in order to be a good writer, one must be a good reader. I received an email from the library informing me that my books were overdue. So, I drove down to the Main Library,dropped off books, chatting with my friends who were working, and plucked another nonfiction book by Jenny McCarthy.

Jenny's latest book, entitled Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic, contains both heart and humor about growing up Catholic in south side Chicago. As a person who lives approximately ninety miles from Chicago, who attended a Catholic college,has family members and friends who are Catholic, and lives in a predominately Catholic community, I can relate to Jenny's midwestern yarn about dogma and faith. What touched me was that Jenny,despite criticism from family members and the community, used all the money she earned from modeling for Playboy to pay off her parent's bills.

An additional bonus to the book is the website Generation Rescue (http://www. which is inspired by her son, Evan.

I finished Jenny's book in two hours. It's a funny, interesting read, and I highly recommend it.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

November Garden

I spent the hour we gained from falling back outdoors. I sauntered outside, and after taking a brisk stroll around the neighborhood,wandered into the backyard. It's time to start clean up. (I know many of my gardening friends have already completed this task.) I wait until most of the flowers are finished blooming. There were some diehard sunflowers and zinnias that kept blooming. Also, the hydrangeous plants are the gifts that keep on giving. The blooms have turned yet another gorgeous shade.

Sadly, I have to call the tree doctor this week and do the inevitable. The ash tree is dying. I can feel it. It's been a good tree for 12+ years that we've lived here. It's time to let go and we will probably cry when she's removed. We'll definitely have to use umbrellas next year out on the deck.

I looked at the beautiful garden that grew this season, but I am looking forward to next year's garden. I rescued a spider plant that was residing under weeds and brought it inside. There were two tomatoes that were left on the tomato plants and they were promptly eaten.

I also thought of Unity Gardens. Why not have a Unity Gardens in the boulevard? I think it would be a great gathering place for people and an inexpensive way to grow food.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Novermber NaNoWriMo

It's that time of year. In the month of November, people start and finish novels that have at least 50,000 words. For more information, go to the NaNoWriMo website: I almost have that now, but I have been writing all summer and fall. I'm a slow writer. I do not expect to finish a full 50,000 in a month, but I should be able to finish the novel I started this summer. The support I have received is humbling and overwhelming. Posting word counts on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter not only helps me, but I have learned that it inspires people to write their own adventures.

It's not hard to do. Just start writing something. (Having an outline of a story helps.) If a person writes one page a day, in a year s/he will have 365 pages. That's more than enough for a book! The key is to write every day.

Saturday Chez Sigety

It's a quiet Saturday afternoon chez Sigety. I'm curled up on a wicker couch on the front porch, surrounded by books and comfy p...