what else have i been writing?

By now, you all know I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year, right? Writing a 50,000 word novel in a month? You can keep up with my word count over there on the sidebar; so far, I’m keeping up a good pace even though the election threw me off just a bit. No worries, though, since I plan to make up for it over the weekend.

[Have you seen President-Elect Obama’s website, Change.gov? There’s even a blog!]

But what about other writing? It’s been a while since I shared links of other things I’ve written around the Interwebs, so here is a short list for your Friday reading pleasure (and please remember that your “stumbles” through StumbleUpon, comments, and other spreading through social media are *very much appreciated*):

  • Craziest Name Changes at LegalZoom.com: “In July 2008, a New Zealand court stepped in to change the name of 9-year-old “Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii” because her name “makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap.” This case was unique because the name was changed from the unusual to the more conventional. Usually, it’s the other way around.” Read more…

Thanks so much for reading!

Remember to check out Mary’s recipe for apple butter (one of my favorite substances on the planet) at The Flavors of Abruzzo for this week’s La Buona Cucina Americana!

Buon weekend!

9 Beans of Wisdom to “what else have i been writing?”
  1. Gil

    All of that writing sounds like you are working harder than if you had a full time job outside of the home. Enjoy the weather before it gets too cold!

    I’d say the work is definitely comparable (I’m so fortunate for that!)…I just don’t have to travel 🙂

  2. wow. You have a lot on your plate.

    I look forward to reading your articles this weekend.

    Have a good one.

    Hope you enjoy them, and thanks for reading 🙂

  3. 11.07.2008

    Very impressive Michelle! Can’t wait to take a look! Hope you can “relax” some this weekend and “just” focus on your novel!

    Me too Kim, me too 🙂

  4. Keep up the great work, Michelle. Type – girl – type! You can do it. Yes, you can. 😉

    Cherrye at My Bella Vita’s last blog post..Airline Warning: Lufthansa and AirOne Customer Service Complaint

    Hee hee…and so can you 🙂

  5. 11.07.2008

    Hi there Michelle! I really enjoyed the article on the name changes! LOL! Maybe I’ll change my name to something silly…hmmm, let me think…

    saretta’s last blog post..Nothing Sweet About Me

    Just don’t try to do it in Italy…they’re *super* strict about name changes here!

  6. 11.07.2008

    Whew! You have exhausted me just thinking about all the writing you are doing! Good show, lady! Imagine…if you didn’t play on Twitter so much you could write even more :-)!

    Kidding! I love reading your tweets!

    This Eclectic Life’s last blog post..Only The Good Friday #4

    Hee hee…the tweets help keep me sane! You know what they say about all work and no play….

  7. KJ

    Wowee, love your site. Envious of your “exotic” life in Italy. What I wouldn’t give . . . You are inspirational. I’ll visit again.

    Go NANO!


    KJ’s last blog post..Why NaNoWriMo?

    Glad to see you! And best of luck to you 🙂

  8. 11.11.2008

    Yowza! You have been mighty busy. 🙂 How is your novel going? Did you do much pre-writing or planning? Mine is more coherent and focused than what I wound up with last year, which was a very, very chaotic 50,000 words that kept changing directions. What’s odd about this, is that I actually did more pre-writing last year. This year I did none! I’m behind on my word count, though, time to get cranking! ~Tui

    mentalmosaic’s last blog post..

    It’s going well, thanks; I had more of a solid idea this year. NO pre-writing at all, NO outlining, just the idea…going *much* better than I could have hoped 🙂 I didn’t realize you were writing too. Woohoo! Keep going girl!

  9. 11.18.2008

    Michelle, your productivity leaves me in awe. I do well if I can put a sentence together these days. I’m doing Nano in March – too much going on right now.

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..Wow! And thank yous…

    Ooh NaNo in March…maybe I’ll join you for Round 2 😉

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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