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Monday, November 1, 2010 @ 05:11 AM
posted by: Karen Jean Matsko Hood

November 1, 2010 — Well, today is the day! A new month and a new writing assignment.  I have joined a support club that encourages writers to write every day and publicly disclose their word count each day to be published and shared with the support group.  Uh oh! I could be in trouble here.  But knowing I have to disclose my word count to others will actually be great for me! Just what I need.

The leader gave me a boot the first day, when I had to honestly report zero words written today!  Wait … I cannot continue this pace as I see others reporting hundreds and even thousands of words that they write.  There were some other writers who shared my zero status, but that did not comfort me as much as I thought it would.

November 3 will be a better day, because I will block time each calendar day to write some for one of my novels. I will not commit to how many words; I will only commit to keeping an honest count of new words toward completion of a novel or novels.  Wish me luck! Since I am so encouraged about this support, it will be my plan to log the same for my poetry, cookbooks, nonfiction, and children’s books. I will also post these on my blogs to keep myself monitored in those areas, so stay tuned.

More important times are tomorrow, so I hope all of you remember to vote.  Things are frustrating for everyone, but we need to be encouraged to stay involved.

I have a new blog up, and your help would really be appreciated!  Please go to to share your favorite recipes.  I also invite you to comment on the recipes that I post.  Let me know what you like and don’t like.

I am currently working on my next cookbook, Ethiopian Delights Cookbook, A Collection of Ethiopian Recipes, in honor of my three wonderfully kind-hearted daughters whom we adopted from Ethiopia.  Any tested recipes you could submit to would be greatly appreciated.  If you would like to have them published in the upcoming Ethiopian cookbook with your name published with the recipe, please let me know.  For any three tested recipes submitted with your comments added that are accepted and published, you will receive a free copy of the cookbook.  Entry deadline is November 30, 2010, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Happy writing and cooking!!

Karen Jean Matsko Hood

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