And So It Begins…

This is the first day of NaNoWriMo, and I’m not going to leave the house.  I’m even giving up my t’ai chi class.  Yep, have to make sacrifices.  Tomorrow I have a committee meeting that will last for three hours in addition to the 45 minutes of driving time each way, and tomorrow afternoon I have my English tutoring with Chi.  So I know not much will get written on Wednesday.  That being said, I’m going to write my brains out this first day.  It will be very hard because, now that I finally have my violin back, all I want to do is play it. So I will reward myself with fifteen minutes of violin time for every hour I put in of writing.  If I’m on a roll when my husband comes home, I may have to send him out to pick up something from Five Guys.  Yep, as I said, I have to make sacrifices.

I didn’t want to leave you with nothing while I’m hard at work writing the Great American Novel (or in the case of NaNoWriMo, the Great American Schlock), so I’m going to give you this great video to watch.  My brother e-mailed me the link, and I’ve watched it four times already.  Ah, to have real showmen again instead of just actors! Enjoy.

I also added two more of my favorites:

I love this one of the very dignified George Murphy, who later became a United States Senator from California, dancing with Shirley Temple.

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I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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26 Responses to And So It Begins…

  1. emilieann says:

    I am so glad to find you attempted the NaNo challenge..and Won..I would love to read what you wrote but I don’t believe that is possible. Right? unless they publish it for real.?? So I hope to catch up on your process over the 30 days and see if I can get any pointers for next year. I did enter and accomplished a smidgen as I attempted to tell my mom’s story when she came across the Atlantic as a nine year old immigrant from Norway. I had to make up a lot which was the best part since I know how it ended….nine children later and 59 years of marriage. I hope to attempt her story again, for 2012.
    I must have missed the posting of the winners…course your name among the many would have just been a name, but now you have a face.

    • Coming East says:

      Good for you for taking the NaNo challenge, Emilieann. Sadly, I did nothing with my novel after November. I don’t know why because I had a good start. I have no excuse except laziness. The thing with NaNo is that you are not allowed to continue what you started for the next challenge, so if I do it again this November, I will have to start a new novel. I have one in my head, so maybe I will. But that would mean I would have two W’IP that will go unfinished. What’s the matter with me!

  2. Pingback: Henry, my future dancing partner | Life with three boys!

  3. Jenny says:

    You are going to see many hits on this post. My little Henry loves all three clips you shared and asks to see “dancing movie” every day.

    • Coming East says:

      Love it, Jenny! When my little Ben (now 33-year-old Dr. Ben) was about seven, he went through a phase of wanting to watch all the Fred Astaire movies I could find. He wanted to be a dancer just like Fred Astaire. He still loves to watch him. I’m loving picturing little Henry watching those clips! Thanks for sharing that with me.

  4. E.C. says:

    I’m cheering you on! I hope you get settled in to a routine this month and write a best seller. :)
    Thanks for the videos, they’re quite fun and ever so cheerful. :)

  5. pattisj says:

    I miss Bob Hope. He was always good for a laugh. If you’re playing the violin when your hubby gets home, he may be more than happy to run out for dinner, according to your previous post. But you’ll have to fake it when your practice starts paying off.

  6. winsomebella says:

    Love the entertainment you’ve provided. Keep up your good work!

  7. sliceofshanghai says:

    Thanks for the clips. Best of luck with your writing!

  8. Leah says:

    Good luck! I’m skipping my blog post tonight because I’m going to write. And then will subsequently blog about it.

    • Coming East says:

      I checked the comments on my blog before I went to bed after a day of writing and found there were fifteen of them. I usually respond to each comment individually, but please forgive me if this time I just reply to all at once because of my NaNoWriMo commitment. Thank you all for your encouragement, your humor, and your insights. To those of you who are joining me in this NaNo thing, I wish you the best. This isn’t really a competition, so we all can be winners if we stick with it. I’m looking forward to hearing how you are doing. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  9. Oh [big ol' happy sigh]! What wonderful videos. Thanks for giving us something to watch while you’re busy with NaNoWriMo. Hope you wrote plenty or at least enough to have Five Guys! Any excuse for that sounds good to me. ;-)

  10. Judith says:

    Thanks for starting my day off on such a great note with those videos. And good luck in the writing arena. I look forward to hearing how you are doing. :)

  11. I was able to watch the Hope?Cagney clip. What fun. Good luck in your month of writing.

  12. Patti Ross says:

    Thanks for the videos! Good luck with the writing, writing, writing–I am impressed that you are accepting that writing challenge. My memory of the rules of this writing project is to produce quantity, so like I told my college writing students, just write–don’t stop and edit or thnk or re-think. You can do anything you set your mind to! At some point, you will need to post a video of you on the violin!

  13. Margie says:

    Five Guys – now I’m hungry… I’ve found food to be a good incentive for getting things done – no dinner until after I finish cleaning the bathrooms, for example. Maybe it works for writing too. Maybe your husband will do dinner duty for all 30 days!

  14. Shary Hover says:

    Thanks for sharing the dance routines. I haven’t decided what I’ll do on my breaks… love your violin idea. Maybe I’ll just watch these videos every hour. :)

  15. What a fun way to start a day! Thanks for the clips and best of luck to you on NaNoWriMo. Funny that George Murphy became a senator and Shirley Temple (Black) became a congresswoman. Ah, politicians are showpeople, too… lots of song and dance, eh? But not nearly as entertaining!

  16. Love it, CE! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a heckuva time accessing wordpress posts, so maybe it’s a sign I need to work on something else…:)

  17. Have a great time! I’ll be with all you Na-No-ers in spirit while I edit…. GO SUSAN!! :)

  18. Now those are the original moves! Only Michael Jackson could have touched them. Like chapters of quick read novels have gotten shorter, the scenes in movies have gotten shorter too, not giving time to marvel at a craft. Thank you for the views. Very smooth.

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