November Challenges Part Two

Last month, I wrote about two November writing challenges that I planned to participate in: PiBoIdMo and NaNoWriMo. I am currently working on both. For me, PiBoIdMo is going better than NaNoWriMo. Hmmm. Does that mean I will be better at writing picture books than novels? Or perhaps it’s more realistic to plan to do only one of these during the month of November.  J

What I am doing this month seems insignificant compared to the challenges that many in my home state of Illinois are facing. On Sunday, November 17, several tornadoes hit parts of northern, central and southern Illinois. There were several deaths, along with many injured. Tornadoes also struck other Midwestern states – Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.

If you wish to help those in Illinois affected by Sunday’s tornadoes, there is a list of businesses and organizations accepting donations at the website below.

I don’t know who is collecting donations in the other states, but I recommend giving to the
American Red Cross or the Salvation Army if you would like to help.

I will be back to my regular monthly blog post in December. Thanks for reading!


Debbie A. Byrne has a B.S. in Mass Communication with a minor in History. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is working on her first children’s book.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks Debbie for bringing us up to date on what we can do to help for those who suffered from the tornadoes. And thanks for sharing your picture book challenge thoughts. I signed up after reading about it in your previous post and am also doing better in that than in the non-fiction challenge I also took on. Enjoying it immensely so thanks for the original heads up. :-)

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  2. Thanks Debbie. I agree giving to the Red Cross or Salvation Army is a good choice

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  3. Yes Debbie, it is fun to sign up for these challenges but I have also decided to stick with one in future. I did NaNoWriMo and Novel in a Month one year and it was crazy. I did finish but I swore never again. This year I've completed NaNo with over 116,000 words. I finished one book and got half way with another one that is based on material from #1. For me, that has been a more focused approach.

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