Office Ready for the 3 – Day Novel Contest

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This is not excessive preparation. I kid you not. Participating in the 3-Day Novel Contest with two kids is a challenge. I have stocked the office with whatever I may need to hole myself in to prevent my beautiful two and a half year old daughter from seeing me. If she locates me or even hears a noise from the office she will remember I am not with her and will hone in on my whereabouts until she is nestled in my arms. This is a wonderful trait – but counterproductive on a weekend such as this.

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Thus, I am stocked with snacks: water, cup, almonds, wheat crackers, apples, oranges, chocolate pudding cups and spoons, peanut m&ms, and the always delightful Orville Redenbacher’s sweet & salty kettle corn.

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Plus care and distraction objects for my newborn, who will invariably be hanging out with me while I write: baby swing, swaddling blankets, play yard and mobile, floor play gym, breast feeding pillow and change station with pad, diapers, wipes, bum cream and the all important change of clothes for life’s little accidents.

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I also have a pillow and blanket for myself because you just never know, right?

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The most important detail, I have cleaned off my desk of distractions – thank goodness – as I am easily distracted.

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My wonderful supportive husband has moved our home phone out of the office because, lord knows, I will be brought to profanity if another telemarketer calls me mid-thought and asks if my parents are home.

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My theme music for the weekend: Patti Smith and Alanis Morissette

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I still must text all my wonderful family, especially my BFF mom, to inform them that I am off limits for the weekend. I know they will understand. I am a woman on a mission.

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That is all from me for now. I am off to feed my newborn and head to bed to catch my last few precious Zzzz’s before the marathon or sprint or whatever it is officially begins.

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I wish all other participants a writer’s-block-free weekend!

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    • Alexis Marie
      Alexis Marie says:

      I’ve heard of that one too – after I signed up for the 3-Day of course!
      Are you going to try the November novel challenge?
      Thanks for the encouragement!
      Have a great long weekend.

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        • Alexis Marie
          Alexis Marie says:

          I hear you! My hubby is on full care duty of my 2.5 year old – although my mom helped today and he went golfing. So far, almost at the end of day 1, my experience has been good. My goal is finishing, beginning to end. That will be an accomplishment in and of itself.

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