The Sunshine Factor

where sunshine is a way of life


NaNoWriMo 2013!

True, it is not quite September, yet I am already talking about something coming up in November.  But, NaNoWriMo  (National Novel Writing Month) 2013 is coming sooner than we think, and I wanted to give us time to start thinking about it.  This year I participated in NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) in April, and you saw my results on this blog.

A few weeks back, I thought about writing a fictionalized version of my forefathers’ history.  After some wise counsel from my mentor, I’ve decided to write that during NaNoWriMo this year.   Hmmm….maybe it’s not a coincidence that I thought of the story idea a little while ago, then came a vehicle for it.  I’ve posted a milestone widget in my sidebar regarding NaNoWriMo, and I’ve also created a page for it.

If you want to elaborate on one or more of the answers above, please email me at, using “NaNoWriMo 2013” in the Subject line.  I will be most delighted and appreciative of your support!

Thank you,



NaPoWriMo #30

English: The title page of Poems in two volume...

English: The title page of Poems in two volumes, the series of works by William Wordsworth. Original work was published before 1923 (US) and unknown authorship before 1939 (UK). It would be impractical, and I believe impossible, to find who originally held the copyright, and its status now. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Illustration of "The Trusting Child"...

Illustration of “The Trusting Child”, a poem by Lydia Sigourney which appeared in Poems for the Sea, Hartford: H.S. Parsons & Co., 1850. Page 41. See (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Village Blacksmith Poem (Longfellow)

The Village Blacksmith Poem (Longfellow) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Title page, Poems Upon Several Occasions (1748...

Title page, Poems Upon Several Occasions (1748) by Mary Leapor (1722-1746) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Frontispiece to Phillis Wheatley's Po...

English: Frontispiece to Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects… Русский: Филлис Уитли, портрет из сборника её стихов. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rossetti was interested in figures locked in e...

Rossetti was interested in figures locked in embrace; cf. the embracing figures at the bottom of the Mystical Nativity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I did it!  I wrote 30 poems in 30 days!  Here is my last poem for NaPoWriMo 2013:


Here we are

at the end of the month already

and we’ve written so many poems

Feels good, doesn’t it?


All good things eventually end

but we can look forward to next April.

Shall we try the NaNoWriMo in November?

Maybe the adventurous will

(the jury is still out on whether I will be in that group or not).



Debbie’s Experiment!

With time to rest now during this “sick time”, I’ve had more time to think…to reminisce…and to create.  🙂  First of all, I was thinking about the seven-at-one-time pen pals I had as a girl, and how much fun that was for me.  With one pen pal (and mind you, this was in the day before Internet) in particular, the day I got a letter from her, I’d write right back and mail it the very next morning.  Then, I would every time accurately predict when her next letter would arrive for me.  Sure enough, as expected because she loved this as much as I did, there would be a letter on my desk from her when I got home from school.  We even had a section of our letters called “exclusively ours” where we would ask and answer questions from each other.   Can you guess who instigated that?  Yes – it was yours truly.

Then I thought back to all the Christmas newsletters my family and then now, me, received stating all the news from one family in one giant letter.  Even for people like me who love to read, sometimes these letters get overwhelming.  When I heard about a family separated by distance writing a paragraph, mailing it off to the next relative, on and on until the originator gets to read all the news – this intrigued me.   This way they can hear from others during the year and not have to rush to write one big newsletter at the end of the year.   If they wanted to, they could start the cycle over again, and they could consider themselves “caught up with the news” periodically.

What’s to say we can’t do that here on WordPress? Members and our friends with email could embark on a totally cool adventure.  If you have time to go to Facebook every day, then you can spare about 5 minutes a day and be included in “Debbie’s Experiment”.  The basic tenet would be I would start off by writing one or two sentences, the next person could add to it, pass it on, etc.  A little story would emerge, and it would be exciting to see it grow!  Right?  🙂

Just think – this can be as exciting as the NaNoWriMo every November, and it would take infinitely much less time on your part.   Those wanting to participate could together come up with the rules and where we will publish this project – on Sunshine Factor on its own page, or maybe a separate WordPress blog, just for this purpose, or something else you come up with.

Please humor me and take a couple minutes to click on the poll link below to answer the one question – you will be allowed to expand upon it if you wish.   Even if you answer is “no”, I would still like to know.  In fact, please consider reposting this so that those you know who might be interested can join in on the fun too.   In fact, dear reader, if you have stumbled across this post by mistake,  we are glad you are here and would love to have your participation, too.

  <<————please vote!

With love and great hope,