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Wouldn’t It Be Awesome If… You Wrote a Novel?

November is NaNoWriMo! National Novel Writing Month is not only a 30-day period where wanna-be novelists promise to commit a story to paper — er, screen. It’s a (somewhat lofty) commitment to write 50,000 words by the end of the month. That’s 1,666 words per day. Can you do it?

“Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.”

Feeling a little better about the concept now? Plus, if you disregard the coffee consumption and lack of sleep, there are mental and emotional benefits of regular writing. And to top it all off, real authors have participated in this for the past 12 years. Allegedly, Water for Elephants came out of a NaNoWriMo of yore.

Check out the past pep talks if you’re still scared. One last bit of encouragement — most people fail. Which means you can’t feel bad if you only write one measly page. In fact, only about 15% of those committed to the program actually complete the 50,000 word goal. So what have you got to lose?

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Wouldn’t It Be Awesome If … You Gave a Wedding or Baby Gift Personally Signed by President Obama?

{Image via C. Young Photography}

Here’s a well-kept secret. If you celebrate a major life event, you can request a greeting card signed by President Obama. The wait is long and there are restrictions, but talk about a unique gift! Perfect for friend’s weddings, new babies, or grandparent’s birthdays. I just requested a card congratulating my grandpa Ed and his new wife Phyllis on their recent marriage. Here’s how it works:

The White House recognizes weddings, births, adoptions, bar and bat mitzvahs, birthdays (80 or older), and anniversaries (50, 60, 70 or later). Send a note to the White House explaining the occasion along with the honoree’s full name, age, birthday, and address along with the date of wedding or birth (if needed). Include your name and phone number.

Send it to this address at least 6 weeks in advance (it’s OK if the request is received afterward for births and weddings):

White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20502

As far as I can tell, the link has been pulled from the official White House website (which means they must get too many requests) but you can find out a bit more information here.