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I told myself I would start trying to write everyday in February, since January is always a crazy time for me every year and I knew I wouldn't have the find the time. I'm doing the 750Words challenge for this month just give myself a good start, since my goal this year is to write at least 100,000 words of fic (original and fanfiction). This is roughly about 300 words a day, which means I'm already behind because I only wrote 3,600 words in January. We'll see how it goes. The plan is to post every day here and log my word counts so I don't forget.

Today:
825
This year: 4,425
4425 / 100000, YTD word count
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Last year Lee bought me a shiny Midori Traveler's notebook as a gift, thinking I was going to use it to record my time in Sweden. I ended up being too busy having fun and talking to record much--or possibly too lazy--but I've been trying to use it more. Once I discovered that there are a bunch of ways I can customize it (like making my own journal inserts!!) I started to love it. Lately I've been using it to keep organized.

A writer should never be without something to jot notes down onto, after all. The Midori is perfect for this because when loaded with notebooks it's sturdy enough to write without needing a hard surface and still flexible enough that it lays flat so you can write close to the center.

Let me inflict pictures of my Midori features on you.

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I'd love to see how you organize things, especially if they involve notebooks/binders/stationary, etc. Please do share if you feel comfortable doing so!
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[community profile] helpanimals is a fandom auction to raise money to help animals. Offers are being taken from now until the 31st, and bidding starts February 1st.

This showed up on my reading list and I couldn't stop myself from offering something (fic, for HP, Saiyuki, or Rikkai fandom). Look at those adorable pictures of cute little animals, how can anyone resist? There isn't very much right now, so if you love animals and want to help, please do consider participating either by offering your services/goods, or by bidding on things.
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In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

1.  The [community profile] write15 community.   The write15 community is a support group that encourages its members to write (or edit, or do another writing-related activity) for at least 15 minutes every day.  All the writing support communities I've found on LJ have been sort of humongous and heavily focused on prompts or posting of fic, but this one is basically just a supportive space to moan about how little progress you made, or maybe rejoice at how well you wrote today.  There are daily check-ins and discussion of writing goals.  There are currently only 23 members, and It's really quite comforting to have a space where I can let out all my insecurities and talk about the writing process.  It's also nice to see what other people are doing, what their goals are.

2. sentinel_thurs is a weekly challenge community for one of my old favorite fandoms, The Sentinel.  Each week on Thursday evening a new weekly challenge is posted.  The community is still posting prompts even now, which I think is absolutely amazing in a fandom that old.  I'd love to see more activity.  If you're a fan, or used to be a fan, please do think about stopping by and doing a challenge or two.  =)

3. Not really a fandom community, but... >__>   menstrual_cups is a support community for women who are interested in switching to menstrual cups for their monthlies.  It's good to have a community you can go to and ask questions.  I basically looked at each and every post before selecting the menstrual cup that was right for me .I personally believe that switching to green products for your monthly cycle is the best thing you can do for your body in that arena, but it took me a while to make the jump because it can be kind of scary and seem somewhat radical, so this community helped me a lot.  There's also cloth_pads, for those who don't like the idea of sticking something inside themselves.  They're way more comfortable than any disposable products I've tried.