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… at least the part that does not involve rejection letters and no money.

For those of you who may not have been reading the Happy Holly Project from the beginning, writing is a joy I have acquired late in life … more or less.

Unlike others who always wanted to be a writer (or a radio announcer) these things are something I have been told I should do, but which I never tried. Too busy engaged in left-brained activity, I suppose.

Enter Nanowrimo … a non-profit, month-long, writing extravaganza … in which you are encouraged to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.

I first participated last year in November, and that was the start of my writing adventures. One month of therapeutic writing which more closely resembled a tear-stained journal than a novel. But it qualified as a winner.

And the rest, as they say is history.

Flash forward to this year, in which I began Nanowrimo month writing the Texas Linda Stories. Then when she was called away for a family emergency, I switched gears and wrote about … well, lets just say that a lot of the words will look suspiciously familiar to the readers here.

So today, with a mere three days to spare, I submitted the work thus far for an official word count.  I am pleased to say that the efforts were tallied at 52,351 … thus making me an official winner again this year.

This blog … the Happy Holly Project … has a goal as well. Not 50,000 words, but an activity daily for no other reason than to make me happy.

Some days I do the activities … some days the activities are thrust upon me. Today was such a day.

I got my followers #100 and #101. Of course the official count here in WordPressLand only includes the WordPress followers … although they then show you the other followers from Facebook and other social media.

Including the Facebook folks, I am now over 100 people who follow this blog … more or less. And as I have said in the past, there are a handful of non-official followers who read, but have not raised their hands to be counted … except in private emails, chats, and other means.

I also picked up an additional Country that has read the Happy Holly Project. This brings to 42 the total number of countries that have read this … 43 if you count Texas as a country.

I don’t think their secession is official yet, though.

And last, but by no means least, I was flattered to be asked … by someone with a real weekly podcast … whether my blog entry from the other day might be recorded for her podcast.

This was the one about the unfortunate field mouse who wandered into my kitchen in search of a treat  … and died taking a dip in the dip.

Of course I said yes.

This is a good day in Happy Holly World. A very good day.


UPDATE: And thanks to the Likes on this post, I now have over 500 Likes for the Happy Holly Project.