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50,000 and Now ZZZzzzz . . .

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   9 Comments | Posted in A-Z Challenge · mcgee · NaNoWriMo · rigby
If you dropped in to Writing in the Buff on Monday, you know I’ve been racing to hit my NaNo 50,000 (which I did around one a.m. Yay!). You also know that I promised to tell you the naked truth about ZZZzzzz.
Multiple Z’s can stand for many things.  I might use those Z’s to indicate my hubby snoozing, steak sizzling, or a bee buzzing around my rose garden. Z is like the poster child for onomatopoeia.
Considering all that Z has to offer, one would think that when I participated in the A to Z Challenge last April that finding a topic for the multitasking Z would be easy.  Not so.  I jotted notes about everything from zippers to Zorro. Nothing seemed appropriate for the final day of the Challenge, especially since my month long theme was “Pawsitive Pondering.” What the heck would dogs have to say about the letter “Z?”
The fog lifted when I saw the photo below of Rigby, our yellow Lab, and Special Agent McGee, my daughter’s mini Dachshund. He’s how those Z’s played out:
Pawsitive Pondering

Rigby and Special Agent McGee
 Z is for:
Zest + Zeal = Zen

Live every day with a 
Zest for Life and a Zeal for Love 
so you may achieve your 
Zen of Being.
Peace out.
That’s my summation of how I believe our furry pals deal with the day to day effort of living.  Those hairy little smarties.
The cool thing about Zest + Zeal = Zen is its positive application to anything we’re passionate about. Family, writing, music, basket-weaving—whatever we polish up with Zest and Zeal will turn around and gift us with Zen. It’s a pretty cool equation, and that’s saying a lot coming from a lady who would rather hear Gilbert Gottfried recite “War and Peace” than spend even a moment alone with anything resembling a math problem.
So where am I going with this? Well, looking back at the last 30 days, during which time I put ooh-gobs of Zest and Zeal into my writing, I’m happy to report that I’ve achieved a certain Zen. I wrote like mad to hit 50,000 and I’ve got the fleshed out bones of a middle grade novel as my prize. The story has a life now, and is thankfully no longer residing solely in my imagination. Also, my fingers have stopped burning up the keyboard (for the moment) and my laptop is so happy to be rid of me that it’s considering a celebratory trip to Aruba without me.
To what areas of your life do you apply the Zest + Zeal = Zen equation? Does that formula work for you? If you have an example to share, I’d love to hear it.  Catch me quick, though. It’s been an exhausting month, and I’m ready to ZZZzzzz……
See you next for Book Blurb Friday!

9 Responses to "50,000 and Now ZZZzzzz . . ."

  1. Comment by Sarah
    November 30, 2011 at 7:32 am  

    What a lovely post, Lisa–and that picture is poster-worthy! Congratulations on finishing NaNo; that's a huge accomplishment and definitely something to be proud of. I guess, for me, I usually try to apply your little equation to writing. It's easier there than in some areas … where I could probably stand to apply it more carefully!

  2. Comment by Bookie
    November 30, 2011 at 8:12 am  

    I think your equation might apply to my tea life. I just love learning about, smelling, preparing and drinking tea. It is a fun subject to me. Then definitely get to the Zen of it once I find a lovely tea, take the time to brew it, and sit down for sipping–eps. with a friend.

  3. Comment by irishoma
    November 30, 2011 at 9:49 am  

    Congratulations on finishing NaNo. The photos of your Lab and your daughter's mini Dachshund are cool.Your equation calls for some thinking on my part. It's hard to think about Z's when I wish I could be getting some Z's.Donna

  4. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm  

    Hi Lisa! Congratulations on finishing up, that is wonderful. I'm very proud of you. I also enjoyed today's post very much. It got me wondering what I chose for my "Z" post in A-Z, can't remember with this dang old lady brain. I think that my blog is my passion, along with Oregon history and photography.

  5. Comment by Lynn
    November 30, 2011 at 3:14 pm  

    I knew you could do it! YAY WOOT WOOT for you! Love the pictures of the pooches, and loved your post. I'm with Donna, I need some Zs to give that whole thing some thought, but I would imagine it could be applied to anything one does!

  6. Comment by Tammy
    November 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm  

    I need to learn from those zen-ful dogs of yours! I agree about the picture being poster-worthy. And congratulations on another NaNo win!!

  7. Comment by Michael G-G
    December 1, 2011 at 1:23 am  

    A middle grade novel! Yay!! Congratulations–you worked hard.

  8. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    December 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm  

    Congratulations, Lisa. You obviously applied some of that Z power to reach your NanoWriMo goal.

  9. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    December 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm  

    Lisa, hooray for you finishing NaNo. I am in awe.

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