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Coffee and Conversation Link Party #64 – #NaNoWriMo

Good Morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #64 – hosted by Pat And Candy.com!

Coffee & Conversation with Pat and Candy!
I guess you might not be surprised to learn that Candy and I love to write. Duh – we have a blog, right?

And then you may not be surprised to also know we are SO. JAZZED. that November means it’s time for NaNoWriMo again! Aren’t YOU excited?!? So as not to be totally rude to those who may not be familiar with the hoopla, “NaNoWriMo” stands for National Novel Writing Month (see what they did there?).  Now, now, before your eyes glaze over, let me tell you that this can be tons of fun, and an educational opportunity, as well!

For 30 days,  people young and old all around the globe will be working on the Next Great American (or Dutch, or German, of Australian, or…) Novel. There are virtual classrooms, resources available, and parties planned all over the place.

If you don’t find writing fun any other time of the year…here’s your chance to give it another shot!

If you’re unsure about teaching writing, this is a terrific time to jump in with both feet…and have lots of help! You can use their lesson plans as jumping off points (spoiler alert: their particular curricula are Common Core adapted), and then move forward on your own, or have your kids/students join a virtual writing class.

If you’re an adult who has a novel inside you just itchin’ to get out, sign up here, track your progress, find support, meet other writers, and get started with pen and paper or banging on your keyboard and set it free!


I’m (still) trying to decide if this is the year for me to get started… The daughter of a friend of mine has been doing this for 4 years, and I think I’ve caught her enthusiasm.

Just can’t judge if I have too much on my plate already…think YOU might do it?!

Now…on to our features!

100+ Boredom Busters

“I’m bored.” is a sentence that has never been allowed at our house! Kathy, from Cornerstone Confessions not only offers a wonderful solution here, but a link to even more boredom busters!




Stop Apologizing for Just Being You!

“When was the last time you said something nice to yourself?” THAT one got to me…because I honestly couldn’t answer it. Do you have that problem from time to time? Stop being so hard on yourself, and be encouraged (and a bit challenged, maybe) by Sarah’s post here.



And the most-clicked post from last week:

An Open Letter to The Complacent Christian

OK, just want to give you fair warning: Sarah may be stepping on some toes.  But I appreciate both her courage and her message…



Thank you for your inspiration! Please feel free to grab a button to brag about it display on your site! 😉


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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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30 Responses to Coffee and Conversation Link Party #64 – #NaNoWriMo

  1. Sandy Sandmeyer November 1, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing your post with us at the #AnythingGoes Link Party! The new party goes live today at 6 PM ET.

  2. Sandy Sandmeyer October 25, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    #AnythingGoes is great because of you! Thank you for continuing to support this Link Party with your talent and creativity.

    • Pat October 26, 2015 at 11:04 am #

      Thanks, Sandy! Lovin’ your party and so appreciate you heading over here, too! Looking forward to next time…have a great day!

  3. Cheryl at The Long Way to Go October 22, 2015 at 6:47 am #

    My 20 year old daughter usually participates in NaNoWriMo and it has proven to be a great motivating tool! Thanks for hosting this wonderful link up!

    • Pat October 23, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

      That’s great, Cheryl. Maybe someday she’ll be a famous writer! 😉
      So happy you found us! – have a great weekend!

  4. Michelle October 21, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    Hi Pat, I’m responding back to you from your comment on my Thankful Friday post. You are a no reply blogger so I couldn’t respond directly. I love all the things you shared about being thankful. Do stop back this week as I will be posting it along with the other comments. Thank you for commenting and for hosting this here link up party.

    • Pat October 23, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

      Oh, Michelle, I don’t like that I’m a “no reply blogger”…do you know how I can change that?
      I did stop by and saw your post – that was such a GREAT idea!! Think we may adapt that here next month…so very much to be thankful for!!!

  5. sue October 21, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

    Great numbers! Thanks for linking up at #AnythingGoes and I linked up with you!

  6. Marilyn October 21, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

    Thank you for a wonderful party! I just discovered it as a link on my party #AnythingGoes. Please feel free to join us each week. I would love to offer you the chance for us to share your links.

    • Pat October 21, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

      Hi Marilyn!
      I think I got on your party via “Sizzling Toward Sixty”! I included an invite to our Link Party Directory so we can find you every week 🙂

      Thanks for sharing with us!!

  7. sue October 21, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

    Hi there, thank you for the opportunity to link up at Coffee & Conversation. What a lovely name for a link up. Have a great week and hopefully see you next time.!

    • Pat October 21, 2015 at 7:18 pm #

      Hey Sue, SO glad you came over! I’m really enjoying your blog…as I’ve mentioned over there, I LOVE the name, especially as I “sizzle” over to 60 myself 😉

      Come back again soon…we’d love to share your posts!!

  8. Beth October 21, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    These posts and resources all sound so interesting, Pat! Thanks for sifting through and finding the gems for us. And thanks also for the linkup! I just saw your comment back at my place and am worried that you don’t see the linky button at MM. It shows on my browser, so please let me know if it’s not showing up for you. I don’t know that I can “fix” this technical glitch today, but it’s always good to be aware of issues. You and Candy, have a great week!

    • Pat October 21, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

      OK, NOW I feel like an idiot…LOL
      When I was over there this morning, I could NOT see those thumbnails :-/ But I just went over after reading your comment, and voila! There they are…

      Anyway, thanks for taking the time to share here today. I know you’re out and about with your workshop, and can imagine you’re pret-ty busy! I’ll be praying for fruit… Love to hear how it went when you’re on the other side of it all!

      Be blessed and see ya soon!

  9. Audrey October 21, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    I just found out about the link via Twitter and thought I’d pop over and share a few links. I have done NaBloPoMo (blog posting) and it is exhausting! But, like NaNoWriMo it is good to do it to get the creative juices flowing again.

    • Pat October 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

      Hey Audrey…yes, I’ve seen some posts on other blogs mentioning NaBloPoMo, but wasn’t sure how that worked. How/where did you get involved? Sounds interesting, and perhaps (?) a bit more feasible for me right now…

      Thanks for stopping by ~ glad you found us and hope you swing by next week, too!

  10. CS Calkins October 21, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    Many thanks Pat & Candy for the re-vamp….trying it again! Left some comments & thanked them for linking at Coffee & Convo!!!

    • Pat October 21, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

      Yay! Glad to have you back! Thanks for visiting and commenting…that’s the way to “share the love!”
      Took a look at your blog and was curious – your hubby was in a movie? Would love to hear that story sometime 🙂

      Have a great week!

  11. Heaven October 21, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    Thank you for the link up! I brought one of our family’s favorite dishes and a mommy post (53 and 54). Good luck with the writing. I’ve heard about writing a novel in a month. It sounds intriguing.

    • Pat October 21, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

      Thanks, Heaven…can’t wait to take a look 🙂
      Still on the fence about doing it this year…on the other hand, I know if I put it off… GAH!!!

      Have a great week!!

  12. Sarah Koontz October 21, 2015 at 8:22 am #

    Thank you for featuring my article!

    • Pat October 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

      You’re welcome, Sarah – thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

  13. Kristy as Giftie Etcetera October 21, 2015 at 7:41 am #

    I hope it’s okay that I posted one of my older links. It’s never been shared here before, and it’s about Nanowrimo, so I thought our hosts might like it!

    • Pat October 21, 2015 at 10:59 am #

      That’s fine! A good message is evergreen 🙂
      And congratulations on your success with NaNoWriMo! Do you think you’ll be trying it again this year?
      What an accomplishment!!!

      • Kristy as Giftie Etcetera October 21, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

        No. Three novels written, so my goal this November is to submit one to a publisher.

        • Pat October 21, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

          Woah!! WAY to GO!!! How amazing is that?! I’ll be praying for favor as you move forward! And when it’s ready for publishing, please let us know! I’d LOVE to read it!

          Best wishes always…

  14. JES October 21, 2015 at 7:10 am #

    Thank you for hosting! 🙂 Have a lovely week!

    • Pat October 21, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      You’re welcome, JES, and thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re enjoying cooler weather as we are here… ahhhh…

  15. Sarah October 21, 2015 at 4:03 am #

    Thank you for hosting and the site looks great!

    • Pat October 21, 2015 at 10:34 am #

      So glad you stopped by…
      May I just say, I love the message of your site. I totally applaud your decision to “live more-blog less” in your stage of life. Your kids are absolutely adorable, and I’d rather be with them, too! My days with the young ones running around a such a blur – and I was just as intentional as you are during that time!!
      Your blog will still be here when you’re ready for it – and just think about how much life wisdom and mom experiences you will have when (or if!) you go at it in earnest. So much to share…
      Be blessed – and hoping you’ll join us another time 🙂

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