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With great pleasure, I announce the arrival of my second daughter, Mara Jade Cash.  She arrived at 7:22 a.m. on October 8th, 2012, weighed 8lbs 3 ou, and was 20 inches in length.

Yes, you Star Wars aficionados, that name should sound familiar, especially if you follow the continuing saga after episode VI.  And since my husband got an “Elvis” when he named our first daughter Leia Presley, I insisted on a subtle homage to Johnny Cash.

What’s even more impressive is that Disney has apparently purchased Lucasfilm Ltd and plans on actually producing Episode VII to be released in 2015.  Hopefully, they do Mara Jade’s character justice!  http://popcultureblog.dallasnews.com/2012/10/disney-buys-lucasfilm-ltd-announces-star-wars-episode-7-for-2015-now-owns-all-the-nerds.html/

We are adjusting to the lack of sleep at my house, although every pregnant lady knows that no one sleeps the last month of pregnancy anyway due to discomfort and that overfull bladder! I’ve always considered that a kind of training for enduring the first few months with a newborn.

That means my hands are especially full these days and writing takes even more effort.  On the other hand, I am on a break from my usual day-gig as a middle school teacher.  I’ll be trying my hand at NANOWRIMO this year, although I may not be following the traditional “pantster” way.  I have about 4,000 words on a draft for a Young Adult novella that I haven’t worked on in a year.  I can’t leave a project unfinished—it’s just not in my nature.  I’ll try to keep some items posted for interest and update on my progress.  I’ve never tackled anything like NANOWRIMO, so we’ll see how that goes.  I figure this may be the only time in my life where I can do this (since I’m not teaching this month).  Want to learn more about National Novel Writing Month?  Click here.

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