Since the end of the year is approaching, I looked back to my January post “Sweeping Resolutions” to see what I have accomplished and what I still have left to get done. In that post, I had set out four sweepstakes items I wanted to accomplish before the close of 2017.
The first was to schedule monthly meetings of the Boise Sweepstakes Club. I already had a dedicated Facebook page for the club where I post local and regional sweepstakes. But I wanted to build a community in my town around sweepstaking where we could meet every month to talk sweeping, support each other, enter sweepstakes together, and make the hobby even more fun and social! So, in July I started a page on meetup.com for Boise Sweepstakes Club, and in just 3 months we have 15 members. This does not count all the folks who like and follow Boise Sweepstakes Club on Facebook.
My second resolution was to enter even more sweepstakes. To help achieve this goal, I decided to attend the National Sweepstakes Convention this year. It was held on a cruise and introduced me to many more resources for sweepstaking. You can read a bit about the convention and the entire adventure on my other blog here. I am utilizing a lot more online sweepstaking information sites than I was before the convention, which has allowed me to find more sweepstakes to enter.
Next on my resolutions list was to reapply to teach a sweepstaking class through my city’s community education program. You may remember that the first time I applied to teach the course, my idea was turned down. However, I am happy to report that I was selected to teach the class earlier this month, and the class, entitled Sweepstaking: Fun & Free, was held October 9. Six people registered for the course, but only three showed up for the class. I still had a lot of fun teaching it, and my students seemed excited to learn. I am awaiting feedback, and to hear whether I can teach this course again in the future.
My final sweepstaking resolution for 2017 was to write a memoir centered around my years doing this hobby. It is the only resolution I have not taken steps toward, so to ensure I would push myself to complete it before the end of the year, I signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). A memoir is not a novel, however, if you write in the nonfiction genre they simply call you a “rebel” but you can still participate via their free website for writing support. The idea of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word book in just the 30 days of November. It is not meant to be a publishable piece at the end of one month. It is more to encourage you to get a draft down. You can edit it later after the month is over. As of right now, I am registered at the NaNoWriMo site with a working title for my memoir, a brief synopsis, and my husband is working on creating a book cover for me. If I do complete my 50,000 words in 30 days, I’m considered a “winner” – and I love that word!