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Thommi and kaceyNovember 1st marks the start of National Novel Writing Month.  I along with thousands of other folks from across the USA, made the commitment to write 50,000 words in one month, approximately 1,667 words per day.  It is also the length of some well-known novels like “The Great Gasby” and “The Notebook.”

The good news is that I love to write.  You might can’t see this in the frequency of my blogs, but I wanted to be a writer since I was a little girl.  Phillis Wheatley  was my shero.  By the age of 12, I’d a few poems printed in the local newspaper and other local publications.

On June 29, 2015, I completed my biggest writing challenge.  I finished my dissertation and earned my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision.  SCORE!

So here I am, 120 some days later, ready for another writing challenge.

I am told rather frequently that I need to write a book because of my perspective, experiences or something witty I may have said.   I have been struggling for a while on what to write that is different.  It finally hit me!

“I am going to write about the random shit that pops in my head while I am out walking the dog!”

Yes. The name of the soon-to-be penned part self-help and part my story book is entitled “While Walking the Dog.”  Some of the stories are Champ inspired.  Some of the stories are Kacey inspired.  Most of the stories are because I paused just long enough to let me brain relax during my year of committing to being a full time caregiver to 2 loved ones and 1 grouchy uncle while writing my dissertation.

Writing coach Brian McDonald says that stories are our most efficient carriers of survival information.

My prayer is that my book is just that – a survival manual for those who are in search of satisfaction.

Stay tuned.   Cheer me on.  Consider taking on a challenge this November as well.  It doesn’t have to be writing.  It can be anything.  Post a message and let me know.  I will be rooting for you too!



  1. Kathi Middleton  November 1, 2015

    Congratulations Thommi! I am excited for you, and all of those who will be served by your work. I am rooting for you and inspired!

  2. Thommi Odom  November 1, 2015

    I appreciate you! You have been cheering me from the start. Now it is time. Let the games begin!

  3. Kendall Matthews  November 2, 2015

    This Beautiful Lady is the definition of “Persistence” and “Empowerment”. It’s amazing how Thommi takes her life whether negative or positive and uses it to motivate and encourage others. Congratulations “DOC”! I look forward to your book . May God continue to keep and bless you.

  4. Mara The Helper  November 2, 2015

    Love it. I’m writing to. Ahhh pray for us all. I needed this push. I’ve been having way to much fun in LA. 🙂

  5. Rasheda  November 2, 2015

    Yay you! It was a pleasure to read this. I will be first in line to buy your book! I love to read and you love to write. Match made in heaven!

  6. Chuck  November 2, 2015

    I enjoy reading your posts. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Kym E.Bryant  November 2, 2015

    First, Congratulations! on getting your PHD… you are my role model! I”m definitely rooting for you on the writing… and started a challenge to do a 100 day project … in which I have committed to write each day, restart my blog that I been asked to restart since 2005 and get back to doing free lance proof reading and editing, similar to you I have been a caretaker for several loved ones…Its my turn now. Thanks Dr Thommi

  8. Emealia H  November 2, 2015

    Congrats Auntie,
    I’ve actually started reading and writing a little more in my spare time. The hardest part for me is getting the nuggets that I say out loud on paper lol. That maybe the challenge I will take on this month :-). Good luck I’m sure it will be awesome 🙂

  9. Courtenay  November 3, 2015

    Congratulations! I am rooting for you. Sorry, I can’t join you by writing, BUT, I will join you in committing to sew something and present my finished project each week. I started yesterday!!! Looking forward to your updates!

  10. Tonya  November 5, 2015

    Congratulations on earning your Doctorate degree. I will join you in sticking with something I was doing, but began slacking on, and that is to try and read EVERYDAY!! Since I started back teaching I have been too tired to do anything once I get home from work. But, I have been thinking lately that I enjoy reading and I need to do more of it. So, I’m ready to begin my challenge. I needed this motivation!

  11. Thommi Odom  November 5, 2015

    YEAH! I just started reading “Room” What are you reading?

  12. Thommi Odom  November 5, 2015

    That us great Courtenay! It is time for you to gear up for the holidays so surely getting your holiday selections ready is a great goal!

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