NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo 2018 Reflection

It was a crazy November this year.  This NaNoWriMo was probably my most productive ever.  Yes, I did hit the 50,000 word goal, but that’s not really a challenge for me.  Today I’m going to reflect on the goals I set for myself in November, how they evolved, and what comes next. I had threeRead more

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo: Making A Mess of Sex Scenes

There are only a few days left, but I’ve officially won NaNoWriMo!  It happened suddenly on Saturday when I realized I had forgotten to update word counts a few times.  Like 10,000 words worth of forgotten updates.  A huge chunk of those words made up three sex scenes.  Today I want to share my historyRead more

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo: When All Your Plans Change

I think most people who have heard me talk or read this blog long enough to get to know me know I’m very goal oriented.  A friend, who has since passed away, often complained that I was so goal oriented that I rarely stopped to enjoy my success before I was on to the nextRead more

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 1 Progress

We are a little under a week into NaNoWriMo and so far, I have been doing much better than I expected.  Today, I’m going to talk about what has been going on with the projects this year. So, if you have been paying attention to this blog, you know I’ve been struggling with the entireRead more

NaNoWriMo 2017

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo: Flying By the Seat of My Pants

Back in November 2014, just a few months after I wrote Modern Persuasion, I decided to take on my first mystery story.  For the first time I had a completely original idea.  I wasn’t basing it on fan fiction and I wasn’t using Jane Austen as my model.  I had my own, original characters.  IRead more

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017

Is NaNoWriMo Helping or Hurting My Writing?

Even though we are well into July’s Camp NaNoWriMo, I am spreading my attention between three projects.  First, I am helping people discover Modern Persuasion.  It takes time to do promotion and marketing.  Second, I am editing Phi Alpha Pi (book 2).  Third, I am writing book 3’s 3rd draft.  My goal has been toRead more

Mill Pages Volume 1 On Sale Now

After years of participating in National Novel Writing Month, a few of us started a small writing group: Mill Pages.  That group has grown over the years and we have been publishing our short stories, poetry, and art work through a few different things.  We put a number of those items together in one magazineRead more

2016 Achievements

2016 Achievements

It was a crazy year.  I like to focus on the good things here.. or at least the things I can learn from.  I like to think about what I actually achieved during a calendar year.  I am really good with planning and visioning what is going to happen, but I never really stop andRead more

NaNoWriMo 2016

After NaNoWriMo 2016: Moving Forward

It’s time for me to consider what happens with what I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2016.  There are two different projects to consider.  First, there is the background information for Northanger Farm.  This was an exercise to help Christi and me develop what we want to write.  To move forward I have to give Christi whatRead more

NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016: Reflections of a 12 Year NaNo Vet

After this year I have officially participated in NaNoWriMo 13 times.  I have won 12 times.  I have been a municipal liaison 12 times.  I have yet to publish anything from the November program, but come March one of my Camp NaNoWriMo novels will be published. I would not be a writer or author ifRead more