Day 24 :Reaching Goals, NaNoWriMo Style

I was turned onto NaNoWriMo by a colleague, who was challenging her Writers' Workshop class to set a writing goal for November in the young adult division; she suggested I participate too, since she knows I love to write novels. I was ambivalent, at first, for two reasons: it occurs during a busy month (Thanksgiving... Continue Reading →


A Cornucopia of Thanks: Tradition

Pungent November scents fill the air on Thanksgiving day. The roast turkey at the center of it all, stuffing oozing from the seams. Homemade mashed potatoes and sweet potato balls rolled in brown sugar and walnuts, fresh cranberry sauce and --my personal favorite-- the canned/gelled variety. I'd sneak in & steal parts of crisp turkey... Continue Reading →

The Shared Journal Revival: Mother/Daughter Time

The summer between 6th and 7th grade was an uneasy one for my daughter, Alexa. She was not only filled with excitement but mostly fears about beginning the 7th grade in a new school. She never was one who adapted well to change. Over the summer, the year before, we'd formed a Mother/Daughter book club... Continue Reading →


Day 14 Update

Day 14 32k words 3 chapters 106 pages I've been writing for four hours because over the next two days, I won't be able to work much on my novel. I know I should look at these next two days as a reward, which I do and I'm looking forward to them, but I'm also... Continue Reading →


Switching Gears

With more than 50% of my count in and more than 50% of time left to get there, my focus has turned from just trying to get to 50k to trying to complete the first draft of a novel. I have to admit, that I'm completely invested in my characters as they are really taking... Continue Reading →


… I dreamt a poem

...and I lost it. The moral of that story...


NaNoWriMo Strong

I'm a week in and going strong. This is what I've learned so far... 1) I can be self disciplined when I want to be 2) I can exceed the goals I set for myself 3) I need to give up the idea of "just right" and instead "just write" 4) The support of family... Continue Reading →


Day 5: Coffee, Write, Run

Somewhere, I read some suggested rules of successful NaNoWriMo-ing which included writing abundantly, eating healthy, drinking plenty of fluids, sleeping well and exercising. At the time, they all seemed pretty obvious-- good daily practices whether you are writing 1,667 day (or more) or not. Sub-consciously, at first, I've been heeding them. While exercising is not... Continue Reading →


Day 3: Quantity over Quality

3 days into NaNoWriMo 2012: 6757 words. While I'm pleased with my progress, I've hit my first obstacle today. Writing quantity over quality is a near impossibility for me. I write. I edit. I write some more. This writing sans editing is killing me. For the first two days, the words just flowed. I was... Continue Reading →


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