NaNoWriMo – Day 3

So here we are, well underway with NaNoWriMo 2011. I'm ahead on word count and pathologically hell-bent on staying that way. We know one day at least is a complete loss (Thanksgiving Day), so I have to make up one full day (1667 words) squeezed in elsewhere. I got off to a screaming start, clocking … Continue reading NaNoWriMo – Day 3

NaNoWriMo Mock Book Cover

Thanks to a couple of Twitter pals, I decided to play around and make a mock cover for my vampire novel, which is still using the working title, Revenants Abroad. I hope Mr. Clemens doesn't mind. Here are a couple of things, very different in feel. Maybe this can serve as some inspiration for your … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Mock Book Cover

To Plot, or To Pants?

Here we are, a scant two weeks away from NaNoWriMo 2011! As I announced on Twitter last night, I have arrived at a decision about the topic for my NaNo novel, with a nice margin of time to ruminate on it. I read this post today on Tony Noland's blog, and basically he's got the … Continue reading To Plot, or To Pants?

I Shouldn’t Oughta Do This…

But, well, turns out I have no willpower to resist the pleas of a dear friend to wade once again into the fray of NaNoWriMo. Plus I stupidly logged into the site yesterday and started getting caught up in the excitement and preparatory events. My old author photo is gone so I'll have to dredge … Continue reading I Shouldn’t Oughta Do This…


:::chewing fingernails::: I found out, via Twitter, that one of my favorite sci-fi writers, Robert J. Sawyer, is taking part in NaNoWriMo, and has invited people to follow him. Yes, he tweeted it out. That in itself is almost enough to make me sign on. Argh. What to do, what to do? I actually got … Continue reading Must…resist…NaNoWriMo

Anxiety Levels – Activate!

I’ve already decided to sit out NaNoWriMo this year, feeling my time is better spent working on things I’ve already started, rather than starting Yet Another Novel (henceforth referred to as YAN), and I think that’s the right decision. Plus the pace of NaNo, writing a minimum of 1667 words per day, is challenging for … Continue reading Anxiety Levels – Activate!

NaNoWriMo – FTW!

I'm celebrating this morning, I hit the 50,000 word mark at 9:06 a.m. PST. I marked the time, kind of like giving birth (ok, not really. Having done both, I can say the experiences are distinctly different). The 50,oooth word was "being." Seems poetic somehow. After last year's aborted attempt to tackle NaNo, I feel … Continue reading NaNoWriMo – FTW!

NaNoWriMo — Week Three

Here we are, halfway through Week Three now. I'm done counting by days, I'm thinking in terms of weeks now. Was it just me, or did the first two weeks whizz by like they had better things to do? I didn't make it this far in NaNo last year, so this is my first time … Continue reading NaNoWriMo — Week Three

My Personal Middle Earth – NaNoWriMo Day 13

So I just read today's Week Two Pep Talk from Maureen Johnson, and I gotta tell ya, it really made me smile. (The tie-in here being we all know LoTR was filmed in New Zealand. Which is, you know, really close to Australia.) I'm definitely wandering aimlessly through something, whether it's the Bog of Eternal … Continue reading My Personal Middle Earth – NaNoWriMo Day 13

Creepy-Crawly — NaNoWriMo Day 11

Down to a crawl. I got a little over 1100 words written yesterday, so about 500 short of the daily goal. I've been trying to get 2000 words a day. I'm still marginally ahead of where I'd be at a steady pace of 1667 words per day, so not too bad but I'm starting to fear falling … Continue reading Creepy-Crawly — NaNoWriMo Day 11