It Approaches

Today is the first day of October, which means the start of National Novel Writing Month is only a month away.


I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate again this year. Last year was awesome but it is so time-consuming and life is so madhouse this year that I was weighing pros and cons.

Then I realized: If I can’t set aside one month – a single month – to focus on writing, whether I complete it or not, I will never finish anything. If I want to write, I need to make time.

Besides, it’s not like I sleep anyway.

So the main question now is: what will I write? The two main contenders are the second in the series that was started by last year’s BookThing and a non-fantasy slice of life piece that is being vaguely outlined. I’m not quite nuts enough to try both at once (no matter what Katie may try and tell you!), and even I know my limits.

This also means I’ll be fundraising for my ticket into the Night of Writing Dangerously again. I need to raise $275 minimum to get in, and there are only 225 seats available. The more I raise (for a non-profit, tax-deductable-donation, awesome children’s literature foundation), the more raffle entries I get, so that’s cool. I was going to attempt to be one of the top fundraisers, but as there are folks with well over $1000 in their kitty already… nope. I’ll just be happy to get there.

Last year’s BookThing, for those who may be curious, is currently having red pen bled all over its pages as I brutally edit (for the first round). Yes, I printed out the whole thing and am going through page by page. I can’t edit worth a damn on a computer.

Part of my prep this year – as opposed to last year which consisted of a whole lot of “Fuck it, I’m gonna do NaNo!” – is taking creative writing courses. Two free MOOCs on creative writing and fiction, and then I was gifted access to Rachael Herron‘s Udemy course How To Stop Stalling and Write Your Book. I’m pretty excited about that, as she is someone who is definitely up there on my “authors I admire” list. Plus, she knits too. So that’s keen.

I just have to survive October, first.


This has been an interesting month. In reverse order…

I met the word count goal for NaNoWriMo with three days to spare; the story is nowhere near finished, either. It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.

I ended up in the hospital emergency room this past Monday, hallucinating after becoming so dehydrated from a GI bug that appeared so rapidly and so violently I had no time to prepare. The whole family is still sick; lucky for me, I seem to have been taken out the worst. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo: Day One

So I stayed up – inadvertently – until around 0300 last night/this morning. I wanted to get a good strong jump on my NaNoWriMo project.

3115 words isn’t bad, right?

I fully admit to using no contractions to buff the word count slightly, but overall I think I put out some somewhat decent content. Got the prologue and first chapter out, at least – or at least a short first chapter.

If you’ve not seen me talk about this before, I’m working on the expanded world found in my Flash Fiction story Counting Down.

Here is the prologue for your reading entertainment (I can kid myself, right?) Continue reading

This is Halloween…


And this is Charlotte, dressed up as a Pteradon. I remember them as Pteradactyls, but apparently dinosaurs have changed a lot since I was a kid. I was highly disappointed in the number of houses that did not participate in the time-honored tradition of carving pumpkins and giving out wee candy bars. I firmly believe that the horrible Trunk or Treat phenomenon is ruining Halloween. That, however, is a totally separate rant for some other time.

This is the second year in a row that Charlotte has been a dinosaur for Halloween – last year there was a Triceratops costume – and I may have a bit of smug parent attitude that I’ve managed to keep her away from the “all princess, all the time” route so far. I’m sure that one will come back to bite me in the ass soon enough.

In just under four hours, I’ll be cracking open NaNoWriMo 2013.  There will be a word count tracker over in the sidebar somewhere, and if I come up with something superbly brilliant (don’t hold your breath) I’ll be sure to post a wee excerpt here. I’m still collecting donations for The Office of Letters and Light, the non-profit that organizes NaNoWriMo every year.

Now I’m going to go raid the candy bucket, dig out my copy of The Crow for some late-night viewing, and take some deep breaths. This is going to be a madhouse of a month.

The Night Will Be Dangerously Written

I’m still not going to fully believe it until I have my RSVP confirmation in my hands, but as of about an hour ago it looks like I’m going to be going to this year’s Night of Writing Dangerously.

Thank you to those who donated.  I cried big fat tears of joy and scared Charlotte – she hates seeing me cry.

If you are still interested in making a (tax-deductible!) donation to The Office of Letters and Light, an amazing charity which organizes creative writing events for youth and adults (including NaNoWriMo!), my page is still open. I’ve raised my donation goal because why not? The only way to go from here is up.

Again.  Thank you. From the bottom of my heart.

NaNoWriMo: It’s On

I’ve been talking about writing a book for pretty much ever.  Since high school, at least, if not before.

I’ve finally decided to grab the girls, take the plunge, and actually do it.

I created my NaNoWriMo account last night.

The flash fiction challenges put up that I’ve completed are what have spurred me to actually making the commitment this year.  I’ll be expanding and exploring Anise’s world; the one that was peeked on in Counting Down.

It’ll be… fun? An experience? Both?

We’ll go with both.

I’m also fundraising to try and get to The Night of Writing Dangerously, which is invite-only for the first 250 people who raise $250 (or more!) for The Office of Letters and Light (which is itself an amazing non-profit.)  Any help would be appreciated like you wouldn’t believe.