My poor little blog has been dormant for almost a year now, but I guess this is what it takes to wake up. I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year, after my first failure in Year 11 last year. I failed because I stopped writing after my seven-week-old daughter spiked a fever on Day 3, which … Continue reading This is what it takes.
First and foremost, top news in my life is that this happened: And I mailed off the executed marriage license today, so now he's officially stuck with me. We had an afternoon wedding (and the weather, rather kindly, turned out absolutely perfect), and afterwards we took our kiddo to my parents' house, put him to bed, … Continue reading [Around Here] Getting Hitched & Gearing Up
NaNoWriMo is sneaking up on me this year, which isn't very kind of it given this will be my tenth year. You'd think by this point NaNoWriMo and I would be like old friends, comfortable slipping back into our old patterns and inside jokes even after months apart. Alas, Year 10 is throwing me for … Continue reading The Story That Haunts
I've thought long and hard about attempting NaNoWriMo this year. There are plenty of reasons not to do it, but let's be honest -- there are always plenty of reasons not to write 50,000 words in one month. This will be my 9th year, and in the end, I decided I would feel better about … Continue reading My 10 Commandments of NaNoWriMo, New Parent Edition
Can I be honest with you? After completely zeroing out on all the contests this year (the first time that's EVER happened since I started this whole screenwriting pursuit), I was ready to totally give up on writing. I had excuses. I have a full-time day job. I spend another 10-15 hours a week (sometimes … Continue reading Existential Crises and Pregnancy-Induced Mania
One of the best things about NaNoWriMo -- if you're serious about winning anyway -- is it forces you into a daily writing habit. After five years winning without a novel to show for it, I still hold that buckling down and writing an hour or more a day for a month straight has been … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Why It Matters
November is my favorite month of the year. It has it all: colorful leaves, usually a sprinkling of snow, the beginnings of seasonal cheer and décor, Thanksgiving, and (last, but definitely not least) my birthday. As if November weren't fantastic enough, the folks at The Office of Letters and Light had to go and pile … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: A Call to Action
I'm coming back up for air now that NaNoWriMo 2008 is done. I managed to make my personal goal plus a couple of extra thousand for good measure, with a final NaNo-site-official word count of 77,090 words for the month of November. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.What's up next? Finishing the … Continue reading I’m still alive!
I managed to cross that magical 50,000-word mark last night at my solitary write-in. This is the second year in a row I've hit 50k while writing solo in a coffee shop surrounded by strangers. It's an odd feeling: accomplishment mingled with melancholy.This year, I was actually planning on having at least one writing friend … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Week 3 Update
So, during NaNoWriMo, I'll often get to a point in my writing where I'm struggling a bit but I'm still slogging onward, writing mostly crap, but at least still writing. And then, on occasion, it's as if one of my characters finds a way to say something to another character when in reality they're talking … Continue reading Recap: 16 November 2008