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Nano, Full Moons, & the World Series

A week of warnings of full moons in line with Halloween, which I love but my focus has been on the World Series as my KC Royals compete. In the wake of Nano, I’m trying to divide my focus between baseball and my Nano prep. I’m not particularly successful at either. LOL Here’s my Nano work.

Project Title:

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy (I think)

Word Count: This a Nano novel and it sat at 53,000 words and then I began revisions so it sits at 66,000 now.

Story: A boy, a car, an old man, and a dog. Nothing will ever be the same for any of them.

Join me in Nanoland.





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NaNo, Grading, and Chai Tea Lattes

crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbMy week started strong, wracking out word count, massive edits and rewrites. Then, my job happened. 🙂 I love teaching, but this time of year I get buried. So, writing took a major backseat, and I’m officially behind again. I have not despaired. I have a plan. Tomorrow, I’m back on it, devoting the entire day to my writing and chai tea lattes.

I hope NaNo is cooperating with everyone else. Keep up the good work! I’m off to get in some edits before I crash. The end is in sight so best of luck to everyone as we head to the finish line. The Avengers


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NaNo, NaNo…

The first full week is here. crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbHow’s everyone doing? So far, I’ve done better than I anticipated. We’ll see if I can keep it up. I’ve followed some of the NaNo chatter, from ‘I’m getting nowhere,’ to ‘Yeah me, got 2,600 words today.’ One list I follow on Facebook has a Google doc where everyone can upload their goals and how they did toward them each day. There is a lot of support out there for this event. Whether you’re struggling or just want some interaction through the experience check out other NaNo competitors and embrace a little socialization. 🙂

Love this piece of advice on writing a novel from Brian Klems:

Stop trying.

Your novel needs less “trying” and more “doing” from you. Like Yoda said, Do or do not. There is no try.


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Pumpkins, Ghosts, and Word Count

window_and____by_ahmetkasim The month that ends with Halloween is my favorite. I love the fall of  the year with its autumn colors and cool air and smell of burning leaves. I enjoy the decorations and the kids in costumes. It’s a great month. This year talk spun across the web of writers putting their noses to the grindstone ahead of NaNo which comes at us like a freight train next month. I’m sure a lot of people have signed on to prep themselves and be in fighting shape come November 1.

Since I’m not participating in NaNo this year, my reason for joining the fun is different. I liked the idea of placing myself under pressure during a time when I like to take walks outside and sit on the patio and listen to the leaves rustle in the wind. Now, before I can enjoy the things I most enjoy, I must have the writing done. It’s not always easy when I see people walking past the house and I know I’d rather be watching the geese on the pond but the satisfaction is worth it. This has been one of the most productive months I’ve had. Yeah me! And I’m still enjoying those pumpkins and ghosts and things that bring chills.

Have you taken time to set a goal for yourself of so much time in a day or so many pages or words and dedicate to do it for a month? Do you participate in NaNo?


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