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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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NaNoWriMo or Bust? Not so much…

crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbI’m a NaNoWriMo veteran, but I made the determination that even though I succeeded, it wasn’t for me. I absolutely was NOT doing it again. No way. Recently, Rebekah Loper, a Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month, did a guest post titled Five Reasons Why You Should do NaNoWriMo on my CP, Natasha Hanova’s blog. Rebekah was quite convincing.  However, I just finished intensive revisions of my YA novel, and I’m in the middle of rewrites of my adult thriller so it really isn’t a good time for me. Though the temptation to NaNo is great, I’m not starting a new  project. Yet.

So, like my CP Leatrice McKinney said in her NaNo, NaNo, it’s off to Write I go! post, I’ll NaNo my way by working on the rewrites of my thriller. Dedicating myself to a goal of writing every day rather than meeting a certain word count. I plan to write every day in November like I did in October with one exception, I tried to also blog, grade essays, do lesson plans, laundry, etc. while writing every day. I can’t keep that pace up because I managed only to get behind in October. So, I have to cut some things back, and the blog is one of them. Rather than write a post each week in November, I’ll post something inspiring (I hope) for all of those NaNoing. I’ll continue my writing of posts again in December. I’m about a third of the way through The Drought of Sam Dakota with a significant amount of rewriting to go, but I think I can make it.

NaNo, here we go.


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IWSG and What’s Up, Wednesday

Insecure Writer’s Support Group

InsecureWritersSupportGroupPurpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! (Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG)

Alex J. Cavanaugh’s awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Nancy Thompson, Mark Koopmans, and Heather Gardner.

Some weeks are hard, some weeks are harder, and some weeks are a virtual walk in the park in comparison to the others. I’ve had a rare good writing week. The writing went well, the editing has been on track, and I’m making forward progress for the first time in months…well, it feels like it anyway. We all need spurts of inspiration that will send us forward when the energy is lagging. This happened for me when one of the creators of one of my favorite TV shows (Early Edition, remember it?) followed me on Twitter. (Shout out to Vik Rubenfeld.) He was ahead of his time, and his show helped spur the many shows that followed later which pursued paranormal themes. Not vampires but more ghostly tales. If you never saw it, check it out. It also launched Kyle Chandler‘s career. Hello, Friday Night Lights.

At any rate, interacting with other writers, especially people whose work you admire is a great way to keep your own fires burning even when your energy ebbs. I’m not saying abandon your writing for social media. I’m just encouraging you to utilize social media effectively. Get to know other writers. Learn from them. Pass it forward to the writers who will one day admire you. Or already do and you don’t know it.

What’s Up Wednesday?

ButtonSmallNoBorderI finished Her Last Breath and now I’m reading Enigma Black. Linda’s book did not disappoint as usual. I’ve just started the other so I’ll update you on it next week. 🙂

I’ve had a crazy week. We had company, and I traveled across Kansas. Somehow, in spite of that I managed to complete a polish of 25 pages for a submission for this week. I also finished three more chapter revisions of The GAP Project. The bible for it is also coming along nicely. I am really pleased with the progress this week so feeling positive, I’m jumping in with ambitious goals for next week. Five chapter rewrites. I can do this. I can. It is totally within the realm of possible because NO ONE is coming to visit, and I’m not traveling. How’s that for positive thinking? How did your week go?


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