Archive for November, 2011

I learned about NaNoWriMo in a very round about way, through the blog of the developer who wrote the journal writing app for my iPad.  (For those of you looking for one, get Chapters.  It’s excellent.) He commented that someone using his app had won NaNoWriMo.  Nothing else, just that brief mention, but I had to find out what that was.  I’m curious that way, and the internet is my playground.  I’m always looking things up.  It often gets in the way of my productivity.  I know because the idea of the number of words in English just popped into my head, so I got diverted to looking that up.  I’m not going to tell you, though.  I’ll save that fascinating topic for another blog.

Where was I?  Ah, yes, NaNoWriMo.  So once I had found out about it, I quite naturally had to read everything I could find on the subject.  There is a lot to read, believe me.  One of the themes was how to cope with the pain of NaNoWriMo.  Lots of people complain about writer’s cramp or carpal tunnel syndrome from writing or doing all that typing.  I couldn’t believe what I was reading.  I sit at a desk all day long for the job that pays the bills, and I spend a lot of time on the computer on the weekend because I’m a nerd.  I’ve never had problems with carpal tunnel.  What babies!  What weaklings!  What whiners! (more…)


I love to read about other people’s lives.  I don’t know why, but I do.  Famous people.  People of great courage.  People who have done interesting things.  People I hold dear as role models and heroes.  People who I have never heard of before but who know how to tell an interesting story.  All of it is a wonderful, exciting journey for me into other worlds, other times.

The newest book I’m reading holds a fascinating premise.  It’s the story of two women, mother and daughter, telling their stories in parallel, a generation apart. I was intrigued by the idea.  Think about it… what if you could sit and listen to your mother or father at the same age you are now, telling you about their life?  Yes, it’s rather “Back to the Future”-ish.  But wouldn’t that be a fascinating conversation?  Not to hear them remember what it was like to be your age, but to actually be your age and talk like contemporaries. (more…)

My friends,

It’s half way through November and I’m in a writing frenzy.  29,930 words.  So I remain ahead of schedule.  Hooray!

I’m still trying to come up with a good title, though.  Not that I need one to finish NaNoWriMo.  Just thinking ahead is all.  This is going to be a series of whodunits, so I want something I can parlay into similar names that will reflect the series.

If you are a fan of the TV show, “Castle” like I am, then you will probably know that the mystery stories the main character Rick Castle writes have actually been published.  In a nice blurring of fiction and reality, Amazon’s author page for Rick Castle even shows the actor who plays him in the show.  His detective is named Nikki Heat, and the titles of the books in that series are “Naked Heat”, “Heat Rises” and “Heat Wave”.  That’s what I’m going for in my titles.

Cee’s been batting around ideas based on some of the characteristics of my main character, Alice Anne McDonnell, who is a grief counselor that gets sucked into investigating an apparent suicide that might actually be a murder.  Dear Alice Anne is the most boring person on earth, and a list-aholic.  She lives by lists.  She goes to the extreme with them.  If she completes something that isn’t on a list, she’ll add it to a list in retrospect just so she can cross it off.  We’re batting around ideas about that. “The Banker’s List Murder”?

My classic version of Clue arrived today, so this weekend I’m going to introduce Cee to it.

So that’s about all that’s new here.  I hope you are following your passion and having a fun life.  Go dance in the rain.




My dear friends, I have just made the most frightening, the most alarming of discoveries.  Cee, my partner in life, my partner in writing crime, has never played Clue.  How could this be?  How can anyone go through life without knowing about Colonel Mustard with a candlestick in the library?  Good golly, this is one travesty that must be righted, and quickly. (more…)

Wow, what a time I am having with my mystery novel.  It’s coming along nicely.  In twelve days I’ve written 24, 375 words, so I’m almost halfway there.  Here are all the things I’ve learned about my writing:

Remember Me

Posted: November 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

I recently had a conversation with someone who is quite significant in my life.  She’s worried that she will die young and that no one will remember her.  I know that if I say what I feel about that she won’t be able to hear my words, but I know that she will read them.

This blog is for her, but it’s also for all of you.  You will know who you are as you read this. (more…)

Just a quick post on this Veterans Day 2011.

To all the Marines out there, a belated happy birthday.  Semper Fi!

To my fellow veterans, welcome home.

I served in the US Army during the Vietnam war.  It’s hard to believe that was more than 40 years ago for me, longer than that for some of you.  To all of us, welcome home.

I don’t have any more words.  My heart is doing the talking for me.  Welcome home.