Posts Tagged ‘nanowrimo’

Fiona Robyn, one of the co-hosts of Writing Our Way Home and the river of stones project, sent a wonderful new year’s message. Every year she chooses a word to focus on throughout the year. What a thoughtful thing to do. Last year her word was “faith” and she learned to have faith that things would come together in her life and work out well. This year her word is “enough”.   She inspired me to think about what word I would focus on this year.


I’ve had an exciting week.  I got my new laptop, a MacBook Air.  It’s a perfect tool for a writer.  Small, light. portable.  It even has a back-lit keyboard so that I can sneak in a little writing in the wee hours without having to turn on all the lights.  I’ve downloaded a fresh copy of Scrivener and now I’m all set to write away. (more…)

The draft version of Chapter 2 of the Alice Anne mystery is now available for your reading pleasure.  The mystery unfolds.  Here are the links to both chapters::

Chapter 1:  And One Of Them Would Be Dead

Chapter 2:  Under the Pale Moon


NaNoWriMo, the morning after.

I didn’t sleep in.  I’m too used to getting up hours before dawn.  It seems surreal that I’ve done NaNoWriMo.  After a year of daily writing, the discovery of NaNo, and then one intense month, I have fulfilled a lifelong desire.  I have become a writer.  It feels good.

In my excitement to get the book presented for validation, I completely forgot to write my journal yesterday.  The biggest day of the year, and presumably one of the biggest days of my life, and I forget to write about it.  How’s that for ironic, funny and a little silly? (more…)

I have spent a month having the best fun EVER!  I wrote my first book.  71334 words.  I must say I loved every minute of it, including the final days of painful back spasms.  They’ve finally calmed down, which is good because I want to enjoy this victory.


I’m closing in on the NaNoWriMo prize.  I’ll be ready to claim it when they open up for submissions on the 25th.  Winning is like running a marathon… if you finish, you’ve won.

I’ve had a number of friends all say that they can’t wait to read it or, better yet, want to buy a copy.  Oh, how I wish that a draft written at the speed of light where ready for release as soon as I type “THE END”.  Wouldn’t that be wonderful.  I patiently explain that this is the draft and now I have to edit it.  That editing takes a while.  I avoid the whole discussion of what it takes to get a publisher to pick up your novel.  That would deflate them. (more…)

I’ve been sending out chapter one of my mystery story, “An Alice Anne mystery:  The Banker’s Murder List” to individuals who have asked for it, but I’ve now decided to make it accessible to everyone who finds my blog.  I hope you enjoy it.  Please pass it along.