A Mid-month Check-in/The Letter

Friends. Things aren't going well. I never set a target word count for April, instead intending to get a workable draft for a collection of short stories and poems, which on the surface seems like a much more forgiving goal. It's not. Word count would have been so much easier; I wouldn't be sitting here side-eyeing … Continue reading A Mid-month Check-in/The Letter


NaNoWriMo 2012: Validated

Well. It's official. My novel is just shy of 60,000 words, and validated. 4 years, 4 wins. Embarrassingly I think it took me longer to remember where to validate than it did to write the damned thing. So what now? History suggests I'll put this novel down on December 1 and go back to last … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2012: Validated

NaNoWriMo 2012: Worthy Distractions

I've spent so much of this week cooking and doing major house cleaning in preparation for holiday entertaining, so when I sat down Wednesday night to watch Gone With the Wind for the first time it felt positively indulgent. It's rare I watch TV without multitasking; usually I'm on the computer, writing or catching up … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2012: Worthy Distractions


NaNoWriMo 2012: Victory Lap

  Well, I've done it. Last night I hit 50,000 words, meaning if it weren't for Wednesday's computer troubles (yes, again) I could have finished NaNo in two weeks this year. I feel a vague sense of anticlimax, and I guess it's because now I've cheated myself out of the full month of intense struggle and … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2012: Victory Lap


NaNoWriMo 2012: Unprecedented Success

I never know what to share or not in the process of writing. Will people judge me based on rough drafts, or do others, as I do, enjoy insight into someone's creative process? This year I'm trying to do something new, trying to let go a little. Getting words down isn't a challenge for me, … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2012: Unprecedented Success