NaNoWriMo Day 16: How it Went

I woke up in the rental while it was still pitch black outside. The Pacific Northwest gray and rainy that blossomed at dawn and a good cup of coffee made for the perfect writing ambience. I wrote about a thousand words and got some marketing work done. After we drove home, I spent the afternoonContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 16: How it Went”

NaNoWriMo Days 14 and 15: Update

Most of yesterday was spent traveling and getting set-up in our rental, so I didn’t get much writing done on the 14th. Today I woke up to this lovely view and wrote 2503 words. Over 200 of those words were the beginning of a prequel to my novella Tam Lin: A Modern, Queer Retelling. IContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Days 14 and 15: Update”

NaNoWriMo Day 13: What’s with the Ducks, You Ask?

In the Before Times, rubber ducks were the mascot for Seattle area NaNoWriMo participants. (In case you haven’t heard it rains here a lot, but we like it.) We’d place one in our writing space during NaNoWriMo to identify each other. It was a cool way for participants to meet and commiserate. I carried oneContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 13: What’s with the Ducks, You Ask?”

NaNoWriMo Day 12: How it Went

I didn’t meet my word count for Day 12, but the day wasn’t a complete wash. After my morning workout, I revised and edited an article. I also worked on some marketing campaigns for my novella. Those writing-related endeavors took up a good chunk of my time devoted to writing. I jotted down some notesContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 12: How it Went”

NaNoWriMo Day 11: The Day I Wrote ALL THE WORDS

I started day 11 of NaNoWriMo at 4:30am, groggily trudging downstairs to make coffee. I wrote two thousand words by noon, and took a walk with the kids and kitten during lunch. I sat down this afternoon and wrote another thousand. My word count now totals 19,054, which is ahead. I could keep going, butContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 11: The Day I Wrote ALL THE WORDS”

NaNoWriMo Day 10: Writer’s Block

Have you ever had a really good dream, but your bodily functions wake you? After you take care of necessities and climb back into bed and you can’t quite get comfortable again and you try really hard to get back into that dream and sink into bliss. It keeps you awake because you just can’tContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 10: Writer’s Block”

NaNoWriMo Day 9: Almost Caught Up

When you’re a full-time writer, there are days when you are simply more productive than others. You can do all the same things you usually do to motivate yourself: good night’s rest, eating well, exercise, and the perfect environment and still have outside influences distract you. Social media is one of my biggest distractors. I’dContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 9: Almost Caught Up”

NaNoWriMo Day 8: Why I’m Okay with Hitting Shy of the Mark

In the chart above, you can see that my daily word count is like Zoro’s signature mark, zig zagging. But, on a daily basis, I’m hitting either the mark or just below. I’m okay with not hitting the word count every day. I’m okay with not ‘winning’ NaNoWriMo. Why? Because I’m writing every day. I’mContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 8: Why I’m Okay with Hitting Shy of the Mark”

Why a Middle-Aged Protagonist?

In fantasy, protagonists tend to be 10-25 years old, untested and learning a life lesson. Those stories teach us that adults know it all and the young are the only ones who need to keep learning. That’s bull crap. You must keep learning and unlearning in life. Human minds continue to grow and develop, evenContinue reading “Why a Middle-Aged Protagonist?”

NaNoWriMo Day 6: Almost Missed the Mark

On day six, I spaced. I got distracted by reading up on ways to improve my website and social media in the morning. I had to pause doing that several times to help my kids with their school work. I got a good hour of writing in before I had to go to a virtualContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 6: Almost Missed the Mark”