Category Archives: NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo: The Mid-Month Edition

Here we are at November 15th.

I’m nowhere near my NaNo goal.  Not surprised, of course, but not there, either.  My month-to-date total is roughly 7,500 words.  By the end of today, I’m supposed to be sitting on 25,000.  Yeah… not gonna happen.

I wish I could say I had some valid excuse for not writing, but I really don’t.  My only excuse is that I’m pregnant and have become lazy.  Lazy to the point where all I want to do is sleep.

There are multiple ideas floating around in my head for blog posts and new stories, but I’ve already told myself that I am not starting anything new until I finish at least one of these monstrosities that I’ve already started.

Plus I have another blog to update now.  This split-personality thing is getting out of control.  And here I thought it was hard enough to promote one version of me.   Yeah, you’re right… I probably won’t ever learn.

But enough about me – how are all of you out there in NaNo-Land?  Anyone having better progress?  There have been several rumors that many people are already done with their 50K… if you’re one of them, congratulations.  I envy your work ethic.

IN OTHER NEWS…

I managed to pick up a new contract!  Rebel Ink Press has bought the sequel to Something in the Air!  It’s called Letting Go, and while I don’t have a release date yet, I will be sure to keep the world at large posted on both of these stories.

I’m now anxiously awaiting my cover art for Something in the Air so the face-smashing can begin. 🙂

Stay tuned for more.

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11/11/11, Veterans, and NaNo

We’re thinking in binary, now!

Happy Veterans Day for those who celebrate it.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but it means something to me.  My Dad is an Army vet.  Two of my nephews are going into/currently in the Army.  Many of my friends are either former Army or Air Force.  There are Marines and police in my family as well.  I’m not much for war of any kind, but I appreciate these people in my life, and I love them all.

How is everyone’s NaNo so far?  As you can see by the bar to the left, mine isn’t as productive as I’d like yet.  Today has been a decent day – the first since November started, as a matter of fact – with just over 2,100 words.  There’s still a huge gap between here I am and where I should be, but there is still time.

I have opted not to use the NaNo site simply because it’s a little convoluted and some of the features are hard to find now.  The progress meter is much easier, and less of a hassle.

The key to my NaNo success, I have realized, is a small group of friends and constant writing sprints.  To be able to take an hour and devote it to getting more words on paper than everyone else naturally appeals to my competitive side, and the girls with whom I do this are so wonderful.  In a way they have become my little writing family, and it feels good to be part of something where we can just be ourselves, rant, rave, and still at the end of the day know that we’re all still friends.

That feeling of community is nice, particularly this time of year when I sign up for crazy things like NaNo, yet have no motivation to complete them.

Plus, I need them so that I can get ahead and stay ahead of my friend, Amy.  She thinks I’m going to owe her dinner at the end of the month…

That remains to be seen.

Good luck to everyone, have a safe and happy holiday, and if you get the opportunity, kiss a vet for me.

It Was A Dark and Stormy NaNo…

Good morning, world!

It is officially 11/1/11, which means today is the kick-off for NaNoWriMo.  Which also means that I need to get my lazy butt in gear and actually get to writing.  See that shiny, purple progress bar to the left? That’s how I plan to keep up with my progress for the world to see.

Yeah, I haven’t gotten very far yet today, but I will be updating it on a daily basis.  And on the NaNo site, too, if I can ever figure out how to work it.

So this morning hasn’t exactly been the best introduction to November ever, but I’m doing my best to turn it around.  It’s been a busy morning in the real world at the real job, but even before that I managed an attempt at dismemberment – while tossing dinner in the crock pot this morning, I tried to cut my thumb off.  Luckily it’s a finger that isn’t used regularly in my typing rotation, since I only use one thumb on the space bar.  Lucky me, huh?

It’s not quite noon and I’m hungry, but I still have to wait until 1:00 to go to lunch.  Again, lucky for me that I have crackers and a laptop to keep myself entertained.

And because I’m feeling so generous today – and because I know many of you NaNoers don’t have the time to build a huge dinner and still get your word counts in, I’m going to share with you the recipe for my family’s dinner tonight:

Taco Soup

1 tbsp. oil
2 lb ground beef
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 can pinto beans (seasoned or not)
2 cans light red kidney beans
2 cans corn (any combination of whole kernel and creamed – I use one of each)
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans stewed tomatoes, chopped OR tomato sauce
1 can green chiles (optional)
1 package dry ranch dressing mix
1 package dry taco seasoning

Tortilla or corn chips
Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream
Cornbread (cheat! use Jiffy corn muffin mix – recipe on the box)

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Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and cook until tender.  Add beef and brown, crumbling well.  Drain.

Mix together next 8 ingredients in a crock pot.  Add browned beef and onions.

Cook on low 8 hours, or on high 4-6 hours.  Soup can also be made in a pot on the stove – bring to a boil and simmer at least 1 hour before serving.

Serve with chips, cheese, sour cream, and cornbread.

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*Note:  This recipe will FILL a 6-quart crock pot and will feed 8 people with leftovers.  And the leftovers are just as good reheated.

NaNoWriMo: Hell on Paper

A big topic of discussion today has been the impending month of November, and the fun of NaNoWriMo.  A fair few of us have signed up and will spend the whole of November scrambling like mad to put 50,000 words to paper.  For those of you who have never seen NaNo, click on the name anywhere in this post to follow the link and have a look.

NaNo can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a real pain.  The goal, like I said, is 50,000 words.  Which equates to A MINIMUM of approximately 1,667 words per day.  Every day.  For thirty days.  For a writer with a full-time job, prior writing commitments, and a family, it’s the literary equivalent of insanity.

The point is to write a novel in 30 days.  To get words on paper without thought of grammar and punctuation – to just focus on the story.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the two-week countdown.  In that time, many of us will be gearing up and clearing off our respective plates in anticipation of massive word counts.  That having been said, here’s my to-do list in the next two weeks:

♦  Finish the untitled Shifter WIP – it’s at 25,000 words now, and will probably top out around 60.  That puts me at just over 17,000 words per week.  A daunting task, but one I’m not afraid to face.  It’s right about 1,200 words per day.  Good practice for NaNo, too.

♦  Make all plans and reservations for the Employee Banquet at TDJ – the day job will be the biggest roadblock on the way toward my NaNo success this year.  If I can make it so that I have as little as possible to do at work, I’ll have more time to focus on putting pen to paper.

♦  Squash Work Orders NOW – yeah, I’ll have the October work orders to contend with, but with all the other hilarity at the real job, I’m about a month behind on updating the WO database.  Must get that done this week so that the boys have their numbers and I have one less headache.

♦  Sort out dinner for the next month – Between the husband and teenager, I have to know exactly what’s for dinner each night.  Making quick, cheap, and simple meals – some of them ahead of time and freezing them – will greatly increase my productivity.

♦  No WOW ’til done – Most of you should know by now that I’m a hopeless Warcrack addict.  I’m going to sign a contract with myself that says I can’t play until I put at least 1,200 words on paper that day.  The guildies won’t be too happy about that, but they’ll understand.

♦  Prep and send out guest post info – I can has new book this month! October 29th is the scheduled release date for my newest story, Blood Doll.  There will be LOTS of promo spots scattered around the e-verse, and those need to be ready to roll as soon as possible.  Most of them can be form-style, and emailed out as soon as I get my purchase links.  Plus I have some guest obligations in December, which means those posts need to be ready by 11/15.  Better get them done now.

♦  Map out a game plan – I’m a majority pantser when it comes to my writing (I have some outlining habits, but not many), and if I plan to stay on track with the daily NaNo minimum, then I need to have a plan of action.  I need to know the scenes and how things are going to unfold before the madness starts, because there won’t be time for second-guesses once 11/1 gets here.

♦  Schedule Doctor’s Appointments for Thursdays – and kill two birds with one stone.  My doctor’s office is near Starbucks anyway, and the Talmadge can easily bring Lexxx to meet Rooster and me.  Then we can have dinner and pair off for the evening’s festivities.  Lexxx and I can go write and not miss much of a beat, plus it won’t cut into my writing time; just my real job time.  Plus, they get first look at any new ultrasound pics and hear the updates fast.

And that, kiddies, is my list of what has to happen.  If anyone out there is planning to play along this year,  leave me a note and let me know your user name on the NaNo site.  It’s fun having lots of friends.  In case anyone is wondering, mine is LittleMissScareAll.

And if you get the reference, you get a cookie.