NaNoWriMo and the Burning Yes

When I first moved out of my parent’s house, I vowed to fulfill my livelong dream: ice cream for breakfast and bedtime whenever I wanted. I learned, as we all do, that there is a price attached to pursuing even the best things in life. In the case of NaNoWriMo this year, the price came…

NaNoWriMo Gratitude

I wrote this morning’s post and forgot the most important thing, which was to thank the people that made this win possible. Rather than revising the previous post and trying to wedge this in, I’m giving it its own space. Jenny, JLo, and Max have been my boon companions on this journey. If NaNoWriMo were…

NaNoWriMo 2019 – Day 30

I passed the 50,000 word mark in the afternoon at the library in the presence of friends. So I won NaNoWriMo. Afterwards my brain declared that it wouldn’t work for the rest of the day. That’s fine. It deserved some time off. Today I still need to get the short story to Dean by midnight….

NaNoWriMo 2019 – Day 30

Last day of NaNoWriMo and a tough one for me. Last night I fell asleep mid-sprint and banged my head against my monitor. Unsurprisingly, I’m tired today. I need about 4,300 words to complete NaNoWriMo with a win. That’s a lot of words by midnight tonight. Fortunately I have a secret weapon: dictation. I use…

NaNoWriMo 2019 – Day 29

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving! I ended up relaxing a bit more than I anticipated. My Internet went out in the morning and has remained out. Since yesterday was Thanksgiving, I decided to give myself the day off to enjoy the day. Today I will find my way to a cafe and write there….

NaNoWriMo 2019 – Day 28

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your day is filled with love and gratitude. I spent much of yesterday working on my hard drive, which corrupted. Again. It’s basically a delicate Victorian lady, likely to swoon if anyone fiddles with its plugs or if it experiences sudden shutdowns, or anything else that might interrupt its smooth operation….

NaNoWriMo 2019 – Day 27

For the last year I’ve been tempted by the MasterClass products. You have surely seen these advertised. Patterson teaching writing; Steve Martin teaching comedy; and so forth. My friends told me that they put the All Access Pass on sale near Black Friday, so I’ve patiently waited. The wait is over. A friend and I…

NaNoWriMo 2019 – Day 26

One of the reasons I take Mondays as non-writing days is that I usually deliver my short story to Dean on Sunday and am coming down into the short story completion crash following the short story completion high. The enemy cracks his knuckles, laughs low, and begins his work. By the time he’s done I…

NaNoWriMo 2019 – Day 25

Just five days left of NaNoWriMo, or four days if I don’t include today. Four days to write 11,000 words. It’s not impossible, but it is challenging. And obviously this is the week I take up the challenge. I delivered my short story to Dean last night but it was a bit of a mess….

NaNoWriMo 2019 – Day 24

Short blog post today because I have to complete and send a short story to Dean, clean the house (if what I do can be termed “cleaning”), prepare food, and game with company today. I’m stacked and behind. Yesterday I didn’t get as much done as I wanted. I went to the Memphis Writers meeting…