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NaNoWriMo Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

I won the 50k part on the 14th. I won the 100k hopefully later today. I’m 1,913 words out from hitting it. Should be easy… supposing I figure out what project I want to work on next.

I finished My Pet Void. I’m sure I’ll realize all kinds of things need to be added in revision, but now? Now I’m all Aaack! I’m short for hitting 100k.

I have a few projects I still need to finish up. And I have so much revision work that it’s not even funny. But the strangest thing of all, there’s nothing really in the hopper for potential stories. Nothing there crying out to be written, nothing that just needs to come out.

Which was part of the hardest part of this 100k challenge. I have not been so kind to myself. I’ve gotten a little fluffy, more than I can attribute to thanksgiving and all that. I haven’t been walking my dogs nearly enough, the Entropy Machine has been watching so much television. Enough that I have opinions about Blue’s Clues and that Joe is creepier than Steve and that Steve would make the most annoying husband ever. “Hun, you see my keys?” “On the counter by the door.” “On the freeway to Lahore?” *looks genuinely confused*

Anyway. But, oddly enough, My Pet Void was a little heavier than I originally intended and I have not been so good about practicing self-care. So, now that I’m almost done with the month and this project, I’ve been getting up early again and I’ve been going back to my slow carb thing. This is my second morning up early and I’m a little tired, but I’m feeling okay. Maybe procrastinating a little at getting working at 100k, but I’ve been neglecting this too.

On the upside, the app Sleep Cycle is pretty rad. And it wakes you up when you’re the most awake, so it makes it too hard to fall back asleep in the middle of a snooze cycle. That and Forest have helped me stay on the straight and narrow when it comes to my phone in bed.

But, I’m done rambling. It’s time to get on with the day and on with my 100k. I’m looking forward to being finished. I can’t even tell you how fried I am. But it was an excellent test/stretch my capabilities adventure. This NaNo has been great for networking and meeting some new writer friends. Hard not to feel a little isolated when you’re living in your head so much. Anyway. Back to 100k.

On Triggers

Well. It’s been a while since I’ve been in the frame of mind to write on the blog. I went and saw Carmen at Utah Opera and it was amazingly gorgeous and wonderful, but, my God, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt terribly unsafe as a woman.

I can’t say I went in blind. I’ve listened to the opera a million times. I should have known better. But, I just didn’t realize how much it would affect me. I’ve had a rough couple weeks.

I try not to put anything triggering in my books. Like, no rape, no abuse. But it happens in real life, so it will have to happen. Well, not have to happen. But it can happen. It’s been referenced in my (unpublished) writing. But, as I start to edit and publish and produce, it’s going to come out.

Anyway. I think Carmen is going to be on the list of operas that I like, but will never see again. I can listen, but watching it is just too much. Utah Opera is putting Don Giovanni on this season too. Once was enough for me.

But, I’ve been writing. My NaNoWriMo project is pretty therapeutic. Kind of rough, but it’s therapeutic. I work through my issues by writing, so it makes sense. I’ve been working. I’ve got my revision work, I’ve got writing work, I’ve got mom/women’s work. Things are going.

Things are okay. And they’ll stay okay.


It’s Almost Go Time!!

NaNoWriMo is almost upon us. There’s still almost half a month, but at the rate time has been cruising by, it will be November tomorrow.

Here is my project. I actually have an outline for it. Well, sort of. I took a workshop from Suzanne Johnson (and I have to say it was so incredible. If I run across more workshops from her, I will definitely post about them because I learned so freaky-deaky much) on plotting. I have been filling in my outline in Scrivener and it’s more of an outline than I have ever done in my whole life. I’ve always been a fan of winging things (if you couldn’t tell, heh) and going on adventures and making discoveries. It’s the same way for writing. I was such a terrible student!

Anyway. I’m trying to finish one manuscript and I’m trying to finish my outline and I’m trying to work through revision after revision for the stack of manuscripts in my hard drive. I like having this kind of work to do. I like having something else to think about while I do my housework. I like autumn and being cozy with a laptop and some whisky and an open field for my brain to romp and play in.

But I’m over my jet lag… mostly. I know what day it is and I’ve stopped waking up feeling like I’m still on an airplane with weird movement artifacts. I’m not quite over the conference, that many people and the go go go and my terrible eating and not being quite hydrated and blah blah blah. My manicure was shredded in a fit of jet lag exhaustion and I’m in jeans, a tank top and a western wear shirt (have I mentioned my deep and abiding love of Wrangler shirts? Oh god how I love them despite my very urban upbringing and distinct lack of interaction with animals and pick up trucks and country music).

But the whisper of “write. hey. go write something” has started again and I wouldn’t be able to stop listening if I tried. Here we are. It’s going to be a fun couple of months 🙂 Now if the whisper of, “hey. go publish something” would just start, I’d be all set.


The Defiant Canary clocked in at 136,116 words. I hit my word goal of 63,969 for Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m super excited I hit my word goal this month.

And I’m super bummed. Like mega-super-duper bummed. I really liked playing in this story. The characters were fun. The plot was all romance meets Lovecraft (well, lite. I’m missing out on all the racism and my cultists were, well, namby-pamby).

Now…. Well, I guess it’s time to start working on revising. This was a fun story. Last year’s NaNoWriMo was super fun too. I need to get these out.

Time to start doing the hard work. Time to start nibbling on that shit sandwich. Hey look! An olive!!


Camp NaNoWriMo sent a little “Hello! Camp is next month!” email. I thought that would be a perfect moment to look at a half-finished project to finish next month. I open up the Scrivener file and discover I have almost 60k words written on it. Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 7.18.31 AMI don’t think this story has another 50k words.

Part of me is a little shocked that I would just leave ~60k words dangling in the breeze like this. The rest of me is, “Well, you haven’t published any of your other scribbles, so why does it matter?”

I think I’m going to end up writing the end of The Defiant Canary and finishing The Embezzling Oma for Camp. The Embezzling Oma only Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 7.24.11 AMhas ~20k words, so there is plenty of story left to write. It’s my first foray into suspense, so it’s been fun. I’ve been having a hard time getting into the heads of the baddies. I don’t know if it’s my autism brain or what, but there are some rules and they just shouldn’t be broken (who the hell kills people?!). So, I have a hell of a time working through their motivations and what they’re doing.

At an RWA chapter function a few months ago, I was scolded for having so many manuscripts that need revision and pubbing. Heh, now I almost have two more to add to the stack.

The upside, since I’ve been thinking about writing so much recently, I’ve been working on it more. Like, writing for me is broken down into a couple different parts. The thought work, the writing, the inspiration attacks, the revision, the post-production. Generally, I’ll do my thought work when I’m walking my dogs. Since the hubster has been traveling, I don’t get to walk my dogs for these long, solitary rambles. Instead, it’s walks with the kid and the puppy herd and my brain is focused on keeping them all safe. But that’s beside the point. I’ve been doing the thought work. I’ve been prepping for revision, rereading manuscripts, downloaded ProWritingAid, and finally doing this word monkey work. I’ve been working on getting up early and today I was out of bed by 5:30. As much as I hate to admit it, I think the early morning push is making the difference. So much of my productivity stuff has said the first 30-60 minutes are vitally important and I think they might be right. I’d be lounging in bed, looking over the fun stuff I’ve missed overnight on Facebook and Instagram. But this morning, I was up and at my desk. Maybe not as cozy as my bed, maybe not as amusing as studying the back of my eyelids, but I feel it in my bones. This is where I belong and what I want to do and what I should do.

Anyway. It’s almost 8 and the Entropy Machine will be awake soon. Surprised she’s slept this long. Time to take off my word monkey hat and put the mom hat on.

Crash & Burn

I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo and I botched it. Horribly. I’d need to write 5k/day to hit the goal by the end of the month. If I was typing it, that would be possible, but by hand… no way. Actually, I don’t think it would be possible to do it typing either. The Entropy Machine is way too interactive to leave me alone to work in the day and I wouldn’t want to do that to her either, you know?

Which leads me to: I haven’t hit a single word goal this year.  Continue reading Crash & Burn

Writing Update- Guess who’s going to Khazad-dûm?!

I was soundly scolded for having seven finished manuscripts (maybe more actually, I have a hell of a time counting them) that need revising. I know I’ve complained about revision before and I know I’ll complain about it again, but it’s time to put my shoulder to the wheel, my nose to the grindstone, the pedal to the metal, metaphor, metaphor, metaphor.

I reread my NaNoWriMo story from last year and I absolutely loved it. I don’t think I’ve talked too much about it, but it turned all goofy all quick.


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yeah, this is what the rambles in my head usually sound like. It’s a noisy place in here


Continue reading Writing Update- Guess who’s going to Khazad-dûm?!