Camp NaNoWriMo 2016 (April)


This camp was a bit harder this year as I had more competing activities. I needed the last day in order to finish my word count. However, the concept I set out to validate for a novel idea does work for me and I just squeaked by on the goal for camp.

I need to swap back to my other novel, The Greener Side, to continue revisions, but I have this other idea in the hopper when needed.


NNWM 2015 – Validated



While I still have thousands of words left to write to declare the draft of my novel (now titled: The Greener Side), I was able to validate for NNWM 2015 that I’d crossed that finish line.

So, while I continue to slog forward on the draft and join my fellow writers in virtual and in-person write-ins, kudos and encouragement to everyone still on the journey as well. Keep carving out the precious time to write and ensure that your inner editor remains chained, on vacation, lost at sea, or wherever you have put that creature for the duration of your draft. However long your full draft takes to to write.

Happy, happy all! Keep writing!

NaNoWriMo (November 2015)

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Like many, I’m prepping for the NNWM event in November. If you are unfamiliar with this writing event, you can get all of the information on the organization’s website at You can register there and review their prep materials and advice. The forum threads from last year’s event are still up, but will be purged on October 5 in preparation for this year’s session. However, if you do a web search for NaNoWriMo (or NNWM) you will find plenty of information from both the organization and the many writers and supporting sponsors.

Dust off your ideas, roll up your sleeves, and join your fellow writers in the scramble to finish at least 50K words in 30 days!

Camp NaNoWriMo (July 2015)

Camp NaNoWriMo 2015 Winner ButtonI successfully completed Camp on July 20th by finishing the planned draft of a short story, Home Again, and by completing basic plot revisions to another story completed the month before, Fading Fast.  While by no means finished, since I still have to finish revisions to both, having the drafts completed, with no basic holes to fill, is a great step.

Looking forward to full NNWM in November to start a novel.

Camp NaNoWriMo (April 2015)

Camp NaNoWriMo 2015 Winner ButtonCamp NaNoWriMo was my first writing event. Talk about drinking from the fire hose…

My father passed in March and my decision to pick up writing in earnest finally solidified. I was, at the moment, unemployed due to the time needed to support my family due to my Dad’s illness – driving, making meals, helping my mother, tracking down doctors and case managers, and so forth. So, by the end of March, I needed to get lost in something else that I would create.

I wasn’t a total glutton for punishment. I set myself what I thought was a reasonable goal, since I had many story ideas and pieces, but had never written anything from start to finish. So, one short story, at least through the initial draft stage, was my goal. I had a strong character in mind, thanks to a ravenous plot bunny that bit my mind and wouldn’t let go. While I tried to think of using my other snippets for a different story, I kept coming back to this main character for what became my first short story, Pluck.

By the end of April, I believe it was April 21, I had drafted not one but three short stories and had a plan for a fourth.

For the Camp in July, I plan to draft two other short stories I have in mind. With a deep inhale, I will also participate in the November NaNoWriMo event, this time with a novel.

Ready. Set. Write! (June 2015)


Having just started my personal writing journey in earnest, I’ve participated in very few writing events. Truth be told: just one.

However, since I have jumped into writing with both feet, I’m planning on participating in as many events as possible to keep my momentum going. So, on the heels of Camp Nanowrimo (April 2015), I’m expecting to join in with the June 8 – August 31, 2015 running of: Ready. Set. Write! (RSW)

My weekly status updates will appear under this section when things get rolling. I’m following via Jaime Morrow’s blog page where the guidelines for this year’s writing are posted.

Um, and yes, I’m aware that I’ll be double-committed in July since RSW is still running when the July Camp Nanowrimo kicks off. Eek!