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Nano-over-a-typewriterWhat is NaNoWriMo TGIO you ask? For me that is today, December 1, because on this day Nationonal Novel Writing Month Thank God It’s Over is officially here.  My goal this year participating in NaNo wasn’t to write 50,000 words (I knew that would be nearly impossible with me still recovering from elbow surgery—and believe me there were days I just wanted to quit—but also because of writer club duties as president). My goal was to get back to writing consistently, get the words, the story flowing in my mind. I may have started NaNo as the proverbial turtle, but in the end I was hopping and running like the rabbit.

I worked on a middle-grade story that has a ten-year-old boy, Niall, the grandson of the Tuatha Dragon Clan healer/caretaker dealing with leaving his home in Dublin, Ireland and staying with a grandfather he never knew about, getting mixed up with a school bully, and finding out about Ireland’s greatest secret—dragons!

At TGIO day, I have just over 37,500 words written. I am probably half-way through telling this story. Of course, then I’ll need to edit, but Hurray!! For those of you who have read The Keepers of Éire, Niall is mentioned in one sentence—when his grandfather, Timothy, tells the dragon clan leader, Sean he’ll have Niall help care for the injured Grayson. That one sentence—and Jake R. and his class of fourth graders in Dublin, CA, inspired this story.

So, for December, I’ll be writing, and writing, and writing.


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Writing Update

I’m terrible at consistently updating my blog, but that’s mostly because I want to have something of interest to write about, not the some ol’ boring “I’m writing today”, or “I haven’t had a chance to write today”.

But just over two weeks ago, I once again took the NaNoWriMo challenge. NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, is where writers from around the globe challenge themselves to write 50,000 words (in some coherent sense) in the month of November. That’s 1,667 words per day, every day—come rain or come shine. La, la, la, la, la. I hear music playing.NaNoWriMo-shield-and-spelled-out

Anyway, I’m not as concerned with writing the 50,000 words, so much as I am getting back to writing everyday (or most days). I am still battling with elbow tendon repair surgery and being the president of Tri-Valley Writers (which takes some time away from my writing). But enough of the whining.

More than halfway through the month, and I have written just over 12,000 words (nowhere near where I should be). But those 12,000 words are solid. What I mean is: they are the first seven chapters of the middle-grade novel I’m writing. Of course, they will need to be edited, but not completely rewritten. Hurrah!

And, more importantly, the story is flowing well and I’m writing most days (still not everyday as I am having some major pain in my arm).

So there you have it, my writing update. I’m off to see what Niall is up to. He should be making Grayson’s (my wingless dragon from The Keepers of Éire) acquaintance in the next day or so. (check out Grayson atop Lia Fail, hanging with me in Ireland).




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2015 NaNoWriMo

Nano-over-a-typewriter  Yes, I have signed up to take the challenge again this year. I’ll do my best to cross the finish line of 50,000 words, but mostly I wanted to get myself back on track writing every day. While I’m into my 3rd month of a year-long left elbow surgery recovery, the word count isn’t as important as the consistency of writing every day. I know that some days may be better than others.

This year I’ll be working on my middle-grade novel that I promised to Jake R. I’m working from a synopsis and a scene list, much better (for me anyway) than writing by the seat of my pants. While I don’t plot out everything, I do like to follow an outline (not detailed, mind you). I still let my characters go where they feel they need to go—I’ll rein them in during the editing process.

Wish me encouragement! And any other writer that is up for the NaNoWriMo challenge.


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NaNoWriMo 2012

National Novel Writing Month 2012

NaNoWriMo Participant

I have taken the challenge. I will let The Keepers of Éire settle for the month of November and use NaNoWriMo  (National Novel Writing Month) to write the basic plot for book 2.  That’s 50,000 words in 30 days , or 1667 words per day. That means shutting out my internal editor and just writing, or in my case talking into my voice recognition. No time to write longhand, no time to check that Dragon Dictate is writing the words I’m saying, no time to think about secondary plots and how to weave these in perfectly. This 50,000 words will not be tightly written. I’m looking to see if I can get the basic story out of my head in 30 days. Wish me luck and check in often to see how I’m doing.


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Samhain & NaNoWriMo

Hello and Happy Samhain to all. Join with the Celts in believing the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest tonight, on Hallow’s Eve.

Put a light in a gourd and set out food (sweets) to keep the Sídhe (dark spirits) away. Hide your face behind a mask to keep the ghouls at bay. Or in modern times, to welcome and celebrate the harvest with neighbors and friends.

Samhain is also the time for writers to stock up on that sugar rush that will propel them to start NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writers Month begins at midnight plus one second tonight. It is the craziness that drives writers to put 1667 words down each day for 30 days, to accomplish 50,000 words in one month. Like I said, craziness. I won’t be participating this year as I have The Keepers of Éire to finish and a shoulder surgery to recover from, but many of my friends will be at their computers with words swirling in their heads at midnight and beyond. Rath Oraibh (Best Wishes) to them all.

Enjoy Samhain

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