Monthly Archives: October 2015

It was a dark and stormy night …

It was a dark and stormy night; well, not literally, but that’s where these stories usually begin…

The calendar read October 31, Halloween.  That night when bands of small ghouls, witches, and zombies roamed the streets seeking chocolates, lollipops and other sweet treats.  But, it was late now and most of them were safely at home tucked into their beds.

A woman sat alone in her home, her candy supply long exhausted, waiting in the darkness for midnight to come.  She had both dreaded and anticipated this day for the past several weeks.  She could have just gone to bed and faced this in the morning, but she was determined to meet it head on.  Her palms sweat, her mind raced.

The clock on the wall ticked ever closer, 11:35.  What if I can’t do this, she thought.  What if I start, then stop part way through, unable to continue?  What then?  11:47…  She got up and paced around the room, unable to keep still.  11:52…

This is ridiculous, she thought, you’ve got to calm down.  She walked to the kitchen and got herself a cup of soothing tea.  She glanced again at the clock, 11:58.  Okay, she steeled herself, it’s almost time.

She walked to her computer and sat down.  She pressed the power button and it whirred to life.  She opened the software to a blank screen with a single blinking cursor.  Alright, ten more seconds.  Five seconds.  Three.  Two.  One…

“Ok, let’s do this.”  She put her fingers on the keyboard and began.  It was time.  NaNoWriMo had begun…

Happy Halloween, everyone!  And happy NaNoWriMo!


NaNoWriMo? Yes, I think so!


As many of you probably know, November is the time for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  Now, I’ve tried to do this a few times in the past only to quit a little ways in when I lost momentum.  But, I have a good feeling about it this year.  Over the past few months, I’ve done more writing than I’ve done in a while now and I’ve gained some confidence.

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently completed a small online writing course which is part of the Writers’ Village University.  Shortly after my last post, I found out that my final lesson (a short story of 500-1,500 words) was chosen as the best story.  I was shocked, mainly because I struggled all week with coming up with a story.  Well, I finally came up with two different ideas a few days before it was due, and only decided on the one I was going to use when I actually sat down to write it (the night before it was due).  That told me a couple things:  (1) I need to stop “thinking” about my writing and just do it and (2) I’m definitely more of a “pantser” than a planner.

So the experience of the writing course has really motivated me to do NaNoWriMo and follow it through to the end.  I’ll post a quick message at least once a week to keep you updated on my progress.  And if any of you are participating and want another writing buddy, I’m KBeam over there.  So, come November 1st, let the fun begin!  Now, I just need to decide what to write… 🙂

See ya later!

Long time, no post…

Hello there.

Sorry I’ve been away for so long.  Actually I’ve been around reading other blog posts, I just haven’t posted any of my own.  I just didn’t realize how long it had been since I posted last.

So, to update my progress for this years resolution:

Read more…definitely!  I’m on track to complete my Goodreads challenge.  I’ve read 15 books, with only 3 more to go (well actually not that many, since I’m almost done with one book I’m currently reading and halfway through another which I’ve been reading on and off).  I’ve read some really great books this year – the fabulous His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers, and I finally got around to starting The Mortal Instruments series (currently reading City of Fallen Angels).  I’ve also read the first two books in Kate Sparkes’ Bound trilogy (Bound and Torn).  Really good series, can’t wait for the third one.

Now, reading 18 books in a year may be peanuts to some people, who can read a hundred books in a year (or more), but this is more than I usually do.  I’m hoping to make more time going forward so that I can eventually read at least 4 or 5 books a month, otherwise I’ll never make a dent in my ever-growing collection of books on my Kindle and in my Amazon wish list.  There are just so many books I want to read! 🙂

Write more…eh, a little.  I actually just finished a free writing course at the F2K3 website, which is part of the Writers’ Village University.  It was fun.  I think I already had a good grasp on some of the lessons (POV, characterization, using the senses) but what it did was build my confidence in my writing.  I was able to complete the lessons in time and received good feedback on them.  I am now really committed to doing NaNoWriMo this year.  I’m really hoping I’ll complete it this year, rather than writing a few thousand words then quitting like in years past.  Then, maybe I’ll have something definite to post about – I can post about my progress. 🙂

Blog more…yeah, well…sorry about that.  I just need to push myself to post something.  I just have a hard time to post on here if I don’t really have anything to post about.  But, like I said, I should have some NaNo progress to post about next month!  I’ll really try to redouble my efforts to at least post something bi-weekly (much better than every 8 or 9 months, wouldn’t you say!)

Anyway, thanks for reading and see you next time!