Adventures in NaNoWriMo – Week 2

I am proud to announce I am over the 23k mark. Sadly that means I’m about 5k behind but I’m still hanging in there. I’m trying my hardest to ignore that nagging inner voice telling me to throw in the towel. I’ve listened to that idiot too many times already. Whether it hits the 50k work goal or not, I am finishing this story.

Other things I’ve accomplished this week –

A job interview
Lots of crocheting
And lots more football

Hmm, I think I’m beginning to see where all my writing time went too. ;p

I was fast losing interest in The Walking Dead …

Then BAM! Jeffrey Dean Morgan signs on.

-cue angels singing-

Seriously, I have been less than impressed with season six thus far. Partly because the people of Alexandria bore me. Honestly, how can people living during a zombie apocalypse be so stupid? I don’t want to learn more about them. They bore me. They bore the zombies. That’s probably why they’ve lasted as long as they have. Then there’s Morgan, who doesn’t want to kill anyone, even when they’re all around you, willy nilly slaughtering everything in their site line. He’d rather try to transform the animals instead. Right. I guess we’re supposed to be impressed or in awe of this messianic complex he’s adopted. Not! Too much time being devoted to characters I have no interest in.

Now comes word they have cast the most awesome Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan. This is so exciting. Yes I love JDM. I love him even more when he’s playing the bad guy. The character Negan is evil but there is also a charm and humor to the guy. That is why I know JDM will rock this role. Thank you TWD!

And am I hoping Glen is still alive so he can meet Lucille? Hell yeah!



NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 3

I’m off to a decent start this year. By decent I mean I’ve sat down at the laptop and worked on the novel a little three days in a row now. That’s huge progress for me. Having a solid outline to follow has made a huge difference. I do have a handful of odd scenes I’m throwing in. I can never completely follow an outline word for word. My brain just doesn’t work that way. Its always going off on its own little side trips.


Outside of NaNo things are crazy as usual. I’m trying to get more hours at work so I can do my Christmas shopping. Wires in the ceiling in my sewing room caught on fire. We’re damn lucky the house didn’t burn down. Making good progress on the blanket I’m crocheting for my grandson Zack. I’ve still got tons of work to do on my craft website. Hopefully I’ll get it up and running next month.

That’s it for me right now. How are the rest of you doing with NaNoWriMo?


NaNoWriMo, Here I Go Again!

NaNo-2015-Participant-BannerNational Novel Writing Month begins in two more days. The “write a novel in 30 days” challenge is calling my name and I have decided to answer. Am I nuts? Well let’s examine my track record. I first attempted NaNoWriMo in 2009. I failed to finish the challenge by the end of the month. I attempted againin 2010 and failed. I tried again in 2012, 2013, and 2014 with same results. And here I go again. Yeah, I’d say that makes me a little nuts.

There is one difference that sets this year apart from others. Thanks to my recently purchased Scrivener, I have a pretty well thought out novel. I’ve always been more of a pantser before and as you can tell, that never works out. So as I prepare myself mentally, finish sorting all my notes into Scrivener, and stock up on Coke and snacks, wish me luck. I’m gonna need lots of it!

World Gone By Review

I love the stories Dennis Lehane creates. Lehane’s worlds are filled with violence, betrayal, friendships tested to the brink. World Gone By is no different. Its is spring ’43 in Tampa Florida. Joe Coughlin is suave, handsome, a successful businessman, and a gangster. After the death of his wife Joe stepped down as head of the Bartolo crime family, handing the rains to childhood friend, Dion. Still Joe’s power and influence is felt throughout all of Florida and beyond. It is possible that no one is as respected, or feared, as Joe Coughlin.

When a female con informs Joe his name is on a hit list, Coughlin’s world goes into a tailspin. Joe’s biggest fear is leaving his young son Tomas orphaned and alone. His closest friends tell him not to worry, but that does little to relieve his anxiety. On top of that, there is a rat in the organization to deal with, not to mention a dangerous affair with the Mayor’s wife.

World Gone By makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Drawn into the beauty and violence of the time, Lehane makes you love the characters you should abhor. Coughlin is a killer, but does that mean he is evil? Joe Coughlin is looking for redemption in a world where few get out alive. Does he make it? You’ll have to read World Gone By and decide those answers for yourself.

Time To Get Serious

4544957I am very frustrated with myself. The self-proclaimed Queen of Procrastination has reached her breaking point. For months I have put my writing on the back burner, and not for anything particularly important. I’ve just been lazy. Tons of partial writings, unedited writers, new ideas – sitting around taking up space.

Today I am turning over a new leaf. No one is going to do the work for me so I am going to buckle down and do the work myself. Time to shut the lips and move the fingers. I enjoy my many hobbies but when I think about what means the most to me and what I really want to accomplish before I die, its writing. So as of today I am no longer treating writing like a hobby. I am going to treat it as a job. Everyday without fail I will sit my ass in a chair and write. One hour, two or ten – doesn’t matter as long as words get written on a daily basis.

Scrivener Trial

Camp Nano was a bust for me. Vacation and personal issues kept me from being able to work on my writing project. One good thing came out of camp this year. I decided to go ahead and try the Scrivener 30 day trial. For the past couple of years I have been using yWriter. I have no bad things to say about yWriter. It is a bit plain but useful. And of course it’s free.

I have only used Scrivener a couple of times so far, but I am already loving its interface. It is far easier to move scenes around. I looooove the corkboard feature. Still a ways to got before my trial is up. I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying it in the end.


Camp Nano Update

I have been a terrible camper so far. Nine days into camp and my word count is still zero. I blame the fourth of July holiday weekend for some of that. The hubby was off work. We spent time with family. It was just too nice to sit indoors at a computer. I have no excuses for the other days except pure procrastination.

I haven’t given up on meeting my goal though. There are still two full weeks in July. I will get my lazy butt in gear and get the first draft of my new story done.

*crosses heart*


Extant Season 2

I will admit that when I saw previews for Extant when it debuted last summer I went “eh”. Its not that I don’t love sci-fi. I do. There was just nothing about it that made me want to stay indoors on a nice summer night and watch.

Then came along season 2 and the addition of Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Good Lord, I love Jeffrey Dean. I’d watch him in anything. So of course after seeing the various clips, previews, and fabulous interviews, I couldn’t wait to watch the first episode.

Let me say this – I was not disappointed. Newbies like me were quickly brought up to speed on what happened in the first season, and about how Molly came to be where she is now – at the lovingly dubbed “Crazy Acres”. Then we see Molly escape and head straight for a crime scene, where she runs into sexy cop, JD Richter.

The second Berry and Morgan shared the screen sparks began to fly. There is some serious chemistry between these two. They didn’t get to be together much in this first episode, but the little taste we got this week already has me craving more.

For those of you who haven’t watched yet, Extant is on Wednesdays at 10pm. Be there or be square!