Nanowrimo: The Last Week.

It’s the last week of National Novel Writing Month and I’m both optimistic, pessimistic and realistic all at once. I’ve only written 26,874 – a little over halfway done with less than one week left to hit the challenge goal of 50,000 words and it’s Thanksgiving week to boot (and with Christmas coming I have a million other little goals to attend to in addition … Continue reading Nanowrimo: The Last Week.

Nanowrimo Week 3: Escaping week two with hope intact.

Last week sucked. It was crazy busy and I kept finding myself stupidly not writing when I should have been writing and blaming it on the week two doldrums and watching crappy television instead and then the unthinkable happened. My computer died. Seriously. The hard drive just totally lost it’s mind and stopped working. I clicked on the keyboard, mouse buttons, monitor button and such … Continue reading Nanowrimo Week 3: Escaping week two with hope intact.

Nanowrimo Week 2: On writer’s block and other excuses.

Despite a good amount of writer’s block, interruptions from children who like breathe and stuff, and you know life… I managed to keep up with my word goals all week, even throughout the weekend – finding inspiration where I could and getting creative or just pounding out words when all else failed. It was amazing. This morning I had 8 million things I’ve been neglecting … Continue reading Nanowrimo Week 2: On writer’s block and other excuses.

Nanowrimo Week One: Four days in and the honeymoon is over.

I’m four days into Nation Novel Writing Month and starting to remember why I don’t try writing a novel in 30 days more often. It’s two things really: Sometimes when I’m writing, I feel as though I am taking a really fun, interesting story idea and turning it into the most boring, mundane thing ever. My own worst critic? Probably – but I can take … Continue reading Nanowrimo Week One: Four days in and the honeymoon is over.

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: A Letter to Future Jen

Dear “In The Thick Of It” Jen, I know, you are pretty sure by now that this story blows right? That once again you’ve taken a perfectly good story idea and sucked all the life and love and joy out of it by attempting to put it to paper. Ready to walk away yet? Well consider the last time you abandoned this story. You thought … Continue reading Prepping for NaNoWriMo: A Letter to Future Jen

poem: apologies (to my children, on behalf of the world)

A couple weeks ago I shared with you a poem I wrote, inspired by a writing prompt at Real Women Real Songs. This week their writing prompt was apologetic. After reading through their provided definitions and quotes I once again found myself inspired. What follows is a poem to my children, apologizing for the harsher realities of this world. It’s a work in progress, as … Continue reading poem: apologies (to my children, on behalf of the world)

poetry corner: did you know? momma writes poetry!

You don’t mind if I go all Sixteen Year Old Girl on you and share some poetry I’ve just written? I used to write poetry all the time back in the day – a lot of tormented love poetry by a girl who didn’t understand love and a few poems about pigeons for good measure. When I got married, poetry got harder because I wasn’t … Continue reading poetry corner: did you know? momma writes poetry!

I Wrote a Novel in 30 Days.

I did it. I wrote a novel in 30 days. Like a whole story with a beginning middle and end – the whole enchilada you could say. I’ve tried this before and failed several times. I’ve never been very good at finishing larger writing projects, especially if no grade is involved so this was really quite a feat for me and I’m feeling awfully proud … Continue reading I Wrote a Novel in 30 Days.