Back to school…

I’m hoping that means back to routine for me. Like most children, I function better with a routine, but somehow, even after decades of practice being an adult, I am incapable of creating a routine for myself without an outside influence – like school. Getting out of bed in the morning is hopeless, if I’m…

A Tale of Two Solderers…

Okay friends. I told you all my tale of not needing another hobby. Well, Karma tried to pay me back, for saying I didn’t need another hobby, by not allowing me to have another hobby. The first soldering iron I bought turned out to be a big hunk of junk. It turns out, in soldering…

This Baptism Needs a Swordfight

Ah, January in Minnesota. Hardly any degrees outside, and sunlight for approximately eight minutes a day. The Christmas candy is gone, and my laptop is on the fritz. All the books I received for Christmas are Serious Business Indeed™ and while someday I will be nose-deep and not-to-be-disturbed into a history of the Ukraine. These…

The Muddles

It’s the muddles of December. December has been gentler to me this year, than in years past. Usually, I spend most of December a puddle of goo which has been drained of both vocabulary and tears by a ruthless November. This year, I finished NaNo two days early. That hasn’t happened for me in years….

NaNo is for plot, the rest of the year is for craft

Okay. Not Really. But coming off the big push of NaNo and cold-plunging straight into December’s busyness, sometimes time + brain power to write gets in short supply. It takes some re-adjusting to go back to the daily grind, and to feel productive in that realm.   For the next few weeks, writing is going…

The End is Nigh…

Oh, thank fecking Gawd, the end is nigh. This is the first NaNoWriMo ever that I have managed to stay on par the entire time. I’ve taken it down to the wire on many, many nights, but I always manage to eeek above par by 11:59. I didn’t finish last year – life – and…

Back in the Black Friday

Okay, not an entirely truthful title—I’ve been ahead of par for NaNo all month—but one that a) describes to a T my usual NaNo route, and b) too pleasing to me not to use.   Yes, ahead of par all month. First time in seven years of NaNo-ing. I super emoji-heart my not-outline method I…

Midway…

Tomorrow is the midway point to NaNoWriMo. Halfway through November. Halfway done. 25000 words, in the bag. You’re writing, hopefully, frantically probably, ignoring all the rules of grammar and most of the rules of spelling, in order to get the words out as quickly as possible. Your document is full of the red and blue…

I fell in love

With a novel idea. I woke up in the middle of the night, from a dream, scribbling notes on my arm because I couldn’t find my trusty notebook in the dark. The idea percolated for almost two years before I decided to do it for NaNo this year. I’ve been researching, and backstorying, and dreaming,…

NaNo 2018

Is anyone else already thinking about NaNo? A little? I feel like even though NaNo is technically thirty days, it creeps into my thoughts for roughly six months of the year. There are three or so months of ‘planning’ – tossing around random ideas that would work for a NaNo novel. The months of, “Haha, you…