Post NaNo

Every year, I seem to fall into a post-nano stupor. I used up all my ‘braining’ in November. I have no good words, or pithy comments. No epics turns of phrase. Here’s the thing though. The pace of NaNo is such that the good words are far and few between, the pithy comments are things…

NaNo. Still.

Okay, readers. Remember when I talked about my plan to stay on par for word count? How I try to write a little extra every day? This has not been my month. I’ve hit par on fewer days than I’ve missed it, and I haven’t had many where I went much over par. I wasn’t…

Week One…

Week one of NaNoWriMo is coming to a close and folks, I am not doing well. I mean, mentally and physically I’m fine, but on word count, well, not so much. Or really, hardly at all. I was optimistic. I had plans. But November started and those plans went directly out the window. The kids…

The Lead In

As NaNo approaches, it never fails that I feel one of two ways – fully prepared and ready to go, or like a flaily, melting puddle of goo. Most years, I have no idea what led to me feeling which way – I’ll have only the most vague idea of a plot on October 28th,…

5 Places to Nano – and How to be Kind

Before you start deciding where you want to go to NaNo, you need to consider what you need from the place you’re going to NaNo. For me, I need food and drinks – I prefer the convenience of purchasing something there vs bring something with me, wifi – updating my word count as I go…

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…