October Wrap-Up & November Goals

Another month has flown by in a fun and bewildering blur! I’m writing this post on Halloween, and my biggest dilemma right now is figuring out what to wear while I hand out candy tonight. Oh, and write two thousand words so that I can kick off NaNoWriMo at an even 10k. Yep, you readContinue reading “October Wrap-Up & November Goals”

NaNoWriMo 2016 (sort of)

It’s that time of year again, kids! When the writers in your life disappear for hours upon end, consume copious quantities of caffeine (and sometimes alcohol), and come out the other end of 30 days with some semblance of a book completed. Though I’m not officially signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), whichContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2016 (sort of)”

October Wrap-Up & November Goals

This month I traveled to Delaware, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. I also attended three weddings in three weekends. Frankly, the fact that I managed to do anything during my “free time” besides curl up in a little ball and watch Netflix is pretty impressive. October Wrap-up: I wrote 15k words instead of 20k words, butContinue reading “October Wrap-Up & November Goals”

Guest Post: Why (Camp) NaNo? by Cara McKinnon

Today I’m hosting author Cara McKinnon as she goes walkabout on the Internet in honor of her new release, Essential Magic. As a veteran of both NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m eager to hear her thoughts on the subject! NaNoWriMo has become quite a monolithic movement in online writing circles. Not everyone loves it, andContinue reading “Guest Post: Why (Camp) NaNo? by Cara McKinnon”


Now that I’ve finally completed the first draft of book 3, tentatively titled STEEL BLOOD, I wanted to do a bit of a wrap-up on it. These questions were gleefully stolen from fellow writer Breeanna Pierce, and you can check out her final thoughts on her most recent novel here. Previous posts I’ve made aboutContinue reading “Final STEEL BLOOD Wrap-Up”

NaNoWriMo Follow-up: Part 1

Sorry for the silence for the past 2 weeks. I picked up a cold on the last day of November and it took me down hard. But I’m feeling much better now! Unfortunately, my days have been wrapped up with working on STEEL MAGIC edits, and my NaNoWriMo novel is still languishing at 70k words.Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Follow-up: Part 1”

November Wrap-Up & December Goals

November Wrap-Up: Participate in NaNoWriMo (successfully): Done! I wrote 50,000 words in 30 days over the month of November, bringing my word count for book 3 to 70,014 words. December Goals: Incorporate my editor’s notes and complete the full line edit of STEEL MAGIC before deadline on 12/31/2015. Start working on a series bible forContinue reading “November Wrap-Up & December Goals”

NaNoWriMo Update: WINNER!

NaNoWriMo for 2015 is finally done, with a few hours to spare. This is my second year “winning” in a row, and just like last year, I definitely still have a lot of work to do. This time, it’s writing about 8 more scenes (including the epic dragon battle while a city burns) and goingContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Update: WINNER!”

NaNoWriMo Update: Week 2

I’m still plugging along, kids! Sort of. This update was supposed to go up on Monday, but I burned one of my free days and drank beer and caught up on the DVR instead. No regrets! As of last night, I’m at 29,086 words (49,086 for the STEEL BLOOD total). As a reminder, you canContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Update: Week 2”

NaNoWriMo Update: Week 1

I am on a roll with NaNoWriMo this year! Tonight I hit 16,000 words (36,000 total for the manuscript), and I’ve been consistently writing every day. The only exception has been 11/7, because that’s my husband’s birthday–instead, we had a great day watching the new James Bond movie and eating delicious Brasilian pizza. If you’reContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Update: Week 1”