Do You NaNoWrimo?

Yes, I’m a little crazy for taking up the challenge of writing 50,000 words for a new novel this month. Yes, I know I’ve tried a few times before and always fallen woefully (WAY!) short of that lofty goal. Yes, yes, I know the definition of insanity! Moving on…

But (BUT!), I also know that I’m more prepared than I’ve ever been in the past. And (AND!) I’ve got some great (relentless) friends who have vowed to motivate (force) me to actually finish this year. But most important of all: I talked to hubby about it and feel like he is (mostly) supportive and willing (just a bit) to help out with the house and kids so that I can have (a little) more time to write.

And guess what, folks. Yup, it’s midnight and I met the word count goal for the first day. Just look at that beautiful NaNo widget on the right and you can see for yourself. Woo-Hoo!! Isn’t that a beautiful little green square for the 1st of November? Yeah, I thought so, too. And that’s my user name at the top, so feel free to add me as a writing buddy if you’re registered at and help keep me motivated with a gentle nudge (or shove) toward writing if my word count falls too far behind.

I’d love to hear how each of you are handling this crazy challenge after the first day. Be sure to drop me a comment and let me know! The next time I feel the need for procrastination, I will post a summary of the book I will (WILL!) be finishing this month.

In the meantime…

Just keep writing. Just keep writing. Just keep writing, writing, writing. 😉


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“Please, Mom? I’ll do anything,” Josh pleaded.

“No.” She didn’t even flinch. “Don’t ask again. I won’t repeat myself.”

“But Mom…” He’d never wanted anything so bad in his life.

“Okay, that’s it. Just remember: you brought this on yourself.” She pulled the duct tape out of her purse.

“No, wait. I’m sorry.”

“Too late.”


Daily Prompt: Harsh

Not Even the Trees

Warmly colored leaves soften the cold forest floor beneath me. I scour the sky for meaning, in vain.

The encroachment of evergreens and branches keep secrets. I shriek for answers that will never come, and tears burn unimpeded into my ears.

But no one’s listening to me, not even the trees.

And you’re still gone.

barren bare tree gnarled bark

Written for Week 2 (Relationships) of Jane Ann McLachlan’s Memoir & Backstory Blog Challenge 

(Read about the 2013 Challenge  – click here)

2013 Participants:
Jane Ann McLachlan
Joy Weese Moll @joyweesemoll
Amanda M Darling
Katie Argyle
PK Hrezo
Claudette Young
Kay Kauffman
Deb Stone    Twitter: @iwritedeb
Gerry Wilson
Susan Hawthorne
Satia Renee
Pearl Ketover Prilik

Rebecca Barray (occassional)
Lara Britt  (occasional)
Linda G Hatton (occasional)
Stephanie Ingram (Unable to join us now – maybe later)

Signed up but haven’t posted yet:Terri Rowe, Anastacia, Stacey ReneTalynn