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Gearing up for NaNo…

Monday, October 8th, 2012

I’ve decided to bite the bullet this year and participate in the Savvy Author’s edition of Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and a special event involving Entangled Publishing. I’ve even decided to do something slightly different from what normally do, and write a romantic suspense based on an idea I have.

For those of you who don’t know what NaNo is, it’s a focused writing event each November where authors from all over the globe compete  against themselves, but along  with fellow authors, in groups, or on teams to write at least 50,000 words in 30 days. That means, scheduling the rest of my life around my writing for 30 days.

Easy? Probably not. It means I have to write at least about 1667 words each and every day. But, because my goal for my book it closer to 70,000 words, I’m aiming for 2000 words per day. I’ve already warned my husband that I’ll need his support. If necessary, he’s been given permission to drag me kicking and screaming to the computer, to plop me down in front of it, tie my hands to the keyboard (but not my fingers) and scream like a drill sergeant in my ear. “I SAID give me 2000.”

The house may not get cleaned, the kids may not get fed—and ssh—the French homework might not get done, but damn it, I’m going to get 50,000 words written even if it kills me…and it just might. I’ve got my idea, my main characters planned, even a very rough and high level outline all ready and rearing to go.

I start Boot Camp in a couple of weeks. I’m excited. Just think, I could have a completed novel (well, rough first draft) by December 1. And, since I’m almost finished the first rough draft of my other main project (my goal before end of October), I’ll actually have two novels ready for editing. Cool huh!

Ready to cheer me on? I’ll need all the encouragement I can get. Watch for my status posts on my Twitter account and lend me your support while I force a novel out of my brain and through my fingertips in 30 (very) short days.

23 days and counting…

It’s been too long…

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

I know, I know.  I’ve been away too long.  The last few weeks of summer have been insane with workshops, the new job, and getting the kids back to school.

Over the last few weeks I’ve completed a whole whack of workshops through, including their Summer Symposium.  WOW!  So much to learn over a few days.  From how to use social networking, to numerous workshops to develop your skill as a writer, to submissions and  publishing.  Chats, classes, webinars – there was everything, and  I loved every minute of it (even though I was attached to my computer for about 5 days straight and had to force myself to stop for sleep, food and to say hi to my family!)

While I was doing that I also took a few month-long classes, including a plotting class and guess what…now I have a complete outline for a novel I had become frustrated with and put aside over a year ago.  Yeah!

So, now I need to gather my thoughts and attempt to impart some words of knowledge and advice based on what I’ve been learning and how I’ve been applying it to my own work.

Oh yeah, and of course I’ve been reading while doing all of this.  Always time for a book (or two or three).

Have a great weekend all!


Time to catch up!

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

I have to admit – I’ve been ignoring my blog (shame on me).   I’ve been so busy playing (reading great erotic stories) with my new Kobo! I haven’t been able to put it down (as my bank account will attest to).  There’s just so many options, right at my fingertips.  I just don’t know how to stop myself..eeks!

But, I have also been tied up with a number of  workshops:  POV, the right beginning, plotting, motivation and now I’m getting into body language, more plotting, more POV, and show vs. tell. There’s just so much to learn!  I LOVE IT!  I’ve got many workshops lined up for the next few months…Wow! I can’t wait to tell you all about them.

I finished two last week that I will give a small blurb on within the next couple of days.  But one thing I highly recommend to those aspiring authors out there – check out Savvy Authors at  They have so many workshops, chats etc that offer a wealth of information.  It’s inexpensive and a great way to meet other authors or to get the help you need to move your writing forward, or take it to the next level.

Till next time, read a great book (or two), I know I will.




Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I know, I know…it’s been over a week since I wrote. Sorry about that.  I’ve been busy cleaning out my desk at work, cleaning out email, yada, yada….getting ready to leave my current employer and start with my new employer.  Yeah!  I will miss my boss – he’s a good friend.  But, hey, gotta look out for No. 1 – ME!

So…I have read a couple of books since last we chatted…I’ll do reviews on them shortly – paranormal – loved them!   I haven’t done ANY editing on my manuscript in probably two weeks (bad girl), BUT  I have started a new short story…oooh la la (Hint: hot, sexy, cowboy!)

What I really wanted to mention today though was workshops…easy, inexpensive, flexible…oodles of them, a variety of topics,  and a great way to link up with other authors, editors, publishers and the like.  If you want to learn about a specific subject (i.e. contracts, character development, actions scenes, love scenes), enhance your skill, or just try something new-there’s something for everyone.

Just about every chapter of Romance Writers of Americaoffers on-line workshops at a very low-cost, and you don’t have to be a member to participate.  They run for a few days to a few weeks, and are done through on-line groups, therefore at your own pace.  It’s great to meet and chat with like-minded people both experienced and novice.

Subjects vary and are often repeated throughout the year. There’s something being offered around the country (US and Canada) all year-long.  It does help if you have something in draft to work with.  Depending on the workshop, you can often use your own work in progress as your work book, if you will, and hey – two birds with one stone, you’re improving your craft and your work as you go.

Here’s just a few websites (there are many!) to check out.  Simply go to their workshops link.

As I complete courses I’ll offer my thoughts on them and other websites of interest.

Check them out…you might find something of interest!

Happy Reading & Happy Writing


Workshop Alert!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

I’ve just completed a workshop on self-editing with Angela James, Executive Editor at Carina Press.  Whether you’re a new writer or an accomplished one, unpublished or published, I highly recommend this workshop.  Check it out: