Monthly Archives: October 2015

Goals, Motivation, and Conflict

I am in the process of uploading a video about GMC in regard to my protagonist, as well as my antagonist, when I started thinking about my own goals, motivation, and conflict. NaNoWriMo is 4 days away…Four! and yet I feel like even after all of the planning I’m no where near ready yet. I still need to clean the rest of my writing room, not to mention the house. What? No, it’s three days! Oh shit! and shinola! *Me pulling my hair out and running around the house like a crazy person thinking about and looking at all I still need to do.*

My friend Maya has a great video about this very thing:

After I finish writing this post I’ll be writing my letter to myself to put in my basket, which is what I’m using instead of a box. 😀 I’ll also be cleaning up a few things tonight and tomorrow around my house, dying my hair tomorrow, and then doing a bit of last minute stuff in Scrivener over the weekend to make sure I have everything together. By Saturday evening I’ll be ready! Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.




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One week to go until NaNoWriMo

As I type this I’m looking at the calander and all I can think about is how there’s approximately one week, give or take a day, before NaNoWriMo begins. October has passed by so quickly. It feels like I just started prepping for NaNo the other day, but I guess it is going on the fourth week of October and I am almost ready. Are you?

Better question is, are you participating in NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month, is 3o days of writing your novel–50,000 words in 30 days–crazy, intense, fun-filled days or nights, or both, of writing, writing, writing.

This will be my 7th NaNoWriMo, but I’ve also participated in the Camp NaNoWriMo’s for the past four years. I love NaNoWriMo. And here’s why:

  • There’s a deadline.
  • It’s get you into the habit of writing every day.
  • It’s fun.
  • There’s a vast community of other NaNo’ers out there and the comraderie is fantastic–it’s motivating.
  • It helps me keep on task–every year I look forward to NaNo because it gives me an outlet to or an excuse, either way it’s great, to begin a new project with one of those new shiny ideas that have been bugging me to write about it, or to revamp an old novel idea.
  • It’s fun. Oh, I already mentioned that.

I have made few new videos regarding NaNoWriMo, you should check them out.

Here’s the latest:



Posted by on October 24, 2015 in #amwriting, NaNoWriMo, Writing


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Where the magic happens

One of the things I love about preparing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is that I usually make sure that I have my writing area (room) clean (for the most part), which includes my desk. That might not seem like such a big deal, but for someone like me who tends to be a creative clutter (aka stacks of books everywhere, along with pens, notebooks, sticky-notes, coffee cups, etc) it is a big deal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 21, 2015 in NaNoWriMo, Writing


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A Right Way to Write

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. ~W. Somerset Maugham

When I first began writing again I read rule after rule. Write this way, no write this way…Wait, you have to write this way or you’ll never get published.

Writing isn’t about getting published, it’s about writing the story that’s inside of you. It’s about getting the words on the page. It’s about sharing that story with someone else, and hopefully, getting published–but really it’s about sharing the story.

I have written for as long as I can remember. I was writing when it was just scribbles that were words to me. Now, sometimes the words look more like scribbling, but it’s all about the words–getting the words of the story down on paper.

I have tried various means and methods of writing a novel, and I finally realized I have to do what works for me as a writer. No matter how much I like the detailed outlining, it’s just not for me–I am a loose outliner. A hybrid between a pantser and a plotter. I prefer to write the details by the seat of my pants, and plot just the core of the outline–the basics.

I think I like Nora Roberts’ quote best: “Anyone who tells you there’s a “right” way to write is a lying bitch.” ~As seen on TarotbyArwen. 😀

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Posted by on October 20, 2015 in Writing


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New Website

Hey Y’all. Guess what? I now have my very own website. How about that?!? I feel like I’m in the big leagues now. 😀 Actually, I feel a bit more like Kevin Costner when he said, “If you make it they will come.”

It’s official, and I’m in the process of exporting my information from these blogs to my website. I hope to see you there.



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Posted by on October 20, 2015 in Blogging, New Website


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Hello world!

Welcome to my new website. If you’ve been following me at or at you’ll be happy to know that I’ve finally made the jump to having my own website. 😀 YAY Me!!!

A friend of mine named Jennifer  helped me come up with the name of my website, and she gave me the link for an excellent website that walks you through setting up your own blog (not that I needed help with the blog part, but all the information about domains, hosting and self-hosting, etc, seemed like a bit too techy for me).

I hope that you’ll subscribe, follow, like, comment, etc… All that good stuff.

Thank you,



Posted by on October 20, 2015 in Blogging


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NaNoWriMo Prep Continues: Rearranging my writing room

Not only am I planning my novel using an eCourse called 33 Days to finish your novel (using the hero’s journey and tarot) by Arwen Lynch, but today I also rearranged my writing room. I’ve been busy, to say the least.

This week I’ve also been watching my grandson because my daughter is working out of town, which means I’ve been taking him to daycare, picking him up, cooking dinner, then it’s time to eat (sitting down at the dining room table), then it’s bath time, then cartoon and cuddling time, then bed time. 😀 And during his time at daycare I’ve been working on my outline. Today, however, I spent the day rearranging and organizing my writing room so I could make room for a black click-clack couch that turns into a full-size bed when opened. A much needed accessory for any writing room that is also a slash-guest room. Not to mention that it’ll probably be my reading spot. 😀

Having a comfortable spot that allows your muse to roam free is important when writing, but even more so when you spend a lot of time there. I’ve tried all different kinds of spots, from the living room to the dining room to my bedroom, to a different room in the house (that room is now my son’s), and I think I finally might have (almost) found my happy place (at least for now–until we can afford to get one of those cute shed/cottages that I can turn into a writing shed/cottage (at least a 12×15).

I have a few more adjustments I need to make, like getting a few more of the wall shelves to house books–going vertical is a must since floor space is limited, or craft stuff, etc, but for now this will work. It’s a work-in-progress just like my novel.


Posted by on October 16, 2015 in NaNoWriMo, Writing


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Project #WriteTube and How do you choose what idea to use for NaNoWriMo

My friend, and fellow writer, as well as hostess of #writestuff (TweetChats about writing every Tuesday night at 9 PM EST on Twitter–just follow the hashtag #writestuff), poetess, and wonderfully creative person decided to try to gather a few fellow writer’s together who are on YouTube–since NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is just around the corner and she called it Project #WriteTube. I’m proud to say that I’m one of those writer’s. The videos are posting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. But you really should start with Tamara’s

I’m going to link several WriterTuber’s links below, but I’m going to start with Tamara’s video…I’ve already shared the blog post from fellow writer and WP’er Alexandra Corinth (AKA WordsMaiden).

And here’s mine…

And here’s Kellie’s:

***** W R I T E T U B E  LINKS*****


Kellie Sheridan:

Alex from The Reading Puppet:

Selbe Rhea:

Amy Taskuda:

Sara Ella:

Sara Crawford:




Rebecca from WhyMermaids:



Hope you enjoy their videos, I know I have. 😀 thanks!!!

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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in NaNoWriMo, Writing


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Project #WriteTube: NaNoWriMo & Motivation!

I have joined a group of amazing writer ladies in producing a series of videos revolving around NaNoWriMo called Project #WriteTube!

Source: Project #WriteTube: NaNoWriMo & Motivation!

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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Uncategorized


Why do I write?

The Writer's Life

The Writer’s Life

A journal prompt from my eCourse…

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’st he answer to everything. …It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.” ~Henry David Thoreau

Why do you write? What makes you want to tell a story?

I write because I have a story to tell. I write because it’s part of who and how I am. Because it feeds my soul. Cleanses my stressed mind, and washes away the angst. I write because I need to, not just because I want to.

I tell stories because the story is inside waiting to come out and if I don’t get it out then it just screams at me until I do—it haunts me, and won’t leave me alone. I tell stories because they make others, as well as myself, smile or laugh or cry. Because each word is a miniscule sip of joy that leads to a whole cup, and then some. I tell stories because they come to me begging to be written, and if I write them then the story whispers in my ear… “If you write them they will be read.”

I write. I read. I art. I breathe. I live. Happy.

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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Writing