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So, NaNo…

Hey all, as those of you who have followed me for a while know over the past several years I have participated in the National Novel Writing Month. I have had varying amounts of success with it and to be honest I was seriously considering giving it a miss this year.

Until the other day when one of my daughters, who has written with me the past few times, let me know she really wanted to do it with me again this year.

So, NaNo… yup going to try to do it again this year. I don’t have any solid story plans and will probably work on multiple ideas as the month progresses. All my more successful years have been more free form like that.

Writing begins at midnight tonight, so to all you other writers out there… good luck and good writing.


Drabble: Once More

The old man stood on white chalk cliff watching the sky in the distance. Every day he would get dressed in his old uniform and make his way to the cliffs next to his old rusty mech.

The adults of the village treated him with respect. To the younger generation he was just a crazy old soldier stuck in the past.

As the pods crashed into the channel, casting huge waves as they split open, he sighed.

“Bugger. ”

Reaching over he pulled open the pilot’s pod and hauled his aching body into the chair. “Ok girl, let’s show em hell.”

I wrote this Drabble as a submission to an upcoming online Sci-Fi magazine. It is a reworking of a short bit I wrote during NaNo a few years ago.

It was a fun little challenge trying to get as much into 100 words as possible.

Feeling the Burns

Well, in my last post several months ago I had set myself a goal…

My success at it that is best summed up  by the words of Robert Burns from “To a Mouse”, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men”.

Anyway, I recently tried my hand at drabble submission to an online sci-fi market, no luck with it. I will probably post it here at some point in the next few days as I try to get my hand back into creative endeavors.

Until then.

NaNoWriMo ’17 – The Day After

Hello all.

Well NaNo is done for another year, I didn’t “win” but despite the various things that got in the way I did manage to put words to screen every day of the month. Which as anyone knows is actually an accomplishment, some days just don’t lend themselves to any writing time.

As I mentioned a few days ago I’m going to try to continue my writing momentum and write something every day. Be it a new post on this blog or new words on a story. My NaNo has a lot of story left to go, I just need to figure out how to get from where I am to where I want it to be.

So for all you winners out there, great job. And for all you who gave it your best, WAY TO GO!


NaNoWriMo ’17 – Day 28

The end of the month approaches and my available writing time looks to be fairly small for the next few days. I’m keeping at it and unless something goes very wrong I will at least log 30 days of words for the month.

My graph on is looking fairly flat at the moment, but there is a slight upward slope. I hope to put a bit more curve to it over the next few days.

Keep writing!

NaNoWriMo ’17 – Day 25

Good morning everyone,

I hope that everyone here in the US had a good holiday. Things have been fun but busy/crazy so my word counts have been nothing to write home about. But I have made certain to write something every day so I’ve managed to continue my words every day streak.

I will be behind the wheel most of today so my numbers will probably be low again, but I hope to get some serious numbers in tomorrow.

I’m contemplating finishing out the month but shifting to more of the “hundred days of words” or something similar now that I’m starting to build a writing habit again.

Keep writing!

NaNoWriMo ’17 – Day 21

Good morning,

Sorry about not getting a status update posted yesterday. I planned to get back down and write one up and put a few more hundred words to the story, however that just isn’t how life played out.

I’m starting to reach the point where I wonder if it will be at all possible to make the 50k goal, my per day to win at this point is knocking on “really good day” territory. I’m not giving up, I’ve had too many years where for one reason or another my progress completely stops around this point, and I would rather have the graph end short of goal than a flat line for the last third.

Keep writing!