It’s That Time of Year Again–NaNoWriMo!

Perhaps it’s a little sad that I have only kept up this blog during NaNoWriMo the last few years.  Perhaps it’s not.  Either way, that’s been the case this year again.

And, with 35 minutes left before I can begin my 7th novel (6th to win!) with NaNoWriMo, putting up another post seemed like the appropriate “time killer” as the minutes count down to midnight. (34 minutes)


This year, I’m trying something new.  I’m writing, yet again, the first draft of my newest “For the Love of Music” series novel, but (33 minutes) I’m being “tagged” by my fiance as he writes a companion to the story of Meg Carter and Adam Orion.  I, obviously, am telling Meg’s side of the story, and Matt is writing Adam’s. (32 minutes)  We’ve had to hash through some outlining things together.  Key moments that must happen in both stories.  Key points in time where their lives intersect, even when geographically living far apart.

And (31 minutes) this is totally new for us both.  We both love collaboration, but have never tried to write the same story as someone else before, with a different POV.  A challenge, I believe, lies ahead.  And that thrills us both!  We’re (30 minutes) both thrill seekers, one could say, at least of this variety.  Challenge?  Yes please!  Adventure?  Of course!  Novel written in parallel with the love of my life?  Um, duh.

So, here we go.  All the best in writing, my darling Matt. (29 minutes)  Have fun with that writer’s cramp as you dash out those words with pen and paper.  I’m glad to use my laptop!

And, now, my pre-writing thoughts are spent, with 28 minutes left to go.  I say this calls for a pot of tea, a bathroom break, some more M&Ms, and the turning on of one fantastic playlist.  Here we go!  “One A Cappella Song” begins life in 27 minutes!

“The One I’m Waiting For” (NaNoWriMo Day 7)

7 days in and 25,005 words finished on this year’s NaNoWriMo entry, My Vienna.  And I haven’t a clue where this story is going.  I mean, I do.  The outline is there, the super short version of it is there.  The characters are there.  The plot is laid out.  But I don’t know what answers this story will give.  I’ve been writing it in bits and pieces, instead of linearly, like I usually try to do.  Some of that is because I had ideas for scenes right away and had to write them before I lost them.  Some of that is because I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with it this year.

And, honestly, I suspect more than half of what I’ve written will get cut in the revision.  Obviously, after I’ve written a lot more of the story.  But right now, what I’ve got is filling the story backward.  It’s almost giving me a God-like perspective Galadriel’s life after this big question comes in.  All the wonders, all the wanders, all the what-ifs.  And I know the answers to those.  If she goes in this one particular direction, then this will happen.  I have not written the other dimension, though–the one in which she chooses her own path, instead of following what she knows is right.  Maybe that will the second 25,000 words?

25,000 words in, Galadriel isn’t any closer to the answer she’s seeking, and neither am I.  But I’m okay with that.  I’m just going to keep writing and praying and reading God’s Word until I get there.  And then, Lord willing, both of our questions will be answered.

This song from Reliant K kind of says it…“The One I’m Waiting For.”

Galadriel, I’m waiting.  For you.  You’re the one.

Reliant K--writing inspiration from music

Reliant K–writing inspiration from music (can’t find copyright info, but found here:–trees_1403_1024x768.jpg)

“This Will Be Our Year” (NaNoWriMo Day 1)

NaNoWriMo 2015–Day 1

It used to be that when God wanted to teach me a lesson that I just wasn’t getting, He’d have me write a 2000-5000 word allegory. Now, it seems, He is having me write entire novels. Conveniently timed for NaNoWriMo (November) two years in a row now. Last year’s was “A Gargoyle in Evanston,” through which I sought peace and understanding of what the heck has happened in my life to bring me to this place I’m in right now…Chicago, not Australia (oh, land of my heart, how I yearn for thee!). And this year’s…well, I’m not ready to talk about it yet in detail, but I know it’s all about Him and me. A continuation of the theme He set for me on January 1st of this year… “This Will be Our Year.”

Currently, this year’s novel is in the “For the Love of Music” series, with the tentative title of a book I had outlined several years ago.  Not sure, however, if that’s what it will remain.  November will tell.

Words written: 3553

“This Will be Our Year”–the Zombies (writing inspiration)

Stocked and Ready–Welcome NaNoWriMo 2013!


A teacup on a saucer.

A teacup on a saucer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The countdown to NaNoWriMo begins.  Less than 6 hours until she begins.  And I’m ready.  There’s a new box of my favorite tea bags (Celestial Seasonings Green Tea with White Tea [Decaf]) waiting to be enjoyed.  The Hawaiian Breeze candle is located nearby, with a stash of matches ready for lighting.  I’ve got my playlist(s) for writing set up…only 5 hours to go!  3rd Win for NaNoWriMo, here I come.

All the best to everyone doing NaNoWriMo this year.


Always Surprised


Surprised? (Photo credit: SaZeOd)

Other writers can relate, I know.  To that moment when your book turns on you.  And changes itself without your permission.

In my first novel in the “For the Love of Music” series, that definitely happened.  One character left during the rough draft  unexpected to ever surface again.  But then he returned in the second draft and never left my side.

In the very first book I ever wrote (unpublished and still unedited it, darn it all!), something similar happened.  A character I intended to kill off for the better of the book didn’t die.  Instead, his brother jumped in the way and took the bullet.  Stupid keyboard.  I kept trying to type the correct name, but the other name came out instead.  Time after time after time.  Grr.  My favorite character ever died, thanks to you, you stupid, stupid keyboard.

And a book I began crafting when I was about 17 did that to me last night.  I had a beautiful ending in mind.  I knew where the story would go as I continued roughing the first draft.  But, darn it all, the ending took a turn and surprised me.  Now, a different book doesn’t exist at all.

And then two books talked me out of including them in the “For the Love of Music” series.  They begged me to make them stand alone books instead.  And I finally agreed.  Just to get them to shut up, sure, but, we’re probably all better off that way.  At they are still around somewhere, so we didn’t really lose anything.  Right?

And, yet another surprise, my novels also talked me into writing a different one altogether than was suggested before.  NaNoWriMo will produce another rough draft of one of the books from “For the Love of Music” series.  Not “Little Miss Priss,” but a different one whose idea was birthed this week.

You books need to stop conspiring against me, at least for a week or two.  Maybe wait until after NaNoWriMo?  But, no, no.  That won’t happen.  That would be too easy, wouldn’t it?

Choosing the Book for NaNoWriMo 2013


Writing (Photo credit: jjpacres)

I originally thought of doing another book from “For the Love of Music” series (“Nobody’s Girl,” “Forever My Song,” “Drop Dead Daisy,” etc.), but since I have not finished editing books #2 & 3 for that series yet, I should work on something different this year.  I don’t need to keep collecting unfinished books in the same series, since you have to begin a new book from scratch (writing wise at least) for each NaNoWriMo.

So…let’s look at the previous projects and go from there.

  • NaNoWriMo 2010–did not complete, but wrote much of the 50,000 words for my historical novel “All the Stars By Name,” the first book in a three book series.  I have pretty much not touched this book since because of the need for more research into the era.
  • NaNoWriMo 2011–completed/won with a stand-alone untitled historical novel that I first conceptualized when I was about 16.
  • NaNoWriMo 2012–completed/won with the rough story of “Forever My Song” (titled, at the time “Mistress of the World”).

Since I have mostly been working on contemporary fiction and have felt a bit stuck of late, maybe it’s time to go back to another historical fiction novel?  I could do that…there are several in the queue, waiting for a voice.  Any of those might work…yes.  Of course, the other option is work on an entirely new genre, just for fun…like fantasy.  NaNoWriMo books don’t have to ever be read by anyone else. 😉

Hmm.  Choosing which book to work on this year might be tougher than I thought.  But at least I’m starting to form a list to work through.

  • The Star King (historical fiction)
  • Even the Winds and Sea (historical fiction)
  • In Need of Grace (historical fiction)
  • The Star King (historical fiction)
  • The Book of the Shring (fantasy)
  • The Antiquarian’s Gauntlet (fantasy)
  • A Song of Peace (historical fiction)
  • Sing Free Little Birds (historical fiction)
  • The Universe at Last (satire/fantasy)
  • Little Miss Priss (book #4 in the “For the Love of Music” series, if I get desperate)

Well, step #1 isn’t finished, but it’s well on its way.  That’s good enough today.

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo 2013



This year, NaNoWriMo will be more challenging than ever for me. I will no longer be employed solely as a writer/non-profit worker setting my own schedule this year. So my process will be rather different this year. Especially as I am also moving out of the State in the first week of November. All the more reason to be more prepared than usual before November 1st hits this year.

In the midst of packing up my entire life, filming my first movie (as director/actress/singer), applying for jobs and many happenings in my personal life, NaNoWriMo preps will be challenging. So, I’m starting today.

My process this year:

  1. choose book to write this year
  2. research and choose character names
  3. research and choose location for story
  4.  outline gist of book
  5. set a generic calendar for completion for NaNoWriMo writing
  6. prep work space for days leading up to move
  7. keep a work space prepped and clean for writing once I move
  8. get some scented candles, matches, etc. ready for writing times
  9. get a few more yummy tea flavors for writing sessions
  10. tell closest friends that I’m planing to do NaNoWriMo this year and get their encouragement


Well…here goes.  Step 1.  Best of everything to all the other NaNos this year as you prepare!