National Novel Writing Month

Happy November! Or National Novel Writing Month. Or NaNo. During November thousands of people around the world write like mad to accrue 50,000 words by the 30th. I’m one of those, this year. Way back in 2014 I completed this challenge. I’ve sort of half-heartedly tried in years since, but just didn’t do it. This… Continue reading National Novel Writing Month


So my personal goals are set for the year. But my writing goals have been in limbo. Until Thursday night, anyway. During my somewhat weekly writing meeting with Kaye I pretty much defined my #2017WritingGoal: I want to have a submission ready manuscript in one year. Big freaking goal. Gulp. Double gulp. But, when I break… Continue reading #2017WritingGoals

Neil Gaiman and a Year of Mistakes

So, I’m participating in a life coaching program called Creative Alchemy Passion Plan by Kathy Kawalec, who is, oddly enough, a dog trainer. She participates in open level sheepdog trials with her border collies. Today, one of the members of the group posted a quote attributed to Neil Gaiman. I found his original post here.… Continue reading Neil Gaiman and a Year of Mistakes

The Slow Road or Adjusting on the Fly to a More Realistic Goal

So on October 2 I started out on the #FirstDraft60 challenge started by Kaye. You can check it all out on her blog. The planning month went okay-I wasn’t too far behind, really. But when Kaye and I met for our weekly writing session last Thursday we both admitted that neither of us was comfortable… Continue reading The Slow Road or Adjusting on the Fly to a More Realistic Goal

Sunday Reflection on #FirstDraft60

Every Sunday Kaye posts some questions for reflection on her blog. You can check out today’s post here. Today’s questions made me think hard about this challenge/project and about what place I want writing to have in my life. So I thought I’d share my answers here. What are your key responsibilities that cannot be put… Continue reading Sunday Reflection on #FirstDraft60