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NaNoWriMo Prep Master Post

Planning on participating in NaNoWriMo and looking for some help in getting ready? Here's a master list of my hints and tips to make your NaNoWriMo preparations more effective – and hopefully less stressful!
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NaNoWriMo Prep – Ya Gotta Have Friends

When writers write, we lock ourselves away in the little worlds we have in our heads, occupying a landscape different from the one around us. Even if we are with other people, we're alone. Worse, when we emerge from our self-imposed exile, those who share our living spaces don't necessarily understand what we're discussing or the peculiar highs or low that can come in the process of putting a story together. This is why, from time to time, we need to seek the company of our fellow writers, to find our tribe.
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NaNo Prep – Beginnings, Ends, and Middles

I've been a pantser most of my writing life. Many's the time I've leapt with nothing more than a brief idea of image, letting the story take shape with no knowledge of where I'm going, but trusting that everything will come together. It's even worked. Sometimes.
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Now Available

30dayliterarymadnessSurviving 30 Days of Literary Madness is a daybook of support, encouragement and the occasional kick in the pants to help make the stress more bearable and keep your eyes focused on your goal.

For each day of this mad sprint, there is a quote and essay designed to help keep you going at the keyboard, along with other pieces about preparation and the novelizing hangover that comes in December. There are also pages for those other moments, the ones when you’ve fallen slightly behind – or you realize this may not be a year you cross the finish line. No matter how your November novel experience is going, this book will be a companion for each day.

Now available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Apple Bookstore

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I also managed to complete one of my knitting projects. I started myLeaf Press Shawl the day after Christmas, having just bound off my Advent Shawl. read more


Life can surprise us sometimes, often in ways we don’t expect. And, on rare occasions, that surprise is something that says we are heading in the direction we should be going. read more


"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you." – Deepak Chopra Oh, how I wish. The last few days have been a bit crazy here. My father-in-law got a cold. One of my cats got a cold. read more

Comfort Reads

"I'd like for the young people, and older ones, too, who don't count themselves as readers, to know the joy of reading and what it does to enrich your life in so many ways." – Katherine Paterson I've been going through my list of books read this year and noticed and interesting fact: I've been doing a lot of comfort reading of late. read more

Catching Up With Myself

I've been procrastinating wildly the last few months. A lot of it has to do with other things going on: a crazy job, crazy home life, the world -- crazy in general. Things seem to be settling down for the moment, though I have a feeling that's the Gods of Comedy just lulling me into a false sense of security before the round of "hilarity ensues." read more

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