At my office/coffee shop/bookstore, sitting at the computer bar at the side of the room, laptop plugged into an outlet beneath,  iced Atzec mocha against the wall where I hope it won't spill, two industrious critique partners on my right. I am scrimshanking. The spell checker says scrimshanking isn't a word. That's what it knows. … Continue reading Scrimshanking

No, No, NaNo or, Just Do It

NaNoWriMo --National Novel Writing Month--the month* in which participants vow to write a 50,000-word novel--and some of them do--began yesterday. The goal--if you want to reach 50,000 words and win NaNoWriMo (which from this point on will be called NaNo), you need to write an average of 1667 words a day. I've registered for NaNo--there's a … Continue reading No, No, NaNo or, Just Do It

3,000 Hippos and Sophie Tucker Can’t Be Wrong

In November, my friend and critique partner Gale Albright presented a NaNoWriMo write-in at the Hutto Public Library, in Hutto, Texas. Nine writers and their laptops gathered to write for four solid hours, supported by snacks and coffee provided by the Library. Attendance was so robust that I had to scrounge* for a seat when … Continue reading 3,000 Hippos and Sophie Tucker Can’t Be Wrong

#ROW80 11.13, NaNo, & Viral Accord

NaNoWriMo / ROW80 update: I've been working on Molly but haven't been averaging the 1667 words per day required to reach the target by the end of November. According to the NaNo stats page, at my current rate, I'll reach 50,000 words on September 28, 2015. But there is hope—if I write 2,753 words each … Continue reading #ROW80 11.13, NaNo, & Viral Accord

ROW80 10.31 & NaNo

David called from work today to remind me he had an early-afternoon appointment to have a tooth crowned. I expressed sympathy and headed for HEB for ice cream. Two gallons—Dutch chocolate and coffee—plus a bottle of chocolate sundae sauce. Some people, aka spoilsports, wet blankets, and killjoys, might call that excessive. I call it caring, … Continue reading ROW80 10.31 & NaNo

AROW80 Sunday Report

Write 500 words/ day on Molly: 0 Exercise 30 minutes / day: 1/4 Go to bed by 11:00 p.m.: 2/4 Detail: 1. Writing: Sunday night I received chapter 1 of a 4-part mystery that's being written by members of the local Sisters in Crime chapter. My job was to write chapter 2. That's what I … Continue reading AROW80 Sunday Report

Day 8: Connecting

My high school English teacher read the Day 7 post, the one in which I wrote that she told students we had important and relevant things to say. That is the problem with blogging. At some point, you make a remark, a perfectly innocent remark, and the person you remarked about happens across it and … Continue reading Day 8: Connecting

Day 1

NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo, MiniWriMo Day 1 - 1228 words That's about 400 words short of today's goal. I might write more before midnight. I might go to bed asap. I'm posting when I should be working on the novel (or sleeping) because last night, in an excess of enthusiasm, I yielded to impulse and registered for … Continue reading Day 1

NaNoWriMo, MRI, TBF, and WLT

I've spent the past week writing and rewriting a post about attending the Texas Book Festival. No matter how many times I revised it, it sounded dull and complaining. Actually, it sounded worse than complaining, but if I use the word I have in mind, I would be crossing a line drawn in the sand … Continue reading NaNoWriMo, MRI, TBF, and WLT