Category Archives: NaNoWriMo

Quicksand in the “muddy middle”

A brief check-in: I’m a bit over 13K words short of my 50K goal, and have only 7 days left! And just when I needed them most, Grant Faulkner’s comforting words came via NaNoWriMo’s Pep Talk series: View the blank … Continue reading

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I insist it isn’t writer’s block

My readers should know by now that I’m two weeks (nearly half-way) into NaNoWriMo, working on the sequel to Kenning Magic. If you check the tiny calendar in the right widget bar, you’ll see that I’m making sporadic progress, although I’m … Continue reading

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I step, once again, into madness

I hope my readers don’t mind a bit of hyperbole, which is what the title of this post is. I do, however, feel a bit insane to take on NaNoWriMo again, like an addiction I can’t shake. Yet it’s an … Continue reading

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On the road paved with good intentions

Yes, yes, I know that in my last post I promised to blog more diligently. I can’t even say that I have a good excuse. 30 Rock disappeared from Netflix, and the vast window of time that opened up for … Continue reading

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Autumn begins

The equinox is as good a time as any to turn over a new (orange-colored) leaf and make promises to oneself. For me, these promises require more diligence with my writing and reading, whether for work or for myself. So … Continue reading

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Off on a new adventure

Some of you may already know that I’m heading north and west (as I write this), on a train across the US, from NYC to a small town in Washington State, just east of the Cascade Mountains. The train trip will … Continue reading

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I don’t know why I’m surprised every year about how quickly November arrives. It’s a truism that time accelerates as one ages, but it’s still stunning to see it in action. I have 10 months of my sabbatical left, but … Continue reading

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NaNo walkabout

Just one day remains before I head back to Mitlery and Sarony in order to write KM’s sequel. The good news: tomorrow is 25 hours long! Today’s to-do list includes a shop-off, cook-off, clean-off, student-papers-read-off, as well as this temporary sign-off. I’ll feel happy … Continue reading

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Time to get serious about this

As I write this, my NaNoWriMo countdown clock shows just 13 days separate me from the start of temporary madness. Mise en scene, mise en place, mise en esprit — you name it, I’m arranging it. For mise en esprit, I take … Continue reading

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Ignoring that panicky feeling

Normally this time of year, I’d be stuffing my freezer with nourishing soups to get me through the first week or so of NaNoWriMo. But October has been busier than usual, and this weekend I’m attending my first USBBY conference. That’s the International … Continue reading

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