Category Archives: NaNoWriMo

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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Here we go again

You may have noticed the new widgets in the right-hand sidebar. They’ve appeared there every fall since I started this blog. You can almost set your calendar by them. Each spring, as I struggle with revisions on a current work-in-progress and add one … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo ends, a new task begins

After a few days of rest (and way too much TV), I think I’m ready to get back into my usual routine. The semester will end in 3 weeks, which means I have papers to grade. I’m also giving a … Continue reading

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Still here

Hey fan base! I’ve been busy, but not too busy (in other words, no all-nighters). Here’s my progress so far:   Once they get their system set for a few hundred thousand users, NaNoWriMo does a great job of keeping … Continue reading

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Day 5 of NaNoWriMo

I’m giving myself a star — actually, a few billion stars — for today. 3350 words. I’ve been trying word sprints, which are similar to wind sprints (athletes should recognize that term). I set the timer for 30 minutes, write … Continue reading

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The Seven Pillars of NaNoWriMo Wisdom, Part 7

The last item of the list. There are no rules. A member of my writing group said today that he had signed up for NaNoWriMo but was still undecided about participating because he didn’t like that he wasn’t allowed to edit. … Continue reading

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