NaNoWriMo2015 Wrap-up

writing-quoteI hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had planned on heading to visit family in Idaho, but the snowstorms changed our minds. We just didn’t want to spend 2 days fighting bad roads for a three day trip. So, we stayed home and had prime rib, potato salad, green bean casserole, buttermilk biscuits, and cheesecake. This is what happens when I let hubby plan the menu (I still had to make everything, but he at least made the cheesecakes – ok, they were box cheesecakes, but he helped for the first time in almost 10 years of marriage and I can’t complain about THAT). Continue reading

#NaNoWriMo2015 Week Three

I have felt this way for SO long.

I have felt this way for SO long.

No in-depth blog post today. Trying to hit 50,000 words before we go over the hills and through the woods to Grandmother’s (and Great-Grandmother’s) house. Oh, and Little Man turns 9 on November 28th, so there’s a birthday party to plan as well as all the Thanksgiving festivities.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week. Stay safe!

#NaNoWriMo2015 Week Two

3-30-2015 quote of the weekI realized that I’ve forgotten to write a blog post with my NaNoWriMo update. I’ve been THAT into writing. Which is a very good thing.

I have discovered that I’m not as disciplined as I need to be. I don’t follow the schedule I set up for myself that gives me four hours of writing time every day during the week. This made me sit down and seriously consider if I have the drive and desire to be a ‘real’ novelist.

So, I’m standing at a fork in the road, trying to decide if I want to knuckle down and pursue my dream life of writing books for a living or if I take the path where I pretend I’m a writer.

Or it could be the SAD talking. Moving from Arizona where we had over 300 days of sunshine to North Dakota where there are considerable LESS days of sunshine is starting to take a toll on me. By the way, SAD stands for “Seasonal Affective Disorder.” Continue reading

#NaNoWriMo2015 Week One

quote-Margaret-Haddix-when-writing-isnt-going-well-then-the-bad-16873So far, this week has FLOWN by. I’m happy with my word count. I’m sitting at a healthy 13,895 words. I knew I was going to be taking weekends off. Having Little Man around makes it impossible to get much serious writing done. Or any writing at all. When he seems me writing, he steals my notebook and pen and does his own writing. He’s such a little shit helper.

If the Husband had a ‘normal’ job with weekends off and only 40 hours a week (instead of his 80+ – it’s the oilfield, what ya gonna do, right?), he swears he’d let me lock myself in the bedroom and pound away at the keyboard. But I’ll make the best of the situation and jot down notes while Little Man is spinning in circles in the kitchen and yelling “WHOA” when he gets tipsy. Continue reading

This Year, I Will Be the Storm! #NaNoWriMo2015

This year, "I am the storm!"

This year, “I am the storm!”

Halloween is TOMORROW and that can only mean one thing. Nope, not dressing up and pounding on doors demanding candy. Not even that Thanksgiving or even Christmas are careening towards us like a meteor on a collision course. It means the morning after the sugar-induced comas, it’s NaNoWriMo season!

For anyone that isn’t sure what the heck that is (don’t worry, it took me a year before I found out – I can be a little slow from time to time), it stands for “National Novel Writing Month.” Anything and everything you want to know about the event can be found at their website: www.nanowrimo.org.

While you’re on their site, why not sign up? You don’t have to participate. Heck, the first year I signed up (2011), I was TERRIFIED to even attempt writing 50,000 words. I did, however, lurk, follow along, and cheer on the participants. It was a great learning experience. Continue reading

Slay The Dragons!

keep-calm-and-slay-dragons-23I’ve been asked at least a half dozen times in the last few days, “Where have you been?”

“Slaying dragons, and you?” has been my easy answer.

And in a way, it’s sorta true. The longer answer is that there were some issues with my Little Man’s school and therapist’s office. After banging my head against the wall for over six weeks, getting more and more frustrated with trying to get answers, I finally reached my breaking point and said, “Fuck it, I’m over this shit.” Yes, I have a potty mouth.

The last time I posted here (May 19th), we were headed to Casper, WY for the summer. Well, that only lasted about a month before hubby was laid off thanks to the down turn in oil prices (yeah, yeah, spare me the ‘but gas is so much cheaper now!’ blah blah). He had a job less than 30 minutes later and moved back to Watford City, North Dakota (that’s another story – oy). We spent the rest of the summer in a lovely studio room in a mancamp about five miles outside of town. I was able to secure him a very nice (I was so jealous and HATED to leave it), brand new apartment in town two weeks before we had to head back to Arizona. Continue reading

Author Beth Teliho’s Savvy Advice for First-Time Novelists

A lot of wonderful information from Beth!

An Unedited Life

Beth Teliho Beth Teliho, author of “Order of Seven”

In May, I featured a review of a book titled “Order of Seven” that was blowing the mismatched socks off young-adult, paranormal/fantasy readers. Since then, first-time author Beth Teliho has continued to sell copies and rack up glowing reviews of her captivating book.

I asked Beth if she would consider writing a post for An Unedited Life about what it takes to write, self-publish and market a successful first novel, and she was kind enough to consent. Today, I have the honor of sharing that marvelous post with you. It’s packed full of need-to-know information for first-time novelists — or for anyone anywhere who is considering becoming a self-published author.

What follows is a post abundant with common sense, priceless links and sound advice — all offered up from Beth’s own first-hand experience and in her distinctive and humorous voice. Trust me, you’re going to…

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Summer Break 2015 – Making Time to Write

Prairie2I’ve been meaning to post an update but I’ve been a tad bit busy.

First there was the 4100+ chapter six that I sent off to the amazing editor. She said it would be a few days before she got it back to me. Which turned out to be the next day. Did I mention that she was amazing?

Then there’s the whole ‘end of the school year’ song and dance. And that means lots of meetings; teachers (for the annual IEP, goal planning for next year, and a game plan with home work for the summer to make sure there’s no regression and he’s ready for the next school year), therapists (more goal planning, homework, etc.), care coordinators, doctors, the list goes on towards the never setting sunset. Continue reading

Break This One Habit & Find More Writing Time

I need to start doing this!

Archer's Aim

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I noticed a bad habit the other day and realized it is rather costly to my productivity. No, it’s not just wasting time on the internet or any other act of procrastination. Rather, it is a bad habit involving poor perspective. But I think breaking this one bad habit could mean much to productivity as a writing in a serious way.

Want to guess what this bad habit is? It’s the simple comment to myself, “I don’t have enough time.” I noticed that between five and seven times a day I may have upwards of fifteen minutes when something else is pending that I literally give up the time to write, believing there’s no actual time to accomplish something productive. You want to know what I did when I realized this? I ignored myself and wrote just…

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