Thursday, November 26, 2009

I won NaNo today!!!


Now I'm going to take the rest of the day off to eat turkey, and I'll take tomorrow off to shop! I'll boost the final word count over the weekend, though! No need to be a total slacker...

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I can't believe that the whole MONTH of NaNo has gone by and I haven't even posted a progress report! Sad, sad, sad.

However, the news on the progress front is good. Very good, in fact. I have only about 2500 words to go, and four days to complete it. I'll probably cross over into the land of purple later today, since it's now officially Thanksgiving day. Another thing to be thankful for!

I've been spending a lot of time writing and of course, trying to keep up with my swap reading. The two are not always highly compatible. Add in some job hunting and the inevitable and highly annoying day spent switching over the spring/summer and fall/winter wardrobes in the closet...(a misery that happens late in the fall here in Georgia!) and it seems like I hardly have time to collect my wits (not that there's a lot of them left...) and compose blog posts!

I promise I'll do better going forward!!!

: )

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Art of Procrastination...

I'm sitting at my computer doing everything I can think of other than writing my novel. GAH!

Yesterday I was recovering from Halloween and traveling - today I'm just not "feeling it". I have my first 700 words, but I'm stalled out. Maybe I'm still tired. Maybe I'm just lazy. Maybe I'll have better luck tomorrow.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Finally got some sleep...

I LOVED my first Dewey's 24 hr. Read-a-thon! It was amazing - I'm already looking forward to the next one in April!

Now we're on to plotting and planning for starts in less than one week!

I'm still trying to decide which of the two stories that has been percolating in my brain for the past few months will be the lucky winner. Honestly, it might just come down to whichever one I feel more like writing about when I wake up on Monday. Yes...Monday...I'll be missing the first day of the competition because of the crazy Halloween celebration stuff that will be going on next weekend!

My best friend hosts a fantastic Halloween party every year, and with the Daylight Savings Time kicking in on the same night, we're going to be adding another hour to the madness! With adult beverages involved, I doubt I will wake up early on NaNo morning, and I'm SURE I won't be bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Oh...and did I mention that my best friend lives in Pennsylvania and I live in Georgia? So...I will be spending the second half of my day in airports and on airplanes. Yeah...I know I could be getting started on my novel while traveling, but honestly - lugging around the laptop is just such a hassle. I'd rather just open a book and read a bit. (Although right at this moment, the idea of reading isn't completely appealing...)

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So, I'll just get up on Monday and dive right in. I'll make sure I get at least my two day word total in on Monday, so I don't fall behind.

I'm always open to discussion with other NaNo's, and if you're local - let's talk write-in!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009


I managed to stay up all night, thanks to a pretty scary stream of ingestibles the last 3 hours or so. Between the caffeine, sugar and crunchy snacks, eating kept me awake and reading!

Off to get some sleep!!!

End of Event....

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 22 - 5am to 6am. I wasn't sure I'd make it at that point...

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I recommend two that I finished this year - Meeting Mr. Wrong: The Romantic Misadventures of a Southern Belle by Stephanie Snowe and I Was a Teenage Dominatrix by Shawna Kenney. Both were HYSTERICAL and kept me laughing and plowing ahead.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Just let more people know about it! This has been awesome!

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I think everyone was so encouraging - I had numerous contacts from Cheerleaders and other readers.

5. How many books did you read?


6. What were the names of the books you read?

Meeting Mr. Wrong: The Romantic Misadventures of a Southern Belle - Stephanie Snowe
Cupid & Diana - Christina Bartolomeo
Night - Elie Weisel
I Was a Teenage Dominatrix - Shawna Kenney
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
Ambulance Girl - Jane Stern

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Different ones for different reasons! "Night" was just flat out amazing. So dark and harrowing. The first two memoirs (Mr. Wrong & Dominatrix) were funnier than funny.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Cupid & Diana...not a bad book, just very average.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I wasn't a Cheerleader this year, but they all did a great job!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

April, you said??? Sounds good to me. I'm there. I'm going to read again.

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Take a Break Mini-Challenge - Hour 21

The caffeine itself isn't doing the job stay awake we've moved on to massive amounts of sugar. I've made a whole package of break & bake cookies at 1:35am. This is all that's left...