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NaNoWriMo: So far, so good

If and when I decline any and all invitations this month to be social, you should blame it squarely on this month’s endeavor to write a novel during National Novel Writing Month. Maybe, just maybe, you will get to read a version of it one day.

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Farewell, 2014! From the learning geek

New Year's Anticipation with Snoopy

2015 Anticipation with Snoopy!

And… in by midnight.

This year had its ups and downs but I want to take a moment to highlight the good things. Basically this was a year filled with learning.


This year I read ALL THE THINGS.

I read 31 books this year. I was going to scale back, but sometimes when I’m in a groove I can accomplish some cool things without much added effort, so I just went with it. I’ve tracked what I read on my Goodreads page. Feel free to connect with me there.

I also wrote a novel! I am pleased with the story but it definitely needs lots of revision. You can view my story synopsis here on my Medium page.

I can’t wait to reveal my 2015 plans which you’ll see in my next post. Until then, Happy New Year!

5 NaNoWriMo Thingies for Crazy-Awesome People

NaNoWriMo Participant 2014

Just keep writing!

Once again I’m writing a novel this month for NaNoWriMo! It’s not like me to have all this fun without you and so I’m inviting you to join in. If you’re in the Los Angeles area you could write your own using this county write-in calendar. Come write w/ other writers in person. Or write with others virtually!

Hey, where are you going? Okay, okay. You don’t have to write a novel this month if you aren’t so inclined. Perhaps you’re only curious to see how NaNo writers are living this month. If that’s more your style then follow my Tumblr. There I’ll give your mind a generous helping of NaNoWriMo life throughout November. On to the goodies!

5 NaNoWrimo Thingies for Crazy-Awesome People

  1. 50K in One Day (Kill Me Now) <– If you’re ever bored with the write a novel in 30 days challenge. Write a novel of at least 50,000 words in one day. Yes people do this. Not very coherently, but still. No, I’m not doing this.
  2. Five Day Novel <–  Less extreme than the aforementioned challenge but still quite a challenging writing feat. No, I’m not doing this.
  3. Reverse NaNo <– A fantastic method to help focus on front-loading your writing so that you write fewer and fewer words each day. Yes, I am doing this.
  4. Write or Die <– Your letters and words will disappear and other things will happen if you stop. So write, or else!
  5. Written? Kitten! <– If you’re not about that write or die life here’s some positive reinforcement for all of your writing needs. With Kittehs!

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Using this month to work on another writing project (NaNoWriMo Rebel)? Connect with me on NaNoWrimo.org or on Tumblr (madelinewright.tumblr.com) and leave a comment with whatever writing project you’re tackling this month. Happy writing!

NaBloPoMo completed! Up next are…

Liz Lemon gives herself a high five. Sends it to us.

Liz Lemon sends a high-five to you, writer! Nice work!

Well now I’ve gone and done it. I’ve completed 30 days straight of daily blogging for National Blog Posting Month.

It came at the expense of writing a novel this year for NaNoWriMo, but it’s best for my health that I didn’t seriously attempt to do both. I did start out doing both, but chose to continue only with this one after day three because it’s a lot less time-consuming to blog daily than it is to write a novel. Ask me how I know.

Why did I do this challenge? I’d heard about it for the past few years and I hadn’t tried it before. So, why not? I wanted to see if it would be difficult to do. Like most creative challenges this basically came down to a test of will power to sit down and write.

Three things I look forward to doing now that NaBloPoMo is wrapped:

  • Keeping up with a couple of web series of note
  • Finishing up my last two books for the 2013 Goodreads challenge to read 27 books this year. I have ~200 pages to go in my penultimate book.
  • Checking out the NaBloPoMosphere and reading what others have written in November.

I’d like to say thank you to all who have read and then “liked”, left a comment, or subscribed to my blog this month. It was a bit of a process getting into daily writing but should I scale back in December– and I probably will– I should have a more little time to check out your blogs and perhaps say hi.

Now it’s time to get some rest. December is going to be a busy month!

Do it anyway

What a surprise I had yesterday. There were no takers for my writing challenge!

Not a single entry was there when I went back to check the post. I don’t have a winner to give a halo to, but not to worry. I’ll try to surprise a writer unawares toward the end of the month. Likely a first-timer.

As for me and my nano progress, a long night of writing awaits because today was not all that productive on that front. *sigh*

I’ve hit the halfway point in the month but I think I can still pull through the slump and declare victory by the 30th. Woo hah!

I’m Today’s NaNo Los Angeles Fairy Godmother

If you haven’t yet gotten your halo on the NaNoWriMo site via donation, now is your chance! I’m sponsoring today’s NaNoWriMo Adopt-a-Day for the Los Angeles region.

2013 Participant

You can win a halo simply by answering this prompt on the site’s forum. 

Today’s challenge is to write about a situation in which a character becomes famous, or infamous, for exactly ONE day. What happens to bring on the sudden thrust into the spotlight?

I’ll select a winner from the entrants at some point after 10 pm tonight.

There are still a few days available if you’d like to sponsor a day this month. Check out the NaNo LosAngeles for more info. Happy writing!

Penciling in me time

One of the advantages of a relatively spontaneous person is the ability to decide to do an event or go someplace on a whim.  Sometimes I feel like I am a spontaneous person, and sometimes I am surprised at the amount of structure that I find my “free time” taking.

So when did I become one of those people with social calendars scheduled out weeks in advance? Oh, right. It was about a month ago when I decided to write a long form story that would take the entire month of November.

I have many things to do still and now even less free time in which to enjoy them. One thing that I have not neglected to do though is to pencil in time where I can rest from all the activity and bustle and just take a moment or a few hours to relax. And then tell myself to get back to writing. ‘Til tomorrow!

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