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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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2015, I am in you

Between you and me the title of this post is a bit of a joke. I’ve always found the phrase “<blank>, I am in you” treading a fine line of being off-putting at the same time as amusing. I still can’t decide what to make of it. Are there any colloquial phrases like that for you?

Goal Check

Some goals I had at the start of the year were

  • Launch a freelance writing career
  • Start a podcast
  • Finish revisions and send a query for the novel I finished in November.

At this time I’ve done the first one out of those three. The year is about one-third over now. That might indicate I’m on on track with these things. That isn’t the case though because these were all goals I put into motion at some point LAST year. Between making TRIPLE TIMe, a new gig that looks like it could lead to a long-term opportunity, and my volunteer activities, I don’t have much time to start a podcast or much mental energy to revise my novel. Well, not if I want to get enough sleep on any given night.

Someone made a #pillow map of my life. . . . . #la #tech #art #food #fashion #taffexpo

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Who needs sleep, really?

On a freelancer self-help spree earlier this month, I picked up a copy of The Productive Writer by Sage Cohen at my local library. A mini-review is coming. As soon as I find make the time to finish reading it.


Growing and Cleaning: Must Be Spring

Over the last few months it appears that I took my A Mad Notepad tagline: A little less talk. A lot more doing, literally. It worked well for my productivity but I noticed that the blog hasn’t been the most active reading destination. so I want to take a moment to come up for air. That fresh Spring air with all the new plants, pretty flowers, pollen — *cough* *hack*– Pollen aside, I do like what the new season has brought so far.

Writing projects

I’ve made good progress on my professional writing venture started almost a year ago. I now have several pieces in the works. My most recent writing piece is now up on wodff.org as part of a plan to showcase a variety of LAFD supporters. I’d also like to submit a piece to a forthcoming NaNoWriMo anthology and perhaps explore cool web series opportunities like this.

LA G33k D1nners, now in the South Bay

LA's first Geek Dinner in the South Bay.

LA’s first G33k D1nner in the South Bay. January 14th at Stacked, in Torrance. Click for larger.

As a regular attendee I got promoted to dinner co-host late last year. My first action was to incorporate the South Bay into the location rotation of monthly L.A. Geek Dinners starting this year.

In January I hosted my first meal, at Stacked, in Torrance. It was a little nerve-racking at first, especially when learning how to order meals on the iPads placed at every table. Overall we had a good time and our tables saw a variety of delicious, highly-customized meals.

Next month we’re returning for more food and fun. Join us on April 8th, at 7pm, especially if you’re a geek (any type of geek!) in Carson, Lakewood, Redondo Beach, Harbor City, Torrance, Long Beach, Gardena. We’ll be all up in your backyard in 2015! Don’t be shy and come say hi.

If you’re planning to attend please RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/LA-g33k-d1nner/events/221379508/

Social network Spring cleaning

I reduced my social media noise to better focus on what really matters to me online. With recent news of Google+ having numbered days– a network I’ve actively used since their beta– I’ve officially dumped a handful of sites (BYE Empire Avenue, Xanga, and FriendFeed) and started using others regularly like Ello, Vine, and Instagram. I have a lot of new things to share on the latter that is sure to excite the armchair foodie in you. Watch that space!

Have you deleted any of your disused social networks lately?

Coming soon, TRIPLE TIMe the short film

TRIPLE TIMe Production

On set for TRIPLE TIMe Production.

I’m producing a sci-fi, short film about time travel called TRIPLE TIMe written and directed by Trevor Mayes. After a successful crowd-funding campaign earlier this month we’re currently in production (March 28 – April 12).  Though the shoot days are long it’s encouraging to see how dedicated everyone is to the project’s success. It’s has been a positive experience for me overall. I’ve learned a lot from launching a crowd-funding campaign (that could be another blog post if anyone’s interested) to being on set. I’ve gotten to work with some uber-talented craftspeople and actors. And that I was able to successfully navigate to the set in south OC and back without winding up on a toll road was a bonus. Is that a sign that feature film producing is my next career move? We’ll see. For more info please visit (and like) TRIPLE TIMe on Facebook!

How have you grown in the first 3 months of 2015?


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!


About Blogging

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Photo by Caitlin O.

Today I read an interesting article on Medium that got me thinking about my writing goals for this year. Around this time last year I mentioned that I wanted to write more and I did. I still do, however the type of writing I want to do has changed. I have been blogging for at least a decade and, with one exception, most of my blogs have never been structured around a dedicated topic. I can see that I most often write about super challenges, reading, real life sports (not the kind you watch on tv), and food. All of that is enjoyable and fun to write about, but that’s not going to be my focus this year.

This year I plan to write more about personal growth. By the year’s end I’d like to look back here and see a progression of what I’ve learned.  I’d also like that shift to reflect my growth as a person who writes writer.

I joined Medium late last year when they opened it up to the public. I have yet to post an article there. I am hesitating because I’m trying to pick the “right” topic. I know that isn’t what blogging is about. It’s about writing whatever you feel like writing about without hesitation and ultimately finding that community who feels a connection with your thoughts. I’m unsure of what to say there so I’m going to say nothing, lurking on other blogs on Medium for a little longer before I dive in. Learning opportunity numero uno.


A Mystery Gift

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This is the front.

I was fortunate to receive a sweet present from a writer friend who’d traveled all the way to the Island of Hakkaido, in Japan, this past summer.

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This is the back.

I can’t read Japanese so I had no clue what this package held until she told me. When she did it became clear that she clearly knows my tastes. Can you guess what this is?

Here’s are a couple of clues: It’s not a jigsaw puzzle. Nor is it a box of flower seeds. Those might not be very helpful clues to help you guess, but helping out with elimination of possible guesses can be somewhat useful too. The answer, if not guessed in a comment before then, will be posted tomorrow.


An Anniversary Away

An anniversary

Start murmured hearts, and amplify the marks
from questions left to scar, the patterns I depart.

– Reverie Sound Revue “An Anniversary Away”

You may have noticed that I’ve taken a bit of a break from my customary weekly posts. It wasn’t done on purpose and perhaps that’s why I dropped off… 

That said, there’s nothing like experiencing life to the point where you’ve had enough of spreading yourself so thin that you are amazed at how you just can’t seem to muster up enough mental energy to write something (anything) in your own blog.

There have been ups and downs over last few months, but I’m happy to say mostly ups. I hope that I’ve officially broken through being ‘thinly stretched’ and that I’m able to write regularly again. I’ve missed this.

Today is my blog’s 3 year anniversary.


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