Nano Nano 2022

Not going to lie, this feels anticlimactic.  I look forward to nanowrimo all year long, and this year was no different. I’ve been planning to work on the second White Rose Railroad book for ages, but it’s just not coming together. I’ve lost Mrs. Andrews’ voice, and her story just isn’t working no matter what… Continue reading Nano Nano 2022


Nanowrimo Wrap Up 2020

Technically, there's still another day left. If you are still writing, keep going! You can do it. Last night around 9:30, I finally cracked 50k. I may write a little extra today, just so I can get that shiny badge for updating my word count every day, but as I was putting my word count… Continue reading Nanowrimo Wrap Up 2020


Nano Check In: Week 3

As I suspected, I finished writing the first draft of my book last week, but it didn't even break 35,000 words. I already had several points marked out on my outline that I could go back to expand, so I've been rewriting some of those scene and moving the words I would normally delete to… Continue reading Nano Check In: Week 3


Nano Check In: Week 1

How is your writing going? Are you participating? Are you a rebel? This week has gone much better than expected, on several levels. Currently I'm sitting at a word count just over 15,000, which means I'm two days ahead of schedule. I'm trying something a bit different this year in how I prepared. I've always… Continue reading Nano Check In: Week 1

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Nano Check-in: Week 1

How are you all? If you're in the US, then this past week has probably been particularly rough. I took two days off writing. I just didn't have the heart or the energy. My villain was hitting too close to home. I thought about dropping out of Nanowrimo completely. But after a couple of days,… Continue reading Nano Check-in: Week 1

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Shh. Don't tell. I really wanted to do Nano with a typewriter this year. The sterling would be perfect for just such a task, and I've been meaning to give Henry and Louis more of a workout. But once again, I caved to convenience. It comes down to one simple fact: I type faster on… Continue reading Mechanics

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Anticipation and a Half

If all goes well, I'll be hitting the 50% marker on my Nano draft this afternoon when I get off of work. I thought about forcing myself to write the 4,000 necessary words all in one go last night, but then my Amazon package arrived, including two books that I've been dying to get my… Continue reading Anticipation and a Half

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Things I’ve learned about Nano this week

1. The first 500 words are the hardest, at least for me. But once I get past that, get the ball rolling, it just becomes easier.2. Cats are terrible at taking dictation.3. If I can't have Storyist, then Scrivener is a passable substitute.4. I can't write and watch TV anymore. And writing with music is… Continue reading Things I’ve learned about Nano this week

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The Weekends, Where Do They Go?

If the typewriter forum is any indication, it's a miracle that anyone is getting any actual writing done this weekend.So far I'm ahead of the curve, but I'm not getting cocky yet, especially since I'd planned to DO THINGS this weekend, and they went down the drain rather quickly.I did get a little cleaning done… Continue reading The Weekends, Where Do They Go?

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Three days and counting

Only three days left until Nano gets into full swing. Do you have your outlines? Your notebooks? Extra ribbons? A backup drive?I've been woefully lax in my typewriter repairs. I've set the Woodstock aside for the moment, since I don't plan on using it as my primary machine. Mostly I'll be using the laptop since… Continue reading Three days and counting