Archive for the ‘celebration’ Category

Looking forward

A very happy new year to you! I am still on something of a writing holiday while I settle back into an everyday routine and get ready to tackle the start of a new year. I feel like I’m standing on the edge of 2013, my toes curled over the edge, about to free fall […]


After several years of trying, after a trip out of town that got me off to a slow start, after a 4-day migraine and the distraction of Thanksgiving, even after the peculiarly specific self-loathing that always sets in around 30,000 words… …I finished NaNoWriMo! I’m not done with the manuscript, so I’ll be working on […]

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving…

…and there are a few writing-related thanks that I’d like to reflect on: -I’m thankful to be writing again, in earnest. It feels so good to get the words out, and see them come together as a cohesive — if not quite ready to show the world — finished product. -I’m thankful that our circumstances […]

Worth the reward

Working for yourself can be a lonely, frustrating endeavor. There are no coffee break chats with coworkers — you drink your coffee alone, watching the squirrel who is always wandering onto your porch. You cannot lure people to your desk with home-baked cookies — the cookies just sit there, calling to you from the kitchen […]

Finished (and just getting started)

Today, I finished the first draft of a novel. It is a gigantic mess. There are plot points left unresolved, characters who show up and then are never mentioned again, characters that the book would be better off without, flat character and setting descriptions, too few subplots, and a giant mess of a central storyline […]