NaNoWriMo a Month in Review

Well here it is the last day of the month and I stopped writing the actual novel at 16,038. Not that I don’t accept that I didn’t win. I do. I have accepted it since November 10,2017. I realized that I had too many pressing things that needed to be done instead. With that in mind, I proceeded to write horizontally instead of vertically. I began to write letters,  welcome letters, recruiting letters, Thank you letters, and then my usual correspondence with my friends and family. Always tap tap tapping away at the keyboard. Creating, yes,  but not building a novel. Instead, I was deliriously happy creating  posts,creating  pages on a website, creating pages on a Mystery Thriller Week Facebook group pages aimages-2nd the Mystery Thiller Week Organizational page.

It was like the Frankenstein movie from the black and white days of the 30’s. I was hiding from the sunlight tapping on keys waiting on the lightning to provide the energy I needed to bring my pages to life.

I had all my inboxes organized and adjusted just waiting for the next day’s influx of authors, bloggers, vloggers, interviewers, curious bystanders and hesitant writers.  I never had to wait very long, in a litfilestle over 30 days we had collected a fine group of authors numbering over 100. A brave and daring 60 bloggers, book reviewers, and interviewers clamored to the site joining forces to bring this future event to be. Writing, planning, plotting, scheduling was consuming my every waking moment.  Always with the press of time against me. Why fret about a time crunch when the event is almost 80 days away?

I am going to be gone most of December with limited amounts of time on the computer. Why should I be on the computer when I am going to be spending time with my beautiful baby daughter and her four amazing precious children.  I have been offered the opportunity to ice fish. My laptop does not want to be that close to water, even frozen

I do not want to stop hugging and snuggling my four adorable Michigan grandchildren even for an hour. But I will. I am completely addicted to this computer after all. Some facts can’t be sugarcoated or whitewashed. My name is Vicki and I am addicted to my computer.  I have physical withdrawals when I can’t go online. I admit I have a problem but that issue is best left for another day.

With today, the last day to drag myself to the NaNoWriMo finish line, I must bow out and acknowledge, I did not cross the finish line, I will not cross the finish line, but I can admit I have had the most amazingly creative and productive November ever.  fall

I have made numerous new friends, starting with Benjamin and Sherrie, as well as about 100 authors, narrators, writing specialists and  50 or so bloggers that I am now following and reading and  several others that I never would have met had I held my nose to the NaNo grindstone and not looked around at this budding event we call Mystery Thriller Week.

I have a week until I leave for about 23 days. I will be posting along on the blog, but this is my Nano confession.  I did not come out a winner in the sprint, but I am definitely a winner in the long run.

When I get back, I will be once again sorting through my inbox organizing my little heart out. But know, I will have a smile on my face and lots of files and sticky notes to keep me busy.

Hello, December!  Happy birthday to Sarah the six-year-old who will after this post be known as Sarah the seven- year-old!  kitty



#MysteryThrillerWeek Congratulates #NanoWriMo2016 Participants

You did it! Or perhaps you are like me and November happened.Either way, let’s look toward February, where we can celebrate once again!

Mystery Thriller Week

nanowrimoYour accomplishment as a writer cannot be denied! Whether your #NaNoWriMo Work In Progress culminated in 5,000 action words or a shiny new 50,000 word novel, Mystery Thriller Week applauds your hard work and efforts with a resounding CONGRATULATONS! 
You embody the exact person we are seeking to participate in the 2017 Mystery Thriller Week being held February 12-22 next year. Over 100 Authors, 50 Bloggers, multiple specialists ranging from Publicists, Publishers, Editors, to Film Makers, Cover Artists, Book Reviewers, and FANS have already signed up and committed to the MTW event to make it the greatest Mystery Thriller genre event to ever be held online.
It’s not to late to be part of something fun, historic, collaborative, and educational. Sign up as a SUPER FAN, published author, blogger, or reviewer. MTW calendar of events will include:  Live hourly chats with Authors and Specialists in every time…

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Book Review: New Release: The Viscount’s Blazing Love, by Charlotte Stone

Regency Romance: The Viscount's Blazing Love (Fire and Smoke: CLEAN Historical Romance)Regency Romance: The Viscount’s Blazing Love by Charlotte Stone

  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: ShermanBrooks Publishers; 1 edition (November 26, 2016)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    New Release: Book Review: Love, Lies, & Typewriters, by Heather Blanton

    Love, Lies, & TypewritersLove, Lies, & Typewriters by Heather Blanton

    • Print Length: 158 pages
    • Publication Date: November 28, 2016
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01MXEV76Z



    My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Mystery Thriller Week Earlybird Deadline Approaching!

    Last call for earlybirds! Get signed up soon!

    Mystery Thriller Week


    #Mystery Thriller Week invites you to hop off the fence and commit to a worldwide event all about the Mystery Thriller Genre. It’s a week all about you if you’re an Author, Blogger, Writing Craft Specialist, Publishing Specialist, Narrating Specialist, Reviewer, Podcaster, or Vlogger.

    If you haven’t signed up yet, now is the time. MTW is offering a one-time SURPRISE for those who sign up by DECEMBER 1st. We are providinga specially crafted gift as your reward for committing your support for Mystery Thriller Week by the deadline. The MTW keepsake from the 2017 Mystery Thriller Week will only be provided to the early birds.

    Be among the Mystery movers, Thriller shakers, and Genre bakers. Join today as an Author, Blogger, Writing Craft Specialist, Specialist, Reviewer, Podcaster, or Vlogger. and get your name on the list of receivers for this one-time Earlybird offer that ends…

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    Book Review: Miracle on 5th Avenue, by Sarah Morgan

    Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan with Love, #3)Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (December 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2016
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CZ67NSI
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: The Christmas Cottage, by Samantha Chase

    The Christmas Cottage / Ever AfterThe Christmas Cottage / Ever After by Samantha Chase

  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (November 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O4CPOI8
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    #NANOWRIMO2016 Writers Sought

    Wanting to learn more about the craft of writing, narration, publishing? Sign up and join the movement! The MTW movement!

    Mystery Thriller Week

    Mystery Thriller Week 2017 has a surprise for you when all the hard work of NaNoWriMo screeches to a halt and is a distant memory. A completely free online MTW scheduled for February 12th – 22nd next year will help keep you motivated to crank out that final Work In Progress you started in November. This is your personal ticket for a unique opportunity to connect with both new and award-winning published authors, writing specialists, story coaches, editors, publishers, bloggers focused on reviewing books, vloggers, podcasters promoting the craft of writing, filmmakers, and numerous fans itching to learn more about the Mystery Thriller genre.

    For starters, we will announce a freeWrite Hook contest in December to celebrate your efforts toward crafting the first 300 words of a novel. What riveting book are you hiding deep down? Test it out during the Write Hook contest by drafting a first page…

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    Book Review: Doodletopia Fairies, by Christopher Hart

    Doodletopia: Fairies: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Magical and Beautiful FairiesDoodletopia: Fairies: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Magical and Beautiful Fairies by Christopher Hart

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (October 4, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607746956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607746959
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Happy Thanksgiving From Me to You

    I wish a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!


    To all my friends and dear sweet followers, I wish you the most amazing Thanksgiving holiday ever.  If you are not from America, I  want you to know that I am thankful that you are connected to me.

    November is a special thankful month and I share this day with you all. Today I will be spending the day with some of my family and I will be equally missing the rest of my family that lives in other states.