Camp NanoWriMo Winner!

July I began in earnest working on When a Pachyderm Comes to Visit.  I worked on three short stories as well.  I was able to complete all three short stories which gave me a word count of almost seven thousand words. I have the second book almost completed in first draft form at almost eight thousand words. The other fifteen thousand words were on a Christmas story that has not got a confirmed name as well as rewriting on Blip.

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With these thirty thousand words came the banner and a certificate as well as a few special offers from sponsors. With it came a great deal of satisfaction that I had stayed on course even with the other tasks at hand.  I am excited to be once again finishing a month of on task writing and to say another Camp Nano is in the books.

If you have never tried NanoWriMo or Camp Nanowrimo, I invite you to set out a little of each day in November to try your hand. It is a fun opportunity to flex your staying power muscles and show your writer’s block and insecurity a thing or two.  November will have a fifty thousand goal and will be a little tougher to achieve, but it is ever so worth the effort.  Write a novel in thirty days! You can do it!

How do I know that?

Because I did!

If I can pen The Path of the Child and Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? in thirty days, you can write one too.

 

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I Am One Excited Camp NaNoWriMo 2017 Winner!

As you have just seen I verified the official word count on the novel called Blip.

Blip has become such a fun chance to grow creatures, spacemen, heroines, heroes, bad guys, bossy people, and more. Not only all that; I also get to be called a NaNoWriMo Winner.

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I can assure you this year has been almost impossible. I am so proud of myself for completing this commitment. There was a death in the family that took me away from the computer for 7 days. I wrote on my phone then transferred it to Scrivener when I got home. I also am working on getting Sojourner McConnell’s first children’s book, Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? ready for publication. That didn’t even go into the final word count.

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So this morning as I finished chapter sixteen, I added in the word count and voila! I was over by almost a thousand.

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If you have stayed with me this far, I think I will give a small taste of Blip in its rawest form. I relish your feedback. Please let me know what you think of my guy.

The young black-haired, creamy-skinned man sat at the metal table in the windowless room. With odd green eyes which sloped into an exotic shape. His wide lips were moving in and out between his hidden teeth. An odd tick the soldier thought. The young man looked over at the soldier near the door as if he could tell what the soldier was thinking. He shrugged slightly, raised one recently crafted eyebrow, then he spoke for the first time.

“To what do I owe the pleasure of being caged in this room? Are you armed? Do you plan on shooting me? Are you afraid?”

The soldier at the door looked away from this penetrating eyes. The soldier, LT. Brad Davies, looked at the young man and shook his head.

“The General and his assistant will be here momentarily.”

“My name is Hiram. Well, I go by Hiram here. My real name is unpronounceable by mere humans. It involves clicks, gurgles and a sound that only a body with two larynx’s can form.“ Slowly blinking his green eyes, he continued.

“Seeing as you were born on this blue ball you call Earth; I will assume you have only one larynx. So you may call me Hiram.”

“But I digress; I came here in 1949 and have lived here for the over 66 years. I have moved about in the last six decades and never remained too long in one place, since I do not age like your frail bodies. I am one hundred years old, yet since I have a lifespan of five hundred, I am what you would consider twenty.” His eyes never wandered from the soldier’s face yet, Brad felt a vibration in the room as if machinery was being used. He knew there was no equipment being used in this room. Brad felt more than a little uncomfortable.

“I have lived in many countries, but I tend to move about the United States more often than others. The freedom of the interstate makes it easy to set up a new identity as needed. My neurovisage has allowed me to remain undetected. I was fortunate to excel in the skill which allowed me to be sent for this mission.” Casually stroking the table top with his fingers, he continued in his strangely quiet voice.

“I am still curious as to how you caught up with me. I am from Insorna a non-ringed planet with five lunar satellites, located in the galaxy you call Andromeda. My intelligence is of course superior. This one fact makes my capture even more astounding.” Hiram bit his lip with the flat edge of his bottom teeth.

“Before I proceed, will you tell me how you came to know about me?”

Now that Brad knew this man was not as he appeared, he was more conscious of Hiram’s unusual facial features. Brad was not ordered to engage in conversation, only to guard the door to prevent escape.

Hiram blinked his green eyes slowly in a nonchalant way, letting Brad know that he was not concerned. He had escaped being noticed all these years, and he would soon be back off the grid. He had supreme homogenization skills.

Brad tried not to look at the mirror, he tried to remain calm. He had no idea what he was supposed to do now. So he spoke again.

“They will answer your questions, perhaps.”

Hiram knew that he would soon be free. His contacts in the monitoring station, on the far side of the moon, would not allow him to become a prisoner. They were aware of his situation. He would be protected. Of that, he was confident.

“I eagerly await the General and his assistant. I am able to detect that they are watching me from the other side of that window. Feel free to join me, General. I am ready to speak face to face.”

Day Three of NaNoWriMo Ends

Three days of writing, thinking, planning, and adjusting preconceived notions, have provided me with 6425 words, loosely four chapters and a pretty good idea of where this story is heading.  The mystery is afoot, one clue is in hand. The key to the clue is missing. The meeting of minds is commencing. The inane doxology of ice cream has been spoken.

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Did you know that post it notes were invented in 1980? There was no valid use for the weak glue until four years later when the 3M inventor’s friend decided to use it to hold his pen in place on his choir book.  Yes, that’s the holy grail of this researcher’s treasure hunt.

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I have not quite gotten to the one little blurb I presented myself with last month for inclusion into the book.  Yet, it is only three days in. what did I expect?  After a flying start, an overwhelming night, and a night of sleep, things started to get on an even keel today. Since it was a day scheduled to spend some time with the editor on the Shepherds book, I didn’t even approach NaNoWriMo writing until 8:00 pm.

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Is that a real word or a southern phrase?

Still working on the plans for #MysteryThrillerWeek.  I am loving the ideas for the event, just need  more bloggers and authors involved.  Make this event helper happy, sign up and let us see that interest. You can find us at mysterythrillerweek.com, at Goodreads.com, and at Facebook.com . come join the fun. Get your name out in the public eye, have reviews provided, meet your fellow authors, meet publicists. This event is for and about you.

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Good Morning NaNoWriMo November!

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Woke up throughout the night with visions of manuscripts in my head. Finally decided enough was enough and hauled out of the warm comfy bed at 3:37. Here it is 6:35am  and I’m only 460 words away from the daily goal.

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I wanted Melanie to talk to me and so far she and Robert have been quite chatty.  I found them in the car during a little November Alabama rain storm, heading to the family home. Off to a stellar start on this early November 1st morning.  Keep talking to me, guys!  We have a long road ahead of us.

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I hope your NaNoing is going well and you are enjoying your coffee, tea or other morning ritual and are happily writing away.  1667 words a day, oh yeah! We’ve got this!

 

 

NaNoWriMo for Young Writers, Make it a Family Event, or a Classroom Event!

NanoWriMo is about to start and Mom and Dad, don’t forget to invite your young writer to share the month of fun with you. There is an entire program just for young writers. With workbooks that are free to download so that that spark of the love of writing can begin November 1st. Teachers and  homeschool educators  can introduce the young writer to the process as well. There are tools for each circumstance.

Where can I get a free workbook?

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Worksheets are included in these free PDF files. Walking the elementary school, middle school, and high school students through the entire process of writing their first novel. With proofreading hints and tips, guidelines on making the story have peaks and valleys of suspense, and guiding the young writer through the entire process. I gained a lot of advice reading these workbooks. These workbooks carry the young writer from plotting, through editing and proofreading all the way to submitting their work for publication.

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If there had been a NaNoWriMo when I was a young parent, I can only imagine the fun the children and I would have had throughout the month of November. Instead of just reading books together, we could have all hunkered into the family room and written books together. Now it is a real event. This is the time to share the news with young writers in your life about NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program.

What support is available?

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Share this post with anyone that you believe might be enthused about their young writer joining in on their creative month. What a wonderful opportunity. As a grandmother, I promise I am sending this information to most of my grandchildren. I have two older grandchildren that I inherited when my daughter married their dad and I am hoping to encourage them as well.

The Young Writer Program website is being revamped at this time, yet there is an opportunity to sign up for notification when the site goes live. They will send an email announcing the new site. I can’t wait to see what new additions have been added. Once the new site goes live the link to the old site will become invalid. So sign up to be notified so that you have all the most current information available. The site should go live any time now as we move closer to November. Just as an aside, I have signed up for  notification and will change all the links on this page when it is live, so the links provided, will stay current.  🙂

Want to know more about getting your child or student involved?

Go to Young Writers Program at Nanowrimo and. There is also plenty of information on the educator’s role in NaNoWriMo. Are you a teacher, do you homeschool? Would you like to have your students involved? There are free tools to make this happen.

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I hope this has inspired a young writer, a parent, teacher, or educator, to introduce the challenge of NaNoWriMo into your life.  Writing can open so many doors to the minds of the children. I hope you take advantage of the opportunity that is available to you.

Please let me know if you are participating. I would love to know how your family of writers, class of writers, or students are doing.  Opportunities like this make me so glad to be part of the current computer based world.

NaNoWriMo Official Banner, Personal Invitation, and Buddy Request!

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July 1, 2016 Starts Camp NaNoWriMo

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Today is the day to face the question I have been weighing in my mind. Did I want to make myself stop feeling sorry about losing my muse and get back to writing.  I think she would have wanted me to.  My little muse always liked to stand with her front feet on my right arm as I type away at the computer waiting for time to tell me to get to bed.  So this is my first NaNoWriMo with a broken heart, a missing muse and no timekeeper.

But I did it. I got up as soon as I realized it was officially July 1, 2016 and I opened the Camp NaNoWriMo page and wrote a message to my cabin mates about my expectations and plans. Then I progressed to my writing app and started writing. My mind free to write anything it wanted. No pressure to have a certain genre in mind or a set character in place.

I admit I am a pantser. I write for the moment and let it build around me. Sometimes I like where it goes, sometimes it is tripe. When it is tripe, I try to figure what made it such and plow on. That’s the fun part of Camp NaNoWriMo, you focus on your word count. You keep the bad and edit it, or trash it in August.

So here I sit at 3:34 am already  1392 words in, with a goal of 1613 per day to finish my 50,000 words on schedule.  The mantra going through my head, “I can do this, I can do this. I am going to have fun, I can do this!”

Beau is sleeping next to me. He only goes to bed when I do, so he is probably going to be droopy and red eyed this month. I am sure he will be silently wondering why I, “the grown up in the group” have to  be told when to go to bed.  He may have already been wondering that for a couple of weeks now. I am going to see if he steps up to the plate and becomes the timekeeper around here or if we just get to run amok with constant insomnia and not a sleeping pill in sight.

So today, I am off to the races with a little bit of a mean spirited story that allows me to say snarky things through my characters mouth.  It is just four pages long at this point. I will decide later if it is tripe or if it is worth finishing. right now it is just fun.

For now, I just need to focus on those extra 221 words I need before I can call it a day, and only 18 more hours left of the Camp NaNoWriMo word count day in which to do it.

“I can do this, I can do this. I am going to have fun, I can do this!”