Camp NaNo Progress, or Lack Thereof

Oh, no! July is almost over, and my Camp NaNoWriMo goal is still unmet. I was doing well earlier in the month, but I fell behind in the last couple weeks, and I have not yet been able to catch up. (NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, in which writers try to write an entireContinue reading “Camp NaNo Progress, or Lack Thereof”

Who Turned Out the Lights?

I was sitting at my laptop when something began rumbling outside. At first I thought it was an airplane. But it continued too long for that. Then it stopped. And started again. It took me a minute to realize that I was hearing some particularly epic thunder, though it didn’t look like rain outside. WithinContinue reading “Who Turned Out the Lights?”

Camp NaNo Update

After getting off to a great start on July’s Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I have fallen behind. My trip to Tangier Island cut into my writing time, but I’ve also had trouble getting back into it since I’ve returned. So many things have gotten in the way! I’m not terribly far behind, butContinue reading “Camp NaNo Update”

Return to Writing Camp

It’s Camp NaNo Time! Camp NaNoWriMo most recently happened in April. I met my writing goal that month, and am now camping out in the July version. Camp NaNoWriMo is a virtual camp that encourages participants to set a goal and work on a writing project all month. It’s a more flexible version of theContinue reading “Return to Writing Camp”

Throwback Thursday: Foamhenge

I just came across this old photo of my son, taken in 2007 when he was five years old. You can see the mysterious ancient standing stones of Stonehenge behind him…. No, not really. I took this photo in Natural Bridge, Virginia. The Stonehenge you see is actually made of Styrofoam. So, inevitably, it isContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Foamhenge”


A few days ago, I posted about the weird holidays that were being celebrated that day, which included International Ragweed Day, National Bartenders’ Day, and National Chocolate Pudding Day. Today is weirder. Today is INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY. In fact, typing in all caps is so important that we celebrate this one twice a year;Continue reading “A HOLIDAY TO SHOUT ABOUT”

Novel Progress: One Step Forward, Two Back

At the end of April I was pleased to announce that I had written more than 20,000 words of the YA science fiction novel that month, meeting my Camp NaNoWriMo goal for April. I’ve been writing since then, and today went to add up the words to see how much further I had progressed inContinue reading “Novel Progress: One Step Forward, Two Back”

Happy NaNo Camper

Woo hoo! I just hit my Camp NaNoWriMo goal for the month, and with a whole day to spare. Camp NaNoWriMo, which happens every year in April and July, is the more flexible version of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, which happens in November. The November version is a challenge for writers to startContinue reading “Happy NaNo Camper”