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”

Camp NaNo: The Halfway Point

It’s April 15. You may know it as tax day (though the IRS has given us more time this year). But to those of us involved in this month’s Camp NaNoWriMo, it’s much more important than that. It’s our halfway point. Camp NaNoWriMo is the more flexible version of National Novel Writing Month, which takesContinue reading “Camp NaNo: The Halfway Point”

What Was in That Shot?

After nearly a year of writer’s block, during which my plot ran around in circles and refused to develop into a coherent outline, I got my first covid-19 vaccine a few weeks ago. And suddenly, I could write again. I whipped the outline into shape surprisingly easily, after all the time I’d struggled with it.Continue reading “What Was in That Shot?”

Reading Challenge: the First Quarter

As of the end of March, I’ve read my way through the first quarter of the 2021 Goodreads reading challenge, and am actually a few books ahead right now. This is a challenge I’ve taken part in since 2015. You set your own goal for how many books you want to read each year. WhenContinue reading “Reading Challenge: the First Quarter”

Photo Friday: Write-In

I posted yesterday about the April writing challenge known as Camp NaNoWrimo (National Novel Writing Month). Most NaNos include write-ins. These are events at which a bunch of writers get together to write, each on our own projects. These are usually my favorite NaNoWriMo events, but the pandemic means we can’t hold them this time,Continue reading “Photo Friday: Write-In”

Plotting Along

Yesterday I completed two major milestones! This was after a year of feeling unmotivated and unfocused, with the attention span of a toddler. First, I finished reading the final book I was assigned to judge for a national young-adult writing contest, decided on my rankings, wrote my comments, and submitted the judging results. And muchContinue reading “Plotting Along”

Friendly Fire

After weeks of cold weather, my writer’s group was able to meet again on Thursday. Until last year we met twice a week in coffee shops. Of course, when the covid-19 pandemic struck, we had to stop gathering in indoor venues. After a few months of not meeting at all, we started up again lastContinue reading “Friendly Fire”