Think a Fiction Formula is a Bad Idea? Think Again…

Another year. Another NaNoWriMo win. Another story fail. Sound familiar?

I completed another NNWM this year, in spite of working full-time. That’s the good news. I can write enough each day to reach the goal of 50K words in 30 days. The bad news is, the story’s terrible. In fact, it’s not really a […]


Not Everybody Survived NaNoWriMo 2012

An interesting view of the NaNoWriMo experience, from a newbie who also writes other stuff for a living.

Almost all folks new to writing a novel in November suffer this sort of culture shock. Even, or maybe especially, those who write other things and write them well. Alexandra Petri is a fine writer, and her […]


And, Crayons Down, Writers…

It’s over. Done. Finished. Polished off. Wrapped up.

Yep, NaNoWriMo’s over for another year. As the Chinese would say, the eyes have been added to the painted dragon. That puts thirteen years of them behind us.

I wrote 302,014 words. And sill lost to the dalartha-person. Sigh. It was a good battle, though. I […]


The End is Nigh…

Of NaNoWriMo, I mean. In one sense, that’s good. My fingers are sore, my bum’s developed a beastly callous, the snacks are all but gone, and I’m on my last bag of coffee. I’ve even considered drying out the used coffee grounds and eating them for any residual caffeine, and as a substitute for the […]



With the annual trek to insanity that is NaNoWriMo drawing to a close, I thought it appropriate to pause and write a bit of haiku in honor of the effort…


Writing, so many

Words that fill my screen with strange

Worlds and fantasies.


To be a writer

You must sacrifice your life

To […]


Bagged the Big One

It’s now day five of NaNoWriMo, and I’m done. Actually, I got done a bit ago, but couldn’t bring myself to leave the chat room. Too much fun!

To recap: I set a goal, a month ago, to try for 7,000 words a day. That would do several things. First, I’d have to write. A […]


One Week Until NaNoWriMo Kickoff

I’ve been absent a bit, madly working on three plots so I’ll have enough material to take me to 210,000 words and beyond this year. Not that I’m guaranteeing anything! Always good to be prepared, though. Three plots seems like a lot, but one never knows when one might get bogged down and need to […]


Two Weeks to Go…

Not a lot of time left to get ready! I’ve been adding details to my plots and storyboards, outlining the pieces I think will be tough to write. I’ve also been spending time on the forums, and practicing my Dragon and other software skills.

I think I’ll give WriteWay Pro a try this go-round, at […]


Looking to Bag a Big Impossapotamus This Season

It’s still three weeks until the kickoff, but I’m already on the hunt. Or at least getting the big guns all polished and loaded. I intend to score my biggest win ever this year at NaNoWriMo, something like 210,000 words. It’s aggressive, but I had so many days last year that were around 7,000 each […]


Uh Oh; I May Have Messed Up…

Yep, I gone and done it. I volunteered.

Looks like I’ll be the General for the great Word War between Texas and Maryland. Austin and Houston on one side, Baltimore and poor relations on the other. We lost a close one last year; this year’s gonna be different.

Maybe we’ll get some payback for the […]