This morning I did a shortened version of this on my Facebook Timeline, but as I re-read it I realized I should post it here, with a few extra notes: Dear NaNoWriMo Participants, My Facebook timeline is filling with notes about how you have achieved your 50K (and some much […]

Dear NaNoWriMo Winner

Lisa Pietsch writes about terrorists and terrorism — and as a former US Air Force military cop you can trust the details she packs in her stories. So I’m thrilled to welcome her back today as she relates how her characters hijacked her NaNoWriMo project. * * * The short […]

Lisa Pietsch Got Hijacked!

I did it! I reached 50,000 words in my National Novel Writing Month project – which means I’m that much closer to being done Chad’s story. Okay, I’m that much closer to being done the first draft of Chad’s story. I figure I’ve got about another 20K to write before […]


I have had such a hard time NOT posting my thoughts on the latest furor to hit Romancelandia but lucky for you I am abstaining. You can thank me by sending caramels ๐Ÿ˜‰ or mint M&Ms. I’m meh about mint, but Gizmo Guy loves ’em and it would be cool […]

La La La … and a NaNo Update

I’m up to 22486 on Chad’s story – I wrote 1700 more words on it in the AM, but then had to start up Mom’s Taxi Service. Actually I’m over 23K because I wrote another 959 last night, but the NaNo servers were down so I couldn’t update the total. […]

NaNoWriMo Day 10 … plugging away

Another InkyGirl comic for you – in this one I see Ed as being my internal editor. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The one thing with NaNo is you’re not supposed to edit, you’re supposed to just keep moving forward. I think that’s useful for someone who has never finished writing a novel before, […]

NaNo Week 1 Report

I had a face/palm moment yesterday when I was going through my emails yesterday. I’d missed my friend Sue’s birthday two days ago. Sue’s the one who convinced me to get serious about my writing. Who nudged me and bugged me to “get back up on the horse” when I […]

Happy Birthday Sue

Yesterday’s NaNoWriMo daily count? 4092 words for a cumulative total of almost 13K. Woot! Yup, four days in and I’m a quarter the way to NaNo’s goal of 50K (although I figure the story will be around 70K by the time it’s done.)  I’ll be one happy camper if I […]

NaNo check in for Wednesday

Just a quick post this evening, updating my NaNoWriMo figures – I wrote just over 2700 words today, for a three day total of over 8800 words. Chad’s story is going to be different from Personal Protection — he’s getting back together with his former wife. There’s lots of angst, […]

NaNo report and a poll

instead all I’m smelling right now is burnt out brain cells… I just love Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s Inkygirl comics. What’s even better? She’s Canadian – from Toronto! Daily NaNo Wordcount Report Anyway, on to my NaNo report. I made it through the first day with a wordcount of 2074. Woot. […]

I love the smell of burning leaves …

Those of you who aren’t writers may see a lot of authors talking about NaNo or NaNoWriMo for the next month. November is National Novel Writing Month. It’s a challenge to write an entire novel in the month – or to be technically correct, to write 50,000 words in a […]

NaNo, NaNo, part deux

Yes, I think I was channeling Mork from Mork and Mindy. (Wow, now there’s a dated reference!) Good thing I can type this instead of having to say it – my mouth is still partially frozen from the second half of a root canal. I was in the dentist’s chair […]

NaNo, NaNo!