March & April Writing Reflections


So it’s May now, which means April is over.  Anyone who has been following along the past couple months knows that for me, April means two things: Camp NaNoWriMo and the A to Z Blogging Challenge.

This post is reflecting on how those two things have gone this year.

So, they both technically happen in April, but with two things going on, I prep for A to Z in advance and schedule out all the posts, so that’s usually more of a March project than an April one.

Not so much this year. Continue reading


Writing Adventures of April


So April is going to be a month full of writing adventures for me.

I love a good writing adventure, so this is great, but it will also mean I’m going to be very busy and possibly a little frazzled.

I covered the A to Z challenge in last week’s post and revealed my theme the week before, but writing for that is still going to be progressing into April.  Normally, I’m a little more on the ball about it and I’ve written all my posts by the end of March.  This year, not so much.  So I’ll be finishing up the twenty-six posts for that which will probably translate to about 26,000 words in total by the time I’m done.  And then I’m sure I’m going to want to finish the story by then, which will mean lord only knows how many more words.  But that’s a May problem.

The other big thing I have in April is Camp NaNoWriMo.  Anyone who’s spent much time on my blog knows that National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a huge part of my life.  I’m a volunteer regional leader during the main challenge in November, and I’ve participated in the Camp NaNoWriMo session each April and July since I discovered them. Continue reading

The Hands that Mold: NaNoWriMo and the WriMos


For those new to my blog, the Hands that Mold series of posts is about the people in my life that have helped shape me into the writer I am today.

This post is about NaNoWriMo and the WriMos.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ve probably heard me talk about NaNoWriMo before, but for those who don’t know yet, that stands for National Novel Writing Month. NaNo is an amazing event that happens in November every year. The challenge for participants, called WriMos, is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. More specifically, to start and finish a novel in a month.

I started taking this amazing adventure with other writers in 2010 when I did the challenge with my friend Manda. I was hooked from the start and haven’t missed a year since. In 2014 I started doing Camp NaNo in April and July as well and haven’t missed one of those since I started either.

One of the most amazing things about NaNo is the practice of writing each and every day. It’s great for getting into (or back into) this habit. It’s also great because it gives me a goal and deadline to work toward, which is amazingly helpful in motivating me to write no matter what else is going on. Continue reading

Life, The University & Everything Else


July has been an exceptionally crazy month for me.

I accepted a new job, which means I also gave two weeks’ notice at my old job, worked those last two weeks, and started a new job all in the same month.

Plus the job change meant a cell phone change so we had to go through all the hassle with that and issues with ordering and way more trouble than it should have been.

Plus I’m trying to do Camp NaNoWriMo this month.  Even with a 25,000 word goal that’s been stretching me pretty darn thin.

And I still have a whole week of the month left!

And I’m not even complaining.  I’m super happy about everything going on this month. Continue reading

Z is for Zero


If you stumbled upon me through the A to Z Blog Challenge, welcome. If not, check out the challenge and all those participating at their site.


Yes, Z is for Zero.

Zero Excuses!

Zero missed post!

Zero missed blogs marked (WR) for writing!

Zero regrets!

And lots of zeros on my word count too!

I haven’t talked about it much because I’ve been doing the A to Z Blogging Challenge, but I’ve also been doing Camp NaNoWriMo this April. I managed to write lots of blog posts, get them all posted on time, and write most of a novel this month. Go me! Continue reading

N is for NaNoWriMo


If you stumbled upon me through the A to Z Blog Challenge, welcome.  If not, check out the challenge and all those participating at their site.


This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, on my blog.  This past November was dedicated to this amazing event, and October was dedicated to preparation for it.  I expect both months will continue to follow that theme each year as I continue with my blog.


NaNoWriMo is an amazing event put on for writers around the world each November.  In 2014, more than 1,000,000 writers participated from at least 65 countries and wrote more than 3,000,000,000 words.  Yes, more than 1 Million writers wrote over 3 Billion words in just 30 Days.  How awesome is that? Continue reading