As I gear up for NaNoWriMo (yes it’s only September, see last week’s post for why that’s not early) I’ve begun thinking about ideas I could work on for this year.  I haven’t settled on anything yet, but I’ve been looking back through things that inspire me as I think through ideas, and I just wanted to share a few of them today.

1) Books

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2) TV Shows and Movies

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3) Traveling

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4) My NaNoWriMo Community

NaNoWriMo T-Shirts

5) My NaNoWriMo Co-MLs

6) Roleplaying Adventures

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What inspires you to keep creating?


How my Reading Gets into My Writing


I’ve been reading a very interesting book, The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel, about infidelity, fidelity, relationships, and our constructs of love and monogamy.  I’ve found it incredibly thought provoking.

While I have no experience with affairs, I am married, and we’ve been together for a long time.  This book has given me a new lens to think through my own relationship and be thankful about how atypical we are, especially for a pair of high school sweethearts. Continue reading

Total Solar Eclipse August 2017


On August 21, 2017, I had the amazing good fortune to be just outside Simpsonville, SC, right in the path of totality for the solar eclipse that crossed the United States.  This was a rare chance to see something truly amazing, and I wasn’t going to miss it.  When my partner realized his parents lived in the path of totality more than a year ago, we made plans to go down.  I’d requested the day off work more than a year in advance.

Leading up to the eclipse there was plenty of news coverage and lots of warnings about not looking directly at the sun without proper eye protection.  Eclipse glasses were available at eye doctors, libraries, planetariums, and schools all over the country.  Our family ordered them online, and they even had the date of the eclipse printed on them. Continue reading

The Hands that Mold: Mathew


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 Mathew.

If you’ve been reading for a while, you might remember me mentioning Matt before.  He was part of my very first Role Playing Game (RPG) group, which I talked about in a previous The Hand that Mold post.  You might also remember him if you’ve read my book.  This is the Mathew that I mention in the dedications and by the end of this post you’ll have a better idea of why I plan to dedicate each and every book to him. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo: Day 11


It’s day 11 of National Novel Writing Month.  That means we’re into week two.  Momentum is often lost in week two as the initial enthusiasm wears off.

I’m doing okay.

As of midnight on Day 10:

  • My best words per day was 6,178.
  • My overall word count is 36,531.
  • I’ve hosted 3 write-ins.
  • My best sprint time so far was 908 words in 20 minutes.

Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

And there’s so much left of the month.  I have another 20 days of creative literary abandon to enjoy, and plenty more words to write.

*Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Blasting Off for a Writing Adventure


It’s the end of October already.  Soon Halloween will have come and gone and November will be upon us.  And for me, November means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

This year’s NaNoWriMo theme is “Your Novel, Your Universe,” and I love all the artwork associated with it so far.  It’s all about clean lines, sleek old-school rockets, and astronovelists.  But NaNoWriMo also about so much more than just the art.  It’s about writing the novel you always wanted to, or maybe the novel you didn’t realize you had in you. Continue reading

Q is for Quotes


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.


I find quotes can be very inspiring, so I’ve collected a few of my favorites to share with you today. Here are a few quotes that I think have a bit of spark to them, along with a few images I use to help share them.


“It’s like your batteries get low, and you need to charge them on someone else’s story.”

Margaret Cho


“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t write. But don’t let them tell you what you must write either. It’s art, not a grant application.”

Patrick Ness


“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

Thomas Paine


“Look at people for an example, but then make sure to do things your way.”

Queen Latifah


“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Bernard M. Baruch

Be who you are and say what you feel

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

John Steinbeck

Ideas are like rabbits

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved

“Nothing livens up a den of iniquity like a potted plant.”

Flora, in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

Nothing livens up a den of iniquity

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.”

John Wooden

If you're not making mistakes

“To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.”

Bill Watterson

To invent your own life's meaning

“So much universe and so little time.”

Terry Pratchett

So much universe  TPratchett