Row80 check-in for October 30, 2011


I’ve been a bad girl this week and haven’t done much of anything but try to finish up novel one in my Fallhollow saga.  I keep finding things that could be done better and I’m hunting for all the ‘looks’ and other repetitive ‘telly’ words I can find and eliminate them from my vocabulary.  It has not proven to be easy.

I’ve visited a couple of blogs and sent over another short story to midlife collage. I’ll let everyone know if they accept it for another contest.

Set up my NaNoWriMo info and added some buddy partners to keep me focused.  I’m going to be a writing fiend as I HAVE to finish book one before starting on book 2.

Need to get motivated on some kind of exercise routine, even if it’s walking.  The mornings are cool enough now, I just need to get off my lazy rear end and do it.

Will take a break from writing for an hour tonight to watch Once Upon a Time.    Streamed Merlin from the UK and watched it.  I am addicted to that show.  Got a little sidetracked Friday night when I went to see Josh Groban in Tampa with my sister-in-law.  The man is funny, amazingly beautiful with a voice of an angel. I’m so glad I went but the whole time between songs I was plotting my novel, editing in my head.  I really must get a life.

Have no other plans this week except to continue to write, look for jobs and blog hop a bit.  Talk to you guys next month!

Good luck to all you NaNoWriMo freaks.  Two more days to self-inflicted insanity.  You can find me as Slavandria if anyone needs a writing buddy.  ;-0

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s back to writing I go…

I have a novel to publish, short stories to edit, and a new novel to write in 30 days. I’m swamped.


Remember this fantastic scene from the Princess Bride?

Swap the words for the title of this post and that’s me facing down NaNoWriMo which starts a week from today. Am I nuts?

Unlike Prince Humperdink, I am not a planner. I don’t outline, I don’t figure out my characters or what they’re doing. I just write. Now, I do have a plan in my head. I know where I want to start and how I want to end but that’s it. I guess you could say my writing style reflects my everyday look at life.

I don’t plan. In fact, I hate to plan because nothing ever goes right when I plan. The best vacations I’ve ever had were the ones where no plans were made except to say “We’re going on vacation to [fill in the blank]”. Once we got to wherever we were going, my family and I did whatever caught our interest. We’ve never had an itinerary to uphold.

One of our best vacations was the one we took two years ago to Key West over Labor Day weekend. It was literally a spur of the moment trip, completely unplanned. I told the boys we were going to the Keys the next day (you should have seen their faces! priceless!) and to go to bed early. I got online and made reservations for us and the pooches (they love traveling, too) at a fabulous Sheraton Hotel on Key West beach (at an AWESOME rate that I couldn’t even believe myself] and off we went. I even took 1 extra vacation day from work so we would have 4 fab days in the Florida Keys. I got to live out two of my dreams: to see Hemmingway’s house and stand at the southern most tip of the United States. Kewl!

Hopefully, NaNoWriMo will offer the same opportunity to fulfill one of my dreams: to write and finish the second installment in my 3-part saga. I have butterflies in my tummy, my nerves are starting to twitch, and my brain is gearing up to face the unknown. The trip is going to be a fantastic one and I’m going to learn a lot, especially about myself. Can I stay focused? Can I make and accomplish goals? I believe I can. What I am sure of as a writer, is if I can get through and succeed at NaNo, I can succeed at anything. Today – Little Town, Florida. Tomorrow, New York! Look out world! I’m coming for you!!!

(gotta love the ‘I am awesome’ message!)

NaNoWriMo…are you ready?


I did it. I finally did it. I signed up NaNoWriMo for the first time ever. I figured why not. I can write the third and final novel in the Chronicles of Fallhollow saga.

What about you? Are you going to join in? You should! Come on! It’ll be fun. Just go to the NaNoWriMo website here and join. It’s painless. Once done, all you need to do is limber up your hands and fingers by November 1 and be ready to toss out a 50,000 word novel in 30 days!