Almost Time for NaNoWriMo

It is almost that time of the writing year. As many of you know, my muse has been on vacation since August. I am hoping – yes, fingers and toes are crossed – that it returns with a vengence on Friday.

In an effort to help me stay on track, I’m going to post my goals. I’m not a novel writer so my story will be shorter, but hopefully it will still entertaining and engaging. 

Here goes…I’m hoping you will help me stay motivated!

  • Genre:  Paranormal Romance (male-female but a male-male couple will be included)
  • Desired length:  30-35k words
  • To be written in First Person
  • Setting:  Virginia and Colorado 
  • Story will include werewolves and vampires. Nothing glittery here, though. I’ve been researching different myths so maybe my story will be unique. Also, the supernatural creatures are “out” to the public. 
Given my goals, I hope to write a thousand words a day. With my current schedule (and gym time), this will definitely be a challenge! 
Tonight I hope to finalize the mythology and choose names for my characters. My Three Act Structure is complete as well as my main character’s goals, motivations, and conflict. Oh yes, there will be lots of conflict in this one! Lots to be overcome. Should keep my characters on their toes! 
I hope that I’m able to do the story justice and bring it to life. I’ve started this one a couple of times in the past, but now I think I have the right combination of characters and plot to make it a success. Stay tuned!

Back to the Grind

Wow, Thanksgiving has come and gone. In what feels like in the blink of an eye, Christmas will be upon us. I managed to get spoiled having time off of work. I did some traveling, a lot of reading, and tried to catch up on my writing.

My NaNoWriMo story is coming along well. I’m behind my “ideal” word count, but I’m over 11K words. The way the story is progressing, I don’t see it being complete without being close to 50K words. If that is the case, it will be a record for me! I haven’t written anything that long before. I’m pretty excited about it. I’m hoping I can successfully blend mystery and romance without letting my readers down.

My writing time has been infringed upon by practicing the piano and rehearsing my music. Our choral group’s Christmas concert is December 8th (hopefully that date is a Saturday – you would think I would know…). Yikes! We have two rehearsals and then the dress rehearsal. I’m not panicking, but I definitely have some things to work on.

Tomorrow I get back to the work grind – and to getting up early. Yuck!! Oh, before I think about that, I’m on a James Bond kick. Do I need to admit I picked up the British version of GQ with Daniel Craig on the cover?? I watched Casino Royale today. Loved it! The man has some stamina – and no fear! I definitely had a laugh when he broke into M’s house. I cringed when he drank the poison. I think, overall, I liked it better than Skyfall. I could have done without Bond being tortured, but thankfully he survived. Oh, and we definitely didn’t get to see enough of his glorious body in swim trunks. Those scenes went by way to quickly *wink* I will give him credit for his nerves of steel at the card table. Wow!! I may have to re-evaluate Daniel Craig’s position in the list of actors who have portrayed Bond… hmmm….

Well, I suppose I should get my things ready for work. As much as I don’t want to stop enjoying my Sunday evening. Such is life, I suppose.

Casino Royale poster is courtesy of

It Feels Like Monday

While I am hugely grateful that it is in fact Wednesday, it sure feels like Monday! It has been a rather blah evening thus far. My “power” nap hasn’t been very empowering. In fact, it had quite the opposite effect. Now, I am struggling to motivate myself to write.

I’m behind on my NaNoWriMo story goal (unfortunately, life happened!). I do have 4,000 words written so far, but I should be closer to 7K. I am not complaining though. I’m very happy with how my story is going so far. I’m enjoying my main characters and the Halloween party. In fact, my love interests are getting ready to make each other’s acquaintance in a fun and somewhat sensual way. I can only imagine the reaction of a human, who isn’t all too familiar with vampires, kissing one whose fangs are front and center. My poor character – I see torture in the future!! No worries. A happily ever after awaits them both.

Well, blogging tonight has turned out to be a good thing. It has gotten me motivated to work on my story. Maybe I can make up some of my word count deficit! I hope my friends who are participating in NaNoWriMo are having good luck with their stories!

Happy writing!

NaNoWriMo Begins

So, if you recall, I was fretting about my project because I had my heart set on writing a murder-mystery novella, and it just wasn’t coming together for me. For now, I’ve set aside my plot diagrams and character charts. I need to work on the mystery when my muse is ready for me to do that.

In a fit of desperation I checked out the writing prompt app on my phone. It saved the day! (And this isn’t the first time.) While I don’t remember the exact words it showed (silly me checked it before I headed home from work and didn’t realize the app wouldn’t display the last prompt when I checked it again at home), I used the following that stuck in my head: a Halloween experience (very fitting, right?), a Navy Seal, and the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt.

I hope you are wondering how I’ve combined those in my story. I’ll give you a hint – the story will be a paranormal romance and includes all manner of supernaturals, particularly starring a mere human and a sexy vampire. In fact, I hope that my title inspiration of My Handsome Vampire will fit when I’m done writing.

So, my daily goal for NaNoWriMo is roughly a thousand words a day. Today’s count: 1,146

Off to a great start! Just hope I can keep it up!

Pressure is on…

That’s right – I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself. NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow and my murder-mystery story idea is floundering. The more I plot, the more I struggle. Also, the more frustrated I get trying to lay out the particulars of the crime and the characteristics of my suspects. I’m beginning to think that maybe I need to shelve this idea for later. If it isn’t coming now, I shouldn’t try to force it.

I finished Phantom Shadows by Dianne Duvall tonight (Bastien’s book). Oh, how I love the Immortal Guardians. When is the next book due out?? I have to know what happens to Ami! This has been such a refreshing paranormal series. I really enjoy her writing style – so smooth and everything just flows. Gives me something to aspire to (as I end my sentence with a preposition – oops!). Of Roland, Marcus, and Bastien, I think Bastien is my favorite so far. I’m very curious about Seth and David – are they ever going to find love? My fingers are crossed that they do!

See, I’ve totally gotten off track for thinking of my murder-mystery. Maybe it’s a sign. I have several unfinished pieces I could tackle as a part of NaNoWriMo. However, I was looking forward to starting and completing a novella (say 25-30K words). I’m going on a lack of sleep so maybe if I go to bed and rest my brain, lots (ok, I’ll settle for just one) of creative ideas might go floating through. Guess we shall see!

Happy Halloween!

Around the Corner

What is just around the corner? Besides the holidays? Give you a hint, it is in November. Does that help??

I am referring to NaNoWriMo. Whoo hoo! As you know, I participated in a version of NaNoWriMo last year. I set a word goal for myself. I didn’t plan to write a novel but to finish pieces that were in need of attention. While I started off the month well, I didn’t finish so strongly.

This year I am challenging myself to write a novella for NaNoWriMo. I’m really not a novel kind of author. I prefer shorter projects. Since my recent obsession has been to write a mystery, I figured this is the perfect opportunity. I’m going to spend the remainder of October doing research so that I am ready to write come November 1st.

Wish me luck!


A quick NaNoWriMo update:

Last week was pretty much a bust. I think I managed all of 600 words. Oops!

This week is off to a good start. My short story is roughly 1300 words (it can only be 1500 to submit). Not sure what the rest of the week will bring writing-wise, but hopefully I can finish the edits and additions to Tumbling in Time, my anthology piece.

My goal for NaNoMoWri was not to write a novel, but to finish pieces that have been sitting and to get ahead on writing some blog posts. Stay tuned – the Western Maryland Writer’s Group has planned a blog tour for after the holidays. Thus far I’ve succeeded on the blog posts but not on tackling the old projects. Maybe I can get there the end of this week… We shall see!