NaNoWriMo 2016 Aftermath

This morning I finished my 2016 Nano Novel (with outline included) at just under 150K. 

Now it’s time to return to book one and rewrite.

Today, book 1 begins again. 

The rest of the year is the rest of the series. 

I’m reaching my 2017 writing goals. 

I can finally wear the winner shirt!

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Your Love and Your Life

You wish things had ended differently. That she would have done more, that you could have done less. You just want things to have been different. 

You wouldn’t have said what you had said if you knew how things were going to go. Sure, you felt it, and she eventually said it back, but it wasn’t the same after that. 

To you, the words “I love You,” might as well be a knife to thé throat of your relationships. 

You kill all the beautiful things in your life and are left lost with the remains that no amount of resuscitation can breathe new life into. 

Maybe it’s better that way. 

Failure is Not an Option! 

Failure is not an option. 

You tell yourself this over and over again,

Until it becomes a permanent mantra.

You have to finish this project,

Before the month rolls over to a new one.

You have already reached close enough,

To taste the sweet success,

Of the winner’s circle. 

But you have your own goals. 

100K or Bust!

What I’m Writing for NaNo 2016

Hello fellow writers and readers!

NaNoWriMo is just around the corner again! (Where does the time go?!)

I am participating again, and it will be my second year as the Municipal Liaison for SLO county!

So what am I writing this year?

Book Six(!!!) of my series: Beautiful Things.


Here’s my Novel!

I am exploring some new topics that I haven’t written about before, and some new dynamics that should be challenging, but rewarding. 

Over the past month or so the series has changed quite a bit so it will be interesting to see where it goes. I would say it’s taken a step in the less campy more serious direction, so we’ll have to see how it goes. 

Either way, good or bad, I’m excited for NaNoWriMo this year!

Want to join me and write a novel?

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Why Do I Stop Writing?

All things must come to an end. The day we live through must give way to a new one tomorrow, the weeks and months give way to New Years and decades. Even writing projects must end, some of them earlier than others. 

I have a lot of unfinished projects. Daily when I write, or think about writing, I open my program, or my notebook and scroll through and look at all the ideas I have started and never finished. 

Why did I stop writing them?

There are several reasons:

I Found a New/Better Idea:

Don’t ask me where all of my ideas come from, but occasionally I start them before I really flesh them out. Then a new idea comes around and I jump onto that one. 

I Don’t Know Where the Story is Going: 

Sometimes I “off-road” from my outline and then get stuck because I have no idea where the story is going after that. Sometimes I don’t even have an outline. Sometimes, I just don’t like the idea as much as I thought I would. 

The Writing Gets Too Hard:

There are certain topics and situations that are just hard for me to write. Certain emotions that I can’t fully express on the page, or certain situations that I have never been in and can’t accurately describe. So I stop to research and sometimes never return to it. 

Interruptions:

Sometimes, I just get interrupted and lose my flow in a piece and just never return to it. It happens and it’s depressing, but sometimes the writing mojo doesn’t come back. 

Thinking about all these reasons why I stop writing, I realized something. Those are all excuses why I stop writing. 

The real reason I stop writing is FEAR.

Fear that my idea isn’t good enough.

Fear that I will never find the right direction. 

Fear that I can’t do the hard writing, so I move to something easier. 

Fear that I will never be in that right writing mood, or that I will never be as excited as I was to write that first page. 

I am making the choice to stop letting the fear dictate what I start and finish. 




Camp NaNoWriMo Update

Yes, I am doing Camp NaNo this July. 

I’m working on several projects.

Writing- 

Little Earthquakes- Based on the first album by the lovely Tori Amos, the story follows a young woman as she tries to navigate several disasters that threaten to destroy her dream of being a dancer. 

The Schemes of VKs (Descendants fanfiction)- A prequel to Just One Kiss. The story of how Mal and Ben got together after the love spell and the repercussions. 

The Weight of Your Lips (Descendants fanfiction)- The sequel to Just One Kiss. What happens after Ben and Mal share that spectacular kiss. 

Editing-

Girl Disappearing- Book One in the LOVED series. Jared’s fight for Emily when she can’t fight for herself. Randa’s fight for Widren with Marvel and Xander. Two worlds hang in the balance. 

Just One Kiss (Descendants Fanfiction)- Ben made a promise without realizing it. Can he and Mal navigate the summer without disastrous consequences?

I am pretty busy this July. All of this, with work and volunteering. Though so far I am having a lot of fun. 

Fanfiction: Just One Kiss

Camp Nano

A taste of Little Earthquakes