Monday, October 31, 2011

Seven and a Half Hours

National Novel Writing Month starts in under eight hours. Many WriMo's stay up until midnight all over the world, where ever they are, and start writing as soon as the bell tolls twelve. As it so happens I had planned to do the same. My initial plan was sleeping as much as possible since I thought school was cancelled for the Holiness Summit. However, I had four amazing holiness services to attend (I'm glad I did, I feel rejuvenated) and one still this evening.

The second step after sleeping was to blog. Here I am!! The third step in my Pre-NaNo schedule was "get some last minute homework done - as per usual - and go over my outline." HA! So far I haven't done any homework with the Holiness Summit going on and with this nasty head cold I doubt I'll do any this evening. I was thinking about drawing up my characters as I see them to keep me from writing too soon, and that might still happen. Right now I'm in the midst of my 4-6 DJ shift at the radio station. Making sure my desk was clear had been step six, and having my NaNo bag handy (full of my sweet treat rewards for this coming fiasco) is still a GO!

We don't really celebrate Halloween since I'm on a Holiness Bible College campus, but I might get my steampunk gear on and have a nerf gun/sword fight with the husband to keep me awake until midnight. He'll crash - I'll tappity tap away on my keyboard until I can't keep my eyes open.That might be sooner than initially planned with NyQuil zapping my system and hopefully this head cold/sinus infection. Even so, I'm super excited about November's events and hope to spend most evenings at Lela G's (campus coffee house) typing until my fingers wear off.

One of the blogs I've been visiting is Sebastian Malloy's bathysphere adventure check it out at
Also make sure, if you haven't, to visit

Friday, October 28, 2011


I'm putting up my posters this week to inspire me throughout November. I have my NaNoWriMo Angel, Porter Milo, standing guard over my soon to be bursting word count. He'll make sure I don't backspace any of those precious words. I also have my NaNo Survival Bag hanging nearby for daily word count rewards when I hit my 2k a day word goal. It's full of dried fruits and a few packs of gushers. Soon there will be Nips/Coffee Candy filling up any of the empty spaces there may be. I have a case of Welch's individually bottled juices in the freezer ready to be slushies and a small plastic jar of Pillsbury Fudge Frosting for those days I really need some motivation.

On my desk beside me I've printed off a copy of the most recent email from Lindsey Grant. It's a great calendar for daily goals and fun things to make sure and do during November. It's almost like a syllabus!

The husband is encouraging, though not joining as he feels his spelling is too atrocious for him to write 50k in a month. I don't blame him, bless his heart! I'm super excited about my NaNovel this month and know Miotke won't let me down. I'm planning on printing out my first Winner's Certificate before December! I'm almost done packaging up my first NaNoSwap for MJSawyer. I hope he enjoys it; just some candy and other silly stuff. I'm waiting for the Optimus Prime Transformer's keychain to ship in so I can ship it out. I know, I know, double shipping - but I wanted it in the same package as the other stuff!!

God bless you as you do whatever you do!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


My NaNo this year is about a 25 year-old princess whose ailing father has bequeathed the entire kingdom to whoever of his two lovely daughters gets married first. Miotke, called Mio by her family, is the older of the two being sturdy and yet elegant in word and deed. Her younger sister Lilyblade, affectionately Lil or LB, is the more princess-ly of the two being willowy and timid.

Of course, the Main Female Character (MFC) must be independent or there wouldn't be much of a story. I mean, them only ever doing what they're told is rather boring and not at all inspiring. So Miotke, fed up with nobles flocking for her hand in marriage, runs away to let her emotions run wild in peace. At this point she meets Emory, who seems to be the Main Male Character (MMC) but he isn't. Emory's a pretty typical hermit, hates people and the world, wants to loose himself in nature - except that he's only 27. The MMC is Knight Dener Redstone pursuing Miotke under the guise of loving her.

This is the time where these seemingly random people get thrown together in a wild adventure crossing oceans and continents looking for adventure and freedom. Will Emory ever get rid of this over emotional yet independent female? Will Miotke find the freedom she's looking for, or will she be forever trapped in the role of princess? What are Dener's true feelings? What insanity will ensue?
Stay tuned for more Miotke this November!

I won't be posting actual excerpts for copyright reasons. I will post basic outline/paraphrases for you invisible people to enjoy. I love writing and am excited to blog my journey through NaNoWriMo next month. Sometime before the 1st I'll write some more about what I plan on doing for NaNo.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

National Novel Writing Month - November

Today is good. God has made it. God has given me all my talents. This being said - I love writing. Last year I was introduced to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. I am in love with it! The idea of writing 50,000 words in thirty days is brilliant. Last year I failed miserably. I started ten days late and finished 40,000 words short.
Today I am empowered. I think 50,000 words in 30 days from scratch (a never been written idea) sounds great; a chance to let creativity flow without the hindrance of perfection, editing, or procrastination. It's a fast paced two pages a day race to the finish line with bragging rights for a prize. The NaNoWriMo store is full of clothing, objects, and awareness posters.
I'll be posting my journey through NaNoWriMo right here throughout November. I hope to post more than twice a week. While there may be no one who reads this ever, anyone who does should check out: