Archive for November, 2010


Posted on November 24, 2010 10:06 am under Three Word Wednesday
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They shuffled back and forth, neither advancing nor retreating. Don’t attract attention and the danger will pass. Tom did not pander to this foolishness and fled the scene. Better to be called a chicken then to be served for tomorrow’s dinner.

Three Word Wednesday. is a meme that challenges writers to create something using three selected words. This week’s words are advance, pander and shuffle. Click on the link to view other entries or submit your own.

On Your Mind

Posted on November 24, 2010 5:36 am under General
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I’m not sure what’s on your mind, but I bet I know what’s on his!


Winning The Battle

Posted on November 22, 2010 9:25 pm under NaNoWriMo
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I hadn’t planned on writing today, but the lure was too strong.  Just 1,005  away from the 50,000 word goal and the next chapter was begging to be written.  So I tackled it and crossed the finish line with 1.448 words to spare.

Have I won the war as well?  Not yet.  I’m estimating another 20 to 30 thousand words before the first draft is completed.  There’s eight days left before NaNoWriMo draws to a close.  Completion in that time frame is  possible, but not my goal.  I’m ready to slow the pace a bit and will happily settle for 5,000 words a week.  Hopefully, I’ll greet the New Year, with a completed first draft and still have found time to pursue other neglected interests.  A bit of  hopping is near the top of my list.  I’ve missed visiting my blog world friends.  So don’t be surprised if you find me knocking at your door.  Virtually, that is.

NaNoWriMo 51, 448 words and still writing.



Posted on November 22, 2010 5:14 am under General
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Need a bit of tranquility? Who doesn’t? Come join me. Lean back. Smell the trees, feel the gentle breeze and hear the sounds of the cascading water. You deserve a break.

NaNoWriMo  48, 995 words.  Taking a quick break and then back to write some more.


Forget Research

Posted on November 21, 2010 5:41 am under NaNoWriMo
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“Then you discover you can’t french kiss the guy who puts the new roll of toilet paper on top of the old used–up roll instead of moving it the extra two inches. What? Does he not see it? Does he not see it? I’m telling you, marriage is the Jack Kevorkian of romances.”

Remember that line?  In my latest Chapter of Essentials, three women have gotten together for a movie night.  I wanted them to watch a movie that would generate a little good-natured male bashing.  I thought that Rita Wilson’s line from Forget Paris fit the bill perfectly.

Of course, I couldn’t remember the line exactly.  I don’t want to confess how long it took me to locate it.  Then I wondered when the movie became available on video.  Couldn’t find that, but the movie came out in 1995.  Since my scene occurs in 1999, I figured it was reasonable for my characters to be watching a video rental.  Is it okay to quote the line in my book or do I need some kind of permission? 

NaNoWriMo is giving great advice when it tells us to squash our internal editors and let the words spill out.  It was just one paragraph of the book.  The exact movie and line was in no way critical to the story.  I could have written another chapter in the time I spent researching this bit of trivia.  Enough of that nonsense.  I’m getting with the program.

NaNoWriMo  46, 422 words and still writing. 
At least when I’m not distracted!