Obligatory Pre-NaNo Post

I’m a pantser so there won’t be any tips or tricks in this post on how to prepare for next month’s writing festival. There also won’t be any rants about how harried I feel with the start time looming on the horizon and how I have no idea what I’m going to write.

You see, come November 1st, I will sit down at my designated writing time and do just that, write. My Muse and my Divinity will step up, I will say a short prayer of sorts which will open our line of communication.  They will speak, I will type.  Will they have me go full on rebel and work on cleaning up my existing drafts (all three of them could benefit from the editing and or addition of 50K words) or will they have me dive into Code Name: Onyx Butterfly – my original NaNo 2016 idea?  Who knows.

I can tell you this, though, I’ve worked through my three life situations. The 3rd comes to an end and a beginning tomorrow and Monday. By November 1st, I will have a strong idea of what the remaining months of 2016 will look like financially; I’ll have established some sort of plan for my new family situation that will carry us through to the end of the year.  With all of that comes room in my head for my heart, if that makes any sense. During all the mayhem, my feelings got set aside. It was out of necessity so I could function, I get that now. But I’m ready for my feelings to be back in the driver’s seat. I miss doing things for myself that generate my desired feelings.

So, I’m ready to tune back into the written word; ready to get back to my real life. Ready to earn my fourth November NaNo badge.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you are finding your way.

Love you!


On My Mark, Getting Set…

Alright you guys, challenge starts tomorrow. And I can honestly say, I’m already freaking out a bit. You know why? I’m making changes in my lifestyle; attempting to establish new habits. Always a daunting task.

I finally got my Fit Bit Aria scale linked to wi-fi and all. Stepped on it and uh, ouch, lol. It has me at 205.8 pounds / 42.5 % body fat !!  42.5 percent?! Extreme frowny face. My Weight Watchers scale had me coming in at 207.9 lbs / 38.3 percent. Not sure which one to take as THE official starting point, but I’m not all that particular as long as no matter which one I use that body fat number starts to shrink. My cholesterol levels could stand to come down as well, so I’ll be excited to see what they turn out to be at my next physical.

Anyway, as I mentioned, I’m doing this challenge as a newbie in the Nerd Fitness Rebellion. In the forums there they have a spot for folks to keep “battle logs” – daily journals, records of their progress or whatever as they go through the challenge. I’ve got this tracking sheet that I’m going to use. Figure I’ll take a snap shot of it at the end of each day and post my log the next morning.


By the way, that tracking sheet is sitting snugly in my Bullet Journal. A shout out to Ellie over at Quotidiandose *hi Ellie*. She introduced me to the bullet journal. At first I was hesitant to try it, but I did and here we are, my newest BuJo.


Nothing fancy. I did add the strip of sparkly tape but just the one. I’m going to go back and put a picture of my logo on the front, maybe a motivational pic or two on the inside front cover but beyond that, there isn’t much in the way of decoration going on. No need for it in my opinion. Not knocking those BuJo users who have turned their plain journals into mini works of art, it’s just that I’m more interested in the scheduling than I am in the pretty making (translation, I don’t have a crafting bone in my body, lol, so I have to keep it simple).


I’ve wanted some kind of journal, tracker, day planner that was easy to use and that I’d stick with. This is my second iteration of the BuJo. The first was a cute, spiral bound notebook with a sparkly, purple cover. Turns out it was too small so going up to the Moleskine 5×8 (the honey just happened to have a couple on a shelf he wasn’t going to use) is working out quite well.

So, there you have it. I can’t think of much else I can do to set myself up to rock this challenge. I’ll keep you all posted as I go along. Here’s to FINALLY getting ‘er done.




copied from ldsblogs.com


Camp Journal – Day 27: The Summit of Mount Rough Draft

copied from blog.onefortheroadphoto.com

The view from the summit of Mount Rough Draft doesn’t look anything like that picture there, but I thought this came close to capturing the feeling of having made it to the top (word count 50,680; I’ve got a few more thousand to write to finish the story though).

I’m going to sit here for a few days, then press on to get to the tip of the mountain and plant my “The End” flag. After all, I’ve got two days before the bus leaves for home….Word count chart


Potential Title


Working hard to hit the finish line and claim my badge today. Don’t see any reason to drag it out until the end of the week. Besides, I have a few hours of “don’t have to do anything” today so might as well knock this out and have the rest of the week to veg.

Anyway, typed a line in the draft and unleashed a potential new title.

Current Title: The Other Woman

Potential New Title: Happily Ever After (Not)

Cover art
don’t remember where I copied this from

Second Potential New Title (just hit me while I was typing the last one): Becoming Mrs. Right

Synopsis (I’m so bad at these) – There’s a woman who knowingly enters into an affair with a married dude because, self-delusion. Then in an attempt to recover from that, she jumps into another relationship because, desperation (ingrained societal pressure that she ‘should’ be married by now). There’s some more drama in there of course, then “The End.”

Just not sure which title sums it all up the best AND serves as “buy bait” for potential readers.

ACK! Anything to distract me from the writing, huh?


So, I’m typing away at my Camp NaNo project right? Just going along as I usually do, mostly with my eyes closed listening (transcribing) as my characters deal with whatever situation they have me writing about at the time and then this happens,

“And could it be you’ve felt guilty about leaving me all those years ago and this affair is your way of trying to make up for that too?” No sooner than she said it than she felt the truth of it resonate within her. “That’s what this has been about the entire time. You knew I loved you back then, you knew, but,” and this was the hard part, but it had to be said, “you didn’t feel the same way. That’s why it was so easy for you to leave and not talk to me, not try to keep in touch.” Tonya felt weak, as if her body had suddenly gained a hundred pounds. Her legs weren’t up to the sudden increase in weight, she plopped into the chair, lucky it had been so close behind her. Keith didn’t say a word.


I’m as shocked as Tonya.  All this time I’ve been writing up to this point and I didn’t see that coming. I just knew Keith was going to get his crap together to bring the happy ending but uh, apparently I was mistaken.

Man I love writing :-).  Okay, have to get back to the manuscript. Can’t wait to see what happens next. lol.

Think I’m Done “Fundraising”

It’s down to the last four days of the 2 Legit So We Can Quit (our day jobs) Booster campaign. We’re one shirt from half-way to our sale’s goal of 50 shirts.

copied from gratitudehabitat.com

Now, I’m by no means “throwing in the towel”. It’s quite possible that we’ll hit critical mass and something will spark sales to skyrocket us toward our goal.  Stranger things have happened in my life for sure, so I’m not ruling it out as a possibility.

I am however sure that now, after having done two different types of fund raisers (a Booster and a Go Fund Me),  that much like being able to host a successful party, fund raising is not my forte.  There are people in this world that have the personality, the knack, the “wow” that draws people to them and their cause. I’m not one of them. 🙂

Experience, the having tried a couple of things outside my comfort zone…the lessons I learned…all of that goes into my data base to be used in my fiction, so it’s rare if at all that anything in my world is ever considered a fail. Well, except for that one time and I’m blaming that on the Everclear shots I was cutting with Jack Daniels. ‘Nuff said ;-).

To everyone who bought a shirt / donated to the causes / shared the link on social media and via email,

copied from http://www.desiglitters.com

For those of you who didn’t earn one of the incentives during the Booster campaign, remember, there’s a drawing at the end – the winner will receive a piece of Little Brown Skin Girl art, framed and ready to hang!

Now, time to get back to doing what I do best.  I’ve got a Camp NaNo badge to win and books to publish :-).




Quick Update (Supplement to previous post)

After restructure, cutting, pasting, and just as I predicted, not being able to find the section of notes I clearly remember having typed a year or so ago, I’m about 5K words behind where I’m “supposed” to be on day 18 of Camp NaNo.









Oh well. The story’s coming together – I’m liking the new direction.  Makes for a much more compelling story this way for sure :-).

Word count: 25,545.