Will you make this the year you…

finish that manuscript?

The last name and the website address may have changed, but the foundation of how to go about writing your first manuscript has not.

Mark your calendars to join me, Dana Ellington at my 7th Annual Writer’s Workshop held at the Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library, 2401 Welton Street, Denver, CO.

This year, I’m presenting an updated version of last year’s popular: How to Write and Publish a Novel in 6 Months!

I’ll share the tips, tricks, and tools you’ll need to write, edit, and publish a full length novel by the end of this year. You’ll also hear from a past attendee who successfully followed the program and published her first novel!

This 90-minute session is great for writers 16 years old and up and can be applied to any genre, of writing, fiction or non.

So, if you want to finally get that novel from blank page to published, join me and my guest author, Monday, May 1, 2017 – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

Nowata Press (that’s me)

Along with the closeout book sale, I’ll be hosting the following:

FREE coaching session on how to write and publish a novel in six months or less. You’ll not only hear from me, but you’ll be able to speak with a client from last year’s workshop who successfully published her first novel!  If you know of any writers who want to start AND finish their first manuscript, be sure to encourage them to attend.  The workshop will be held Monday, May 1st from 6 to 7:30 PM, Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library. Attendance is free and suitable for writers of any genre, ages 16 and up.  Click here for more info.

Independent Author Book Expo at the Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library, April 29th, from 2pm to 5pm.  Each author will have half of a 6′ table to display, sell, and sign their books (limited two titles).  Registration is $25 and will go toward providing bags and refreshments for attendees. Authors, If you’re interested, click here to register.

Questions / concerns? Leave a comment below or email me at: nowatapress@gmail.com.




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?