Holiday Weekend, now back to writing

My dad came up to spend the July 4th weekend with us. He arrived Friday and we thought he was going home on Sunday, but he extended it to Monday to make some much needed repair calls for his house up here and now he's extended it one more day to meet the termite people … Continue reading Holiday Weekend, now back to writing

MPTA notes

I mapped out all the new scenes I need for Chapters 1-8. That took a while and one change I made affected several other scenes, so there’s new things to add into already written ones as well. It’s all good and I think it will make for a better story and some better flow. I … Continue reading MPTA notes

MPTA notes, Day 53

All my notes on this story that live in the computer are labeled with a number that corresponds to the book "90 Day Novel" because that's the method I was using when I started this particular novel. I have other notes, of course, in longhand in a notebook from days when I was out and … Continue reading MPTA notes, Day 53

Co-working woes will continue

I had no idea my husband was on the phone so much. Or in meetings. No, really. I know what he does in abstract. I've seen the engineering charts, I've watched him work during family vacations. I just had no idea being my husband's newest co-worker would be so loud. Thankful that today is a … Continue reading Co-working woes will continue

Writing Group, Facebook style

Back before all this coronavirus craziness hit, our public library had asked our writing group to consider having an online presence. People had complained that they weren't able to come at noon on a Wednesday, not to mention for a two-hour period all at once. Some people in wackier places, like the Phillipines, wanted to … Continue reading Writing Group, Facebook style

Social Distancing

Today was supposed to be a several things that it wasn't. Kids were supposed to be back at school, but the district is having what they call a "Community Mitigation Period" instead. They're cleaning the schools and we're supposed to be back on schedule next week. Ree is a little bit wumbly over it because … Continue reading Social Distancing

Pneumonia and other disasters

My youngest has pneumonia -- they diagnosed it on Monday. My family of five had four dentist appointments and one doctor's visit scheduled this week even before that happened. We've been to the doctor every afternoon this week besides that. I still made it to a critique group on Tuesday and led a lesson on … Continue reading Pneumonia and other disasters

Critiques

Here's what I love about my critique groups: We have so many kinds of writers, so everyone has a different way of looking at stories.Everyone has a different thing they're serious about, too. One hates adverbs, one obsesses with having enough romance, another is super descriptive about what she likes and what doesn't work, one loves … Continue reading Critiques

Trying to Keep Up

I'm sure you've been wondering where I've been lately. Here's the scoop: Toward the end of 2018, just before my mother passed away, I joined a local professional writing group. I've spent the last year waiting for a spot in one of their critique groups to open up, and meantime I (and my friend E … Continue reading Trying to Keep Up

NANOWRIMO WINNER

I spent the last week of November feverishly writing. I got up at 5am every day and wrote straight through until 7am, when I took a short break to go out and kiss my kids and help them find breakfast. Then I went back most mornings and wrote for another hour or two until it … Continue reading NANOWRIMO WINNER