A weekend of ideas

The Revisionaries’ First Annual Writers Weekend has left me breathless. My fingers are exhausted. My head is throbbing. And my soul sings from the long hours of inspiration. I’d never been on a writing weekend: hours and hours of virtually uninterrupted writing, plotting, planning and thinking. Besides some solid writing, here’s what I got out…

Writer’s weekend

Go away, damn snow! Melt, you stupid ice! Nothing is going to keep my writer friends and me from gathering this weekend to write and talk about our works in progress. I’m playing host for the Revisionaries’ first annual writer’s retreat, starting in a few hours. We’ve all watched the weather forecasts like little kids…

Witness to the miracle of reading

A vivacious little six-year-old skips down her school corridors. She stops in front of the bulletin boards, signs and framed sayings that cover the walls. And she reads them. With a sparkle in her bright brown eyes, she reads the words aloud with a touch of awe in her voice. As if it is a…

A NaNoWriMo win

November 30 is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s the last day of National Novel Writing Month and for the past four years, I’ve completed a first draft, 50,000 words. I’ve “lost” a couple of years, too. But I was naive then, unaware of the massive amount of focus it takes to…

Halfway through NaNoWriMo

Halfway through NaNoWriMo and I’m slipping behind. Bad. With half a month to go it seemed like a good time to get a new strategy in place. So today I’ve marked my computer with my new daily goal. 2,200 words. Every day for the rest of the month. I’m cooking for Thanksgiving so I’ll be…