For the 6th year in a row, I’ve committed literary craziness. I have put down 50,000+ words in 30 days or, as it is in this case, less.


What’s next? First of all, finish the damn story. It actually is getting pretty interesting; it will be a short book, but I got something going on right now that may well turn out to be exactly what the story needs. So I’ll keep writing, but this time, I’ll do so at a bit of a leisurely pace. Unlike last year’s book, though, I’m not going to wait a full year to finish it. I hope to crack through the rest of what is now Book 6 (entitled Cause & Effect) by New Year’s Night.

Second, I think I’ll attend the Desperation Libation party with the NYC NaNo group. I’ve been wanting to make it to some of the write-ins, but as it turned out, had too much to get done in non-writerly things. So either Desperation Libation or the TGIO party. I need to meet up with my fellow literary crazy people this year again. :)

Third…well, enjoy the rest of this weekend, I think. It’s pretty rare I have this much time to myself, and I have a camera that’s itching for some shooting. So maybe I’ll head to one of my favorite picturesque neighborhoods to get some practicing in.  Or maybe Long Beach, if it won’t be too cold, but that’ll be after Dec. 2nd.

And fourth…I will need to get some Christmas shopping done. As in, Christmas concert shopping. :) Peter White at BB King’s? Or Botti at the ‘Note? I would love both, but if the money’s tight, I’ll have me a Peter White night. :)

Rhyme not intentional, I assure you.

Whew…now, to get some decaf coffee, for a change, and rest my typing fingers.

Literarily yours,


NaNoWriMo Update – Week 2

Or, as I call it, the “preliminary block” phase.

Gods, if it weren’t difficult before, I’m certainly getting there now.

I got the storyline down somewhere at the end of Week 1. I like the story; it may expand a little further, develop the subplots some more at a later time, and I definitely need to inset a few kicking-ass scenes there, but it can happen at a different time. This is taking shape to be more of a mix of neo-political, in addition to the usual high-flying action my books are rife with, and while I desperately wish I could watch some Law & Order for inspiration, my time home is limited, and my to-do list is overwhelming.

But! The plot is there. While it’s in bits and pieces in my head, it exists. Which gives me hope.

In non-NaNo news, I got my good camera at last!! Now to get it a decent lens and a 16GB SDHC card. People, order some graphic design from me!!!! Commemorative orders welcome. I want to earn something for my photography supplies here!

Oh, and have a widget.


It’s coming along… :)


NaNoWriMo, 1st Day.

Well, it finally started. I’m approaching the 2,000-word mark, which puts me a little ways ahead of my goal for today, but it doesn’t change the fact that, quite effectively, I have to write a book in a month.

And you may say, “Well, it’s not like you’ve never done this before!”

Okay, got me there. This is the sixth time I’m doing this, but in the past, I think I always had at least an idea of where I want the storyline to go. This time, I don’t. I’m effectively “winging it” when it comes to the plot, and I’ve allowed myself to shift focus from the original plot (lookalikes…can’t tell you more than that!) and the subplot (succession) had taken center stage. I may well have no choice but to go with it and hope for the best.

That and the exposition. Gayle, you’re going to hate me come Book 6. It’s just seriously getting bad. But if it’s word count, then my inner editor can go back under the rock. For now, anyway.

And onwards, to the next noveling adventure!