Day 14 It Feels Like Winter

Dear Reader,

We are being hit with rain again. I am all for rainy days, I’m not even opposed to overcast days it sort of puts me in the mood for writing. But, when it turns cold like this, well there just isn’t much I dislike more than cold, wet, chilled to the bone weather. To be honest anything below 70 degrees and I’m grabbing a sweater. This weather we are having tonight is just a mess. Torrential downpours 40mph winds. And tomorrow it will be 64 degrees again. I grew up here so you would think I would be used to it by now, I should be damp proof, but I’m not. I think it skipped a generation or something.

But, what else is there to do but stay inside where it is warm and write. Which is what I am doing tonight. It is half past eight, so I will probably be writing into the night. The day job was just completely crazy today. And it started with me trying to arrange a tow truck for my car that wouldn’t start yesterday morning when I was trying to get to work. I didn’t have time to deal with it and luckily I had access to another way to work, so today I had to get to work, then call and make arrangments to get the car into the shop.

Then there was work itself. I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the planning department in your local government, but it can be a challenge some days. Citizens have concerns about a project and you want to help them out as much as possible but that requires research and collecting of information to share with them. Then you have someone with an idea for a project and they are looking for advice and help (actually, I get those calls multiple times a day. So again, it takes some time to do some research and get them the best answer. Then you have all the little things that pop up, someone needs something signed in a hurry, well you get the idea. So some days eating lunch is not really an option. You, do what you can in between phone calls. So days like that I don’t take a “lunch break” which is when I do most of my writing during the week. I can usually manage about 1500 to 2000 words in 45 minutes or so. But, not today. I will work on it tonight and have an updated word count for you tomorrow.  And because I have been without my car, I haven’t been keeping up with my podcasts like I normally do, so no writing related tech news to share with you today. But, I did hear on the radio that Keurig is coming out with mixed drink pods? How is that going to work?

Have you heard of this? Has anyone tried this? If you have let me now. I am curious. As a former bartender and one that still dabbles on the side, I find this fascinating.


Day 13

Dear Reader,

Thank you for continuing to stop by and check on my progress. Thirteen days in and I am up to 17,426 words. Only 32, 574 words to go. A piece of cake right? If you want to support the cause you can check out my facebook page and help support creative educational programs in schools. NaNoWriMo also sponsors a children’s version to help them find their inner creative self.

Good news, we are very close to getting Gray’s Requiem finalized for audio! I got the cover art today from the talented William Heavy at Bold Fox Designs.

A further update to the work in progress for NaNoWriMo, it is more of a space opera and follows the crew of the Star Venture as they encounter the strange and unusual beings of the galaxy. Many are friendly enough, but many would be happy enough to eat them.

The crew is made up of a grizzled captain, two geeks, one ex-cop and one ex-con. It promises to be dark and twisted.


Day 12

Dear Reader,

I was going to share with you a little bit about my day and writing goals as I have been doing during NaNoWriMo, but it all seems to pale in comparison to what is happening in the world. Not the least of which is the great sadness for the passing of Stan Lee.

If your not a comic book fan you probably don’t know a great deal about him, but you’re probably familiar with his work. Spiderman, the X-Men, the Black Panther, I could go on, but you get the picture. The world will truly be wanting for this man’s creative energy.

Let’s not forget to remember those who have already lost their homes and lives in the California wildfires, and think and pray for those who are in the fire’s path. Send your positive energy to the brave men and women working desperately to put the fires out.

As we observe Veteran’s Day here in the U.S. let us remember those who serve to safeguard our freedoms. Our freedoms of self-expression in whatever form that may take; for me it is novels, for Stan Lee, it was movies and comic books, and a variety of stories, for others it may be music, painting, sculpting, blogging. However you chose to express yourself, thank a veteran for the freedom to do it. Not everyone has a voice in some parts of the world or the freedom of expression and just think of all the beauty and art the world is missing because of that lack of freedom.

I realize this post is a bit somber, but it is a very sad day.

You’ll be missed Stan Lee.


Photo by Elijah O’Donnell on Unsplash


Day 10 and the Weekend

Dear Reader,

If you’ve been following along with me on the NaNoWriMo journey you will know my weekends are unstructured as far as writing time.  And you may know that I was still finishing Day 9’s word total at 3:30 this morning. It is very unlikely, I will meet today’s total before midnight. I haven’t written one word yet today and at the moment, I am sitting in my favorite chair next to the fireplace with a cuppa and my writing buddies, Velvet and Olive. Lily the basset isn’t far away.

Today’s non-Nano accomplishments include getting some Christmas shopping done. Tomorrow will include retrieving the Christmas decorations from the attic and begin the process of sorting them and deciding which ones to put up this year.

But, after that, I have writing time scheduled.

I heard an excellent interview on the Self Publishing Formula Podcast this week with Octavia Randolph. I have to admit that I was not familiar with her work. But, I am now I a huge fan. I rushed to find one of her books. Check out her website, even if you are not a fan of Historical Fiction the world she has created is amazing. Her website is impressive. And if you do enjoy Historical Fiction and you haven’t read her books yet, you really need to!

Some good news this weekend is that two special friends of my adopted a 1-year-old pup and gave him a forever home. They are heroes in my book. Welcome to your new home Murphy Chamberlain!

What are you doing this weekend? Are you writing? Do you have a writing buddy?


Day 9 – It’s Been a Long Day

Dear Reader,

It is the wee hours of the morning so technically I suppose it is Day 10. But, it was a long day at work (day job) and it was difficult to get all my words in. I got very little sleep the night before and the weather today was dreary and rainy, which only enhanced my feeling of being tired. It is very important to get plenty of sleep daily and especially, during NaNoWriMo. I am a night owl by nature but went to bed early after dinner tonight which is out of character for me and only last a couple of hours, which is why I am wide awake now and finishing up my word count.  I did manage 2,110. I’m also refereeing the animals. Our tiny little rescue kitty which weights all of six pounds and is at least that old was sleeping in the basset hounds bed. But Lily, the basset hound while put out that her bed was occupied would not make the cat move. So I had to remove the cat from the oversized dog bed so Lily could get some sleep herself. They are best friends and but Lily will not share the bed, but she will not make the cat move either. Instead, she walks around the bed whining and making snuffling noises, until I pick up Olive and move her to another nesting place which is usually with me as she is now.

Olive is a sweetie and loves to snuggle, she often keeps the edges of my keyboard warm as I work.  I leave you with this image of my feline co-author as I start Day 10’s word count.

A special prayer for a dear friend of mine having surgery on Monday and to those affected by the wildfires in California.