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The Finish-Your-Failure-a-Thon Club

Welp, Wrimos!  I’ve started the thread for The Finish-Your-Failure-a-Thon!  The NaNo forums have rolled over, so we have a whole year to get to know each other, and 29 more days to pick a failure!

Join me in the NaNo forums at The Finish-Your-Failure-a-Thon Club thread!

I’m reworking Glass Dragons, a Camp NaNo failure from July 2011 that only amassed 22.6k words.

What’s your NaNo plan?  Are you rebelling?  Starting something new?  Give me the word!

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NaNo is Coming!

In light of my previous poll, I’ve decided to rewrite and continue my failed Camp NaNo novel from 2011, Glass Dragons.  It was the very first novel I began in my Cloneverse (which now consists of several stories) and a 50-page companion book (which is not even faintly close to finished).  The story follows Ethaniel, the first successful genetically-enhanced human clone in this particular project, and his adventures with Niran, an Ularian king of the Kirit criminal underground.

Naturally, I’m super excited!  I know that the spirit of NaNo is to start something new, but I have issues finishing things. NaNo is no challenge, but finishing something completely will be!  Glass Dragons is a fun concept that I don’t want to rot away, unfinished.

So, in light of that, I have a challenge. For everyone who loves NaNo but never finishes beyond the 50k, I challenge you to pick your favorite unfinished NaNo project to date and finish it this November!  Rework the outline, untangle your plot-knots, and pull yourself out of that corner! This NaNoWriMo on Goggles & Lace, it’s a Finish-Your-Novel-a-thon! When the forums reset, I’ll create a thread for us to chat about it!

Okay, folks, think about it! =]

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NaNoWriMo Poll!

NaNoWriMo approacheth!  I don’t know if I can do a full-fledged NaNo this year, what with school and work, but I’ll give it a shot.  What do you think this year’s NaNoWriMo should be?


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Another Update!

… Then it’s back to our regularly scheduled programming.  I promise.

Okay!  So my GoFundMe has been successful!  Thanks to the donations of the following fantastic people:

  • Jessica P. for purchasing two chain bracelets!
  • Keith L. for donating FIRST $25 and THEN another $10!
  • Mr. Anonymous for donating $25!
  • Shelley T. for donating $5!
  • Lounge Talk Radio (seriously, check out Gretchen & Toni and all they do. They’re amazing!) for donating $40!
  • Chris B. for donating $50!

Really, there’s no way I could have bought these books without all of you.  You’re so amazing.  I swear, my first novel will include a thanks to all of you for being so generous and supportive of my trek into the “down and dirty” aspect of creative writing.  If you wanted a bracelet, but couldn’t make it in time for the Book Fund drive, that’s okay!  I still make them, and I’ll have other designs up soon!  I’ll post my Etsy shop as soon as I revamp it, make some back stock, and get some decent photos!

For everyone who is entitled a bracelet or a key fob or earrings, etc, I got my rings in! I’ll be photographing the colors as soon as the sky stops being so dismal so I can steal some decent lighting.  Then you can give me your measurements and color choices.  It could be 10 days until I can make all of them.  I’ll get as many as I can out with what I have, but I have another shipment of rings on the way. <3

On another note, I’ve got more Writing Life content stewing around in my brain.  I really just need to find the time to write it down.  I’m also working on the plots for some short fiction that will be thrown about in here.  And, by popular demand, I will be restructuring Letters from Blackford Hill and using that plot for my NaNoWriMo this November!  Instead of seeking publication for it, I think I may self-publish it and make it available on G&L.  Very exciting things to come, my loves!

I also need to work on a signature for my posts….  I have a tablet, I can do it easily, I just keep forgetting.  TONIGHT!  Yes.

All of my love, G&Lers. <3

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My First Story

So, Camp NaNoWriMo round 2 starts in 10 days, and The Office of Letters and Light is in the midst of a huge summer fundraising drive to keep their offices powered for the year.  One of the mini events associated with this drive is called “My 1st Story,” a social media call to arms for all of us to express why writing matters.  Check out the #my1ststory hashtag chat to see all of the amazing first stories Wrimos are sharing.


This story about Mara was fully illustrated and I vaguely remember that she and the snake had been friends before she had to fight him.  It was on white construction paper and bound with that plastic party ribbon you use scissors to curl.  It stayed in my desk drawer in my room for about eight years before I threw it out.

Having written Mara’s little adventure 21 years ago, I don’t remember the details, but I’ll always remember the bubble-headed little princess with the brown hair and her squiggly evil green snake buddy.

If you want to show how Stories Matter, go to The OLL’s “My 1st Story” post and use their templates and ideas to tell us about yours!

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Writing and #350words!

Okay, so I’ve been working on getting my writing together.  I’m really prone to creative slumps (otherwise known as laziness and depression), and I’m tired of giving in to it.  I want a writing career.  I want to breathe life into my characters.  I want a finished product for once.

Well, here’s my solution:Image


But seriously, I’ve teamed up with some friends and taken from this piece of Chuck Wendig awesome.  We are going to write 350 words per day, with weekends off, at the very minimum, and complete our works in progress.  We’re going to write as writers should: consistently.

I encourage all of my writer friends to join us!  We’ve got a Twitter hashtag chat going at #350words and we’re ready to be held accountable (and commiserate) for our creativity!

Will you join us?


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Amping Up the Gump

Heya, kids!

Over the last few days, I’ve been working hard at moving into a new place and getting some things on track.  But I’m here now, at least for the month, and I’m settled enough to focus on writing.  Which is necessary, since Wrimos with Gumption has that fabulous June deadline, and I’m not looking to drop caffeine and junk food for a solid thirty days if I don’t make it.

That’s why I’m proposing a couple of challenges.  These challenges welcome everyone, of course, but they’re primarily directed at the Gump.  Feel free to join in, though!

Challenge Number 1: Writing Gump-a-thon!  I’ve had a hard time getting my mojo going lately.  With moving and working and anticipating another move in March, life has been too hectic for writing.  NOT ANYMORE.  Today, I challenge you.  From Wednesday, 6 February 2013, at midnight, I shall hold a write-a-thon!  The write-a-thon shall end on 6 March 2013.  I don’t have any rewards to offer right now, except that if you finish the write-a-thon, your blog/website/shop/book/whatever will be in its own featured post on G&L.

The Rules:

1.  Set your own goal and stick to it.  No flip-flopping.  Pick a word count you want to achieve within the month, and make it happen.  In order to qualify for the featured post, the word count goal must be a minimum of 10,000 words.

2.  The write-a-thon starts at midnight on 6 Feb 2013.  Beginning early will disqualify you from receiving your featured post.  **EDIT**  To clarify, you can use a novel you’ve already started!  You just cannot count anything prior to 6 February.  I apologize for the confusion.**

3.  All word counts must be reported by 6 Mar 2013, 11:59:59 PM.  Late reports will disqualify you from receiving your featured post.

If anyone has any ideas for rules or rewards, feel free to pitch them.  And if any non-Gumpers want to be a part of the community, check us out on Facebook: Wrimos with Gumption: A Beyond NaNoWriMo Challenge.

Challenge Number 2:  Freight-Train-of-Gump Edit-a-Thon!  Coming soon!


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Wrimos with Gumption: A Beyond-NaNo Completion Challenge

So, Maria over at mino wrimos and I have decided to create a beyond-NaNo challenge. We’re challenging all of you to complete this novel, from first draft to polished masterpiece, by May 31, 2013. We want to make use of our Create Space codes this year, and, since most of us have issues finishing things, we think this will be fabulous fun for all of us! (AND we’ll have an excuse to keep chat at Write Write and Write going in the off-season!)

Here are the rules:
1. You must have your novel completed by May 31, 2012 to allow for formatting time in the Create Space process.

2. You have to pick something to give up for 30 days, starting June 1, if you fail! Post that in the Facebook group. You HAVE to decide on something to give up BY MAY 1! No welching out come June 1.

3. You have to post regular updates! Whether it’s daily or weekly, whatever, you have to keep us updated. Those of you with blogs/vlogs, broadcast your progress!

Need ideas on what to give up?  Maybe don’t give up anything!  Give up something you love, something that you tend to waste time with (tumblr, a specific food, video games, television, reading, etc.). Or, if you have nothing to give up, consider pledging to do something you’ve been meaning to, dislike, or should be doing. (Educational reading for 15 minutes a night, exercising 20 minutes every morning, cleaning every day, learning a language, starting yoga, etc.) Don’t be afraid to get creative!

So, who’s in?  8D


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NaNoWriMo Approacheth!

I’ve been on the 6-day work week for awhile now, and I’m sad to say that my writing has taken a backseat to making a living (which isn’t panning out much, either, really).  Every year I try to make time for writing during NaNoWriMo, and my 5-year-run, with 2 wins and 3 losses, has been a fixture in my creative life.  You all have been with me on that journey for the last two years, and I’ve adored every minute of feedback and commiseration I’ve shared with all of you.

That sounded oddly like a farewell, didn’t it?  Well, it’s not.  NaNo is around the corner, and I’m world building like the universe is about to come to a crashing halt and my ideas are the only thing between us and utter extinction.  I have two whiteboards that are being filled over and over, recorded into notebooks, and transcribed into Scrivener files.  Characters who need fleshing out.  Locations that need to be detailed.

It’s a lot to do in a short amount of time, but you know what?  I always feel so… in my element when I’m plotting for NaNo.  Even now, coming off of another lengthy dry spell, I’m doing much better plotting for NaNo than I have for anything else in the last few months.

I just wanted to send out a reminder that I’m still alive and NaNo is coming, so if you haven’t started plotting– GET ON THAT!  Woo!

Damn it’s good to be home! <3  I’ll race you all to the start of 50k!


October 22, 2012 · 10:58 PM

Camp NaNoWriMo – June 2012 – Vlog Number 1

Vlog number 1 for the June run of Camp NaNoWriMo 2012.

My story is flawed.  Don’t judge me.  =P


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