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Friday Fast Five

1. The new Harry Potter movie came out today! The husband and I will have to schedule a date night (hopefully in the next month) to go see it together. We rarely go to the movies, it’s almost an annual thing…we went for all the new Star Wars movies, of course. Then for all 3…

12 Hours From Now

It’s noon on Halloween and I’m bichok in my bathrobe. It’s one of my nicer robes actually, and I had a wonderful hot shower this morning while the husband took care of the girls and emptied the dishwasher. (How’s THAT for a Halloween treat!?!?) The bathrobe thing isn’t a costume, though I suppose frazzled mom…

Naming My Babies…and My Books

I have often heard writers refer to their novels as their “babies.” It’s a metaphor that may seem to skate the line of hyperbole, yet is one I recently came to appreciate. Completing a manuscript is labor intensive, but it is a labor of love. (And yes, I intentionally used the word labor…twice…my apologies).Β  Like…

I Now Return To My Originally Scheduled Program

So, NaNoWriMo officially ends tomorrow,and for once I completed something with time to spare. Despite both my girls getting horribly (and disgustingly) ill over the last few days, while working and homeschooling and holiday shopping and making sure my house isn’t buried under a mountain of dirty laundry and dishes I managed to hit the…

Yoda says, “Do, or do not. There is no try.”

Writing 50,ooo words in one month is certainly easier than lifitng an X-wing fighter out of a swamp with just my mind. So I gotta take that short little green Jedi Master’s advice and get to it itΒ  – not try to make my goal, but do it. It’s crunch time for NaNo writers everywhere,…

Advice from a Muse

One of my beloved Monday Muses, Miss Aimee of Artsyville, recently posted some materials she created for a workshop on lettering she taught at KU. One of the hand-outs she created was a stream of consciousness instructional “lecture” on how to just let go and create. I am totally stealing her words and applying them…