Switching To Scrivener 1 Day In…Am I Crazy?

Yesterday R.J. introduced me to Srivener, a tool for writing documents.   Anybody else out there using it?  I watched the video and was interested enough to download a free 30 day trial.  Ten minutes into playing with it I was hooked.  So I’ve decided to use it the next 29 days not only for NaNoWriMo, but to add the 4th draft of book 1 of The Courier.  Am I crazy? Oh, and they’re actually selling … Read more

NaNoWriMo Begins

Day 1 of writing for NaNoWriMo is complete, and as you can see to the left I stopped at a little over 3500 words.  I wanted to stop at 5000 words, but it’s already past 2:00 P.M. here in Denver and I don’t want to settle into a routine of using Nano as an excuse not to get editing done on book 1.  Besides, there were a few things that slowed me down today: I … Read more

Ready or Not…NaNoWriMo

I’m SOOOO ready!!!!  Bring it on! Outline is pretty much done.  Still expect to make a bunch of changes as I write and add new stuff like I did with the 3Day.  But, I’ve reached a point where I’m adding way too much detail, so I’ve decided to leave it alone until Monday.   I’m feeling antsy about starting.  Actually think I was ready to start a week or two ago.  Probably because I’ve had the … Read more

Down Days

I got up this morning not wanting to do anything but stare at the walls.  I didn’t feel much different yesterday, so I spent 5 hours sorting through CDs, wrote yesterday’s blog post and spent the evening at critique group with nothing to read.  So far this morning my biggest accomplishments has been working on a quilt for Quilts for Kids and adding movies to our Netflix and library queues. I think I really wore … Read more

Finding Barry’s Voice

I did it! I finally found Barry’s narration voice. Only took a year and a half. Why did it take so long for his voice to come to me? I got Margery and Vern almost immediately. Nina was also pretty easy. I even got Pete, who you’ll meet at the end of book 1 and he’s a major character in book 2 and 3, right away. By the way, the picture to the right makes … Read more

What a Mess!

I was getting ready to write a blog post on finding your character’s voice and I happened to notice a post that I forgot to publish. Oops. Anyway, I thought it might be interesting to read if you find yourself unorganized in the middle of writer’s block. I have a private Google website I use for all my novel planning.  R.J. and I also have one for Bloodleggers.  In the past, these websites have been … Read more

Nearly 10 More Weeks Until 2011…Oh My!

I’m taking a short break from editing to say hello and catch my breath after realizing the end of 2010 is just around the corner. And we haven’t had any snow here at the house yet. Did notice lots of new snow on Longs Peak while walking the beagles this weekend though. That’s always a welcome sight. In my last post I complained about how time consuming maintaining The Courier Novel’s blog has become, and … Read more

The State of My Blogs…Again

Heavy sigh…  So I’m on my blog soapbox again…and I’ve had wine.  Uh oh! Drinking Rutherford Ranch’s 2007 Sauvignon Blanc.  It’s ok for a white from California.  Still haven’t looked up the reason, but they’ve been producing some really bad whites for the last few years. Back to blogging.  Besides writing about NaNoWriMo over on The Courier novel’s blog, I’ve been publishing more of the story for the past week or so, and I’m SOOOOO … Read more

3-Day Novel Contest Entry Received

Just wanted to mention that I received notification today that the 3-Day Novel Contest has Warrant for Damnation.  Got email notification five minutes after I made a mental inquiry, wondering if they’d received it yet.  Does that make me psychic?  Anyways, they sent me the badge to the left that I survived.  Now they spend the next two months reading the entries. Still don’t expect to place in the contest, but I’ll let you know … Read more

Manuscript Mailed…Bottle of Wine Opened

YAY!!  I just got back from the post office about 30 minutes ago.  My manuscript is off to Canada, and I’m breathing a few sighs of relief. I underestimated how long it would take me to type in the hand written stuff, so I finished typing up the longhand around 1:30 P.M. today.  Won’t be doing that again.  Now I wait for confirmation the 3-day Novel Contest has received the manuscript and a certificate I … Read more


I finished Warrant for Damnation in the 3-Day Monday night with one hour to spare.  WHOO HOO!  If I had the energy yet, it’d be time to celebrate.  I still have to mail off the manuscript, so maybe then. I was going to write this blog post yesterday, but I was in a vegetative state.  Have to say that today is like waking up from a comma.   But other than that, as the title states, … Read more

Top 10 Lessons Learned Day 1 of 3-Day

As a first time writer in the 3-Day Novel contest, I had a few challenges today I thought I’d share with you all.  Here are the top 10 lessons I’ve learned on my first day: 1.  Make the brownies the day before even though you’re sure you can stay disciplined and eat right.  I ended up making them half way through the day anyways. 2.  Name as many of your characters as you can ahead … Read more

Countdown to the 3-Day Novel Contest

This is a repost from The Courier’s website. Just wanted to quickly note that I’ve officially entered the 3-Day Novel Contest and am finalizing the outline today and tomorrow for the second book in The Courier Series.   I’ve been thinking about posting how the contest is going on The Courier’s website once or twice a day, but haven’t made up my mind.  If I need to vent, I figure posting there is as good as … Read more

Bloodleggers #3 on Blood Reads

I owe everyone an apology for causing the delay of the next part of Bloodleggers.  A couple hours after I woke up on my birthday back on the 17th of the month I realized I’ve been dealing with writer’s block for quite some time.  I wrote about it in my blog in Okay, I’m Blocked…Now What? back on the 19th if you’d like to know more. Anyways, R.J. had a part ready for editing while … Read more

Okay, I’m Blocked…Now What?

If you read Tuesday’s post, I complained that another year has passed and I’m not happy with my publishing progress, like I complain most years around my birthday.  By the way, it was an amazing birthday.  Thanks you so much to everyone who sent me happy birthday wishes.  You’re all wonderful!!  Anyways, it turned out to be the best birthday gift I could have given myself, being critical that is.  It finally got me to … Read more

A New Chapter – A New Laptop

For those of you who have been following along, you know that back when I was working on first chapter (on the very first version of it), I had my laptop of 11 years… die. It was a sad day. Let’s be serious though, it was an old IBM Thinkpad T21, an underpowered, old machine. It was good enough for Word, though, and that was, at the time, all I needed. But then, last Friday, … Read more

While I Attempt To Pick Myself Back Up

Okay, who said this?  I’m feeling too lazy to look it up. “Success is measured not in how many times you fall down, but by how many times you get back up.“ It’s in Literary Agent, Rachelle Gardner’s blog post Good to Great today.  I really needed to read about her recent trip to the U.S. Olympic Training Center.  Used to live not to far from there.  Anyways, loved that Rachelle says, “What impresses me … Read more

Bloodleggers #2 on Blood Reads

“The humans are ignorant and undisciplined. Transformation to our kind without the proper trials and necessary years of indentured servitude is an error in judgment.” –Elder Ysabell of Clan de Bohun, Scotland, The Congress of Glenluce, 1183 A.D. November 5th, 2008, Mile High Mortuary, 6th Avenue, Denver Colorado Regina Todd paced the shiny concrete floor of the crematorium holding a cell phone against her ear with one hand and nervously flicking the black polish off her … Read more

Hell Week

It’s hell week again, or should I say hell half week.  Wednesday is the next release of Bloodleggers and I’m pulling my hair out, still.  So I’ve opened up a bottle of wine and toasted to the hair I have left.  A new wine I haven’t tasted, Raia 2007 Shiraz.  Not bad. My greatest challenge has been changing from a terse 1st person present tense, as The Courier is written, to 3rd person.  If you … Read more