Books 2012 – It was a very good year

As 2012 comes to a close, I’ve been thinking about which books and/or authors I’ve most enjoyed this year. With the proliferation of e-readers and free Amazon Kindle apps for your phone and PC, if you haven’t already – expand your horizons, read a book today.

Never thought I’d say how much I love my Kindle and yes, it’s overtaken my love for a printed book. It’s super easy now to take a small e-reader to the beach, on vacation, work, etc. and have all my books at my fingertips not to mention instant gratification to get a new one after trying a free sample by clicking a button. I can stay in my jammies and never leave the house at midnight because I just have to have that next book in the series.

Below in no particular order are my faves for this year:

JR Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood series

Deborah E Harkness Discovery of Witches and sequel

George RR Martin Game of Thrones series

Kim Harrison Hollow series

Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark Hunter and Born series

Diana Gabaldon Outlander series

Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy

Elizabeth Hoyt Maiden Lane Series

Patricia Briggs River Marked

Margret Maron Deborah Knott series and way too many more to mention…

So I have to wonder, do you still read paper books? Do you have an e-reader or Kindle app? Plan to ask for one for the Holidays? If you do read e-books, do you only get from the library? Yes, you can get e-books from the library for your e-reader. If you buy e-books, what’s your price point for e-books? .99 – 5.99? What do you want to see from authors and who is your favorite?  I know, a lot of questions but I’m a curious sort…



NaNoWriMo – I finished my novel – The End!

Yep, a few minutes ago, I finished my NaNoWriMo novel – 50,227 words!

I am ecstatic and tired. The next two days are mine to play and then…I’m going to work on the first in a trilogy I’ve been thinking about and see how many words I can knock out by the end of November.

My goal was to have a good draft finished by the end of the year so I’d be ready to send to my editor early next year. There were some moments I wasn’t sure I’d make it but whoo-hoo! For all of you who have written one or two or a whole bookshelf of novels – you know how I’m feeling right now. Ahem, we won’t talk about editing at this point.

If you haven’t finished your novel yet, it’s only the 23rd, you can finish it with seven days remaining. Sit down, close your eyes and imagine….

P.S. I’ll check back in on 12/1 and post my count for the five days on my new adventure…I think I’m going to end the world. <grin

Happy NaNoWriMo to all!

Gratitude, NaNoWriMo and a very Happy Thanksgiving

As we’re nearing the end of NaNoWriMo, I wanted to take a break from writing to show some gratitude with Thanksgiving sneaking up on us, well at least sneaking up on  me, tomorrow.

I’m grateful for NaNoWriMo – I’ve pushed myself further than I thought possible and am sooo close to typing the end. It’s the first in a planned series, I have rough sketches of the next five but before I start book two, I’m going to start book one of a trilogy.

I’ll finish before deadline and plan to use the remaining days in November to start on another book with a sassy character who’s been yelling it’s her turn now. This one is a trilogy, the world ends, my character is annoyed there’s no more soft toilet paper <grin.

The little things make me smile, fill me with gratitude:

  • my kitties
  • friends
  • family
  • my nieces, one pictured here enjoying a rather large bowl of popcorn
  • nature
  • books
  • movies
  • the smell of fall in the air

You get my drift. What are you grateful for? How are you spending your Thanksgiving?

Safe travels!

It’s November 15th – How’s your writing coming along for NaNoWriMo?

Well, we’ve hit the middle of November. If you’re like me, you’re tired – the good kind of tired when you’re accomplishing your goals. You feel good even if some days are tough; you look at how far you’ve come and smile…

If you aren’t where you want to be at this point, no worries. Take a deep breath, think about what you want to achieve and where your story is going. Not sure? Try playing “what if”, introduce a new character, watch the news for an interesting story, talk to one of your writing buddies or take a little time to do something else – catch a movie, have lunch with a friend. Then come back with your creative well refilled and work. You can make the goal with half the month remaining – believe in yourself!

As promised, my mid-month update.As of tonight, I have written a little over 35K words. Whew! makes me tired just looking at it. I’ve had a couple of tough days but powered through. I’ve also had some great days where I was in the groove and the words just seemed to endlessly flow. Well, I have a little under 15K to go and I’m shooting to finish this draft on 11/22. Then I’ll leave it, start on book 2 and see how far I get with the remaining 9 days in the month.

So stay tuned and I’ll follow-up at the end of the month with my final word count.

Wish me luck!

NaNoWriMo – Week 2 How Messy Is Your House?

Ok all you NaNoWriMo participants, it’s week 2, how are you doing?

Are your floors dusty, dust bunnies chasing the cats around, dishes piling up in the sink and you are wearing sweats with holes because you haven’t done laundry? Then give yourself a BIG congratulations – you are focused on your writing!

Chores can wait – ignore the urge to edit, keep writing – try something new, kill your character off in a different way, write in a different place. Instead of being locked away in my office, I’m sitting outside on the deck writing today – it’s 70 and I want to enjoy it before it drops down cold again by Tuesday.

How do you stay motivated? Do you follow an outline? Set up a reward like a massage or some other treat?

Me – I have a broad outline and I revisit it each night to think about what I want to write the next day. I’m going to break 25K words today so happy writing to all!

I’ll check in soon with my mid-month word count.


Keep your energy up for all that NaNoWriMo writing – have a smoothie

We are now on day 9 of NaNoWriMo, in case you’re a little tired, here’s a great fall smoothie to keep you energized, your fingers flying across they keyboard.

Also, take a few minutes at lunch today to get some fresh air – even if you go out the front door and right back in, the sun (if it’s shining where you are today) and fresh air will help you get your second wind for this afternoon and tonight.

Pumpkin ‘licious Smoothie
pinch of cinnamon
1/4 c. pumpkin pie filling (freeze it for a thicker smoothie)
1/2 c. almond or soy vanilla milk
2 tbsp vanilla yogurt blend well.

if you want to be decadent, crush up a few graham crackers and sprinkle on top.

P.S. feeling adventurous? add a couple of spinach leaves, up to a handful (you won’t even taste the spinach)

For more energy boosting smoothies, you can check out my blog –

Other than pushing forward, maybe getting ahead on your writing this weekend, what fun things do you have planned? You’re almost at the halfway point so schedule something for yourself – a movie, a day of hooky from work, a massage – you decide and reward yourself.

Happy Thursday!

NaNoWriMo – 30% there! – Silence your inner critic

Have you heard of National Novel Writing Month? Or NaNoWriMo for short? It’s where during the  month of November, you try to write 50,000, yes, that’s correct, 50,000 words in ONE MONTH. To keep you accountable, there is a website with writing buddies so you can see how you’re doing in relation to others. Nothing like a little competition to keep oneself motivated.

It took me a couple of days to quit trying to edit what I’d written but now, 8 days in, I find I’m writing more without that inner critic. Also, finding I like having plenty of words to come back and edit once I can type “The End.”

So whatever it is you do – silence your inner critic.

So stay tuned and I’ll follow-up mid-month and end of the month with my final word count.