Show & Tell – Christmas Countdown


It’s 12 days ’til Christmas, so you know what that means? A colorful countdown from yours truly!

Red and green seem to be the traditional combo for Christmastime, but our tree gets decorated a little differently every year. Sometimes blues, sometimes everything just gets thrown on, occasionally a classy all-white array. Who said tradition had to mean doing the same thing every year?

Question of the Day: What color ornaments are on your Christmas tree this year?


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Show & Tell – NaNoWriMotivation


NaNoWriMo is a great lesson in the power of a daily writing commitment. To see my word count climb after putting in that daily effort, to track my progress, to exercise my creativity, and to challenge myself to fix problems or throw another one in my hero’s path. There’s no better way to learn writing than to just sit down and start.

Question of the Day: Did you learn something new about your writing process during NaNoWriMo this year?


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For Writers – After NaNoWriMo


During November, it’s been really easy to let things slide until that mythical time “after NaNoWriMo”. And that time is almost upon us. Here are some of the things that are probably on your To Do list.

  • More accurately, it’s the To Read list that we’re most anxious to tackle first. All of those new releases, recent purchases, library holds, and recommendations have transformed from ‘pile’ to ‘tower’.
  • Dare I even mention that there are still Halloween candy wrappers lurking in and around your work space?
  • Catching up on sleep is near the top of the list. Right under reading, of course.
  • Eventually, it might be nice to wear something other than pajamas. Maybe even get out of the house…
  • For Christmas shopping!
  • And it would be lovely to drink coffee as a beverage instead of as creative fuel.
  • Later, we’ll tackle the responsible stuff, like backing up our NaNo Novel, reluctantly taking the Do Not Disturb sign down, and returning our mug collection to the kitchen for washing.
  • It might be wise to take a peek at the inbox. 112 unopened emails? Oops.
  • Our hobbies have been waiting patiently for their turn, too. Bring on the bullet journaling, photo taking, card playing, and cookie baking!
  • And, of course, we won’t forget our November efforts. We’ll happily return to edit our novel. Later. In January.


Add to the list! What are you planning to do after NaNoWriMo?
Buddy me on NaNoWriMo if you want to follow my progress or join in on group word sprints. I’ll be back again next year!