50,000 Words or Bust and Happy Halloween!

This is it, we’re down to the final wire. NaNo starts at midnight tonight!

Keep an eye on the NaNo gauge in the sidebar. ➡ I also plan on posting a cute cartoon that shows my progress, too. If you don’t see it steadily inching upwards over the next few weeks, contact me and ask me why the heck not?? Tease me, torment me, goad me into finishing. You see that nifty NaNo 2009 participant graphic in the sidebar? I want one that says WINNER. And you can only get one of those IF you submit 50,000 words or more by the end of November.

As long as the weather cooperates, I plan on hanging out at the MSU library. It only costs $2.25 to park there for three hours and I can pound out 3,000 words in three hours, right? *gulp* If the weather doesn’t cooperate, then I’ll be heading toward our public library (because I won’t have to walk so far to make it indoors).

And if the family is home and won’t leave me alone, there’s always our Cub. Whew! My fingers are tired just THINKING about all of this typing ahead of me.

So, consider this “official” notice – this blog will be sporadic at best in the coming weeks. I’ll try to write a word here and there and let you know how I’m doing but really, the gauge will say it all.

And for the first time, I’m going to post my NaNoWriMo project on my Fiction blog:, if you’re interested in keeping track of what I’m actually writing. It’ll be rough and it’ll probably stink and/or not make sense, but that’s how first drafts are.

I’m really pushing myself this year. I have no idea if this collection of short stories idea will pan out, but dang it, I’m gonna give it a shot.

I’m off to mentally prepare for the next 30 days of intense writing.




A message from NaNoWriMo Headquarters:

Book Corner

Introducing Book Swap

Book Swap at Who’s up for a book swap?!

In the past, I’ve participated in the Buy a Friend a Book program, and though that is an excellent program and I’ll probably participate in the future, I won’t be participating as often.


Because I have a ton of books (a whole tub full, actually), that I need to get rid of.

And that, my friends, is where you come in.

If you would like one of the books listed below, please email me a mailing address (US mailing addresses only, please) and I’ll pop that in the mail. I’ll be sending it via media mail (it’s cheaper), so please allow 14 days to reach you, please.

True to Form by Elizabeth Berg

Tangled up in Daydreams by Rebecca Bloom

Performance Anxiety by Betsy Burke

Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark

Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman

204 Rosewood Lane by Debbie Macomber

The Sweetest Taboo by Carole Matthews

Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani

If you have one, or more, books you’d like to swap with someone, and you’d like to pay it forward to an online friend, then please read this page.

Are you participating in the Book Swap? Please put your permalink URL (the link to the actual Book Swap post, not your blog!) in the Mr. Linky script below. Thank you!

Have fun!!