July Check-In

I thought I’d bring you up to date on things in my world. In March, my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  My mother’s way of coping with such devastating news is to throw herself into a project she can’t possibly finish on her own. Her project for this crisis might have been to turn the house completely around, instead, she settled on digging up the large backyard that was full of beautiful grass and put it into flowers. In this project, she physically could do almost no physical work herself and could not afford to hire someone to do the work, so my sister and I worked the entire month of June and the first part of July to make my mother’s dream of a backyard flower garden a reality.

The result for my mother is a garden of delight. The result for me has been a need to let some things go to be with my family, and am now having a hard time getting things back on track. You may have noticed or maybe not you missed a couple of weeks of blog posts and then sometimes you got blog posts on the wrong days it was and unfortunately remains a little disarrayed. But I am now blogging three times a week. My YouTube channel hasn’t been as lucky. It’s been a month or more since they have heard from me. My whole 5 subscribers, deserve the same diligence that I give you, but it takes more out of me to do a YouTube post.

On Monday, I will get my first novel back from the editor. I discovered this week that there is another book published recently with the same title that I had chosen for my book, so I will be looking for a new book title. If you have any ideas, I’m open to suggestions. I am trying to finish my second novel “Catch Me” I need to write another 40000 words, but I’m afraid to screw up the story arc. I have started a new novel called “When He Didn’t Love Me” That I am excited about but don’t know when I’ll get back to. I’m concerned about marketing costs for my book. Not to mention while I’m doing marketing I’ll be having production costs for another book, the finances of being an indie author is a scary thing.

So, that’s what’s I’ve been up to. This is what I hope will be happening. I hope my father’s medicine continues to work. I hope my father is around for a long, long time to come in a healthy capacity. I hope my mother does not need another big project for a while.

I hope to have “Lucy’s Choice” edited, and a cover selected by the end of September I hope to have further editing done by the end of November and then book design done in November with Advance Reader Copies ready in January.

For Catch Me, the second novel, I hope to have that to the editor in October. I hope to be finishing when he didn’t Love Me in November. My goal for the year was to finish four novels, and I’m on track to do that writing-wise. We’ll have to see about the publishing because of the costs involved.

So, that’s kind of a wrap-up of what’s been going on and where things are. I forgot to tell you about NaNoWriMo I did not win NaNoWriMo, but I made some good friends and that was my goal, so I won NaNoWriMo.

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It’s NaNoWriMo

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It’s Camp NaNoWriMo, aI’ve got to be honest I’m having a blast just like I would have had at summer camp as a kid. I’ve made new friends. I’ve worked on my second novel, Catch Me, which I love. I still wrote short, which drives me crazy. I won’t win NaNoWriMo, but I’ve gained some friendships that are invaluable to me, and that’s worth all the winning in the world.

Writing is a very solitary job, the work is by its nature done inside one’s head. For me, the work is even more isolating because I’ve been a shut-in for the past 10 years not able to go anywhere or do anything I have lost contact with all my friends. The editors and others that I work with are not friends but busy professionals that want a business relationship. I can’t pack up and go to Starbucks to write I have to lie down to work. The women I’ve met are amazing, talented, and kind. I’m proud to call them friends.

Camp NaNoWriMo celebrates writing and its purpose is to provide thirty days of writing priority. Thirty days with a life that is filled with writing as your priority. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s a gift that every writer should give themselves and the people who thought of NaNoWriMo are absolute geniuses. I am so thankful for them. I am a full-time writer, but NaNoWriMo gives me that extra excitement and push to write a little faster and work a little harder. I love NaNoWriMo.

I love you guys and I hope you all get a chance to do a NaNoWriMo. It’s worth the sacrifice. In the meantime. Tell me about your NaNoWriMo experience in the comment box below. If you like this blog post, give it a like, and don’t forget to subscribe to both the blog and my monthly newsletter.

Keep writing till next time,


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It officially begins Thursday, July 1st.Camp NANOWRIMO is on our doorstep with all its fanfare and exciting possibilities. Will you reach your writing goal without actually going crazy? What is Camp NANOWRIMO? It’s an international writing month it happens three times a year April, July, and the big event in November. We are gearing up for the July event where you can select a personal goal to achieve writing fewer than 50,000 words or editing 50,000 words instead of writing. It’s a wonderful way to get out of the aloneness of writing and write alongside others.

     NANOWRIMO is serious business, though, and you need to prepare for it. It can be stressful creating 1,640 words a day every day for a month and remember if you miss a day, that day’s word count needs to be made up another day. To win NANOWRIMO, you must be self-disciplined and lucky. It can get stressful. Let’s talk way to cut that stress off at the pass:

  • If you are writing you can plan your story out before July 1st.
  • Get to know your characters.
  • Have an outline.
  • Schedule time to write.
  • Get help with chores around the house.
  • Plan for days you can’t write.

Now that you’ve done everything you can do to plan, you may also feel discouraged on some days. So here are some ideas to help you out:

  • Set a nice atmosphere by lighting a candle.
  • Turn on some twinkle lights or set some mood lighting.
  • Write out positive affirmations.
  • Write a note encouraging yourself to keep going, read it when you feel like giving up.

Get ready for camp NANOWRIMO it starts July 1st, but you can sign up right away. Just go to NANOWRIMO 2021. I hope to see you there virtually. Share with me your camp goal in the comment box below. Give me a thumbs up if you like this content and think you’ll use it during Camp this year. Don’t forget to sign up to get my blog so you won’t miss any of my content.

I love you guys keep writing.