February Goals: The End!

Earlier this month I set several goals in regards to a book I was revising. Without further ado, here is how it turned out:

  1. Wrote 4381/6000 new words. I originally set a goal of 6,000 new words thinking that would be needed for my story. Well after deleting, character development, and world building I came in under 6K words – and I’m fine with that. I never wanted to push the words and I feel comfortable with where my story is.
  2. Researched agents for query. I followed #MSWL on Twitter and that was super helpful. I am eager to begin the process sometime in March.
  3. Send novel to Betas/CP. It is going out today!!! Can you envision me doing my happy dance:)

I hope you all were able to reach your goals in February. I am looking forward to drafting a new project in March, so don’t forget to check in on me!


Campnano Day 29: The end


April has been crazy. In the middle of my day to day family obligations, I have been deciphering items for stats class, dealing with things breaking down in my home, buying a new car, and oh yeah – writing a picture book series!

Tomorrow marks the last day of campnanowrimo. There is special place in my heart for camp because although I had participated in nanowrimo for five years, I had yet to officially meet my goal. That all changed when I participated in Campnano June 2012. Full of focus and encouragement from my cabin mates, I finished my first book. From there I knew I could do this – I could actually focus and write a book.

I am 1482 words away from my goal. By the end of this month I should have 10 picture books complete in my series. I am excited! This was new territory for me and writing a children’s picture book is HARD!

For everyone still trying to make there goal by midnight tomorrow: do not be discouraged. If you do not make your goal, it does not make you a failure. You have already won by committing to step outside the box and write a book – how many people can say that.

For those close to the finish line, don’t stop. Push forward until you reach the end, you’ll be glad you did.

Are you reaching your novel goals? Comment below:)

***Also, I participate in the “I don’t like Monday’s” blog hop. Check out the other awesome writers!*******


Campnano Day 22: Perserverance


We all have those days. It’s like you are a running – the finish line is in sight but you begin to get tired. Your energy becomes sapped, you want a little water, and all you can think about is stopping.

As you slow down, preparing to drop to the ground in defeat, you look at the finish line again. There were people that told you that you would not finish. Heck, you didn’t even think you would make it this far! Now when you focus on the finish line again there is a rush of oxygen to your head, your legs feel stronger, and you feel yourself rushing towards the finish – you are going to make it!

When you write, especially during campnano, your are running a race. You have a goal to meet by the end of the month to put words on the page. Many things will happen to deter you. This month kids spray painted vulgar words on my sidewalk, the kids have ALWAYS had something to do, and the Stats monster has come to claim me. Halfway through the month I wanted to throw in the towel but I perserved. I saw the finish line and got a second win. I am 3000 words away from meeting my 10 story goal for my picture book series. This is a major accomplishment for me.

If you are finding yourself on the verge on quitting, please push forward. The end is near and the world truly needs you to finish your story. We want to hear it.



Campnano Day 15: Inspiration


I thought my head would explode this Saturday. I had hoped to write most of the day on my Campnano novels but life, in the form of allergies, got the best of me. I sat at my computer staring blankly waiting for something to happen – other than my sneezing. When I was on the verge of giving up, my five year old daughter runs in to a room with a Minnie Mouse dress on and a sticker over her right eye saying “I’m a pirate – prepare to walk the plank!”

Inspiration hit!

For me, this created another short story for the picture book series I’m writing. I have five more stories to go to reach my 10 book goal. Through the simple act of playing with my child and really getting to know her, she has inspired so much greatness to happen.

I know many people are writing children’s books and my question to you is where are you pulling your inspiration from – your childhood, your children, kids in the neighborhood. What inspires you as you write?

******I’m part of the I don’t like Monday’s Blog Hop. Check it out*********


Letting Go


In June of 2012 I wrote a book that was very close to my heart.

It was a story that was outlined the previous year and worked on via Nanowrimo 2011 but the story had been brewing for many years. I knew these characters. They spoke to me and I spoke to them. When I finished the book I was ecstatic and began the process of revisions and letting others read it.

And then I discovered it was a typical first book. Full of mistakes and the story just needed something more. I put it aside in February and began to write something fun while still trying to revise book number one. I would constantly make weekly goals and then monthly goals and then no goals.

Yes, as of April 1st I have officially tabled this project.

What does this mean? Does it mean I don’t love this book anymore. Does it mean that it will wither and day. Quite the contrary. It hit me last month that to make this story better – I need to let it go. I had held on to this story for so long that I never truly let it breathe. And I really need to find a way to give it a new life – thus I am taking a break from it.

I look forward to possibly coming back to my first book during the summer or during the fall. As for now, I have a Science Fiction book that has flowed together perfectly. I also have a picture book idea I’m working on during Campnanowrimo as well as multiple stickies full of book series ideas and outlines on my computer.

I have plenty to do – I just needed to learn what I had to let go of.


Are you ready for camp?

2013-Participant-Campfire-Circle-BadgeA little girl, a unicorn, and a pink blanket comprise my latest project.

This month, I along with many others will embark on Campnanowrimo. Unlike Nanowrimo, which is held in November, you can work on whatever – group of short stories, novellas, scripts. Also, this year you set your own word count.

For the aforementioned children’s book, I am aiming for 30K this month. I feel that should yield some decent Picture Books.

I’m pretty excited. This was an idea that I’ve had since January and put in the idea file. Of course, its something I’ve never done before but I think it’s going to be loads of fun.

I have a soft spot for Campnanowrimo because it’s where I finished my first novel. After participating in Nano for 4 years I never completed anything. Yet, I participated in Campnanowrimo the summer of 2012 and struck gold!

For more info on camp, visit: http://www.campnanowrimo.org

What are you working on for Campnanowrimo? How did you prepare?




Taking Time Off


I have been writing non-stop since last June. I have outlined 3 books in a mystery series, 7 picture books, wrote one Adult Cont. Fiction, one NA Dystopian, and of course – I write medical consents for a living.

After I wrote “The End” on the last novel, I had physically couldn’t make myself look at anything else. Now, don’t get me wrong, my brain wanted to. I wanted to look at that novel and nitpick. I wanted to fret over ALL the words and why I wrote them. I was like a drug addict dependent on her words – I had to have them!

But I stopped myself. My head hurt, I was sleepy, and I think I needed sunlight:) I looked at my stack of books to be read, my gym membership, my family, and the beautiful sun outside this past weekend and knew I needed to take time off.

I am so happy I did.

When I looked at my novel Tuesday night, I had a light bulb moment. The perfect prologue came to my mind. I quickly wrote it down and then closed my computer. I have vowed not to look at the manuscript again until this weekend.

Sometimes we need to take time off from our babies. We need a break to bring clarity. I feel like that book was good but after this break – WATCH OUT! I’m going to make this MS great!

What are you working on and when did you get that moment of clarity?

(Also, Martin was the winner of the gift card.  Congrats!)