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Is Your Green Showing..?

November 12, 2013

Enviable – definition: worthy of envy; very desirable


As we juggle normal life whilst competing in National Novel Writing Month, it is hard not to envy some participants word counts. One of my blogging friends has surpassed the 50,000 mark already and we are only on the twelfth day. So do we give up or persevere? 

I will persevere because it is foremost a personal challenge – it’s you against the hours in the day, the days of the week. No matter what the final word count, it is the accomplishment that counts. From the words we have created in this month will come works we can mold, revise and edit into something wonderful. It may be a short story, a novella or a novel. Whatever it is, we have endured and conquered our own writing challenge.

Don’t get discouraged…

Share your word count. Share your thoughts.


Embellish Those Notes for Thirty Days…

November 1, 2013

Embellish – definition: to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; to adorn


As so it begins – National Novel Writing Month! For those participating this will be a month of embellishment of scribbled notes, plot lines and story arcs compiled for the last few weeks or longer maybe. I wish all my fellow participants  the very best of luck on this 30 days of frantic writing.

I welcome any of you to join me as a buddy – MandyB, Edmonton.

Let the words flow, the muse whisper constantly and the external world fall away.

My NaNo project is a cowgirl romance, a new genre for me and one I have actually planned for. Yes, the free flow author has laid down a story arc…whatever next.

What is your project? Your genre?

Are you excited, nervous, absolutely terrified or a mixture of all three?

No matter if you reach that magical fifty thousand words or not – your participation in a global writing effort is awesome.


NaNoWriMo Quandary…

October 15, 2013

Quandary – definition: a state of confusion, perplexity, or uncertainty, especially as to what to do : dilemma


Many of us are in a quandary over whether to participate in National Novel Writing Month this year or not. It may be a first dip into these frantic 30 days of writing or it is a known entity. Either way, we must consider how we will manage to write at least 1667 words a day. Time management is paramount in finishing NaNoWriMo – a lapse in creating the required amount of words for a day results in even more panic as we are then on catch up mode.

How do you plan?

Are there meals in the freeze ready for the family? Have you plastered your writing space with ‘do not disturb’ signs? Have you registered for local NaNo meet ups? How much plotting and planning have you done?

Whatever your preparations, I wish you luck and please feel free to contact with me as a buddy – MandyB, Edmonton.

Here are some other NaNoWriMo links:

Another year…another AGM…

September 16, 2012

This Saturday marked another year for my Writers Foundation and as I attended the AGM, I thought of our past year. Our foundation is very involved in its members and the local community and at times we are spread quite thin. However, the camaraderie at each event makes for a wonderful time for all those involved and brings us closer to each other. I usually volunteer for most of the events – not because I’m trying to be a ‘goodie too shoes’ but because they are so much fun.  It isn’t until the annual review at the AGM is read through do I realize actually how many events. There are the annual events like our Conference, Culture Days, Words in the Park and Arts Expo as well as author readings, meetings for our board and other organizations we are members of. Newer events like our Night Writers, which is mini workshops, have been successful as we endeavor to give our membership every opportunity to participate and share. Obviously not everyone can commit to so many events and that is absolutely fine – if they can attend for a few hours at one or two events that helps tremendously.

As we go into our next year with new board members, we are excited at our growth as a writer’s resource and community. We welcome local and virtual members and hope to expand our presence whether it is in our community or globally through the web site.

Do you participate in a group that makes life joyful?

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