Preparing for Camp NaNo

The Trail

The Trail

While Fall waits in the wings with curtains of the changing-colored leaves, Summer has begun and it’s hard to believe it is almost time to prepare for Camp NaNoWriMo again!

In the upcoming days, details and snippets from past Camp NaNo/NaNo projects will be added to the page collection of other projects.

An earlier project:

Title: The Pied Piper of the Pier

Log Line: Who do the cats obey when rats are led astray?

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Some of the cast:

Paul – part-time musician/part-time teacher

Quincy – library manager


Saturday Shuffle

What Adventures Await cover

It’s the little things…

The joy of receiving a new book (by N.K. Jemesin, no less!!) is that in it’s unwrapped form, it makes a great prop for structuring the cover for this season’s Camp NaNo project!

Might need to backtrack and create covers for the other books of this series…will see.


After the cover shoot, time to update the Avatar.


Kit’s turn to be featured (and no, he wasn’t too keen on it). Once the halo was added, he was fine.

And finally, put the finishing touches on the soundtrack.

Last Day of Camp



Or, how to summarize this month’s fun:

Title: Who Knows

Genre: Literary Fiction


One death. Three lives. Two choices.
With words as their swords, are they protecting the future or avenging the past? Who knows?

Evan George Gordon marshaled the law, presenting evidence that selective blindness killed.

Ashley Charon Emery found a novel way to get away with murder.

Christine Odessa Nighthorse spoke for the voiceless, fighting every step of the way.

Is it the end, or the beginning? Who knows?

Saturday Insanity



A jolly day today with it being Double Up Donation Day. The goal is to double your word count, donate what you can (and generous sponsors offer to match!)

Happiness (and Buddy above would agree) – it was a great day for writing!

Found some ‘structural supports’ to this story and a dead body or two – courtesy of a word sprint challenge, prompt or random observation.

Jinelle Gordon has stepped up to take Yvonne’s spot as companion and co-conspirator, matching wits with Murray and offering Cole a run for his money as far as movie trivia is concerned.

How did your Saturday writing go?



They’re Back!

For this year’s NaNo, I’m rebelling! Yes, like many in my region, it isn’t necessarily starting something brand new, but maybe refining, remolding, polishing something old.


SeanMurray-Cole Porter Returns

Cole Porter Lipton Returns

Cole Porter Lipton, Murray and Nioma return with some familiar faces, future friends, curious finds and some puzzling riddles to sort out.

Does this mean I have any idea where this year’s mystery is going to end up? Of course not. What has happened so far (in a mere 777 words written on day one)? Murray has joined a writing group, Cole has a new neighbor and Nioma is stamp collecting – stamps in her passport that is!

Elemental Visions looks to become a puzzle for geeks, with probably a dead body or two. So, brew up some tea, pull up a chair and join the occasional updates along the way.

Or better yet – JOIN THE FUN and sign up for NaNoWriMo. Almost everybody says ‘Someday I’ll write a novel.’ Well, your ‘someday’ is now!





Happiness is carving out time to play this weekend with the different write-ins and a book release party, too! (If you haven’t picked up your copy of  The Unwitting Journeys of the Witty Miss Livingstone or Black Poodle Over Seven Hills, why not?!)

Total word count thanks in large part to the Mystery Tour Writing Marathon – 4415 written today. Might add a few more before the crash!

What fun write-ins have you attended? What discoveries made with your works in progress?

Day Three, Or….


Day three and I finally crossed the 4-digit word count mark! (and the word count goal of day one, with a few words to spare…1670).

Like a fellow NaNoRhino in our region, I may have ended up with a second ‘First Lines‘ bit…. However, this is the first line of a story(book) within the story, so it isn’t exactly cheating because…. Well, since this project’s still plotless, that’s why!

“I lied, to keep you from dying that day; and that may have been the worst mistake of my life.”

How is your NaNo project progressing?

Oh Goodies!


Well, sadly, very little writing done since pasting the words into the validation box some 15 days ago. I did, however, remember to claim my goodies (except the romance and Mac based ones)!

RescueTime  should be interesting – although I don’t know why I got it; I’ve got Kit and Kat to give me grief, I mean keep me on task.

I indulged with Aeon Timelines, although I don’t know where I’ll find time to get the current (and past, maybe future) stories lined up.

EverNote will forever be tucked to the side, only because I’ve got my own mountain of papers, digital sticky notes, and held-book receipts at my disposal.

What goodies did you claim/treat yourself to post NaNo? And are you still writing?


NaNo Winner 2015

NaNo Winner 2015

Happiness is finding all of the scattered files (and a couple I forgot I stored elsewhere), cobbling them all together and discovering more words were written than first thought!

Of course the thriller isn’t done, but it’s a fair piece for an ‘off-year.’ This will require more work to rewrite than my first novel, but like like ‘Crossing Seasons,’ ‘Murder: Run Time Error’ proved to be fun, especially in a genre I haven’t written in for quite some time.

How are you doing, fellow writer? Still going strong?

Betting you can cross that finish line, too!

Thursday Theme

Yvonne and Cole - a night on the town

Yvonne and Cole – a night on the town

Like the previous NaNo projects before this, Family/Friendship is the cornerstone. Whether the playful partnership remains platonic as in school days past, or something more – with ring – will last, it’s the strength of the main character and the one supporting.

How would you describe your characters and their interactions with those in their inner circle?