Monday, November 29, 2010

A New Journey

So NaNoWriMo is over. Whew!!

I must admit, if I hadn't done it, I wouldn't have written 57,538 words to get me started on my new YA,  AFTERSHOCK

A journey of love, devotion, betrayal, tragedy, and disaster.


NaNoWriMo was fun. But will I do it again? Right now, I have to say no. But then November this year had been jam packed with so many wonderful things. It was tough to sit and write when I wanted to be visiting my new granddaughter who was born in October. It was equally tough to sit and write when my other new granddaughter was born on November 23. Not to mention the birthday bash I hosted for my 85-year-old mother on November 13 and of course, I had to cook Thanksgiving dinner. On top of all that, there were weddings and bridal showers to attend. There was also the planning for my son's wedding in December, not that I had to do much planning, but just to enjoy the excitement and buildup of the whole event. Those were the good and wonderful things. But along with the good, sometimes we have to take the bad. Like the visit from Mr. Sinusitis and Mrs. Coughing Scratchy Throat that insisted on overstaying their welcome making my life miserable.

But now that November is over and the stress of NaNo is gone, it's time to get wound back up for the fun and exciting stress of December and editing. Another new journey.

Happy writing. Hope you all had a fantastic November and Thanksgiving and if you had an unusual Thanksgiving or something special you would like to share, please feel free. I love your comments.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wonder Woman Cracks The Whip

Yeah, I'm feeling a little wonder-womanish right now. Okay, so I've been away for a while. Have I lost you? Hope not. But I have a pretty good excuse. Actually several good excuses. There's been a number of very exciting things happening lately that have kept me away from here. Wonderwoman or superwoman. It doesn't matter to me.

Number one is I'm a new super-grandma again. My beautiful granddaughter, Maddison Brodie Hamilton, Maddi-B for short, was born on October 9, 2010, and I got to witness her birth. Wow! What a remarkable experience. The miracle of birth is truly the most wonderful sight to see. I've seen it on TV, I've even done it myself, but nothing, I mean nothing compares to actually being there watching that little human pop out. And she did too. So fast, I thought the Doctor was going to drop her on her little head. I swear they should put a net under the mother's legs just in case. Maddison has a proud big brother, Shane Michael Hamilton. He's also the light of my life. Don't worry, I have room to share.

The second spot of good news is Spencer my stepson and his better half Aimee are expecting their second little bundle of joy the week of Thanksgiving. We don't know what it will be yet, but rumor has it, Aimee thinks it's a boy. This is most likely because they already have a cutie named Eva as the big sister. But by looking at Aimee, I can honestly say she does look like she is having a boy, but we can only wait and see.

Good news doesn't stop there. On December 17th, my son Michael and his fiancée Stephanie will say their vows and become husband and wife. After that cool reunion, they are off to Germany where Mike is stationed as a firefighter in the US Army. And who knows; probably more grandkids in a year or so down the road.

That leaves one son left to tie the knot. I hope not soon, I need a brief reprieve from all this family excitement.

Now on to some writing news. I actually broke down and signed up for National November Writers Month. (NaNoWriMo). This is good news too. I'd been hemming and hawing over writing my second novel for some time. With my paranormal romance, Whisper Cape completed and currently in submission, I've dabbled with the sequel, but I've become stuck and need to rethink the plot. I've also started another novel in the women's mainstream genre. But a couple of weeks ago I had a new idea for a young adult book. I outlined it, and researched all the data, and now I am taking advantage of NaNoWriMo to write it. Even if I don't reach the goal at the end of November, I've still got a great start to a great new story. 30 days, 50,000 words. Wish me luck.

Please feel free to comment. I'd love to hear your good news stories. And if you're doing NaNoWriMo good luck to you.