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.


  1. Good luck with NaNo, I can't do it. I don't see me ever doing it. Commitment? Yikes! I hope you get a good chunk of that new novel written. Is it the November challenge outline?

    Congrats on all of your awesome news. Your granddaughter shares my daughter's birthday. So she's destined to be a great kid, if slightly moody. ;P

  2. Ha. Thanks a lot Renee. It is because of you I am doing NaNoWriMo. I wasn't going to do it. I kept telling myself no. I don't have time. I really don't. But I figure what the heck. Nothing ventured, well, you know the saying. If I don't finish? Eh, or as you Canadians say, Meh. At least I'll have a good start on my next novel.

    The November challenge outline? Well, I revamped it. I didn't repost it though. It's changed quite a bit, but yes. It just started melding and shaping and now two days into NaNo I have 5000 words and half-way into chapter three. And I am in danger of falling in love with my seventeen year old hero. He is part Miwok Native American. A very gentle soul. Hey, my grandkids are part Cherokee.

  3. How is NaNo coming along? It's something I would never have the discipline to do. Mind you being in the position to enjoy grandchildren involves a different kind of discipline: patience :)

  4. Patience galore Michael. Those kids wear me out. I find it's best if I do the quiet times, reading to them and rocking them to sleep. The other stuff, chasing and the like, I leave to my husband.

    NaNo is quite the experience. I'm trudging along though. I only hope I don't run out of story before I reach 50,000 words. My outline may not be feeding me enough protein. If I get to that point I'm going to have to wing it, which I usually do anyway. :)


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