No NaNo

For the last seven Novembers, I've participated in NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is a frenetic November of trying to write at least 50,000 words in a novel--from scratch. On every November 1 during the previous seven years, I sat down at my computer, placed my fingers on the keyboard, and began a new novel. For … Continue reading No NaNo


Reader Research: Jr Hi girls

On this wonderful Wednesday, I wonder about many things. Most of them are research questions related to the NaNoWriMo novel I began yesterday. In three hours, I wrote 3,193 words. That couldn't be considered a terrific sprint, but it was a very satisfying beginning that put me 693 words above yesterday's scheduled goal. This is what I discovered: … Continue reading Reader Research: Jr Hi girls

Fiction Friday-Dawn’s early light

Today's Fiction Friday here at Cottonwood Hollow. Dawn's roses and golds glow behind black silhouettes of cottonwood trees. Most of their leaves blew off in yesterday's strong wind and now lie strewn over the green grass in a haphazard pattern of brown and gold. A double mug of steaming coffee, laced with almond toffee creamer, … Continue reading Fiction Friday-Dawn’s early light