Sunday, February 1, 2015

Pen Stroke: A Novel Journey

The novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo is now published!!!

In late October, hundreds of novelists and wannabe writers gather on the island of Maui for the annual Pen Stroke writer's retreat. Many arrive looking forward to the writerly activities that are planned, thinking it will be a lovely vacation in paradise; others are simply looking for a place to stay while they search for a retirement condo, but nooo... they've all been summoned by their muse to a crazy novel-writing journey, writing a 50,000-word novel in November.

They've never been to a place quite like Pen Stroke and are in for a few surprises when the writing gods and wordie gurus begin showing up, along with plot doctors to fix the stories that suck, and a cardiac character specialist is called in to revive characters who've up and died all over a writer's pages.

Pen Stroke: A Novel Journey is published by Riverstone Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-883717-50-6; 356 pages; $17.95. Available on Amazon.

Also available on Kindle and Nook for $9.99.

Read more about the book at Mocha Latte's blog.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Steps to Successful Self-Publishing

Are you thinking about self-publishing your book? Steps to Successful Self-Publishing is a do-it-yourself guide to getting your book in print.

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, like to be in control of and in charge of everything, and are a do-it-yourselfer, publishing your own book may be the right path for you.

Available on Amazon for $9.95.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wrote a new novel for NaNoWriMo

In October I decided to do NaNoWriMo for the first time. To win, you have to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days during the month of November. I'm no stranger to writing but this presented an interesting challenge. I wanted to do it to see if I could do it.

When I started, I thought I'd be able to do 50,000 words. I am, after all, a writer, so this should have been easy. But I'd never written a book in 30 days, so I didn't know what to expect and what would happen. My goal was to write a decent first draft -- something I was proud to have written and would want to publish.

And I did it!! I more than did it; once I got started, I couldn't stop and ended up with 117,934 words of a new novel -- a parody about writers and writing -- in ten days! And then I just kept on writing for the rest of the month, all the way through to a finished first draft.

I had a blast doing NaNo and I totally love my new book... :) I'll blog again in a few months when it's published and tell you more about the book.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Writing my Novel

November 1st is here and it's time to write my NaNoWriMo 50,000-word novel in 30 days. This is going to be so much fun!! You're supposed to write at least 1667 words per day, which will bring you to the goal of 50,000 words. Here's a neat little tracker so you can see my progress.

I'll blog again when I'm done and give you the details about my new novel -- it's a parody about writers and writing.

Monday, September 29, 2014


I know what you're thinking... You read the blog post title and thought, "She's supposed to be a writer and she can't even spell." What kind of gibberish is the post title?

If you're a novelist, you probably already know -- it's National Novel Writing Month -- and it happens every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words of a new novel. No plot? No problem! It's designed to get you going and keep you moving, to get your words on paper and then into print.

Check out their website -- NaNoWriMo -- for more info.

I'm going to do it. How about you? Are you in?

You're not supposed to write any words before November 1st at the stroke of midnight, but you can sure as heck think about what you're going to write, create your characters, and an outline or synopsis, but you start with a blank page on November 1st.

So I'm probably out of my conscious mind, but I think it will be really fun. My first novel -- Somewhere Over the Rainbow -- took me four years to write, so writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, well, it will be a "novel" experience.

I've had an idea for a novel that's been floating around in my head for a while, so maybe I'll jot down some notes.

Or maybe it will be more fun to wait until November 1st and see what words show up on my computer screen and where they take me.