YARRRR! 365K Club, week 40

It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… October 1, Day 275: 1,603 words October 2, Day 276: 852 words October 3, Day 277: 1,994 words October 4, Day 278: 775 words October 5, Day 279: 815 words October 6, Day 280: 1,336 words October 7, Day 281: 845 words That’s a grand total of 8,220 words for the week, Continue Reading...

Top 10 #NaNoWriMo Prep Tips

As you may already know, I am a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) enthusiast. So when October rolls around, that means it's prime Prep Season, and I start to get a little giddy. Additionally, since I am a confirmed NaNoWriMo Rebel (aka Cheater), this also means it's the time of year when I start pondering which of my WIPs I will bring into the wonderful world of NaNoWriMo, scrubbing and Continue Reading...

September 365K Club check-in: Weeks 38 + 39

It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… September 17, Day 261: 729 words September 18, Day 262: 760 words September 19, Day 263: 780 words September 20, Day 264: 860 words September 21, Day 265: 900 words September 22, Day 266: 800 words September 23, Day 267: 755 words Week 38 Totals = 5,584 for the week, Continue Reading...

Talk Like A Pirate and win some booty! #giveaway

Whether you belong to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, hate Real Ultimate Power, or just love rum and booty, today is a high holy day: It's International Talk Like A Pirate Day! [caption id="attachment_10632" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "Once word leaks out that a pirate has gone soft, people begin to disobey you, and then it's nothing but work, work, work all the Continue Reading...

Triple word scores: 365K Club, weeks 35–37

It’s been a hectic few weeks! So much so that I missed not only last week's update for the 365K Club word count check-in, but the week's before that as well. So this week is a triple post, including last week, the week before that, AND this week's numbers. Let's roll! 2 WEEKS AGO: August 27, Day 240: 1,516 words August 28, Day 241: 1,901 words August 29, Day 242: 1,773 Continue Reading...

What the F? Top 3 Reasons to Let the F-Bombs Fly

Are you cussin' with me? If not, you should be! Tonight, local indie bookstore Warwick's is hosting Benjamin Bergen, who will be reading from his book What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves. In honor of this momentous occasion (and a book I immediately added to my To Read pile upon discovering its existence), I've decided to share with you the top Continue Reading...

Where were you on 911?

It's been 15 years since 9/11 happened. I lived in New York at the time, so I still remember exactly where I was when the towers fell. I had just graduated from college that May, and was still living in the neighborhood surrounding my alma mater, Fordham University, in The Bronx. My living situation was a bit precarious. I had told my parents, back in Ohio, that I wanted to stay on in New Continue Reading...

How to NOT write a novel in 3 days: #3DNC 2016 wrap-up

So, let's start with the bad news first: I failed to finish my 3 Day Novel, Manbots Attack!, this year. Indeed, I only came up with 5,926 total words over three days. 6,789 counting my outline. Pathetic! On day one, I wrote only 2,687 words. One day two, I wrote 1,599 more words. And on day three I wrote 1,640 words. But I know what I did wrong. And I think I know how to fix it. Continue Reading...

First Lines Friday: Matilda #fridayreads

One of my favorite opening lines from a children's book – particularly as an adult – is this week's gem: "It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful." In case you couldn't guess, this one is from British author Roald Dahl, whom you probably know as the Continue Reading...