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Cleaning up is giving up on dreams

After thirty years of ‘let’s put that in the attic,’ it was time to clean it up. Sorting through the attic stuff has inspired me to clean up other areas, such as my crafts. And gave me a reminder to continue … Continue reading

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Improving things

After years of using Scrivener, I’m finally looking up how to do certain things—like change the paragraph formatting within the editor windows. Turns out it’s easy to set the default configuration that you like—I like a paragraph indent with a … Continue reading

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Writing in Paris about Paris

Because our daughter was in Paris, we visited her two and a half weeks the end of December, beginning of January. I’d just finished the third novel in my French series and planned to gather descriptions while in Paris, especially … Continue reading

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Finished First Draft

My goal for NaNoWriMo this year was to finish the first draft of book three in my French series and to write at least 50,000 words. Additionally, I wanted to NOT write 100,000 or more words. So I started with … Continue reading

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Goal is to Finish a First Draft

My plan was to start writing this year’s novel early so I could have a more reasonable pace and still finish in November. After nine years of doing NaNoWriMo, my issue hasn’t been being able to write a lot every … Continue reading

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Looking for Balance

My life has a lot of writing lately, which is great. But it does make it difficult to crank out five or six thousands words a day like I used to for NaNoWriMo. I originally planned on starting on October … Continue reading

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Starting Early

I started writing the first draft of French Consequences, book three in my French series. I had planned on starting early on October 1st, but with all the writing I’m doing at work, and with PBDD, it seemed like it … Continue reading

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Rainbow Sugar Cookies

Dough: 1 1/4 c. soft butter 2 c. sugar 2 eggs 5 c. flour 1 tsp. salt 4 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. ground nutmeg or cinnamon 1/2 c. milk gel food coloring – don’t use liquid. Use something like: … Continue reading

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Approaching First Drafts more Sanely

This will be my tenth year of doing NaNoWriMo, the month-long frenzy of writing a first draft that officially requires writing 50,000 words on a new novel. I’ve always had the personal goal of completing the first draft of a … Continue reading

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Three kinds of writing

Friday was a PBDD-intensive day (Partners Bridging the Digital Divide – a nonprofit where I’m the Vice-president of communications.) It makes me realize I’m juggling three different types of writing ‘jobs’: my writing, Fermilab, PBDD. I like being busy, which … Continue reading

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