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Whew! NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up

Hello, my lovely readers!  I'm back from the crazy writers' cave called NaNoWriMo.  This is the first post for this month that I'm actually writing after September.  And I'm here to tell you how the month went and what I accomplished, all that.  (Also, apologies for posting this a day late.  I didn't realize until yesterday after this post never went up that I still had to write it.)

First of all, the bad news: I lost.  It's a bit sad, yes, but I can be a slow writer sometimes.  Just a fact of life.

Now for the good news:  I *did* manage to write over 25,000 words, or the halfway point of my goal.  This may seem a bit pathetic, until you consider that last year's goal was 20,000 and I wrote 7,000.  Or that the most words I'd ever put into any one project before this month was 13,500.

My NaNoWriMo Writing Application

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This month is dedicated entirely to NaNoWriMo, since that's what I'm furiously working on as you, my lovely readers, enjoy these posts. Today I'm talking about the application I'm using this year for writing my NaNo without worrying about computer crashes, forgetting to save my work, and other such tragedies.

I'm one of those writers - the writers who are very much in-the-loop and part of the online writing community.  I follow the blogs, comment on the forums, and participate in the social media groups.  One topic of writers' conversation is writing applications and software.  We talk about what we write with on our computers (Open Office, Notepad, Microsoft Word, etc. - I use Wordpad.)  We also tlak about online stuff we write in to prevent losing our work in the event of computer failure (Google Docs is a big one.)

I never used any of them, not because I didn't think they'd be useful (I've lost a good hour of writing to computer problems) but be…

My NaNoWriMo Pinspiration, Week Four

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This month, I'm working on NaNoWriMo, so all posts will be writing-, story-, or Nano-related and written a month before they're posted. Thanks for understanding, and I hope you enjoy the Pinspiration posts replacing The Pinterest Report for November. Click the images to go to their pins.

I'm Thankful For...

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~turkey ~cranberry sauce ~free sunday afternoons ~netflix ~pinterest ~thunderstorms ~my laptop ~a pretty room ~nail polish ~internet ~online writing communities ~electricity ~twinkies ~lip balm ~october in georgia ~ballets ~disney ~spotify ~blogger. gmail. google translate. ~critique partners ~kindle ~html code ~sleepovers ~library cards ~paper ~quality ink pens ~postal workers ~spray-on detangler ~kleenex ~double-sided tape ~calendars ~radio ~bookshelves ~large purses ~hot glue gun ~flip-flops ~long walks in spring, wax paper, and heavy books ~seashells ~camera ~inanimate, unconcious plastic ~air conditioning ~fuzzy blankets ~hot chocolate ~chocolate frosting ~chocolate truffles ~dipping chocolate melts ~all other chocolate ~hats ~bath&body works signature sets ~cheap long-distance phone service ~refillable water bottles ~pretty jewelry ~used book stores ~scrapbook paper ~trees ~airplanes ~freedom ~Bibles ~favorite childhood movies ~amazing soundtracks ~really good dreams ~faceb…

My NaNo: A Terrible Creature

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This month is dedicated entirely to NaNoWriMo, since that's what I'm furiously working on as you, my lovely readers, enjoy these posts. Today I'm bringing... another character to introduce to you.  He's a bit unique, although very dear to my heart.  Quite possibly one of my favorite characters, he's not actually human.  Just go ahead and read on to see what I mean.

My NaNoWriMo Pinspiration, Week Three

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This month, I'm working on NaNoWriMo, so all posts will be writing-, story-, or Nano-related and written a month before they're posted. Thanks for understanding, and I hope you enjoy the Pinspiration posts replacing The Pinterest Report for November. Click the images to go to their pins.

My NaNo: Supporting Characters

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This month is dedicated entirely to NaNoWriMo, since that's what I'm furiously working on as you, my lovely readers, enjoy these posts.  Today I was planning to introduce and interview Beila's family, but since she already told us a good deal about them, I thought I'd tell you about the other characters.  I can't find them to request an interview, but I *can* share the little information I have on them.

Francis III, Duke of Brittany Born to King Francis I and Queen Claude, Francis was the first royal son and heir to the French throne when he mysteriously disappeared in August 1536 at only eighteen years of age.

My NaNo: Story World Map

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This month is dedicated entirely to NaNoWriMo, since that's what I'm furiously working on as you, my lovely readers, enjoy these posts. Today I have a map I sketched in Paint of the tunnel world in which my story's set.  You can click on it to get a better view, but I won't be answering any questions!  ;)  That would ruin the fun!





My NaNoWriMo Pinspiration, Week Two

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This month, I'm working on NaNoWriMo, so all posts will be writing-, story-, or Nano-related and written a month before they're posted. Thanks for understanding, and I hope you enjoy the Pinspiration posts replacing The Pinterest Report for November. Click the images to go to their pins.

My NaNo: Beila Durand, Main Character Extraordinaire

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This month is dedicated entirely to NaNoWriMo, since that's what I'm furiously working on as you, my lovely readers, enjoy these posts.  Today I have my NaNo's main character Beila Durand here for an introduction and interview.

{You can see a photo of Beila here.  I'd post it, but I'd rather be safe than sorry with Shutterstock copyrights...}

Hello Beila!  Welcome to my blog.  Will you please introduce yourself, give us the basics?  Of course!  I'm Beila Durand, city girl and book lover.  I'm not sure what else to say!

My NaNo: Cover Image and Back Cover Copy

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This month is dedicated entirely to NaNoWriMo, since that's what I'm furiously working on as you, my lovely readers, enjoy these posts. Today I'm sharing with you the cover I've created and description I've written for my story.  It's not exactly perfect, but it works for now!

In this retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Beila Durand's just an ordinary girl from New York City when her father's job takes a plunge, forcing the family to move to her childhood home in rural Rome, New York. She doesn't mind the country until strange dreams plague both her and her father. When she sets out to find the source of the dreams, she discovers a world of tunnels and secrets unlike anything she's ever seen. Who are the invisible beings that guide her through this world? What is the terrible noise plaguing this dark world at night? Why do the tunnels and the man in Beila's dreams seem to call to her, begging her to uncover their mysteries?
I also have a…

My NaNoWriMo Pinspiration, Week One

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This month, I'm working on NaNoWriMo, so all posts will be writing-, story-, or Nano-related and written a month before they're posted.  Thanks for understanding, and I hope you enjoy the Pinspiration posts replacing The Pinterest Report for November.  Click the images to go to their pins.

Today's The Day: November First

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Today begins the madness, the craziness, the insanity and lack of sleep and complete ignoring of the people around us that is NaNoWriMo.  (National Novel Writing Month, for those unfamiliar with the tortuous November tradition.  As a side note, if you're a member and logged in, you can click here to see my NaNo page!  I take buddy requests too.)