Is It Finished Yet?

My current novel is in a computer file on my laptop – I have notebooks and files stuffed with notes and research. Oh yes, and the draft resides on a couple of DVD’s and flash drives as well.  It waits impatiently to be finished. In January of this year, I set a goal to have it finished by Dec. 31st 2018. I will need an extension on that goal, but I want to at least get back into it this fall. The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is in November and will be a good time to get myself back to writing every day. And my volunteer work will slow down a bunch when October is over.

I can’t wait!        

And apparently, neither can my family…

I do not blame them at all for wondering if they will ever read the rest of the story. It has been a few years since I emailed them a chapter. In fact, more than a few cousins told me they were “hanging in limbo”, waiting for the end.

I apologized (to many people) and assured them they will get a copy as soon as I finish the (probably the 7th one by now), draft. I admit that their interest flatters me greatly – which made the guilt even worse than it already was. I know what they are going through. I am still mad at Stephen King for not finishing his story, “The Plant”. Just when it was getting really spooky and exciting.

I don’t want to abandon my story like he did. I really love my characters and the story. I do not want to disappoint my “fans” either. I prefer the term “fans”, and not, “all those relatives breathing down my neck*”.

It just sounds nicer.



* BTW, they don’t really make me feel like that, but I do enjoy pulling their legs from time to time.

♥  TTFN  ♥



Going to Camp

I am sending myself to camp this April. CNW_Participant_Square

I will not be traveling there because it is a virtual writers camp (Camp NaNoWriMo).  No meds to pack, no boarding for Ziva. Yeah!!
Just me & my cabin mates with our laptops, caffeine, snax, and notebooks containing research notes, ideas, ad nauseam. Some of us are starting new novels and a few of us, myself included, are editing our November novels. Either way, our cabin is full of  Young Adult Fiction writers, so it has to be fun. Right?  🙂

BTW, I am looking for a sponsor – someone to donate $$ to those who work hard to keep the camp running. Interested? Click  HERE for more info!

Wish me luck!!

♥  TTFN  ♥




G&B Thursday


So…  This day is it for 2015.  Yawn.

Another year in which I did not finish my novel.  Oh, it has over the NaNoWriMo 50,000 words, but it is a long way from being in any sort of shape to send to a publishing house.

I know it’s my fault. This fall I was so busy with other distractions that it sat, lonely in my office, waiting. Whenever I tried to work on the thing, I would run into something else I needed to research.  Grrrr!  I am tired of research after 3 years, but I want the story to be perfect.  Is that too much to ask?


OK. That was the Bits.  Now for the Giggles (I think they are funny anyway…)

New Years Eve is the only acceptable time to wear body glitter without being mistaken for a stripper.

Dear God, my prayer for 2016 is a FAT bank account and a THIN body. Please don’t mix it up like you did this year.

Did you know that McDonald’s is offering the “Obama Happy Meal?”  Order anything you want. And the guy behind you has to pay for it.


See ya Next Year!
♥ TTFN ♥