NaNoWriMo 2014 Fever

Four days in to National Novel
Writing Month and I still cannot believe I signed up for this. You guys probably don’t remember the last time I posted here (January) and my “excuse” is lack of time.

Really? Yes. Really? Ok, fine! It’s lack of time management. See, I break easily and I cannot be tortured. If I am so in flux and busy and undisciplined with blogging, why would I volunteer for a month long writing challenge?

I’m an insane egotistical, neurotic, sycophant with a competitive streak. Yup. I said it. I’m a writer.

The last time I did NaNo (2010), my life was totally different. I was an online college student with hours of free time at my disposal. Now I work 55 hours a week, run a small business, and it is football season. Signing up was not a calculated move. I keep mulling over reasons why I joined this year but the truth is, it doesn’t matter. I needed to write.

So yes. It’s day four and I’m going to win. If you’re doing NaNo, let’s buddy up (User Name: maxiesteer) online and get this done. I’ve pulled Author Karina Espinosa into the madness, so it’s good to have a few friends along for the ride.

What was your reason for doing NaNoWriMo? Comment below with your motivations!


In the Face of Writing Challenges

Upcoming Writing Challenges

  • Write a poem every day in the month of April.
  • Optional: Share your poems on the daily prompt at Poetic Asides
  • Optional: Send your top 5 poems to be chosen as Robert Lee Brewer’s favorites 

(Click the link above for full details)

  • Write a poem every day in the month of April.
  • Optional: Add your website to the list of participants 

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We live, we learn. 

February’s stab at two writing challenges was not the smartest choice. I understand now that I must create a schedule that supports new time commitments in order to get these things done. Nevertheless, I’ll continue with the Platform challenge as an ongoing feat to improve my “presence” online. 
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Writing Update

I’m currently working on rewriting/polishing my NaNoWriMo novel from 2010. I brought chapter one for critique at my writing group last month for its debut before readers. They didn’t say it was awful, but it needs a lot of work. The best thing that came of it (aside from the critique) was that it inspired another writer to revise a novel of her own. I feel confident about the work, though my fears and doubts make me want to quit sometimes. It challenges me but when I’m writing, I know this is what I was born to do with my life.
Join me for April’s poetry frenzy!
What’s going on in your writing life? Let me know by leaving a comment. 

Free Admission Thursday

There’s no cover charge here: this is a place of honesty and full disclosure.

I was browsing at the library with my boyfriend last month and between whispers and giggles in the love and dating section, we encountered a book titled “I LoVe YOu, LeT’s MeEt: Adventures in Online Dating” and out popped this note (transcribed below):

Hi You,

Hi, if you are reading this I guess you found the book. You really know how to use the Dewey Decimal Catalog. I hope you are doing good.  It really amazes me how we have kept this friendship going. Its been years since we’ve seen each other but we still manage to be in touch. It’s strange how close we live but how far away we seem. But it is great what we have!!

I hope this little adventure brought a smile to your face.  I always loved to see your smile, I miss your laugh. 

Anyways have a great whatever when you find this!! 


P.S. If someone else has checked this book out can you please leave this note, thanks.

I admit this was the most romantic thing I had seen in a long time.

I admit that I am anxious about the anthology for this year. My writing group publishes a collection every year and this year I formatted the whole thing. I looked at the proof this week and made some corrections and concessions but I just want to have it in my hand!

There are four days till the November Poem-A-Day Challenge. I am so ready. I’ve been tempted by my online NaNoWriMo buddies from last year but I will not waver. I am inspired by Cara’s thematic playlist for her November novel. The songs are all heavy with story and that’s what I am aiming for in my poems this year.