Happy birthday, Caravan of Composition!

Today has been a full day. Youngest graduated from elementary school, and both boys enjoyed the bell-ringing satisfaction indicating the start of summer break. Following the graduation ceremony/last exam, we celebrated at their favorite restaurant, then came home and brainstormed a summer chore chart and screen time limits. I shifted my focus toward Camp NaNoWriMo,... Continue Reading →

How to pack for Camp

Camp NaNoWriMo starts Monday which, incidentally, is also the day I become a parent of a teenager. I can't decide if I should be stocking up on coffee or vodka. This April marks my fourth time doing Camp NaNoWriMo, which is a relaxed version of the National Novel Writing Month that takes place every November.... Continue Reading →

Happy Camper

I love camping. Fresh air, campfires, afternoon naps in the sun. The blissful escape from routine. Back in the days before kids, hubs and I camped all over the state. We weren’t very adept when we started out—on our first trip we forgot pillows and other essentials and had to drive to a nearby mega... Continue Reading →

Week three of camp: Balance

Total word count this week: 504 words. Grand total after three weeks: 2492 words. Perhaps I should have made my goal a teeny bit lower. I've made peace with my need to set the bar higher than reasonable. Have I learned my lesson? Maybe. Ask me again in July when the next session of camp... Continue Reading →

For the love of outlines

They say writers fall into one of two categories: Plotters and Pantsers. But the more I write, the more I realize it isn't truly one or the other. Sure there are hardcore outliners out there, especially in the mystery/thriller genres where the author needs to know what will happen in the end. But I find... Continue Reading →

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