Friday, November 1, 2013

National Novel Writing Month 2013 #NaNoWriMo


For what it's worth, I'm in again. I honestly feel like I have a different mindset this year...and yet I'm behind on my preparations. Go figure! Anyway, I'm staying positive. I'm working with a new idea. One I had kicked around previously and then tabled and now I'm back to it. I feel like if it keeps popping up, it must mean something. I just wasn't feeling the other WIP I was working on so I put it aside for the time being. We shall see where this journey takes me.

Now, if I can just avoid my new addiction on Facebook (curse you, Bitstrips)...


Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Look me up under thetruebookaddict and be my buddy!

Happy writing!

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Sit Down and Write 4--Check-In


Hello, fellow writers and bloggers! I hope your writing is going well. In my case, I realized I made a critical error in planning this write-a-thon to start during the last week of the month. Why? Because I work at home as a virtual assistant and end of the month is always a scramble to make sure we have used all of our client's hours (most of them pay a retainer for so many hours per month). I had a lot of work and hours to do for my client so I was busy, busy, busy. So...no writing on the novel AT ALL. I did write some blog posts and a couple of reviews, but that wasn't really what I wanted to focus on. However, I'm not going to get too bummed out. I still have this week. Plus, research, etc. is part of the writing process too. So, I'm doing some reading on writing. I purchased the book that J. Kay (Amateur Novelist) recommended, The Definitive Guide to Writing on Your Terms, Using Your Own, Honest-to-God, Gut-Wrenching Voice by Rebecca T. Dickson. I also purchased an online speed reading course that Amazon Local (one day left on this one) had a deal on for $29. I'm SICK of reading slow! It's the Iris Speed Reading Foundation Course. I so hope it works for me!

So tell me...how's it going for you? Feel free to link up a progress post in the comments, or just tell me what you've been doing. I'll do my best to stop by if you post a link.

Good luck on the second week of SDW4!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Sit Down and Write 4 starts now! #sitdownwrite


Well, to be honest, I'm not prepared for this at all, but I have a last minute plan...sort of. My good friend, J. Kaye, advised me to focus on 20 minutes of writing a day so I'm going to take her advice whether I'm writing actual novel pages, or just outlining, writing notes, or doing research. So, I will be doing some form of writing every day, but the first week I will probably also be focusing on deciding if I want to continue with current WIP, take it in another direction, or start fresh with another of my ideas. This will be in addition to the daily 20 minutes. I WILL MAKE SOME KIND OF PROGRESS. I want to have a WIP half finished by the end of the year. That's my long term goal.

What are your goals for this two weeks? Are you catching up on reviews or working on a WIP? Share the link to your goal post in the comments (or just leave me a comment with your goals). If you haven't signed up, you still can (and get all the details) HERE. Remember, our twitter hashtag is #sitdownwrite so feel free to check in with us on Twitter. I'll also be posting a few check ins so stop by and share your progress in the comments or leave your link.

And so...once more into the fray! Good luck!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sit Down and Write 4--Sign Up Here!


It's here! Sit Down and Write 4 is just around the corner! The Sit Down and Write write-a-thons are for any writing you need to get done. If you're working on a novel, a novella, or even short stories. If you have a ton of reviews to write coming off of any read-a-thons you might have just finished with, then this is for you too! Any writing you need to get done...this is the time to really buckle down.  I'm not going to be hosting any mini-challenges, but I will have a few check-ins posted during the write-a-thon, if you are so inclined to share your progress. You can leave links to your reviews or your progress posts in the comments, or just share your progress there.  You can also stop in and chat on Twitter and share your progress with us there. Our Twitter hashtag is #sitdownwrite  

Official dates and times: Monday, August 26 at 12:01am CST through Sunday, September 8 at 11:59pm CST (adjust times according to your time zone).

You might notice that we have a new button, or if you prefer the old version, here it is!


I hope you will join me! Let's get some writing done!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sit Down and Write 3--It's a wrap (+ ROW80)


I'm sorry that this wrap-up post is so late. As you know, the write-a-thon ended yesterday and I planned to post the wrap-up post this morning, but my day quickly turned to crap. I'm not sure if there are any other 44 years olds out there reading this, but I am currently smack dab in peri-menopause and if you're familiar, then you will know how it affects your brain. My memory was total crap today. I won't even list how many things I forgot. Urgh!


Anyhoo...how did you all do? I know a couple of you have already wrapped up. I'm not even going to discuss my fail. Of course, I did have to get sick during the two weeks. Is this karma or what? However, I think Tif, Amateur Novelist and myself are on the same wavelength. I have decided to finish planning this month and then on June 1st, I'll be ready. My boys are out of school from May 24 through July 31 so that means no three hours in the car every day doing the school run. Woot! That's three extra hours...A DAY! I will put it to good use, I promise. =O)  As far as ROW80 goes, I'm going to take a brief break and jump back in around June 1st.

As for another Sit Down and Write, any suggestions? I'm thinking perhaps August, but you can weigh in below. Also, leave a link to your wrap-up, if you like.

Thanks for joining me!

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sit Down and Write Check-In #2/ROW80 Mid-Week Check-In #sitdownwrite


Oh yes, the fail is strong once again. It always seems that life wants to get in the way. Number one, I got my first client for my job (virtual assistant...yup, I work from home) which is a great thing, of course, because it means more hours and more money, but I'm even more busy than I was, if that's even possible. Secondly? Well, I went to the doctor yesterday because I suspected the cellulitis was back in my left leg and I was right. Thankfully, we caught it early enough and he put me on strong oral antibiotics. But with any major infection, you just feel run down so there's another hurdle for me. But I'm soldiering on and hoping to salvage the last week of Sit Down and Write.

So, reconfiguring my goals. I'm not going to set a daily word count because I'm not even sure if I'm going to continue with my current WIP. My goal then is to make that decision and go forward with what I decide. I did manage to write one book review, but I still have a few more to write. I have not revamped the 101 Fantasy Challenge. Still hoping to do that. And I have not started morning pages yet. I really hope to start that tomorrow. We'll see.

Yes, I am quite ambiguous with my goals....it's how I roll. =O/

I'm not going to put a linky this time. If you want to link up your progress or book reviews, you can leave the link in the comments.

Happy Writing!

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Sit Down and Write 3--Check In #1


How's it going, people? Me...well, I'm off to a slow start. Some of you may not know that I work from home as a Virtual Assistant. Well, this past week, I got my first very own client. Woot! So, it's great on the money end, but my time is squeezed even more. I'm determined though to get some writing in.

Post your progress or links to book reviews in the linky. Keep on truckin' toward your goals (aimed particularly at myself. LOL)!

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sit Down and Write 3 Kick Off {and ROW80 Check-In} #sitdownwrite



Sit Down and Write 3 officially starts today!! Are you ready?  If you didn't link up your goal post in the sign-up linky, leave your link in the comments, if you do a goal post, that is.  I'm not going to have a starting line linky this time.  There will be three check-ins and I will post the first one on Saturday and I will be periodically manning Twitter with the hashtag #sitdownwrite so stop by if you need a break.  If you haven't already, you can still sign up any time during the write-a-thon HERE.

My goals for Sit Down and Write 2 are as follows:

  • decide whether to go ahead with current WIP or start on other idea
  • get words on paper for whichever WIP I choose at the tune of 100 words daily (I'm aiming low so as not to overwhelm myself)
  • rereading (skimming) The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron and implementing morning pages/journaling
  • catch up on writing book reviews
  • compose post for reconfigure of the 101 Fantasy Reading Challenge I host.

Good luck on the goals you have set for yourselves!

Happy Writing!



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Sunday, April 14, 2013

ROW80--My Weekly Check-In


This is going to be short and sweet, as I am so late! Unfortunately, I didn't get any writing done this week. Someone needs to invent a cattle prod for writers, I swear. But I'm not going to let it get me down. I'll start this week afresh. And I was shelving my lovely collection of (blank) journals today and I decided I'm going to start doing morning pages every day. Maybe that will inspire me to get busy writing on my novel. I'm still determined to reach my 15,000 word goal by month's end. ;O)

Note: I'm not doing two check-ins a week because I just don't have time so Sundays will be my weekly check-in for ROW80.


Don't forget...Sit Down and Write 3, my two week write-a-thon/writing challenge, is coming May 1st. You can get all the details and sign up HERE. Hope you will join me!

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sit Down and Write 3--Sign Up!

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I had fully intended on joining ROW80 when it kicked off last week, but as usual, I am behind the times. I keep asking myself the question, "If writing a novel is what you want to do most in the world then why the hell aren't you doing it?" I still haven't come up with an answer. I just have to keep making some kind of an effort and maybe I'll hit my stride. I have had a lot of personal stuff going on. I'm going through a divorce currently. We separated in early December and my sons and I had to move in with my mom. It has been an experience and not always a pleasant one, moving back in with a parental unit. LOL! So, not exactly conducive to getting into a writing state of mind. But I shall soldier on. I'm joining in once again with ROW80 and I've signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo this month. My goal is 15,000 words by month's end. We shall see how it goes.


The Sit Down and Write 3 write-a-thon is for any writing you need to get done. If you're working on a novel, a novella, or even short stories. If you have a ton of reviews to write coming off of Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon or my Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon. Any writing you need to get done...this is the time to really buckle down.  I'm not going to be hosting any mini-challenges, but I will have check-in linkies posted every few days, if you are so inclined to share your progress.  You can link to your reviews or your progress posts.  You can also stop in and chat on Twitter and share your progress there. Our Twitter hashtag is #sitdownwrite  Official dates and times: Wednesday, May 1 at 12:01am CST through Tuesday, May 14 at 11:59pm CST (adjust times according to your time zone).

Sign up in the linky below. Be sure to grab the button and spread the word! I hope you will join me!

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