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The writing doesn’t have to stop just because NaNoWriMo did

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

The writing doesn’t have to stop just because NaNoWriMo did

There are so many people on my social feeds right now talking about how much they miss writing now that NaNoWriMo is over and I know this is crazy but hear me out… what if you just kept writing? Like, what if you didn’t stop just because we flipped the calendar page? Kept putting words down even though it’s not the special month designated for writing. What if you stopped treating the end of NaNoWriMo as a finish line and instead as a door to the rest of your writing life? You can call it WriLi or NaNoLifeMo or something if...

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The fantastic premiere production of The Tale of Tales at Rutgers Prep

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Goosed, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, The Love of Three Oranges, The Myrtle | 0 comments

The fantastic premiere production of The Tale of Tales at Rutgers Prep

Since early 2003, you’ve been hearing me talk about my project adapting the Italian fairy tale collection, Giambattista Basile’s The Tale of Tales aka the Pentamerone, into a whole bunch of plays. There are six tales plays from this project finished so (of what I think will eventually be twelve tales total), this fall, I wrote material that connected the tales together into an evening and offered a select group of directors I’d worked with in the past the chance to premiere any combo of them as they liked. While this mix and...

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The last few days of NaNoWriMo: becoming the writer you want to be

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 2 comments

The last few days of NaNoWriMo: becoming the writer you want to be

There is less than a week before we emerge, blinking, into sparkling December. While a handful of you have already finished your novel and are now winding the month down, adding finishing touches and picking out the sweater you’ll wear in your author photo, the rest of us are scrambling, writing down to the wire, still not sure if we’re going to be able to make it. Believe it or not, you CAN still hit 50,000 words at this point, even if you only started writing the minute you finish reading this. The average writer can write 500...

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It’s NaNoWriMo Week Two so take quitting off the table and just keep writing

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

It’s NaNoWriMo Week Two so take quitting off the table and just keep writing

Wrimos, to be on pace, you should be hitting 20,000 words TODAY. If you’re not there yet, do not fret! There’s still plenty of time to hit 50,000 and beyond, you just gotta stick with it! We’re due at the halfway point by Wednesday and then it’s all downhill to the 50k finish line! But it’s probably getting harder, isn’t it? If you’re starting to struggle, you’re not alone. Week Two of NaNoWriMo is infamous because it’s the time when most people give up. Why? Well, there’s a lot of...

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NaNoWriMo Advanced Word Count Calculator (charts, percentages, stats and more!)

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Evergreen, My Writing, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 11 comments

NaNoWriMo Advanced Word Count Calculator (charts, percentages, stats and more!)

I know that some of you out there are as obsessive as me when it comes to trying to figure out how far along you are in National Novel Writing Month so I decided to share my personal calculator. It’s simple but powerful. This calculator will work in Open Office, Microsoft Excel or Google Drive, depending on what you use. But it works best in Google Drive since that is what I set it up in (there are also some handy little charts in the Google version the other versions won’t get). It is very simple to use. All you do is type in...

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October 2017: (figurative) flaming pineapples

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

October 2017: (figurative) flaming pineapples

A theme in these monthly writing status updates is me saying, “I feel like I accomplished nothing this month!” and then posting a really big word count and this month is no exception. And I mention it because I’m starting to suspect this is not just a hang-up that I have but rather something that all creative people struggle with. How do you really measure progress in the creative arts? If you worked on things but didn’t put anything out that you could publish or sell that month, isn’t that still progress? But...

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NaNoWriMo: Write fast. Outrun your fears.

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

NaNoWriMo: Write fast. Outrun your fears.

Mere hours stand between us and the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. Whether you’re about to attempt your first novel or your fifty first, it’s going to be a wild ride of fun and productivity. As soon as the clock ticks over to November 1st, it’s time to start writing like the Flash on 20 Red Bulls. There are a lot of ways to write, from the slow tweaking of the difficult work email to the herky jerky stop and go of writing that research heavy non-fiction piece. But there’s nothing that thrills me like a...

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What is Hillary doing for NaNoWriMo 2017?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2017 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales) | 0 comments

What is Hillary doing for NaNoWriMo 2017?

“What are you doing for NaNoWriMo this year, Hillary?” Is a thing people keep asking me and I keep answering something along the lines of, “Haha, just trying to survive!” And they laugh. But I am not joking. Like, can I get real for a moment? I’m the lone ML for a pretty big region with a packed calendar, I have an infant and a four-year old home with me and my husband is going on a business trip for a whole week of November. Oh, and I am literally writing this right now dancing in place at my kitchen counter...

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September 2017: rocking the boat

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Personally..., The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Now New and Improved, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

September 2017: rocking the boat

Here’s what September 2017 looked like in writing… Total Words Written This Month 31,753 words Average Words Per Day 1,058 words Monthly Goal didn’t set one Yearly Goal 477,587 / 500,000 (96%) Things completed: did an abridged version of Pintosmalto aka Arm Candy for a school doing it in competition an abridged version of The Complete Novels of Jane Austen: Now New and Improved! wrote up a family story (one of many I’ve been meaning to do for ages) Other Works Actively in Progress this Month: All The NaNoWriMo ML stuff The Fourth Orange...

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Growing a writing life

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Growing a writing life

At the start of the summer, the 4 year old and I planted a whole row of sunflower seeds. We tended them with love and the plants were a couple of inches tall … when the guys that do our lawn decided to bathe the entire row in weed killer. (They are very nice people, the lawn guys, but they are not really great at weed vs flower identification. There have been many casualties this summer, despite my best efforts at flower protection.) It was a dark day and I’m still really super bitter about it. BUT, there was one sunflower that...

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