A NaNo-ing We Go

College Fans have March Madness, fans of the written word have National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. For me, it's that time of the year to take an idea germ and grow it into a draft. I have done NaNo since 2008 with Talisin2012, who introduced me to this crazy, lovely concept. In the middle …

Sage Advice Before NaNoWriMo: Roxane Gay

Like most writers, I was able to write a novel without explicit instruction, and that’s probably for the best. There are some things we should figure out for ourselves. --Roxane Gay  

PrepTober Periods Before NaNoWriMo2017

I thought long and hard about participating in this year's National Novel Writing Month. I have done one every year since 2008, under an old username, in the middle of the third term during the library tech program. It's a way to get rid of the critical voice and do the first draft. If I …

NaNoWriMo 2016 Update:Rebel Rousing

The year listed on my profile says 2013. Under my old profile, one I found and deleted, it's 2008. That year, in the middle of a crazy school term, V introduced me to National Novel Writing Month, and I never looked back. Julia Cameron wrote a lot about synchronicity in her book The Artist's Way, in …

Pumpkin-Spice-Everything Season

September 22nd looked like a typical Thursday as I drove my mom to her doctor's appointment on a leave day from work. I learned later it was no ordinary day: https://twitter.com/stacksandranges/status/779073436001898497 Fall means trees taking their bow with leaves in hues of red, orange, and brown. They started getting ready a week before Labour Day …

Coming Up for Air III: NaNoWriMo Midway Report

How's NaNoWriMo going? Let me show you: The Winnipeg zombie idea feels dead, ironically with no hope of resuscitation at this time. I liked the idea and even had my twist.  The germ has one spark of life left-I need to switch the point of view. I tried the third person, but it feels like the …

Coming Up For Air I: Being Okay with the Deficit and Beating Back a Cold

Let me illustrate how I felt on Friday after staying home sick on Thursday: A sharp uptick in students asking for tissues meant something had gone around. I had a strange taste in my mouth, and I know it meant something had invaded. The troops turned aggressive with my energy zapped, my body temperature elevated, …