Celebrate

Out with the old and in with the new…

Out with the old and in with the new. It’s a saying that so many will say when it’s time for a change. Well… I think many people will agree with me. 2016 was the year from hell on multiple levels.

C'est la vie, 2016!

C’est la vie, 2016! 2017, come in & wipe away the misery.

Let’s for a moment completely ignore the world political stage and just imagine that Brexit never happened and that Trump is still just a TV host of some bizarre show about making money. (BTW, I’ve never watched that show and never will.)

Within my home country of New Zealand, 2016 saw multiple earthquakes, massive ones that have changed the landscape of the country forever. Just when we thought that it was all over, it would start up again. Six years of quakes… And the scary thing about all of it is that we’ve become desensitized to them. Now we need to experience big ones before anyone actually react; we get a 5.0 and we just carry on with our coffee and conversations. It’s odd how it happens, but you can honestly tell who the locals are and who is from out of town — just look for the ones diving under the tables.Read More

NaNoWriMo Aftermath and Moving…

My regular readers will know that I’ve been taking part in the NaNoWriMo challenge for the month of November. Well, today is the 30th of November where I am and I have news… nanowrimo_2016_webbanner_winnerNot only have I successfully completed the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing at least 50,000 words in one month, but I have also met my own personal challenge — to write the first draft of my new novel in its entirety. Well, sort of. I have a complete story. I have a beginning, lots of middle and an end. I know all the twists and turns. I know who dies when and who lives until the very end. I have a full story. But there are large chunks — whole scenes — still missing, simply because I was unable to see the full sequence of destruction. But I still view it as a win, simply because I know this manuscript will need to be totally rewritten and now I can do that. (I hope.)Read More

Ghostwriting: I won’t do it…

Recently, I was approached by someone to become a ghostwriter for their adult thriller novel. Mixed emotions ran through my system. The initial inquiry was heartfelt with a story of a friend who had recently passed away, resulting in the writer struggling to get her mojo back. I did sympathize, but the fundamental tenants behind ghostwriting to me are just wrong.Read More

NaNoWriMo: It’s begun

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Here we are again: November. And here I go, setting myself another NaNoWriMo challenge.

For those that don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s really international, because it’s an event where writers from around the world commit to writing a novel in the span of one month. To win, you need to write a minimum of 50,000 words.Read More

Serious Politics…

My family and friends know that I never watch the news, rarely read a newspaper, and ever since the radio died in my car, I don’t even get my news that way. No, all my knowledge of current events comes from word of mouth and the bombardment of various snippets on social media. Even my own children know more about what’s going on in the world than I do. However, there are some things that there is just no getting away from. Let’s just say that I would have to completely disconnect from the world to get away from the political stage of the USA.Read More