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Random Poetry

I randomly felt like writing a poem. If you follow this blog you know I attempted a ten day poetry challenge last year with mixed results. I swore off posting poetry from that time on but hey it’s a new day. I hope you enjoy!


NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up

NaNoWriMo has come to an end. It’s a bittersweet moment for me. I am glad I chose to participate and proud of the amazing output I was able to maintain throughout the month. This month of writing has given me both the inspiration and the confidence to push myself in not just writing but many other aspects of my life. Thank you to everyone who followed along with my journey and I hope you will all stick around to see what’s next in the Stellaverse.

Happy Writing!

NaNoWriMo Day 28

Community is Key

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Day 28 of NaNoWriMawesomeness! I was able to sit down and attempt to write for most of the day. I did more planning than writing to begin with. really hammering in my plot goals for each arc so I could get to the fun part of filling in the gaps. Again I cannot express the importance of having a solid group of writing friends. Even when I feel like I couldn’t possible write that day or even week, my group is there to cheer me on. While I have abandoned reaching a second 50K draft for NaNoWriMo, I haven’t given up completely on writing for the remaining days. I set a new goal of 15K words for the next couple of days and I am proud to say its looking to be quite possible.


Total Words By End of Day


NaNoWriMo Day 27

Back to Basics


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It’s Day 27 of NaNoWriMo and I must admit that after hitting my 50K goal in the first couple of weeks I got a little over confident in my writing ability. I’d vowed to complete an entire novel draft in the remaining time without factoring in writer fatigue, mental burnout, and family time over the holidays. I’m certainly nowhere near completing a second draft but that doesn’t mean I’m not still pushing to get as many words in as I possibly can this month. To get my writing mojo back I ventured out to a local write in and thankfully it was the perfect atmosphere to get me back in the writing spirit. I added another thousand words to my draft and got to mingle with a few new writers in my area. I guess the moral of this story is never give in to the funk.


Total Words by End of Day


NaNoWriMo Day 22

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It’s so close I can smell it! I’m not just talking about the yummy Thanksgiving Meal I’ll be enjoying later today. Just over one week until the end of National Novel Writing Month! If you haven’t reached the 50K word goal yet, I encourage you to keep pushing. Even if you don’t quite make it or are far from that mark. You deserve a round of applause just for trying your best to get there. NaNoWriMo is definitely a challenge where participation awards are just as valuable. How many times as writers have we heard from friends and strangers “I wish I could write a novel” but they’ve never actually tried? So many I wish I got paid every time. So bust out that laptop, tablet, notebook, pen, and paper and get to writing!

NaNoWriMo Week 3 Wrap Up

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Thanksgiving is coming up fast and NaNoWriMo is officially in its second half! I had a swell time busting out the first draft of Ferocious and I can’t wait for the editing period to start. I like to take at least a week break from my first draft to clear my head and get a real fresh look at my draft for editing. Although it’s tempting to start on it right away and make a push for a New Year release. I know that for the sake of my readers I need to take this seriously and put forward my best work. Even if it takes longer than my excitement deems necessary. With that being said, Ferocious is the first book in a new series so I have plenty of storylines left to keep me churning out words for the rest of NaNoWriMo and beyond. Will I make it to another 50K in the next half of the month? Keep checking in to find out!

NaNoWriMo Day 17

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I’m sure you have seen my enthusiastic posts across all of my social media. I have reached the 50K word count goal. I have also buckled down and finished the first draft of the novel I’d chosen to complete this November. That doesn’t mean I am done writing! Since I was able to get so much done and accomplish the first draft in just 16 days I figured I’d go for broke and double the fun. So starting Day 17 I will start the next novel in the series I’d planned. Wish me luck as I attempt to complete another 50K word first draft in the last weeks of NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo Day 16

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Huzzah! I’ve done it! I reached my 50K goal and finished the first draft of my NaNoNovel. So what’s next for Stella Williams’ great masterpiece? A crap load of editing! I know you were hoping I’d say a brilliant new release but I’m going to take some time and let this one sit for awhile. Besides I still have tons of red carpet to roll out for my the last novel in my Maura’s Men Series. I, of course, can’t leave you hanging with no new information about my NaNoNovel so I will at least tell you the official title is now Ferocious. I know that have anything to do with the working title of BGM or perhaps it does…

While you anxiously await more info about Ferocious, there is plenty of time for you to get acquainted with Maura’s Men.

Xander’s Claim

Claude’s Conquest

Shane’s Redemption


NaNoWriMo Days 13 & 14

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I’m sure you noticed I skipped posting yesterday. It’s not because I didn’t write. I did, just not very much. My minions just weren’t having another full day with my attention more on my screen than them so I took a day off from furiously writing. I figured I deserved it after hitting my 40k goal a whole week before I’d planned.

Now on to today’s adventures. It was a busy day for me personally so there wasn’t much time during the day for me to sit and write. It turned out to be okay because I usually get all my brilliant ideas in the evening anyway. I also got to save my writing mojo for the local Shut Up and Write! event, my weekly writing getaway. A bunch of people furiously writing together is exactly the atmosphere I need to punch out some awesome numbers. I ended the day with just about 2,500 new words added to my NaNoNovel.

Total WordCount by End of Day



NaNoWriMo Week 2 Wrap Up!

Two Weeks!

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It’s been two weeks of NaNoWriMo, and I wrote so furiously I didn’t realize my new found finger strength and broke my glasses. Holy Peer Pressure! I am a binge writer. If you’ve followed my blog posts about NaNo from the beginning you know I’ve put up some impressive numbers in the last 11 days. However, if you are not like me and actually have a life, you may not have broken 15K at this point.  I’m here to say that it’s completely okay. NaNoWriMo shouldn’t be about competing with other Authors. (Unless you thrive on competition with others) It’s about competing with yourself. Pushing your limits and seeing just how much you can accomplish in such a short period of time.

I’ve tried not to compare myself to others, but I will admit, every morning I check the NaNoWriMo website to see what numbers my WriMo Buddies have put up overnight. I find the highest number and do my best to best that word count by the end of the day. It has obviously been a winning strategy for me so far.  Honestly, this being my first year I thought I would be more stressed out about my word counts and struggling to get to the 50K by the end of the month. Maybe I’m just that excited.

In this process, I’ve made a ton of new writer friends. We chat on Discord, encourage each other on Instagram, meet in real life to write separately together. It’s been great. I’m even tempted to volunteer as a regional rep next year if my family allows. That brings me to my only real negative in this experience. I have definitely skimped on family time in my quest to reach NaNoWriMo success. I’ll definitely be slowing down now that I’ve gotten close to the finish line so early so that my family will actually remember who I am come Thanksgiving.

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