NaNoWriMo: Day Two pm


So, what a day. I am working two jobs today back to back. Good thing I wrote almost 3,000 words yesterday because so far today I have exactly 19–on my iPhone in “DocstoGo.” I have heard of Japanese novelists creating entire novels on their smartphones. I don’t think I could do that, especially since I have a migraine on top of everything else.

This is the conundrum. If I write on lined paper, I have to retype what I write, which I think will lead to editing–a NaNo no-no. I know from experience that if I let the inner editor loose, this novel-writing experience will grind to a slow pace. The whole point of the challenge is to reach 50,000 words in 30 days. On the other hand, I may be too tired to write when I get home. So, I have a choice: it’s tedious typing on my iPhone or a dwindling word count. I just saw some tweets from Writer’s Digest advocating a motivational plan for Wrimos–I see an iPad in my future.

Anyway, just wondering if real writing can be achieved on the go using a phone…Schubert wrote music on his shirt sleeves…I suppose I could get over the tediousness of typing on a phone.


National Novel Writing Month: Day One pm


So, technically this is day two of the challenge, but I am just going to bed after day one. Here is the scoop. I have 2,796 words written, but this word count is cheating because I already had 1,300 words written before November. Actually, I’ve had my outline for some time, so I don’t know when I started writing the novel. Anyway, I’m pumped because I just wrote 1,400 words in 45 minutes. I really need to write 1,700 words a day to win the challenge, which requires 50,000 words. I was worried that as a teacher I might not be able to do that…too much to do, so little time…but I should be able to write an hour a day and accomplish the goal.

Here are three ways that I am using to break through writer’s block:

1. I gave up the pride of being a pantser and actually wrote an outline. Horrible I know! But after six unfinished novels, I figured that my problem was losing inspiration half-way through. Who wants to read a story without an ending?

2. I actually wrote the last chapter first. The fear of the ending looming over me is gone. Now I can just focus on the story itself. I can always change the ending later.

3. I am skipping around. Writing chronologically just doesn’t work for my ADHD brain. I’m picking scenes and fleshing them out to deeper and deeper levels–like sculpturing.

Tomorrow I am working two jobs and going to an evening event, so we shall see if I get any writing done!

National Novel Writing Month: Day One am


I have waited for the stroke of midnight. The time has come. After six unfinished novels, I’m finally going to finish one of my stories. I plan to commit to the NaNo challenge and write a 50 k novel in the month of November. Here is the website if you are interested in taking on this challenge with 300,000 other people: NaNo Blog

Poem: “Improvisions on Chocolate”



Cravings–sudden intensity

like tears, hiccups.

Cradling decadent petals–

slivers of fudge,

a melting balm.



Tropical refuse, torn from hands


Rings in cups, seized,



Confections bought and shouldered

by anonymous fingers,

Ate without reason,


superficial pause.


Engendered and corroded.

No longer a novelty,

but too seducing and wealthy

to be thwarted.



Gorging in self-complacent bliss,

a child on a tricycle,

pedaling in the caramel ooze.

Jabbing at the problem

like a stick in a puddle,

toying with pecans and pebbles.


Forgetting oneself in opaque rushes.



Earth’s harvest collapsed–

encased in bundles.

The herb’s leaves and

the sea’s brine

Twisted into the

churned coco.


Flecks of coconut, almonds,

cherries, wilted grapes,

all pitted and chipped,

slivered and limed.


Warm and embracing,

With each new signet,

oh, you are mine!


May 22, 2006