Monday, November 29, 2010

NaNoWriMo ~~ YAY!

Friends and family help me celebrate! I finished the NaNoWriMo challenge on November 27 with 52,634 words. Wow. The writing isn't pretty, but it gives me something to fix : )

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is every November. The concept challenges novelist and writers of any sort, to push themselves and their creativity. 50,000 words written in one month. If you're looking at writing a rough draft, it's pretty sweet.

You don't have time to edit.

You don't have time to plot.

You just write.

Frankly, I have a terrible time plotting out books. I spend too much time thinking and then my characters make unwise choices. NaNoWriMo gives your mind the freedom to write, to listen to your characters and let them show the direction they want to move in.

For me, my rough draft makes sense.

Like I said, my rough draft is not pretty, but I can clean it up. It's getting the book out of my head and on to the screen that's the hard part. Now that the journey is behind me, I work on the landscaping, the relationships and the roadblocks.

It's all good : )

Mark your calendars. November 2011. NaNoWriMo. Accept the challenge!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Enjoy a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! May we always remember to give thanks for all the blessings God has poured on our nation. May we keep them in mind now more than ever and remember the visions our founding fathers embraced.  Blessings to you!  ~~ audra

A Thanksgiving Proclamation

October 3, 1789

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3rd day of October, A.D. 1789.

~~ George Washington ~~

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Congratulations, Donnell!!

I'm so pleased to announce my friend and fellow Scribe Donnell Ann Bell has sold her 2007 Golden Heart finaling book, Walk Away, Joe to Bell Bridge Books!!

For more on her amazing sale, drop in at Five Scribes and congratulate her!!


Tuesday, November 02, 2010

So You Think You Can Write

Ever dreamed of becoming a writer? The editors at Harlequin want to make those dreams a reality! All this week they're offering insights and activities to help you hone your skills.

Come join the fun start making your dreams come true!

Monday, November 01, 2010


NaNoWriMo starts TODAY!!
Are you signed up?
Ready to write 50,000 words in 30 days??

Let's go!!

You can do it...
...NaNoWriMo can help!!