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NaNoWriMo 2019

Hi friends!

I am excited to do National Novel Writing Month again this year. Last year I signed up, but didn’t participate as I had entered a mentoring program and was working on art over writing. This year I’ll be reworking the next four novels in “The Tales of Christian Tompta.”

I need a title for the new series, and that will take some thought because when I began publishing the series a few years ago, my idea was that the titles would all line up alphabetically and that the book covers would create a rainbow. I have a little OCD and sometimes get annoyed at the book store when the books are out of order on the shelf. It’s definitely easier these days when I can just pull out my phone and Google the author or the order of books, but still.

The first four books fall into that range. I also can no longer use “Gnomeling” in the title as our beloved Christian has become a “Gnomeleur.” He has finally won his mystical shoes and conical!

I have to say, the new series is super fun. There are many new characters and Christian makes another friend, though we will always miss Topher. Now that Christian has some freedom from the family home on the book shelf, he gets introduced to new and exciting things. I really wish I could talk about them! I don’t want to give away any spoilers though. What I can say about the next four books is that each is an individual story, with differing plots and an overarching theme throughout the series. It will be best to read them in order again, of course, but not as necessary as the first series.

Talking about the new series is definitely getting me fired up for NaNoWriMo! It also makes me think I need to finish a spinoff story for one of the characters I began in NaNoWriMo 2017. That guy is so fun! November is going to be super busy with the events I have planned,  trying to get through almost 2000 words per day, and Thanksgiving, but I know I can do it.

Please let me know if you are planning to do NaNoWriMo and want to be friends on the new website. Unfortunately, we have lost all our buddies from the old site.  I would also love to hear what you are writing about. For me, NaNo is buckle down time-hard work time. And after 30 days, I feel extremely accomplished when I’m finished. This year will be especially good as I’ll be that much closer to publishing the new series!



Ye-ha! It’s that time of year again! By now I’ll be deep into this year’s story, “Starfrost, the Junkyard Unicorn.” Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Here’s a pic of my temporary book cover:

Starfrost_ the Junkyard Unicorn 2

Isn’t it fun?

I love this season. Writers rededicate themselves to working hard on their manuscripts, drink coffee, bounce ideas off each other and open their creative faucet, allowing it to flow freely. Not much more to say on the subject, except if you want to try it out, go to and sign up. When you do – add me as a buddy!

Take care, friends, and good writing!

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NaNoWriMo 2016

Well, this is exciting! NaNoWriMo starts next week and I can’t wait. I am so enthusiastic this year that I have decided to host a Nano write-in. I’m going to be putting together some kind of word prompts and challenges document to take with me to help jumpstart our creative juices. It’s closer to the middle of the month when the writing drag sets in, so hopefully it will be helpful for those who attend.

I’ll be writing the next four books with Christian Tompta as the main character-and yes, I have planned them out already. I cannot tell you how delighted I am to be moving in this direction, even though I haven’t put out the first series yet. My timeline has been extended on publishing the first series because I decided I am illustrating the books! If you are interested in hearing news about any of my upcoming books, please join my email list. Those on the list will be the first to know when “The Tales of Christian Tompta” books become available.

So what is NaNoWriMo you ask? It’s short for National Novel Writing Month, which is an organization dedicated to doing nonprofit work with kids, libraries, community centers and schools to promote literacy. Their motto is “The World Needs Your Novel.” NaNoWriMo helps writers to focus and create those manuscripts they’ve always dreamed of as well. If you’re interested in donating along with me, here’s a link:


Maybe pick yourself up a t-shirt too? I did… or two…

If you’re interested in writing, get in touch with me. And if you’re local, come to my write-in!

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This Messy Life

Sometimes life gets messy. Dirty, stinky, messy. Negative vibes throw you into a tailspin and you wonder why it happens. The key to dealing with a stinky mess is to take one step at a time. Eventually you can trudge through the gray to emerge into the light on the other side.

So what’s in the light for me? As you read this post, I should be laughing my tail feathers off at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop in Dayton! This is a highly competitive conference where for three days attendees are delivered helpful information by leading writers, editors and marketers. This year it sold out in only six hours and I am so very grateful to be able to attend. Since it is local I thought it would be alright to drive in each day, but my husband has generously offered me his hotel points so that I can stay downtown. I will just say that as I write this, I am so nervous and excited that I can’t sit still!

Also in new news, April is CampNanowrimo. This is a less strenuous exercise in writing where I set my own word/editing parameters rather than Nanowrimo’s intense guidelines. Last November (during Nanowrimo) I wrote a set of four children’s books that I have been rewriting/editing, and in April I hope to write the next rough draft set of those. I shall see how far I get. My goal is going to be slightly less than that of November at 1500 words per day rather than 1667, and I am going to be starting two or three days late because of my conference. Hopefully I can get three or four books done.

Writing has become a part of my blood. When I am not engaged in writing new stories, essays or poems on my blog or my books, I am editing, researching and/or educating myself. The internet contains a plethora of information that is ever changing. I have also been taking an art class in the hopes that I might be able to draw illustrations in these children’s books before publishing. I shall see how that goes as well. While I’ve continued to draw briefly in stints during my adulthood, it has been a long time since I drew consistently. As anything else, it is an exercise in practice and persistence.

I hope you are finding your way through life’s messes, one step at a time and looking for the light. Summer will soon be upon us with longer days and heat. I’m looking forward to it.


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My 2015 NaNoWriMo Book


That’s right, the end of November and therefore the end of NaNoWriMo 2015 has come, and I’m happy to report I won! What does that mean exactly? Well, if you have followed along with my updates, you know the goal was to write a novel of at least 50,000 words. I did it! I made it, I even have a certificate to prove it!

What comes next with the novel? Well, this book will need a couple of re-writes, and then an editor will need to look at it for grammar and structure issues. I will happily fix those, and then I can have beta readers look at it before I shop it around for publishing, or perhaps decide to self-publish. I hear great things about the self-publishing industry these days, which has changed the whole of the publishing industry, mostly due to the development of e-readers. Who doesn’t have one these days? Or at least an app? They are a convenient way to keep your library small and get books for less $$.

What’s next for me? Well, I will continue to work on my “Coffee and Yarn Club” running story as I publish an episode every Tuesday. Also, I am still slowly working on my Testimony book which is now named “You Are Forgiven.” In between times, I will work on blog posts, poems and topics that inspire me. I have recently become very active on Twitter so if you’re on it, check me out there.

My Thanksgiving was quiet. My little family spent the day together eating a traditional turkey meal and then we met up with friends for dessert, so it was pretty close to perfect. I hope you enjoyed yours. Now I am gearing up for the busy Christmas season with many gatherings and travel – which is exciting and exhausting: baking, shopping, wrapping, decorating, etc. But I love it. And I love the reason for my favorite holiday season – to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Who doesn’t love a birthday party, eh?

Take care. Peace be with you throughout this season!


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About My Nano Book

Hello friends!

As you know, I’ve been diligently writing since November first for Nanowrimo, and I am currently over 41,000 words toward my goal of 50,000 for my novel. I plan to finish the rough draft this week!

I use the word novel loosely, because I think I am going to turn this into a set of four chapter books for children aged 8-12.

I love gnomes and for a long time they have been getting a bad rap in America. I decided to write an adventure story about the misunderstood creatures. In northern Europe they are known as tompte or nisse and are considered spirit guardians, but my story places them in Ohio around my neighborhood.

The main character, Christian Tompta, lives with his family in a human’s bookcase (indoors) and just before he turns thirteen, he is given a mission. If he is successful, he will earn his mystic shoes and a matching conical (cone-shaped hat).

Will he complete his mission? Will he earn his mystic shoes?

Sign up here on my blog to have my poetry, stories and updates delivered to your inbox, I’ll be glad to have you!

Peace to you and God’s Blessings for this Thanksgiving week!

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1/2 Nano

I am now halfway through NaNoWriMo and am unbelievably excited about these books. Yes, I just said books, with an s. Instead of writing one 50,000 word novel, my story is geared at middle age kids (8-12) and will be at least three, maybe four chapter books. They should run about 12,000-13,000 words per book. I will be updating my Christian Tompta page in the near future, but for now I will just tell you that I am creating a world using elements of our every day life and magic. Each day is an advenure as these characters talk to me and tell me their story…

Nano has been just the jolt I needed to get my bottom in the chair and become serious about writing. I am grateful I have been given this opportunity and that I chose to take it. But, I hope I am able to keep up my stamina because at this halfway point, the story continues to grow. And it is a whopper!

My hope for you this afternoon is that you can find a unique way to express your creativity – that you can open that inner door and let it flow.

Peace out!



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NaNoWriMo Update


Just a quick note to let you know what I’m up to. Ending on a preposition??? I know better ;o)

Anyway….So I had a craft show this past Saturday and it went well but I did not get any words written. Friday I did not meet my goal for my novel but I wrote other words, so I’m ok with that. Being down a day and a half as I went into Sunday made for a much larger number goal – which I also did not quite make. Alas, yesterday’s marathon session got me all caught up with a few words to spare. As my mother-in-law would say – Yeeha!

I am enjoying the writing of poetry…much more than I expected. Some days the words just flow. Nano is a muscle writing exercise and it is definitely working wonders for me. I find my creativity door easier to open these days. I can take a break from writing and then come right back and pick up where I left off. Before I began Nano, I had copied about 75 ideas for writing stimulation, and I have not needed to look at any yet!

Anyway, I’ve practically given up television. It is significantly easier now that I’m not crocheting every waking moment. I find I even have some time to read – currently I’m working on about four books – in three genres. They are interesting indeed!

I hope you are enjoying the poetry, as well as the Coffee and Yarn Club.

Peace out.

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Busy busy!

Greetings, fellow earthlings! And those who aren’t…

As you can see from my title, I’ve been busy busy working diligently on my NaNoWriMo novel. In case you’ve missed it in my Twitter feed or Facebook posts, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. It happens every year. The fiction book I’ve been working on is brand new and geared toward upper elementary or middle school children. Today is day four for me and honestly, it can be difficult to find all of those words – but I am enjoying this adventure like crazy!

And one more thing, this year I wanted to have a wordsmithery Halloween costume, so my husband and I went as “Ball Park Frank n Stein.”


Enjoy and God Bless!


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Whoop, whoop!

Now that I have decided to embrace my passion for writing and stick with it, I am going to try my hand at NaNoWriMo this year! NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write at least 1667 per day for the whole month of November which would create a novel of approximately 50,000 words. This is a creative muscle exercise. 1667 is a lot of words. Per day. For a month. Whew…

I have already drawn out my bubble chart. I am going to take a hiatus from “Wake Up, Sleeper!” during November to do either a children’s chapter book or a set of younge-aged books, or both! Like I said, 1667 words is many words – too many for even one picture book really, so I could get maybe sixty picture books written…maybe I’ll stick with a chapter book!

NaNoWriMo is a non-profit website for aspiring writers like me that we can join to count our words, gather success badges, find inspiration and work with buddies. If you want to check it out, you can do so here: and then let me know you joined so that we can hold each other accountable. It’s “motivational” and I am nervous, but I have confidence. Muscle. Creativity. Motivation. Accountability. Friends. Sounds fun!