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Winter Moods
Winter has moods. Moods we may not understand...then again we may relate perfectly. Today has been one of those days where Mother Nature can't make up her mind. Sunny? Cloudy? Snow? Wind? Beauty of color on the horizon? Snow melt, or snow fall.... I'm just not sure, she states emphatically. And all...
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I need some inspiration. My novel is floundering. I'm not sure if I even have a plot. It feels more like an exploration of characters whom I don't know. Last night I resorted to writing a scene in which my main character is being reprimanded by her English teacher for having a convoluted story, no...
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NaNoWriMo Time!
In a few short hours it will be November 1st, 2011. What does that mean for me? It means it's time to get my writing fingers on! NaNoWriMo is here! What is NaNoWriMo? It is a month long writing adventure. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days during the month of November. Last year I...
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The Fire of Fall
It's been too long since I've posted to Red Room. And now Fall has arrived. Summer skipped through like a kid headed to the candy store....here and gone but for a few sweet moments. But that's okay. Fall is my favorite. And Fall in Eastern Oregon is lingering this year. There's something about Fall...
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I'm sitting on my unfinished back porch, the green fields surround me.  The birds serenade me with their evening song. The river rushes in the distance...my background music. Spring has finally arrived in my world. She was slow in coming, but the tulips and daffodils tell me she's truly come to...
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Yesterday's prompt on the One-Minute Writer was Last Breath. Since it was Friday, we did Friday Fiction, which gives us the opportunity to write a short (short, short!) piece of fiction. We are allowed to write for longer than a minute. My piece is strongly based on a real event and a real person...
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 Upon returning to the One Minute Writer blog after a two week stall, I discovered I was a winner! Two of my entries won the "Writing of the Day" and one of those winning entries was chosen for the "Writing of the Week". How fun! Due to multiple circumstances, I had not been...
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I was on Spring Break this past week. (Oh the joys of working for a school district - built in breaks!) I chose to stay home so I could get things done that I've been putting off for weeks, months...okay in some cases, years. I cleaned out cabinets, organized and put away the Christmas stuff that...
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I have a story I've been working on for over ten months now; I know that's not a really long time in the big scheme of the writing world. I go in spurts of adding to it. But for some reason, I'm tired of it. I'm about ready to just throw it away and start a different story. But it's one of those...
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Just Write!
I have discovered, and love, the One-Minute Writer! It's a writing prompt blog that has a one word prompt everyday. I've been trying to take my one minute each and every day to write. I'm amazed, and surprised at times, what can come out in a minute. Please go check out The One-Minute Writer at...
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I read a book today. An entire book in one sitting. A young adult novel about a girl who is date raped and hides inside herself afraid to speak, afraid to face the truth, afraid she will be blamed. Her friends drop her. Her parents are frustrated with her. Her teachers all but give up on her.  I...
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There are times when writing comes easy, and times it's a fight. I know my limits. I can't focus on multiple things at the same time. I have to pick and choose my focus. November was writing focused. I was energized by the challenge to write a novel in a month. Writing came easy during that 30 day...
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50,544 words
 I am an official NaNoWriMo winner!  A friend suggested I participate in NaNoWriMo this year. "NaNoWhatO?" I replied. After exploring the whats and whos and whys, I signed up. As November creeped closer, my doubts invaded full-force. At one point I thought I'd made up my mind to call it...
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Yay For NaNo!
Yesterday I officially hit my half way mark on this crazy adventure I've embarked upon called NaNoWriMo. For those of you who aren't familiar, NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. Yes, a month! So yesterday I hit 25,000 words. It was so exciting to see that number on my...
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Tomorrow I begin a month long novel writing frenzy. A friend of mine, knowing I needed a push to "just write," suggested I participate in National Novel Writing Month (www.nanowrimo.org). In May I signed up with great gusto. As the months passed, and the story I was working on at that...
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