Monday, November 20, 2006

Nanowrimo Marches Toward Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming up and I have so much to be thankful for.  My children and wife are wonderful and each day is so full because of them.  I want to be everything God wants me to be, so that I can be the best father and husband I can be.  Now, back to writing, which is the purpose of this blog.  I’m still going strong on my Nanowrimo novel.  I’ve fallen behind, but I plan on catching up this week.  I’m afraid my novel is going to end before I reach 50K, but we’ll see.  I know there are parts I need to add during the edit, but there isn’t time for that this month.  Well, I’ll be blogging about a new novel tomorrow and I hope to start up the interviews again soon. 


Friday, November 10, 2006

Nanowritmo Story Evolving

There’s a lot going on right now.  National Novel Writing Month is in full swing.  Right now I have 11,243 words.  I thought I knew what the story was about, but I’m giving the characters full reign over the story, so they are taking me to places I didn’t expect and the theme of the novel is slowly changing.  It was about a girl with a brain tumor going for one last trip with her friends to the beach and she falls in love with a guy.  But the friends in the story have put such a focus on hooking-up, that the girl’s vow of chastity and the boy’s manhood are both being challenged.  I think the novel may now be about standing strong in the midst of sin.  I don’t know.  All that matters for this is the word count, so we’ll see where the story ends up.  By nature I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer anyway, so this has been a lot of fun.



Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Published Again!!!

After an eight month drought, I’ve hit the market again.  This makes number 12 on the good old resume.  Now which story will be lucky #13?  This published piece is “Reflections of a Preacher’s Kid,” a poem I wrote for my dad during pastor appreciation week a few years ago.  It will be published in the January/February/March issue of The Storyteller.  Go check it out and vote for it.  They have a contest in every issue for the best article, short story and poem.  It would be nice to win, but I doubt it will be.  There are probably some serious poets in there that are a lot better than me.

Friday, November 03, 2006


National Novel Writing Month has begun and I’m off to a running start.  I have 8260 words in 3 days, so I’m quickly out of the gates.  I already feel myself wanting to put on the brakes and analyze what is going on in the story, but I can’t do that.  I think that’s the nice thing about Nanowrimo.  I have a measure of accountability, so I’m pressing on.  The only thing that matters are the words on the page.  I can go back and better structure things later.  Right now, I’m getting the story down and I’m letting the characters have total control, which is the best way to approach a novel.  If I keep up this pace, I’ll have over 80000 words by the end of the month.  I’ll probably fizzle out by the end of the month, but so far, so good.  Pray that I can succeed.


I went to the school play of The Odd Couple last night.  It was very good.  The actors were excellent.