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Thursday Thirteen: Pen Monkey Stuff

I don’t talk about writing often because I’m no guru or know-it-all when it comes to being a pen monkey.  So I thought it would be fun to list thirteen things that help me write, ways that I find time to write or whatever.  Just so long as it’s writing related.

  1. Writing sprints.  I’m incredibly easy to distract so being able to log into the for a good challenge or tune into the #wordmongering sessions every hour, on the hour is a good focus tool for me.
  2. Excel sheet.  I keep a spread sheet with my daily numbers plotted out on it.  I can track my productivity and evaluate my performance.  There are always X factors going on that are non-writing related that impact the out put but I can figure those into the evaluation process at least.
  3. OneNote.  This one little program keeps everything organized as far as research and outlines and character ‘stuff’.
  4. DropBox.  I work on several machines.  Being able to open the most up-to-date version of the file on any of them is awesome.
  5. Candles.  Don’t ask me why, but I write best with a candle flickering in my periphrial vision.
  6. Angela James’ self editing class.  The things I learned in that class have made me a better writer.  No one can fix my spelling, but she at least made my grammar better.
  7. Being single.  I don’t have distractions of a spouce or kids.  I’m single and I can set my own writing hours and schedule outside of work.
  8. Supportive co-workers.  I don’t blog or talk about work on principal, but my co-workers are all very excited and supportive of my writing.
  9. #writersdatenight.  Having friends who are writers is a little neurotic, but awesome.  They understand the things that pop out of my mouth and encourage me unlike any other.
  10. NaNoWriMo.  Some people hate this month long focused writing time.  I loved it and it gave me the kick in the pants I needed to get writing again.  Also, I met some of my closest friends via NaNoWriMo.
  11. Dr Pepper.  Need something to work towards.  Set a goal, achieve it, get a Dr Pepper!
  12. Research material.  AKA, my excuse to sit back with a good book and read.
  13. Some days nothing is more important than penning the story.  Even sleep.  We won’t talk about the nights I’ve spent writing instead of sleeping or how awful the next work day was.


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One Small Step for Me

Dear Reader,

I don’t talk about my writing because I don’t want to bore you.  Other people talk about writing and do it well.  Not me.  But today I’m going to share a few tidbits with you.

Yesterday I not only pitched to editors, I submitted a novella to a publisher.  In the big picture that doesn’t mean much but I’m working towards that publication goal.  I should hear back on the pitch this week but the submission will be almost into the fall before I hear back from them.

So, full power ahead!  I’m going to begin revisions on two other projects and then I’m giving myself a vacation.  Have I mentioned that I’m going to Paris?  Well I am!

…..This post was done and scheduled but before going to bed I checked my email and found a request from a pitch session I’d participated in.  I’m super jazzed, and wanted to ass this in, cuz it’s cool and worth celebrating.

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