Friday, July 14, 2017

Sit Down and Write 9 - Extended! #SitDownWrite


Because I can...I've decided to extend Sit Down and Write through August 31. I've had a lot going on and then this happened...

Excerpt from a post at my True Book Addict blog:

You may not have heard about Photobucket screwing over a ton of people with their new third party image hosting plan. (Read more here: http://nypost.com/2017/07/05/how-photobucket-is-now-shaking-down-its-users/) Basically, it means if you have a free account, you can no longer host your images without paying $400/year! So, all those clever grab codes I make for images and buttons...they have to be fixed with a new link from wherever the images are now being hosted. Luckily, I own two domains on GoDaddy so I get free image storage up to a certain amount and then I can pay extra if I need more (only $1.99/month). But with 7+ blogs/sites, it's going to take me a bit. I hope you will bear with me.


That's right. I've had to work on fixing all the images on all my blogs. I'm still not done. Luckily, the sidebar on this blog didn't take much work, but I'm sure there are plenty of unconnected images in older blog posts. So, if you happen to visit any older posts, I apologize. It's going to take me a while to fix everything completely over all my blogs. I probably won't fix individual older posts at True Book Addict, as there are over 1700 posts. 🙀

The reality is...I haven't been able to focus on my writing plans, and then I'm hosting a two week readathon coming up on Monday. That's the reason I decided to extend this through August 31. My sons go back to school on August 7th so I'll have some alone time again during the day (in between working). I'm still planning a last ditch effort this month, as I did sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo. But it won't be surprise if I don't finish that. I usually don't. lol

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sit Down and Write 9 - June 15 through July 15 #SitDownWrite


I actually decided last week to host this, but I've been so busy, I'm just now posting the sign up. I'm hoping I can stay organized enough to do what I plan to do during this writeathon, which is work on my novel...actually mostly novel prep and research...so there will be a lot of note taking and perhaps some sort of outline prep. I'm hoping to do daily posts, or at least every other day, to hold myself accountable. 

Sit Down and Write is a writeathon for whatever you want/need to write. Catch up on book reviews (or other blog writings), you can work on your work in progress, you can journal, you can write short stories, you can prep your novel (research, take notes, etc.) or other writing project. I'm not fussy and I HATE rules. So, let's do this! Sign up below if you're in and write up a post if you want. Feel free to join in from social media if you would rather. Our hashtag is #sitdownwrite.

I'm still on the fence about Camp NaNoWriMo next month. Usually when I decide to do it, I set myself up for failure. If I get a lot accomplished by June 30, I just might do it though.

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I hope you will join me!


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sit Down and Write 8 - Finally, an update! #sitdownwrite


I had intended to post an update a lot sooner than this, and then I was hosting the High Summer Read-a-Thon this week, and time just flew by.

So, I've been sitting on my great news for over a week. I had a MAJOR breakthrough with my novel idea last week! I've been researching, which counts toward word count during Camp NaNo. I like that. I wish they would allow that during November's NaNoWriMo...but I digress. Anyway, I'm pretty excited about this new directions and I even have a (perhaps) "tentative" title. Drum roll please...Beautiful Pilgrim. There's a reason behind the title, but that is yet to be revealed.

I'm hoping to get some actual words on paper for the last week of SDaW and Camp NaNo. I'm working on a creating a writing schedule that I'm hoping will keep me more on track.

I hope things are going well for you. Let me know in the comments or leave a link to your update post.

Happy writing!

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Sit Down and Write 8 - Where did June go!?


I had intended to post this yesterday, but somehow June got away from me. The next thing I knew, July 1st was upon me and I had loads to do!


I'm kicking off with my declaration that I did sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo. How about you? Did you know? They have a handy knowledge base for Camp NaNo and this is one of the questions...

How do I determine my word count for my Camp NaNoWriMo non-novel project?

This part of the answer was of interest to me: For editing and research: One hour of active editing equals 1,000 words.

...because this is what I will be doing for at least part of July. I hope to begin writing the actual book towards the end of the month. We shall see. I'm thrilled that Camp NaNo is so flexible!

I've set up a private camp so if anyone is participating and would like an invite, leave me your NaNo name in the comments. 

So, what are your writing plans this month?

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sit Down and Write 8 - Coming July 2016! #sitdownwrite


That's it...I've waffled on about this enough. It's official. July 2016. I don't care if I'm hosting a read-a-thon in July (High Summer, 18-24) or that I'll probably be doing some Christmas in July posts at my Christmas blog. I decided I was working on my book in July and that's what I'm going to do!

How about you? Remember, Sit Down and Write is a write-a-thon for whatever you want/need to write. Catch up on book reviews (or other blog writings), you can work on your work in progress, you can journal, you can write short stories, you can prep your novel (research, take notes, etc.) or other writing project. I'm not fussy and I HATE rules. So, let's do this! Sign up below if you're in and write up a post if you want. I will post updates periodically, time permitting. If you want to update on social media, our hashtag is #sitdownwrite.

I haven't decided if I'm doing Camp NaNoWriMo in July yet. If you have decided you're participating, let me know. 


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Monday, November 16, 2015

Sit Down and Write 7: #NaNoWriMo Edition - Update #sitdownwrite


Do I have what it takes to be a writer? That's the question I've been asking myself all weekend. Or...do I put too much pressure on myself with events like NaNoWriMo and the like? Is it that November is not a good month for writing, or is it something else? I don't know, but I'm in a semi-dire situation at the moment in my mind. I can't get past the fear, doubt, worry (that it won't be good enough). I know I'm not the only one that goes through this kind of agonizing self doubt and stalling. Anyone else want to weigh in on this?


So, all this being said, I've decided to "lose" NaNoWriMo again. I am feeling very discouraged and regretful about it, but it's a decision I had to make. I know that next time I attempt to participate in a "writing month", I need to be prepared. That being said, I'm still moving forward with my dreams of being a writer and so will continue with Sit Down and Write this month. I intend to use the rest of this month to fully flesh out my idea. I'm beginning to think that I'm not a pantser. I really shouldn't be surprised that I'm a plotter. Planning is in my genes, whether I follow through or not. lol

Let me know how you're doing. I'll check the linky for any updates. I hope you're not going through what I've been. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sit Down and Write 7: #NaNoWriMo Edition - Today We Start! #sitdownwrite


Today's the day! Have you started. I'm having a bit of a late start, but I'm accounting for this during the month. I'm determined!

Here's a motivational quote for our first week...


This post will serve as this week's update and discussion post so feel free to share your progress and/or struggles in the comments below. 

Whatever you're working on, you got this. We can do it!


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