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nanowrimo day 3: word count

Today’s word count: 787 Total word count: 3,431 Off to a modest but productive start–especially considering I’m also homeschooling two kids, chasing a preschooler, and doing all that other stuff I won’t mention because then I’d just be humblebragging. Oh, … Continue reading

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nanowrimo day 2: cast of characters

Amelia Gustopan • Bright and creative, just graduated from high school, oldest of three, Paladin-in-training Magnus “Grandpa Gus” Louis Peat • Amelia’s grandfather, strong silent type, was a cattle rancher (now retired and has rented out his land to another rancher), Paladin–guardian … Continue reading

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nanowrimo day 1: preview of coming attractions

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unstuck

Back in August, when I started sending out the second draft of the ms to my beta readers, my husband Jim floored me by expressing his willingness to join their ranks. This came as a surprise because when I first … Continue reading

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nanowrimo day 15: half-way mark

Alas, my blogging aspirations for this month have fallen by the wayside. I’m happy to report I’ve been much more consistent with the actual writing of my book. I’m still nowhere close to the 1,500 words per day goal, but … Continue reading

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nanowrimo day 5: slow and steady

I met (and exceeded) my goal for yesterday: 1,278 words! Today’s total was a more modest 505. Even though the NaNoWriMo website is encouraging authors to shoot for 50,000 words for the whole month (which breaks out to 1,500 per … Continue reading

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nanowrimo day 4: prologue

Mom knocked once on the bathroom door. “Are you ready to go, Amelia?” “I’m dressed, but I still need to brush my teeth.” She opened the door and peeked inside. “Um, you need to run a comb through your hair, … Continue reading

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