BookBub Buzz

I got an email the other day from BookBub saying I had been invited to try out a new program called Buzz. I decided to sign up because I enjoy the BookBub email recomendations and discounts. 

From what I can tell and I do not have a Goodreads account. Buzz is very similar. You chose your favorite authors and books and you can write reviews about them. You can read other reviews and recomend books, set up a read list or a to be read list. And meet lots of people that read. Yay! Now we just gotta get folks interested in writing. Thank you NaNoWriMo for all the stories you help people to tell.

Since I just started with it I will keep you guys updated how it goes. And if you don’t know about BookBub check them out. They are pretty cool and have lots of books. Cheers, james

NaNo Prep

I got an email last week about September NaNo prep. Hmmm. I think I will be sitting out NaNo this year but I will keep writing. Just not so fast, furious and to exclusion of the rest of my life. 

To all the ones thinking about doing it, trying for the first time, and newbies just hearing of NaNoWriMo. I applaude you and your efforts. Huzzah, james

The Zombie Factor

The shambling moaning undead endless searching for …

Words. Yep you guessed it. Forget flesh eating, brains chomping zombies, I’m talking about the writers that during certain months of the year turn into the stumbling mumbling undead. 

I love the idea behind NaNoWriMo, the camps, and Chris Beattys’s “we need your story” philisophy. Words, stories touch us and connect us to each other. What I don’t love is something I am calling the zombie effect. Last November I did NaNo, had a great time until Dec. 2 and I realized I had no real memories of November. Oops. I figured it was me, a fluke, one time deal until I finished camp. There was so many things I let go during those months. My blog posts were late or left for the following week. I stopped journaling for the entire month. Work was the worst. It was like I hadn’t done anything when I normally do things. Crazy, scary, and very, very bad.

Am I the only one suffering the NaNo zombie factor? If there are others how have you fought it, coped with it? I’d love your comments or suggestions. 

Cheers on this stormy Sunday evening, james 


Dear Readers,

Camp finished up and I am feeling drained. Physically, mentally and creatively empty. I will keep this short and I should be back next week to my regular weekly posting. I applaude all the ones that did camp and I applaude the ones that kept writing anyway regardless.

Cheers, james

Final days of camp

The final days of camp are here. Writer Plus has workes like a champ and I am sitting at 12,500 words. 3,500 words shy of my 16,000 goal. The last week has been fraught with misery trying to figure out what is going on. This has turned into a prequal of sorts to the story I intended to work on. Which is not bad because all I had was a fuzzy thought and things that happen in MEI started in this project. Just goes to show a writer’s brain works differently from the rest of the world. 

Cheers on this Friday evening, james

Camp and the Real World

The first week of camp started off great. It was the first three days of the second week when the Real World came knocking. Two meetings in two days and no time to catch up on my writing. I do have one acomplishment, I broke 10,000 words on Saturday or maybe Sunday night. 🙂 However I lowered my goal from 25,000 words to 16,000 words. 😦 I just don’t think I would ever manage to get it done in time.

And in looking to the brighter side, I have come 10,224 words further than I was June 30th. So ha Real World take that. Cheering for all the ones taking on this challenge and cheering for the ones steadily writing day in and day out. I applaude you all. Cheers and let the ink flow. james

Camp Update

Week 1 is offically over and final word count is 6,200. Yay! A few words shy of where I wanted to be, but I’ll take it. So far camp has been great. Cool cabinmates with really awesome sounding stories. I did a pre-camp virtual write in. Fun but I can’t seem to figure when they are supposed to be. Oh well. Writer Plus is the bomb, wow I sound old or maybe just dated. Anyway now that we have gotten our act together it is a niffty cool little app. 

My story, hmm, what to say about my work in progress. It isn’t exactly my story, but it is the prestory to my story. Its my main chatacter’s parents’ story. Which plays a good portion in M.E.I. so yeah, it needed writing in order for me to unravel the whos, whys, and whatfors. 

I am changing my writing pattern, I write in small chunks through out the day and then at night I will finish my word count goal.This worked extremely well the first four days, but its getting harder and harder to get those few spare moments. And one night I was writing and then I felt my hubby take phone and glasses from me. I had zonked myself out. I gotta rework that passage. 🙂

Anyway this is just a quick update on camp. To everyone doing camp good luck, and to everybody else working on their regular writing, let the ink flow. Cheers, jamrs

Camp and Writer Plus


The first day of camp and my first real test of Writer Plus, and it was awesome. I wrote a few times through out the day. But last night I kicked out a total of 1,117 words yesterday. That is more than my goal of 825 words a day this month. The word counter is awesome and the app is working beautifully. I am still waiting to hear from Eric about updating the app to automatically update to Google Docs. But since figuring out how to avoid deleting my files, the app is good.

Just a short post to get things rolling. Happy Camp NaNoWriMo. Cheers, james

Recovering Post NaNo

I have been lazy since Dec. 1, I started typing on my NaNo project. I decided to give my hands a break on writing and finish knitting up a Christmas present. Strangely enough two of my other knitting projects have gone AWOL. At least I found the scarf. But here is to taking a break and getting back to work in the new year.
Cheers, james