Sophie Stella Early Days

The questionnaire asked me about the best dog I ever had and what could be improved. That felt a little like someone asking me to choose my favorite kid. My favorite dog and what would make him better? I listed my dogs and what I loved best about them. Each was a miracle in their own way. All simply wonderful, beautiful, extraordinary, and loving. Continue reading


NaNoWriMo Day 16, Soup’s Off

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Observations: I’ve always thought writer’s block was a misnomer. It should be “idea” block because that’s what this is. It’s not that I can’t write. I just don’t know what to write. So I am plodding along.

In the past, I was a bit lucky because while I was doing some mundane task, dishes, vacuuming, whatever, an idea would pop up and then I’d be so excited to write it. Unfortunately my mind seems to be crowded with other things.

So, once upon a time, I said that this might be an interactive novel. Maybe the time for interaction is now. 🙂 After reading this, if you have any nuggets, regardless of how other-worldly, throw them at me.

I am hoping to have more of a writing day tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

Disclaimer: At this stage do I need to tell you? Draft, draft, draft. We’re at the poor, poor writer stage. 😉

Total word count: 26,396

1943 words behind. 😦

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NaNoWriMo Day 15c, Soup’s Off

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Observation: A billion years ago I entered the drama department at the university I was attending in order to be a playwright. I survived for one day until I discovered that they didn’t distinguish between playwrights and actors and that I would have to perform a monologue. Say what? Me? Miss Fade Into The Background? I switched to English Literature. Why am I sharing that? Because I’ve always had a love for drama and my senior thesis was on Eugene O’Neil. And why am I sharing that? Because I write so much dialogue. Surely all of those things must factor in, right?

I am done for the evening. I am definitely a “pantser” now if I hadn’t been one before. (I’ve always been one.) Events are changing regardless of any outline I might have conceived.

Two years ago, I wrote nano just as I am doing now, online, you can read the entire novel here (and I know it was better writing (I think) ) and yet I was also able to write poetry for November Notes and do other writings as well. I don’t know what’s changed, but this month has been hard and I haven’t accomplished what I would have liked. Annnnyyyyyway…..

Disclaimer: Blah, blah, blah, draft…draft. Brain dead….draft.

Total word count: 25,625

620 words ahead.

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NaNoWriMo Day 15a, Soup’s Off

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Observations: It took a long time to get started today. Much self-examination, wondering why I’m doing this, how embarrassing my writing is. I’m also reading a book and thinking, my writing isn’t anything like this. Why kid myself? 😉 Probably shouldn’t read a published novel and compare it to my NaNo writing.

Anyway, once I decided just to shut my inner demons down who want me to fail, I started typing. I have a ways to go before I catch up and don’t know that it can be done today. Regardless, I’m putting this one as 15a and believe there will be a 15b in the immediate offing.

Disclaimer: A very bad draft lies ahead: proceed at your own risk.

Total word count: 22,335

2670 words behind.

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NaNoWriMo Day 13, Soup’s Off

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Observations: Today’s my “off” day so I actually wrote a little before getting out of bed and saved it to “the cloud” (please say that in your best movie trailer voice). And, then when I wanted to review it on my pc before uploading, well, the cloud wanted to rain on my parade, but I ain’t having it.

Also, I’ve momentarily switched back to the “classic” editor because I have too much to do to worry about disappearing green lines…or any other lines for that matter. When I have more time, I am going to play with it.

What the heck is NaNoWriMo? So, I guess there are some of you out there who don’t know exactly what NaNoWriMo’s goal is. It’s simple: write 50,000 words during the month. At the end, you may, or may not have a novel. It’s presumed that your novels aren’t going to be Hemingway or King or Rowling, because every day is an effort to meet a quota…I wonder if I can add these words. 😉 Sometimes you just have to follow where the spark is taking you, which I bet a lot of you do as you write although you don’t share it so we don’t know. That’s why I said that reading these installment could be like watching a bad wreck in progress. I don’t have the leisure (or ability) to edit your memory for what you’ve already read, so I’m pretty much asking you to keep reading and see where it goes…just as I’m doing as I’m writing.

When it’s going well, it’s so much fun. It’s the high of writing highs.

Disclaimer: If you read the above paragraphs, you know what’s coming: it’s a draft! It’s a daredevil passage to wretchedness. Read at your own risk.

Total word count: 20,436

I’m behind by 2902 words (and no, I didn’t include the ones above…dang); and look I could block one unit, make it a color and still have it appear when I publish. Love you classic editor! 😉

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ps I will definitely have another entry today to perhaps catch up and get ahead? (Insert ROFLMAO) Let’s hope!

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NaNoWriMo Day 12, Soup’s Off

Disclaimer One: Yep, can’t be a good sign if I’m anticipating multiple disclaimers, can it?

I’m using the new wordpress editor. ‘Nuff said.

Observations: The writing slogged on this section. Slogged, bogged, fogged brain. Something to look forward to reading, am I right? 😉

Like yesterday’s break, I’m going to eat and then try to write more and hope that helps.

Disclaimer Two: This is a draft! Read at your own risk.

Total word count: 19,184

820 words behind for yesterday. Something to look into. It’s not obvious how to make one word a different color. Not discovering it now.

Oddly you can’t read green text in preview. We’ll see if it shows up after publishing. So much fun! 😉

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Magic, Pt IV, The Heart of Christmas, #amwriting

You can read the previous parts here. Thank you and I hope you enjoy!



Baxter raised his head when Mary approached and tried to thump his tail. She cooed at him, stroking his ears. In the background, she could hear, Aileen Lee, Ethan Donahue’s fiancé, talking on the phone. Continue reading