Happy New Year!



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Do you make new year’s resolutions? I tend to think about making them, but rather than planning big changes, I like to start small.

For instance, I have gained weight lately. So…my almost-sort of- resolution is to exercise daily once we’ve got moved to the new place. I will fulfill my resolution. How do I know that? Because there are so many good and sensible reasons to do so! I believe that instead of writing out one or more resolutions for the new year, it is better to think of all the reasons why a resolution should become a reality.

Another resolution is to write everyday. Now, that’s an easier one to fulfill. If I write to one of my epals, that is writing. If I edit at DMOZ.org, that is writing. If I jot down a story idea, that is writing. So….it’s an easier one to keep. There is the novel from November to edit, and the short story collection to work on too. Since I plan to publish both this year, I had better get to it!

Whatever you hope for, for the new year, may it bring you the success and happiness you wish for most.

I want to wish all readers of this blog a very happy new year. May the best of 2016 be the worst of 2017 for you!

Merry Christmas


It has been a while since NaNoWriMo and since I posted last.

I was able to complete NaNoWriMo and the novel has enough potential, I believe, that it will warrant a reworking of a second draft in January.

January will be a busy month, as we are moving house. I hope the weather will not be too bad although it tends to be cold.

We have lots of snow for Christmas this year, and it is still coming down as I write.

In the spring, or by summer, at least, I plan to have an ebook of short stories available on Amazon.

And this NaNoWriMo novel! Well, I suspect it will have more than one rewrite before it is published, so perhaps by next fall it will also be ready for publication.

In the meantime, I hope that everyone who reads this has a wonderful holiday season and a bright start to the New Year.


Merry Christmas and HoHoHo


I finished NaNoWriMo on November 20. Then – I was all written out as it were, so I have not done any writing at all except for personal emails. That counts, though, right?

My word total on November 20 was just over 50,000. I have at least 500 to 1000 words to go, to finish the novel.

This year, I had a rough outline. In the previous four years, I had simply started with an idea and run with it. This year, I had more story to go when I reached the goal count. I think that I will use outlines from now on.

On another note, we sold our house today! That means home hunting begins next week. And a January move – our coldest month, though not always the snowiest.

We’re downsizing, and I look forward to new quarters. We’ve lived here for thirteen years. I love to move house. I like organizing the rooms, and cupboards and so on.

When I was young, my mother moved us a lot. I lived in five provinces in Canada in six years. I hated to move. I dreaded the new school, new faces and the whole process of trying to make friends and fit in. I was not very good at that.

Christmas shopping is done. The tree goes up tomorrow, and the presents will be wrapped and put under the tree too.

Then I will start writing again.