Thursday, November 25, 2010

Patience is a virtue - currently remodeling

Oh my patient Death on Deadline readers - I must tell you this. We are temporarily renovating this site. That's why I haven't had any posts lately. And I should have had something on here sooner. So I do apologize.

No, no, it's not like the Dunkin Donuts down the street, which said it was renovating and then never opened up again. (So annoying). I'm just rethinking the format - you know, what I want this site to include, and what I want it to be.

So if you have any ideas, please let me know. (I always read the comments.)And in the meantime, please feel free to mosey over to my newest site,, where I'm trying to add lots of fun content all the time. (And still welcome advice, since I am a newbie blogger, trying to create things fun to write and interesting to read).

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

It's NaNoWriMo time - start writing!

This year, I swore I'd do it. And I'm already running behind. But that's okay ... I'm pretty good on deadline.

I'm talking about NaNoWriMo, of course - National Novel Writing Month. It runs from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, and the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by the time you're through. The deadline is the impetus here - by writing as much as you can as fast as you can, you don't have time to tweak or second-guess yourself. You don't have time to listen to that little voice in your head that tells you that you can't do it.

You just write. And write and write. Will you write a bunch of crap? Maybe. But you're setting your imagination free. And you'll be creating - instead of just thinking about creating. That's a pretty big accomplishment. Who knows where it could lead?

I have a lot of friends who participate happily every year in NaNoWriMo. They gleefully tell me how horrible their creations are. Until one year ... they weren't that bad. Then last year, well, one was pretty good. And sometimes, a few of those friends can't stop writing once they start.

You can even sign up officially at and get a word count widget, check word counts all over the world, and get motivation from other writers tearing their hair out all in the name of literature on demand.

I think it sounds like pretty crazy fun. So what are we waiting for?