NaNoWriMo 2016 – The End


No, I didn’t get in 50,000 words.

But I did get to the end of my story.

As you may know, I decided to go NaNoWriMo Rebel this year and finish up a work in progress I had started over the summer. While I wasn’t entirely sure how many words I needed to finish the project, I knew I could always start something else if I suddenly found myself with too much time on my hands.

Alas, time does not sprout on trees. (Or does it?)

Anyway, the point is (there’s a point?), I finished my story.


The last 6,700 words of it are hand written. I’ll have to transcribe that into my computer. I’m sure that will precipitate more words, but at the moment, the story stands at 54,513 words.

There’s a lot of description and background stuff I need to add. I’m thinking, after the second draft, it will be around 70k or so. Not bad. A respectable amount. And manageable. I might just have a novel. Finally!

Unless the urge to revise grips me sooner, I’ll set it aside for now. I have two stories I’d like to tackle. One I wrote three years ago (a novella-length, science fiction dystopia set in Fresno, California). The other I wrote last year (an urban fantasy short-story series set in Oakland, California). Lately, they have both been tugging at me. I’d like to clean them up and get them out in the world.

Speaking of getting things out in the world… have you checked out You Are Here yet?

How did your NaNoWriMo go? Did the election results derail you or bolster your resolve?

It’s out!

you-are-here-smlThis year’s’s anthology is out!

We finally got it all together and published it yesterday. I’m proud of it. I hope folks like it. There’s something for everyone in this anthology.

The first story is a fun little wizard story and the last is a great piece by Lindsay Buroker set in her popular Fallen Empire world. It tells of the very first adventure Alisa and Mica have together. In between these two stories are pieces that touch on horror, military sci-fi, a bit of steam-punk, magical fae, and much more. We even have a few literary pieces we’re quite impressed with. And to top it all off, each story features a map.

If you’re interested, follow the You Are Here blogsite to learn more about the authors and find out about upcoming specials and giveaways. We’ll also have a fun, interactive map to share.

For now, I have NaNoWriMo to complete.

Catch ya later!

NaNoWriMo 2016 – Day 15

Half way through the month and I’m failing.

Okay, maybe failing is too strong a word.

How about…falling behind? Playing catch up? Waiting for a burst of inspiration?

Or maybe failing is appropriate…

Regardless, I am forging ahead. I have managed to hit the 10,000 word mark. 10k is a fair accomplishment and I’m rather happy about it. It’s just not the 25k I should be at.

So that’s my new goal. 25k by the 30th of November or bust.

How’s your NaNoWriMo going?


NaNoWriMo 2016 – Day 9

For half of you, it is a sad day. For the other half, a triumphant day – though I’m 99% sure most of these folks don’t visit my blog.


For the half of you feeling depressed and adrift, do not despair. History teaches two things:

  • It will get worse before it gets better (ouch!).
  • It will get better.

Two steps forward, one step back and all that jazz.

We can do it, people.

Keep writing.

ARC for You Are Here

Wanna free e-book?

All I ask is that you consider reviewing it.

You don’t have to, of course, but if you did…I’ll send you a box of chocolates. No joke.

If you’re interested, drop me a line in the comment section. I’ll email you an advance reader copy of You Are Here – Tales of Cartographic Wonders featuring Lindsay Buroker, Jason W. LaPier, Charlotte Ashley, and many more great authors.

Here’s what you’ll find behind the gorgeous cover:

you-are-here-coverMaps define our lives as they define our world. 
What were once the priceless resources of a brave and lonely few as they set off into the unknown are now carried in the pockets of billions around the globe. But they were never merely lines on paper – while depicting our geography we infused them with our intelligence, our desires, our imagination, and our memories.
Yesterday, we mapped the world only after we discovered its secrets. Today we map the mind and the body, and slowly unveil the universe before we set off into its infinite domains. Maps may have changed, but they are also changeless: they will always guide us.
This anthology charts eighteen worlds which are beautiful, frightening, alien, familiar – sometimes none of these, sometimes all. These stories cover every corner of the speculative map, featuring horror, science fiction, steampunk, high fantasy and more, in styles ranging from the literary and the lyrical to the pulpy and the thrilling.
Wherever you find yourself, there’s only one thing you can ever know for sure: 
Now go explore…