No – The Mo o’ No/Po Wri-o

What can get your creative juices flowing like a project! And support of other people!

I love NaNoWriMo – the National Novel Writing Month.  If you look at NaNoWriMO on Twitter (or me, ’cause I’m retweeting!), they post photos of write-ins, where people get together with their laptops and typewriters and chalk and tablets and write for hours at a time. Can you imagine the energy that must be flowing through a room like that?  It makes me excited just to see it!

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Inspiration Engine 9 – Writing Historical Fiction

This is a weekly post I do to highlight blogs or bloggers who have inspired me in some way during this week.

It is a short list this week, as this one blog has given me a whole week’s worth of inspiration. Thanks to NaNoWriMo 2013, I began seriously working on writing a work of historical fiction. I have become a ready sponge for information and hints about writing it well.

I stumbled upon the blog  A Writer of History by M.K. Tod and found a wealth of information. Not only insight from the blogger themselves, but also interviews with other writers of historical fiction, and it was awesome to read about their process and what advice for burgeoning authors. The blog also includes as surveys of readers of historical fiction, to learn what they like and why. Finally, in the blogroll and on separate pages are a wealth of resources about writing, historical fiction, and the WWI and WWII era, in particular.

Thank you, M.K. Tod, for the blog, and that you, reader, for reading about it!  What do you think of this choice? Do you know of or have other blogs that specialize in this?

“As I See It” – NaNoWriMoS start

This is the beginning to my NaNoWriMoS project, and I would love to get your thoughts on it! 

“Good morning, ma’am,” a girl’s young voice awoke Blanche.  Blanche opened her eyes, confused, as this was a voice she didn’t recognize.  “Who is that?” she asked.  “Jolen, ma’am, I’m new to the house.” Blanche became frustrated, “Why didn’t anyone tell me I was getting a new girl?”

“I don’t know, ma’am. I only answered the notice a few days ago. I don’t know how long it was out.”  Annoyed by this new upset, Blanche flung her sheets back off her body and put her feet on the floor.

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Cigar Bar Update

In the cigar bar, time takes on it’s own dimension.  In a cloud of smoke, I sit in my favorite chair: plush and comfy, within easy view of the bar, the front window, and the football game. A large glass table in front of me on which to prop my feet and set my computer.  Cohiba and I spend many a happy evening in this bar, and we had engagement pictures taken here.  It is not unusual for us to make friends over this table, meeting a varied assortment of people.

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