A NaNoWriMo and Health Update

It’s the 24th of November and I am 12,000 words behind my projected word count for NaNoWriMo.

Last year, I couldn’t face the idea of a potential loss and just quit when I’d only hit 6,000 words in the first 15 days. This year, I’m bucking up and I’m doing the thing.

My life has been in a bit of shambles in the last week and a half, since the last time I’d sat down to write until last night.

Continue reading A NaNoWriMo and Health Update

Letter to the Abandoned

Today, I’d like to share an excerpt of a project with you, in hopes of sharing the solace I’ve found. It’s called Letters from the Heart. The project lead on this is my best pal and writing coach, Gurpreet. After attending the UK premiere of the documentary ‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’, she had a eureka moment. She realized that so many of us feel so alone in our lives and with our problems, but that there is kind of solace in hearing the stories of others and relating to them that doesn’t exist anywhere else. This is the essence of story telling.

From that realization, Letters from the Heart bloomed into an anonymous projects for writers from everywhere to share their stories to reach out to the world and feel the weight of life, together.

With all that said, here’s an excerpt from one of the letters that really spoke to me. Make sure to check out the full post over the Letters from the Heart site.

Letter to the Abandoned

Continue reading Letter to the Abandoned

NaNoWriMo 2017

Good day and welcome back to a post about writing!

The last few months, my blog has been Book Review-centric, but I’m finally feeling that little fire burning in my heart telling me to share my writing journey with you. And when is a better time than today, the first day of November!

In case you weren’t aware, November is a month of writing for many, many people. Named National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, many veteran authors and those aspiring to one day have their work published – and really just anyone who’s interested in trying! – set out to write 50,000 words over the course of November’s 30 days. This evens out to be about 1,667 words per day.

In 2016, I launched my blog with the intention of sharing my NaNoWriMo journey with you. I set up my home office and I declared my novel’s title as My Life In Pieces on my NaNoWriMo dashboard. When November came along, I caught a horrible cold which kept me in bed for a solid week, and ultimately resulted in my decision not to pursue to the end of the month, which I talk about here.

Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2017

The Road to Memoir

I spend a lot of time struggling to find a way to gather all of these feelings constantly running through my mind.

I spill them like hot tea over the pages of my journals.

I spend a lot time up and down with my moods and the way I look at the series of events that have lead me to this corner of my couch in the home I share with my now Hubsband. Yes I am aware that that is not a real word, and, no, I do not care.

I whimper or weep uncontrollably in his arms when the realities of this post-cancer life feel far too overwhelming.

I spend a lot of time in a tug-of-war with my thoughts and my writing. As I try to navigate their parts and to figure out which parts of my life I want to keep sacred and close to my heart, and which parts I want to share with the world. Continue reading The Road to Memoir

A(n open) letter to NaNoWriMo

Dear NaNoWrimo,

I’m sorry for letting you down. I’m sorry for committing so strongly to you and allowing the rest of my life to get in the way.

Wait… no. I’m not sorry. This is not a “letting down” or a failure in any way. This is life. Sometimes, we make commitments that we just can’t keep. And for me, unfortunately, this was one of those times.

Continue reading A(n open) letter to NaNoWriMo