Category Archives: National Novel Writing Month

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I logged in 50,036 words with my sequel to The Lost Town in the NaNoWriMo 50K word challenge this morning at 9 a.m.

To celebrate my third-time win in National Novel Writing Month, all my books will be 20 percent off until midnight EST on Nov. 30 for the duration of the challenge.

From an aspiring writer to a published author

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SCHEDULE OF GUESTS for December 2022


 Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy in the podcast book giveaway. and on, major podcasting apps

December Schedule

Steve Boughton, Francesco Takes Flight, Dec. 2

Janet Vormittag, Cat Women of West Michigan, Dec. 9

Herman Hunter, The Wizard’s Stone, Dec. 16

Karen Tintori, The Daughters, Dec. 23

Carol Nickles, Thumbfire Desire, Dec. 30

Sponsored by Doc Chavent, The Lowell Ledger, Modern History Press

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First Sunday of Advent, Day 27 of NaNoWriMo

Happy holiday season 2022, may the light shine on into the long winter nights

I logged in 48,415 words in the NaNoWriMo 50k word challenge on this First Sunday of Advent as I watched Fr. Dat Tran dressed in Advent blue approach the altar at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Grand Rapids for the Sunday mass at 10:30 a.m.

And sudden warmth and light flooded not only the cathedral but my heart as well. If I hadn’t been writing for the last 27 days, there would have been only the darkness of a blank page. So many people want the light of a new story, a new beginning. And that is Advent. The beginning of a new liturgical year and new stories waiting to be told.

This time I prayed for the success of the challenge, not just for me but all of us, so the stories can enlighten the world in its darkness. The purpose of the challenge is not only to reach the 50k -word- goal but to help young aspiring authors. I feel I have done that, and that I will continue the noble goal of inspiring others to reach for the light. In the name of Chiara, Vera, Ashley and all.

You are the reason why I write.

To be continued..

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NaNoWriMo Days 20 & 21, total of 39,585 words

I had to combine the totals for the two NaNoWriMo writing days, since Day 20 on Sunday, Nov. 20 wasn’t a writing day at all. More like research and staying in touch with my writing project, a sequel to The Lost Town based in Singapore, MI during a major selling event, Christmas through Lowell.

For the third day in a row, I was stationed inside the Lowell Area Historical Museum, Industry & Retail Room with the Cutter Factory sleigh, selling books with six other vendors. Although we had a ball and enjoyed good sales it was exhausting.

I had a clear view of the Strand Theater’s playbill from who knows when that actually inspired me. Check out the feature photo.

By now, we know each other’s sales pitches by heart.

“Are you readers?” I ask. “Do you like to read?”

“No, I don’t have the time,” was the overwhelming response.

“My earrings are two for 10,” Ashley Thompson said.

And so on.

“I have postcards from Lowell,” Bruce Doll said.

“Would you like to buy a candle?” the candle kid said.

NaNoWriMo Day 21

I logged in a total of 1,600 words trying to get back into the swing of things. You would not believe what a two-day break from writing does. It puts you out of touch with your own story, and with the characters, you have created. It takes forever to get back into the zone of the book.

To be continued..

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NaNoWriMo 2022 Day 16

Christmas through Lowell this weekend

I will be at the Lowell Area Historical Museum, station k, 325 W. Main St. from Friday afternoon through Sunday, Nov. 20 with my books from the Shifting Sands series.

NaNoWriMo continues

The adventure to find the lost city of Singapore continues with an average daily log-in of 2,000 words. I find that it is optimal to keep up the pace of the story, and not lose the storyline.

Any extremes above or below that count, are just that, extremes that will catch up with you. We discussed this in yesterday’s Halfway NaNoWriMo Breaking Point Podcast with authors Jean Davis and Vera West. Check it out.

The word build-up of 3,000 words tends to dwindle away if you slack off the next day. Trying to make up for the required 1,667-word daily login is almost impossible. It’s a big chunk of text.

Here is the Halfway NaNoWriMo episode

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NaNoWriMo Day 10

Likely the last 70-degree day this season, so I got right on it writing in two sessions: in the early morning session, I took a walking break to the Franciscans, then I wrote more for a total of 2,426 in the late morning session. I had to wrap it up after the second break at the Arrowhead Golf Course. My brain refused to function anymore. I stuffed myself with a nut mix and chocolates.

I drove back home through the orchards that always calm me down.

The story is on its way to the first big surprise nearing the top of the first climb on the roller coaster plotting method.

The word total since the challenge started on Nov. 1 is 22,570 words. I wish I could have written more, but the body and the mind are smarter than I am and stopped me.

Today, we’re stilling peaches from Mason Apple Orchards in Belding. Thank you, my friend, Lynn. This is the third stilling run of the season.

To be continued…

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NaNoWriMo Day 9

Rising moon over the cornfields

It was an awesome writing day split into two sessions. I logged in 3,277 words for a total of more than 20, OOO words. I am working on a sequel to The Lost Town.

Christmas through Lowell

In my other role as a newspaper woman, watch for the upcoming story about Christmas through Lowell featuring vendors and artists in The Lowell Ledger.

I will be on the tour as well inside the Lowell Area Historical Museum in the industrial room with my books from the Shifting Sands Series plus the Konecny Family memoir.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to meet a local author and shop for lovely gifts.

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NaNoWriMo Day 8

It’s a big day today that started off with the total lunar eclipse of the moon known as the bloodied moon. We can see the next one in three years.

The Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

Blood moon, Lunar eclipse

NaNoWriMo Day 8

I started writing at 8 a.m. and moved the adventure further ahead after flipping back to the beat sheet method. After the lunch break on the trail, I wrote in the afternoon logging in 3,217 words for a total of 16, 867. I wish I could have written more. But it is what it is. Grateful for this productive day.

Morning effects

General Election Nov. 8

Now we’re getting ready to vote at our brand new township hall. And then it’s Taco Tuesday or Mardi Taco; we haven’t decided on a specific joint yet. It seems like all the local restaurants got away with Taco Tuesdays.

Done at 6:22 p.m on a beautiful Tuesday evening. I voted as the 776th voter in the overcrowded Vergennes Township hall. The rewards were excellent at Ripple on the Flat in downtown Lowell. We had Midwest tacos and I had a Cochinita taco with a Hemingway cocktail.


Have you voted yet?

Voting in Vergennes Township.

All in a day’s work.

Feature photo: Morning above our tree line.

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NaNoWriMo Day 7 Week 1

In the first week of NaNo, Day 7 I logged in a total of 13,650 words. On top of that, I wrote for the Lowell Ledger logging in 1,841 words with stories about Milo’s Consignment, Station Salon Celebrates 10th Anniversary and the Lowell Arts Artist Market. That would put me at 15, 491 more like my buddies. Writing is writing, my buddy Diana says.

Lowell Ledger stories gallery for Nov. 9

Stay tuned for these stories in the upcoming issue of the Lowell Ledger

In the NaNoWriMo 50k word challenge, we met our nemesis on the first climb of the roller coaster plotting method. I am still thinking about switching to the 15-beat sheet method, but on the other hand, I like the tension of the unknown.

Blast from my communist past in former Czechoslovakia

Nov. 7 was another mandatory holiday, when we paraded with lanterns in the streets of Gottwaldov, now Zlin, to celebrate the Soviet holiday of their October revolution known as VRSR.

Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia. I will write more about this when I have time.

The October Revolution, also known as the Bolshevik Revolution or (according to the communists themselves) the Great October Socialist Revolution,[2] abbreviated VŘSR or Great October, was the second phase of the Russian Revolution of 1917, following the February Revolution. 

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November Sun shines on NaNoWriMo Day 6

It was sunny, in the 60s in November in West Michigan. Unbelievable. I logged in 2, 073 words and moved the story further up the first climb on the roller coaster. We chugged upwards looking for the arch nemeses. We haven’t found them yet. They’re lurking somewhere

The gospel was about Jesus’ major nemeses, the Sadducees. Interesting tricksters they were. Enough to inspire me.

After the morning stretch of NaNo writing, I switched hats to get some bisulphate and cuvet yeast for the apple cider that we hauled in on Friday from our supplier Hill Bros in Sparta.

Go to

Mission accomplished. I grabbed my newspaper hat and wrote about Milo’s Kids Consignment & Boutique.

On my way back home, I caught the moon rising. Of course there’s no time for TV. I like it that way.

Good night.

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