Taking no prisoners. Including herself.

* * * For the next 48 hours, Picasso turned into a submarine. A black stealth metal whale diving to depths only giant squid and phosphorescent fish occupied. He was slow and deliberate, moving through dark waters displacing particle for particle, as if water had become metal, and then metal to water, and back again […]

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§741 · November 12, 2009 · NaNoWriMo · (No comments) ·


*     *     * “Kissing is weird.” Picasso absentmindedly plucked his thumbnail against his front tooth. “I mean, just think about mouths. These gaping wet holes with banana slug inchings, strange muscles, flipping and flopping about –not to mention dental fences along the property line, and lip hedging that seal off an entrance. Extraño…muy extraño“

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§736 · November 11, 2009 · NaNoWriMo · 1 comment ·


No, I’m not speaking in tongues, I just was thinking that, maybe NaNoWriMo was a little ambitious? I probably should have signed on for this one instead: http://www.nablopomo.com/ Does this post count as one? Okay, fine: back to Picasso.

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§716 · November 8, 2009 · NaNoWriMo · (No comments) ·


NaNoWriMo off to a… er… um… start. Not sure what kind of start. Forgive me, Oh God of the Written Word! (Forgive me NKS readers) Now I remember why I don’t write fiction… Chapter 1: This is a story about a man who is beautiful. He will be named Picasso. Picasso is stoic and strong, […]

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§708 · November 6, 2009 · NaNoWriMo · 1 comment ·


Shoot! NaNoWriMo 2009 has begun and I’m already 5 days behind! The past days a blur and hardly taking note that the 11th month of the year has already started, I woke up in the middle of the night audibly crying, “Oh, crap! It’s November! NANOWRIMO noooooooooooo!” Now, without the faintest idea of a novel […]

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§704 · November 5, 2009 · NaNoWriMo · (No comments) · Tags: , , ,


The sun, ferns, salt and dark lager have bleached my brain. I am now sitting by myself at the (mahogany? kaori wood?) bar at a place called “Schnappa Rock” and enjoying a very tall pint while I write and look at the ocean:

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Tēnā koutou ! I’m in Aukland, New Zealand! But don’t have much time to write, because I am jetlagged and have to go… write. Behind quite a bit on my NaNoWriMo novel and have calculated that I need to hit about 4000 words/day to make it happen. (You thought I quit? Oh, come on- you […]

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§534 · November 25, 2008 · Location-Location, NaNoWriMo · (No comments) · Tags: , , ,


…ok, team– It’s time for a serious heart-to-heart. I know I’m infamous for my abundant pep talks (asked for or not) and Can Do attitude; for my always cheery “cheer up, Slugger!” encouragement and optimistic outlooks. Wow. How annoying.

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§531 · November 19, 2008 · NaNoWriMo · 1 comment · Tags: , ,


Despite being on the road, I’m still NaNo-ing! I’ve made my way back to Taos, New Mexico, sagebrush of my heart, and am snuggling down into 7 (burrr!) degree nights, the cold air like a blanket of quiet. Good thing I’m being well taken care of; some friends I met last time have put me […]

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We’re not even through the first week, and already our wordcounts are piling up. Gadzooks! The NaNoWriMo site is so busy that they’ve disabled some of the features, so I can’t install a geeky-neato wordtracker widget. Guess I’ll have to track by hand. Our writers (in no particular order):

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I’m a bad girl, I know (I should be getting my 8 hours, or at the very least out having some Halloween fun like a normal 27-year-old) but I just couldn’t help myself– It’s just past midnight on November first, and it’s officially time to start writing! NaNoWriMo is upon us! I have to say, […]

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§527 · November 1, 2008 · NaNoWriMo · (No comments) · Tags:


It’s almost November, and you know what that means! No, not the election (something even BIGGER than that!) Start sharpening your pencils, changing the ribbons on your typewriter, or (if you must) booting up your hard drives, because it’s… National Novel Writing Month! I’m gearing up to crank out 50,000 words in 30 days, and […]

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§526 · October 30, 2008 · NaNoWriMo · 1 comment · Tags: , ,


An update on the progress of my novel for National Novel Writing Month, where I aim to write 50,000 words in 30 days: Wordcount = 0! That’s right… aside from a power-driven first day of 1100 words, which I subsequently erased with writerly desperation in the next, there has been no progress whatsoever in my […]

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§389 · November 10, 2007 · NaNoWriMo · (No comments) ·


and I’m giving it another go this year. Wanna join me? Click here. And, in the meantime, while I’m trying to make 1,700 words per day and get over jetlag, I’ll be posting more stories from Vietnam. Cheers.

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§388 · November 1, 2007 · NaNoWriMo · 2 comments ·


Well, last night it happened: I officially crossed the finish line and wrote my 50,000th word. It just doesn’t leave me with that giddy burst of satisfaction I thought I would, because although I’m done with NaNoWriMo, I still have a ways to go until I have a satisfactory draft of my novel. (The entire […]

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§243 · November 28, 2006 · NaNoWriMo · (No comments) ·


Still running the NaNoWriMo marathon, and at 40,500 words I can see the finishline on the horizon (and for this, I am thankful). Actually, I am most thankful for the whole experience of NaNoWriMo. For reals, yo — if you have it in you (the desire), I say to you: DO IT. Just… you know. […]

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§259 · November 23, 2006 · NaNoWriMo · (No comments) ·


Wow. As I enter week three I find myself at somewhat at a… surplus for words. (Gotcha) It is said by Chris Baty (the founder) and other Nano-ers, that week three is supposed to feel like sunshine after the torrential rains of week two. I’m not so sure yet — I’m still having wonky plot […]

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§257 · November 18, 2006 · NaNoWriMo · 2 comments ·


Halfway there…

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§256 · November 15, 2006 · NaNoWriMo · (No comments) ·


For anyone out there following along, the race has been getting hard these past few miles, and keeps getting harder from here on out. The inclines get steeper, the track slicker, and — well, let’s just say we’re getting holes in our socks. I’ve actually lost track (no pun intended) with my running mates over […]

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§255 · November 8, 2006 · NaNoWriMo · 2 comments ·


The participants. The numbers. And a quote in reference to their progress after their first weekend of NaNoWriMo. Shannon: 12138 “Okay, but I think 12137 of those words are crap.” Whitney: 8400 “Quote this…my hands are developing carpel tunnel from having them in a monkey grip for 5 straight days. Fuck Nanowrimo!” Jared: 4123 “My […]

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§254 · November 6, 2006 · NaNoWriMo · 2 comments ·