Sometimes Words Speak Louder Than Actions. *UPDATE*

The road to an idle blog is paved with good intentions.

No, I haven’t gone religious. Considering I may have just committed sacrilege with the above, which is a vague mash-up of two oft-used expressions to describe the sin of sloth.

Sloth is my middle name.

And sloth has led me to abandon my blog for a full two weeks and fail to complete NaNoWriMo.

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Nature Boy (NaNoWriMo, Day 11): “FRESHMAN BE GONE!”

(Word Count: 2062)


As usual, Greer loses the staring contest, dropping his eyes to his canvas sneakers. They are the only pair he owns, and as a result, are stained beige, have countless rips and tears, and worst of all: “Aren’t even brand name!” Beans had said when he had gotten them. Or, more accurately, his mom had bought him from a secondhand store.

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Nature Boy (NaNoWriMo Day 10 – UPDATED): “She didn’t know she was pregnant.”

(Word Count: 924)


“I’mo puke,” Beans announces.

“Tough shit,” Christian tells her. “Can’t you see we’re on the Gardiner?”

“You’re such an asshole,” Beans says. “Your empathy obviously walked out with your wife.”

From the backseat, Greer winces.

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NaNoWriMo Day 9: How Tweet of You!

Sorry for the title. My former advertising teachers would beat me senseless for being so punny. (Sorry, sorry again.)

Anyway I just wanted to say thanks to Clelie Rich, who has been retweeting my NaNoWriMo tweets. She does this for a lot of her followers and followees(?), which I think is really…tweet. My page views (which I don’t look at obsessively, not at all) have seemed to gone up since she’s done this.

So, as a thank you, I am adding both of her websites – RichWords Editing and Clelie Rich to my blogroll.

Meanwhile, I have written quite a bit more of my novel for NaNoWriMo, which I will be posting shortly.

NaNoWriMo: Prologue


Here’s a taste of my novel, “Nature Boy.” Only two sentences make up the entirety of the prologue.

So this is what it feels like to be in the back of a squad car. Greer ducks as the vehicle speeds through the city, trying to hide in case someone he knows should see him.

NaNoWriMo Count: Day 8; or Blogirism


This time I have no excuse: I’ve been procrastinating. Well, that’s partly it; self-doubt has also crept in. And I don’t know why, seeing that I’ve written so much on this blog, but the fact of the matter is that it’s there. But that doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop, it means I just have to push myself a little harder.

Besides, I’m a little more inspired now. The author of the hi-LARIOUS site, Four Minutes Older , has participated in NaNoWriMo for at least three years with spoofs of the highly popular series Sweet Valley High. (For those who are asking “What’s Sweet Valley High?”, KILL YO’SELF….I mean….here ya go.) You can call it the anti-fan fiction, as the stories parody the ridiculous plots, characters and situations that has made the series infinitely popular.

Anyway, if you click on the link to the site, you will see that the author is not only posting the word count; she’s posting the story as she writes it! She’s always done it this way, but it’s just occurred to me that I could do it to (hence the hideously heinous subtitle of this post.)

But seriously: I think it’s brilliant. Because I’m already posting my progress every day, it will motivate me to write everyday. And, most importantly, it will deter me from going back to what I’ve written and fixing it. So that’s what I’m going to do from now on.

For another great site that snarks on  Sweet Valley High, try The Dairi Burger. Her latest posts are sporadic as she is no longer actively working on the blog, but as she has sarcastically summarized every Sweet Valley High book (plus the Super Thrillers) for about three years or so, there’s a lot to read and laugh about. Oh, and she snarks on other YA books as well.

Both blogs are now on my blogroll. Enjoy!!

NanoWriMo Day 7: Novel Synopsis

Here’s a blurb of what my novel’s all about, which can be seen on my NaNoWriMo profile.

Greer Matthews is fifteen years old. His mother has just flown the coop, so now he and his pregnant nineteen-year-old sister are in the reluctant care of his brother, Christian, whose wife just left him. Teased and tormented by his older siblings, neglected by his peers, and estranged from his mother, Greer knows not of love – until he meets Leilani Maya who educates him – albeit, unknowingly – on the topic…and whose intentions he misinterprets.

The title,”Nature Boy”, was inspired by the song by the same name. There are many versions, but Nat King Cole’s is my favourite, so I’m posting it here for your enjoyment. OK, mostly mine.