NaNoWriMo : The Writing Marathon


National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a writing event during the month of November that starts on November 1. All over the world writers make a goal to write a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 pm on November 30.

In some ways it is like running a marathon for writers. A certain amount of words should be written every day to meet the 50,000 word goal.

Some ways to get to your goal while being supported by other writers is to join a writing club locally or online. A great writing club on twitter is through the group Friday Night Writes , which does word sprints using the hashtag #writeclub.

This year for NaNoWriMo the club is doing word sprints for 48 hours. There will be prizes for those that participate.

This is my first year participating in NaNoWriMo, although I am not going the traditional route. My goal is to reach 20,000 plus words, which is  needed to complete Love Illusion, my current work in progress.

I am looking forward to supporting my fellow writers and learning more about myself through writing. I’ll be posting updates throughout NaNoWriMo on my progress.

Will you be participating in NaNoWriMo? If so what is your goal?

Happy Reading and Writing,



Weekend Book Recommendation: The Engagements


The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan was a great book to read. If you love books with some history in them along with relationships then this is the book for you. Some of the history of the diamond company De Beers is explored in this book.

It taught me a lot about how ad agencies operate, since Frances, one of the main characters was a copywriter for the agency. This book takes you through all different types of relationships and the history of the diamond.

I enjoyed learning about the history and significance of the diamond  when it comes to engagements. The writing was a mix of solemn and happy with the different characters situations.

I love how Frances stood her ground and was self sufficient all on her own. She is an example of what a strong woman should be.

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan can be found in many formats on Amazon. Have a great weekend.

Happy Reading and Writing,


Update #1: My WIP

I wanted to give you all an update on my work in progress. I honestly have to say that I am proud of where I am as far as the writing is concerned. I’m more than half way through and I am actually ahead of schedule. I owe this to my calendar which I plan out monthly for writing, editing, and outlining. It helps me stay on track or be even further than I anticipated in this project.


My writing space is in the corner of my living space. I have made a make shift window seat using an ottoman with huge pillows and a soft blanket. If I am not at Starbucks, I am sitting in this space comfortably for two hours. I like that I can look outside the window to escape for a little bit.

Everytime that I write my aim is to write over 1,000 words. Most of the time I achieve this goal, but on days that I don’t I just pick up where I left off.

The writing program that I use is Scrivener. I love that it is a one stop shop for authors. Almost everything that I need for writing my novel is here is this program.

I like listening to classical jazz when I am outlining or editing. I have to have complete silence in order to write and think about how everything flows.

This week I got my final book cover design and I am so happy with it. I am not ready to share the book cover just yet, since my novel isn’t coming out until February 2014. My book cover designer is Scarlett Rugers of Chick Lit Book Covers. If you are writing in the genres of women’s fiction and chick lit this is the book cover designer for you.

I have checked a few things off of my list as far as my novel is concerned and I can’t wait for it’s release in February. The release date that I chose has a special meaning to me, but that’s another blog post.

I hope that you all are having a great week.

Happy Reading and Writing,


September 2013 Reads


I read a few more books from the authors that I enjoyed last month. I also listened to a few of these books on audiobook this month to still enjoy a book, but to give my eyes a rest. I either borrow the audiobooks through overdrive or I use audible.

1. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin is a heartwarming story about how the choices we make may effect our lives and others years down the line. I did a review on this book here.


2.  The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty was a book that I didn’t want to put down. The writer fills you with this need to know what is going to happen next. I recommended the book for a weekend read  here.


3.  Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan was a great read about a family and what goes on behind closed doors. This is the first book that I have read by J. Courtney Sullivan. I listened to this book on audiobook before bed and it really helped me wind down.


4. The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank was my favorite read of the month. I would recommend this book for all women to read. The main character was so southern and sassy. I also listened to this book on audiobook and I enjoyed the narrators interpretation of the main character.  I did a review of this book  here.


5. Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke  was this author’s debut novel and if it is any indication of how her other books will be, then I am excited for the follow up. This is the story of the bond that two sisters shared and how one sister stopped at nothing to learn the truth. It was a weekend book recommendation on mine here.


6. Love The One You’re With by Emily Giffin is a novel about realizing things aren’t always better on the other side. Emily Giffin has quickly become one of my favorite women’s fiction writers.


I hope that you all are having a great start to October. Let me know if you read any of these books and what you thought of them in the comments below.


Happy Reading and Writing,