NaNo November: 50k in a Day Challenge?


Of Ducks and Writing

Word count for The Day the Computer Stood Still: 15,554

Are you worthy?
Are you dedicated?
Are you crazy?
Are you competitive?
Are you lazy?

Ever heard about the 50k in a day challenge? It is just what it says, write the whole book in a day! Or just 50k in a day and then keep writing for the rest of the month. I know there are people crazy enough out there to do it, are you one of them?

Author Thursdays: NaNoWriMo November

Dear readers,

   As of today and throughout the entirety of November, will concentrate on the joys, triumphs, tips, sufferings, braggings of National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo instead of following the usual format of daily themed posts.

What is NaNoWriMo?

From the official website for national novel writing month: “Nanowrimo is an annual event (November) novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world.”

Check out your local region’s events for NaNo near you!

For Maple Valley, where I will be doing the majority of my writing, check out our calendar of events

My personal novel: The Day the Computer Stood Still

The federal supercomputer was meant to catch felons but fell in love instead. How can there be peace when humanity’s watchdog is surfing dating sites instead of capturing criminals?

Miscellaneous Mondays: Southern Cross Novel Challenge Update

5/31: 22540
6/1: goal:24,207 (24,390)
Sent query to Arthur A. Levine Books
6/2: goal: 25,874 (25,748)
6/3: goal: 27,541 (26,658)
Sent query to Kane Miller EDC Publishing
6/4: goal: 29,208 (27,000)
Sent query letter to Diversion Press
6/5: goal: 30,0875 (27,00)
6/6: goal: 32,542 (29,800)
6/7: goal: 34,209 (30,683)
6/8: goal: 35,876 (33,538)
6/9: goal: 37,543 (34,846)
6/10: goal: 39,210 (….)

I may have to change my challenge to half SoCNoc but I will continue to try to catch up. Today is a new day!

Author Thursdays: SoCNoc

The Challenge:

SoCNoC – or Southern Cross Novel Competition is the writing challenge for the Southern Hemisphere, and anyone else who wants to join in.  The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.


The Rules

The Goal:

Though traditionally one would start a new novel and finish it* in the month, I have chosen to finish a novel I have already started. I hope that combining my already 23k words with the 50k I will write in June, I will have a complete novel! As my writing habit is to edit as I go, the novel will be already partially edited!

It takes a village to create a monster. Can one young girl’s sacrifice break the spell or will the whole town be consumed by his voracious anger?


Every girl and boy in the village of Frey has been afraid of the beast of the forest for as long as they can remember. It was only ten years ago that he fell into the well of loathing and was consumed by the town’s rage. He made his home in the forest and every year the townspeople sacrificed one of their own to appease his anger. The girl who helped pull him out of the well ten years ago has been chosen as the next sacrifice. Will she be the one to break the spell or will the whole town be consumed by his voracious anger.

The progress:

3/20/13: 720 words!
3/24/13: 2150 words!
4/26/13: 12.4k words!
4/29/13: 16k words!
5/03/13: 18k words!
5/08/13: 20k words!
5/12/13: 23k words!

The Outcome: