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NaNoWriMo – day 3

taken @ Hollywood Wax Museum – Branson, MO


Mwaahhhhahhhaa! Yes. I decided to tackle writing 50k words in 30 days. And. I decided now would be a most awesome time to begin blogging again. Of course. I’m a writer. I do everything and anything to distract me from ACTUALLY WRITING.

I’m not sure what or how I will chronicle the momentous event this month. So, if you’d like to drop in on my muse, my craze, my procrastination, I’d enjoy a comment of encouragement or two. I’d even welcome words of discouragement and mockery. That’s right. I’m a little sadistic like that.

Bring it. I’ll prove you wrong.

So far:

Day one = 1,940 words

Day two = 1,143

Total count: 3,083

Rambling to the inspiration of “Black Mud” – The Black Keys





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Developing a Business, a Beachbody and Bliss

NaNo for me was a Big. Fat. Fail.

However, I have been busy and no, not just procrastinating…

First off, I said I was working on a big project. That is still in the development phase, soon-to-be implemented. Stay Tuned!   >so excited<

Secondly, I started a little side business.  Yes, it’s legal. Sheesh!  Ever hear of Team Beachbody? A Beachbody, I do not have. Although, I’m working on it, and helping others achieve their goal of fitness, too. As a writer, I sit most days for, well, all day. No longer, people!  I’m up and moving and feeling energetic, positive and sassy (I know, I didn’t help with that last one.) As a Beachbody Coach, I provide motivation, accountability and access to some pretty freakin cool workout programs and nutrition products.  And I walk the talk. Interested in learning more? Come check me out: http://beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/coachmaryjo

Thirdly, and most excitingly, I have negotiated a 4-day work week. SQUEE! (“Think of all the activities we can do – so many activities!”) That’s right, one day a week, I have the solitude and utter bliss of writing, reading and researching ALL DAY Long, or at least till the Junior High bus returns home.

As we move through this wintry and festive month, let’s begin to recall our accomplishments from 2011 and begin thinking of our Theme Word for 2012. (more on this later…)

In the meantime, hit me up! Tell me how NaNo went (or didn’t) for you, what your holiday plans are and how you’re going to stay faithful to your writing goals.

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I’m a Poser

I talk a good NaNo talk, but I do not walk a good NaNo walk.

I have  a confession….

It’s November 9

And I have written exactly…

ZERO words towards my 2011 NaNo Novel. 


I have the kickin’ idea, I even have the time.

But I also have a plan.

A plan for something Amazing, Exciting, Inspiring

It has to do with writing…

And teaching…

But it’s taken my creativity and energy away from NaNo’ing

At least for now…

But for all you crazy NaNoWriters – I salute you and wish you luck, plot twists and a bit of encouragement and lots of caffeine!


“You never know what you can do until you have to do it.”

Betty Ford ~ 1918-2011, Former First Lady and Founder of the Betty Ford Center

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Ready, Set, NaNo!

OK, fellow NaNo’ers. This month the Writers Inspired blog will be bare bones as I write like crazy to complete a 50,000 word (rough draft) novel. Are you with me? Buddy me >>> click here

I’ll be checking in here to post my frustrations and triumphs and to just procrastinate. I do have some guest posts and book giveaways scheduled throughout November, so even if you’re not participating in National Novel Writing Month, please visit often. Or better yet, SUBSCRIBE! That way you’ll get an email when a new post goes live.

OK, I’m ready… I think!


P.S. As I’m writing my novel ( a YA horror novel this year) I am also working on a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious project…more on that in December ! Squee!


Are you participating in NaNo? First time? 10th time? Share your genre, your word count, your stay-awake-and-write advice!


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Thankful Thursday

Big Smiles!

Some days, it’s just enough to be thankful for your health, other days there are blessings dropping from the sky like crisp autumn leaves – in abundance! Honor them all, big and small.

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb

Today, I am thankful for…

NaNoWriMo season!!!! AND…drumroll,   I HAVE A SOLID working IDEA for this year’s novel! *Squeee!!*

My Daily emails from Bob Proctor, who sends me motivating quotes, many of which inspire these posts!

My amazing “second family” – my silly, sweet and supportive coworkers.

Haunted Houses and the fuel it added to my Novel idea fire. Went here on Sunday with my oldest >> The Eleventh Hour

Edy’s Pumpkin Ice Cream. Just Eat it. Seriously.

What/who are you thankful for today? Tap into the gratitude and see how it frees your mind for creativity. Share!


I’m so thankful for my readers!! Please SUBSCRIBE and be part of my secret inner circle, which is getting Larger! ; )

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O. M. G.

received this in my inbox last night…

“Have you seen the countdown clock on NaNoWriMo lately? The 2011 noveling extravaganza begins in just 13 days!…”

When did that happen?! Fear, panic, regret, excitement, nausea, giddiness, exhaustion, elation…

What are you feeling 13 days out from the BIGGEST. CHALLENGE. You’ll .ever. face?????

*frantically searching for plots, characters, settings, themes, titles – anything, people! Give me something!!*



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NaNoWriMo: Day 29

Um, Hi. I’m filling in for Mary Jo. See, NaNo seems to have melted her brain and her alter ego “Marge” is blogging for her at the moment. I kinda like this blogging thing. Feels powerful. ; )

But, back to the NaNo update. Mary Jo went into the looong holiday weekend with such high hopes. Silly Girl.

She did manage to write 8,013 words this weekend. Enthusiastic of her, but alas, it did her in.

To date, she has a total word count of: 34,984 and 15,016 to meet the goal before midnight on Tuesday. (tomorrow)

Only a miracle can save her now. But if the Christmas Spirit, NaNo Faeries or Writing Wizards are too bogged down, no worries. Mary Jo is a drooling, babbling mess rocking in the corner and probably won’t even know she has lost.

Until she recovers – I sincerely hope you all are doing well in your little writing thing. Cheers!


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NaNoWriMo: NEVER give UP

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas Edison

Pluggin’ away…still under goal, but hopeful

Have you guys tried WriteorDie ? Seriously. I wrote 835 words in 22 minutes, then 929 words in 30 min, THEN 658 words in 16 minutes.  Kind of like having that old nun over your shoulder with a ruler at the ready…

{courtesy of freethinker.co.uk}






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NaNoWriMo: Day who cares? Whose stupid idea was this anyway?!

 Today’s Stats (as of Nov 22, 2010)

0 Words Written Today (not true. it’s all in my head. Um, let me re-phrase that)

1667 Words to Write until 1667 (ooo, look! you can do math! we’re not impressed)

1667 Suggested Daily Word Count (I know that already!)

21638 Cumulative Word Count Total (see? I haven’t been a total slacker!) 

22 Current Day (22 days of literally abandon, I mean “literary” abandon)

 36667 Suggested Cumulative Word Count (eh, um, OK)

984 Average Words per Day (I’d like  a recount!)

 At This Rate You Will Finish On Dec 21 (Bah- humbug!)

8 Days Remaining (OK, sure – wait – what?!)

15029 Words to Write Until 36667 (*cracks knuckles* locks door* gulps coffee*)

28362 Total Words Remaining (yes, I know. STOP.Yelling. AT ME!)

3546 Words per Day to Finish on Time (baby steps….IthinkIcan IthinkIcan…now, where did my characters wander off to?)

Have you checked your Stats today?


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NaNoWriMo: Day 11 recap

word written: 1294

cumulative count: 14473

where I should be: 20,004 by the end of Day 12 (ha-ha-ha-ha! Yeah.)

what is getting in my way: Twitter, NaNo site, emails, my kids, my husband, my own inner editor. (WTH? I told her to go on VACATION!)

writing to the tunes of: The Cure, The Ramones (though I had to skip them on my ipod, almost had a seizure after like song 4…)

plans to get caught up: attend a Write In on Sunday: 1-4pm. Wanna take bets on how many words I can write in these three blissful hours? Cast your vote! It will help to motivate me!!

And…why don’t you commit to a hefty word count goal for this weekend? Tell us your goal! We’ll send the flying monkeys to attack if you don’t reach it!

Onward mighty NaNo’ers!!


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