and sometimes you don’t meet your goals…

…and that’s okay! At least that’s what I’ve been telling myself over and over again for the past week. I wish I could say that my CampNaNoWriMo failure is just because I received a very disappointing rejection letter last Friday, but it wouldn’t be the truth.

The truth is, I hit a wall! I’m sure you’ve seen them. One of those big concrete walls that your characters are trying to break through, but can’t? Sometimes life gets in the way and this month I wasn’t able to keep my regular life boundaries separate from my writing life. Is it the end of the world? No. Does it feel like it sometimes as a writer? Yes. 

Hey, I’m here to tell you that it probably happens to the best of us and we can reboot and move on. My plan is to make August a more productive month and I’m going to approach it in a different way. More on that soon…

Until next time,


set the goals. drink coffee. meet the goals.

Most mornings, when I drag myself to work, I look like this…


…except I’m not a duck.

With an overwhelming list of things to do during the work day, it can sometimes be difficult to imagine how I could possibly find the time and energy to work on my novel.

Enter coffee.


I know it sounds so cliche…a writer who drinks a lot of coffee? I’m going to be honest with you. Whenever my friends tell me that they haven’t had any coffee yet, I pretty much yell at them and insult them for being stupid. (I’m kidding though…maybe.)

This month is Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m happy to report that I met my June goals and have been making good progress with my July goals thanks to the oh-so-motivating NaNoWriMo organization. It always adds a little spring to my step when these months come around. Because of my busy work schedule and new second job at, I set a word count goal of 7,500 words, which is 250 words a day. Seems simple, yes, but I wanted to set a goal that I knew I would hit!

Two jobs and a young adult fantasy W.I.P. = coffee. Are you getting my point? The truth is, whatever works for you is key. I’ve talked about this a lot in some of the workshops I’ve taught. Whether it’s coffee, m&m’s, long nature walks, cat naps…just do it! We are all in this together and I wish you all the luck in meeting your July writing goals.

Don’t forget…it’s Summer and that means iced coffee too.


Until next time,