Monday, November 9, 2015

7th Annual NaNoWriMo Write-in at Tabb

This was our seventh year having a NaNoWriMo write-in at the York County Public Library-Tabb Branch. It's a delight to host this event every year.

For 2015, 21 wrimos joined me for several hours of writing, eating and word sprints. We were joined for the first time by our regional MLs, Robin and Kara!

Here's the room all set up Saturday and waiting for wrimos to fill it.
Welcome goodie bags and a sign-in sheet in front. Back table filled with prizes to be won!

And here's the space filled with writers ready to bang the keyboards and fill their journals with NaNo noveling. These images are courtesy of Cathy Welch from the 1 p.m-5 p.m. event on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015.

I welcome the group before everyone gets down to the business of writing.

Write, wrimos, write!

Hampton Roads ML Robin, right, gets words on the laptop page.

Barbara's having a great time!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

It's NaNoWriMo time! Why I'm a wrimo

National Novel Writing Month is a wonderful way to knock out a first draft of a manuscript. And that’s exactly what you have at the end of the 30-day personal challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in just a month. Because 50K is on the short end of actual novel length, you’ll have work to do after November. And therein is the joy of NaNo. You write without editing or fixing or fretting for 30 days. And then, when it’s over and you get some much-needed rest, the core of your novel is there and waiting for you. As writing guru Natalie Goldberg says, you're "writing down the bones" of the book.

For those who think perfection is required to draft a novel and that 30 days yields little of it, consider what New York Times best-sellingauthor Nora Roberts has to say: “I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank page.”

NaNoWriMo gives you the freedom to just explore whatever comes to you. You can fix it, flesh it out later when you add the nuances that aren’t captured in the rush toward the 50K-word finish line.

Personally, I use NaNo to draft novels in a mystery series I’m writing. Every November I know I will immerse myself in the world of that protagonist. Later, much later, comes the revision, the editing, the fine-tuning that makes a messy first draft into a marketable manuscript.

As for my track record, yes, I’ve had epic fails. My first NaNo in 2008, was a true disaster. I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of not editing or fixing each day’s work. But I got the hang of it and tout the benefits of the month-long challenge. I come back each new November to do it again, and again. Entering the 2015 NaNo season, I am 5-4, five wins, four fails. But even the fail of not reaching the 50,000 words in 30 days is actually a win because if you write anything at all during NaNoWriMo, that’s more than you would have written had you not tried at all.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Loblolly Pines

My obsession with loblolly pines continues. The symmetry of three needles appeals to me.

The top photos were taken September 2015 in Newport News on The Noland Trail.

This one, still my favorite, was taken at Newport News Park in Spring 2014.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Girl's Night Out

What a blast we had at the new Wine & Design Oyster Point in Newport News. The place just recently opened and we decided to give it a try. 

Loads of fun!
Four of the seven creations. 

My interpretation.

Back row: Denise, Darlene, Andrea.
Front row: Cheryl, Jessica, Cassandra, Felicia.

Fire in the garage

Newspaper folk are supposed to report the news, not make it. But a DP staffer's car caught fire in the City Center at Oyster Point garage and caused quite the display.

She was fine. Was actually in the office when the blaze started. Her minivan, not so much. It was completely burned, and a truck parked next to it severely damaged.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined.

After the smoke and fire was contained by city fire crews.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Inspired by Nature

After a native plant walk with Virginia Master Naturalists and members
of the Native Plant Society, George and I decided to finish hiking the rest
of the trail.

There's nothing like a hike in the woods to inspire you. Here, it's not really the woods,  but the 5-mile Noland Trail on the grounds of The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Va.

Encountered along the way. 

Lake Maury from one of the bridges along the trail.

Master Naturalist and native plant expert Susie Yager led 23 people on a native
 plant walk along a portion of the Noland Trail on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. She pointed out not only
 native plants and trees, but plants that have been introduced to the area.