Zombie Dog


Biscuit (allegedly)

Zombies are really sneaking into the fabric of our lives, aren’t they?  I recently posted the world’s first-ever picture of a Zombie Bunny in my backyard.  Last week, my son’s friend brought over his new puppy and I realized later – I’d been in the presence of a rare and mysterious Zombie Dog!  Cute as a button, so you never suspect until it’s too late.  Who’s a good zombie?

Last Day of NaNoWriMo


Well, this is the last day of National Novel Writing Month and I must admit, I didn’t hit the lofty goal of writing an entire 50,000 word novel.  By the end of today, I’ll be at just over 25,000. Even though I only made it to the halfway point, I still look on it as a success of sorts.

Let me break down the reasons why I won’t get a 50,000 word badge this year:

  1. I’m thinking NaNoWriMo didn’t work for me, but the truth is, I didn’t work for it!  I regarded it as an “extra” – almost a self-indulgent exercise to complete a vanity project.  I didn’t give it the full attention of a “real” deadline (i.e., a paying gig’s deadline.)
  2. The goal of quantity, not quality, left me at times with passages that were verbose and dense with detail, all in the name of the all-important daily word count.
  3. NaNoWriMo’s organizer, the Office of Lights and Letters, seems focused on writers just starting out.  They support “Young Writers'” initiatives, which is admirable, but there seem to be no programs geared toward older and/or established writers.

At the end of the day, I do have about a hundred pages of my historical fiction novel completed.  It’s not my usual genre, so who knows how much time I’ll dedicate to completing it.  Overall, I’d say NaNoWriMo was worth doing, and an experience I’ll remember in a positive light.

Exit Poll


Hi all – just posted a fun poll about favorite canceled t.v. shows to see if it would work. Seems like it did, but the title is listed as “2547.” Not sure why. Well, just thought we could all use a little diversion today!


Be Yourself


When is a social interaction ever genuine, really?

We’re all (presumably) putting our best face forward.  We’re minding our manners (most of the time) and conducting ourselves with some semblance of dignity (or a reasonable facsimile thereof.)  So, when do we get to let our hair down (if we have hair)?  And how much hair (figuratively speaking) is let-downable (to coin a phrase).  (Lots of parenthetical phrases here.)  (Wonder when this little tangent will run its course…)  🙂


NaNoWriMo Update – Halfway Point


Well, friends, on the National Novel Writing Month front, things are running hot and cold.  I’ve tried to stick to the 1600+ word count per day to make it possible to reach 50,000 words by the end of November, but haven’t always hit the mark.  Here’s what I’ve found out:

  • The point is quantity, not quality, so you end up writing a lot of words that don’t add much to your novel.
  • When you’ve got deadlines for other gigs, you’ll need to get those done first, so putting in “regular gig” word count is the priority.
  • At the halfway point (today), word count total should be at around 25,000 – my tally is currently 16,164.

Any votes?  Should I keep going even if I don’t finish the novel?  I’d like to hear from veterans of NaNoWriMo out there.  Majority will rule!



So I’ve been doing a “test drive” on the crowdfunding site, “PUBSLUSH” and it’s been an education, to be sure.  I posted an excerpt last week, but have gotten little response thus far.  Most of the books on the site garner support from social media, and I’m no longer on Facebook, so didn’t do much promotion in that area.

It also seems nearly impossible for writers who post on the site to reach the 2000 supporters needed, although I did like a few of the other writers’ excerpts.  So much so that I even supported one – “The Exchange,” by Rachel Astarte Piccione (note:  that excerpt is NSFW.)

A good experience, but I suppose it’s like my son wanting to play “scratch-off” lottery tickets lately.  It’s a gamble and you hardly ever hit.  But at least it’s a fun game to play!

More Uniquely New Jersey Phrases


Back by popular demand, more Jersey Tawk!  Here’s how we pronounce commonly used words:

All = Awl

Drawer = Draw

Can’t = Kee-ant

Sandwich = Sangwich

Newark = Nork

New York = The City

Boonton = Boot’n (Drop the first “n.”)

Trenton = Treh-ih (Try it yourself.  It’s contagious.)

All I know = Alls I know

You guys = Youse guys

Ever since = Every since

Always= Aw-ways

And now some frequently used New Jersey phrases:

  • Got that right.
  • That’s what I’m talkin bout.
  • Thank you.  (As if someone else made your point and you were taking credit for it.)
  • Y’Well-cm.  (When you hold the door for someone and they don’t say thank you, Jerseyans sarcastically say this version of “You’re Welcome.”)
  • Guy’s a Shoobie. (Someone who visits the shore for a short time in the summer.)

NaNoWriMo – Day One


Today is November 1st – the first day of National Novel Writing Month.  Those who sign up attempt to complete a 50,000 word novel during the month, tracking it daily on this site.  So I logged 1682 words on my historical fiction novel, The Corsican, today.  Good start.

Those not interested in writing a whole novel in one month could check out my writing collaborator, Sue Bradford Edwards’, website and join her in the 1000-word-a-day challenge.

Either way you get started, writers out there, get started!  You’ve got a book in you.  Let it out and let the world have a good read!