Fell Off the Face of the Earth

fallingNo, I didn’t. Though, I’m sure some of you probably thought I had. I’ve been so consumed lately with work and then Spring Break vacation and family time, I’ve not put much focus toward writing nor blogging. However, that’s all about to change. Yes, I’m gearing up for facing sleepless nights and early mornings once again. No more sleeping in till 5 or 6 am. I’ll still be putting forth my 46+ hours of work per week, adequate time for family and then all the extras will come in within those hours while the rest of the world sleeps, and I’ll be missing those precious hours of dreaming, though they’ll still be precious, as I’ll be appointing that energy to writing daily and blogging at least once a week.

And if you haven’t figured out how crazy I am yet…

Camp NaNoWriMo, Here I come!

Yes, indeedy, I’ve lost my mind, taking the plunge of investing up to 50,000 words and finally finishing my novel (book 1) during the month of April. I’m not entirely sure it will be 50,000 words that I type during the month, as I’m half finished with book 1 already. Mostly, needing to reorganize, then finish. Certain parts need to be transferred to books 2 and 3. So, that’s my main objective for April – finishing book 1.  Then May will be spent revising, editing, proofing, polishing, employing my beta readers, querying agents/publishers, and finding representation/ publication. A little crazy?  Yes. Impossible? Never. I have reached 50,000 words before during a NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo, so I know I can do it. Plus, it does become a bit easier once you get in the habit of getting up at 2am or 4am every morning to get in your 1,500 to 2,000 words per day.

If you are a writer and love a challenge, I encourage you to join in April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s free and it’s most helpful if you need a kick in the pants to motivate you to get your rear in the chair and write a book or finish something you started. Wanna learn more about it? Check this out.

When you work from home and have a family, you set a crazy schedule that best works for you.

Here’s my schedule now:


Up, fix coffee, get ready for the day 6-7

Work 7-8

Fix breakfast and lunch for the kiddo 8-830

Work 830-430 (while walking 2 dogs every hour, it seems)

Prepare and sit down to supper 430-5 or 6-630 (depending on day)

Family time (depending on how much homework and studying Mini-me has) 5-8 or 630-9 or 10

Get ready for bed – anytime between 8 and 10, depending on what’s going on that particular day

Sometimes, it varies, though. Sometimes, I start at 4 or 5am, depending on what else I have going on that day. And if I have to be out at appointments on a particular day, I’ll spend part of Saturday morning getting the rest of my work hours. Plus, getting in a smidge of writing time on some of those mornings or evenings. Sound crazy? I rather like it, myself. It’s not that hard working in your pajamas or a t-shirt and shorts, and for clients you actually like, doing work you actually like. Plus, it’s nice setting your own schedule.

My new schedule, starting April 1, will look more like this:


Up, coffee will be ready (on auto) 4am

Write quietly (in office or livingroom) 4-6

Get ready for day 6-7

Then, everything else, and making sure I get to bed NLT 8pm, and hoping Hallie can make it to bed by then, as well


I’m gonna be a tired Mama-jama.  Of course, if there are appointments anywhere that day, I’ll be getting up at 2am to fit it all in, as well as getting up super early on Saturday morning. I’ve done it before.  This is not just my schedule for April but will my schedule for May, as well, since I will need to fix all the details and polish the book the month following Camp Nano. Half-way dreading it and half-way super excited to dig in!!  Are you coming to camp? Will you be joining a cabin? Look me up if you like and shoot me a message.  To message me inside the camp, I think I’m Carol-Blake or Carol_Blake. This may be my last opt-in for the cabin-mates. A couple of times, it was really great, because a couple of the bunk mates made good conversation and I made new friends (that are still friends in and out of camp) but most of the camps, the cabin was pretty quiet. Not sure that I’ll be making much conversation in April, either. We’ll see.  And good luck to you, whether you join us at camp, or not.

What are you doing in April? Got any big goals planned?  Been thinkin’ about you guys! And been missing y’all.

Chat soon! Smooches!  xoxo



14 thoughts on “Fell Off the Face of the Earth

  1. Dreamhowl says:

    Maybe I’ll think about the Camp thing. I used to have a NaNoWriMo account, but I can’t remember what it was. I have a novella that has needed editing for … well, for a while now, and maybe that would force me to suck it up and look at it again.

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    • Yes, doing the Camp thing is great motivation to starting up where you left off or editing. I think we all have things we put on the shelf that we mean to get to later. Better later, than never, I say. Let me know if you choose to do it and I’ll be there to cheer you on! xoxo

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  2. cobbies69 says:

    Good luck with your new schedules and changes.. I am going to give campnano a go. actually trying to sort out my crime mystery and move it along…. see how it goes.. hope yours is successful….


    • Did I never reply to this? Please forgive me. I’ve taken quite the sabbatical. I’ll have to reread my post for this. I don’t even remember my last post, it’s been so long. Obviously, I have not stuck to the schedules I had set for myself. Long story. Didn’t make Camp Nano but I feel fine about it…now, after beating myself up over it for weeks. How’d you do with your crime mystery? Hope you and the girls are well. xo

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      • cobbies69 says:

        All is fine thank you,, wishing you well also,… I did complete Campnano with my crime mystery and am still writing it. I can actually see an end, but not sure how far away. I have continued to write but have struggled a little with the development of each scene. I have actually enjoyed writing it. The characters and places all coming to life so well… May you and yours be well.. ..

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      • Hey brother! I’m so glad you completed Campnano! You go, boy! I always seem to allow life to get in the way, not that I need to make a reason. No reason is good enough. If I wanted it bad enough, I would have done it. I don’t know why I keep getting in my own way. I wish I’d stop it! Self sabotage – always my go-to. I wish once and for all that I would believe in myself, that I have some sort of talent, no matter how small. I don’t know why I can’t get there. But I always block myself from finishing – not camp, not nano, but a book – one of my two biggest dreams in life. You know I got my biggest dream ever – Hallie!! Oh, God is soooo good. I just wish I could believe I deserve to be successful with writing books. Not complaining. I own my lack of faith in myself. Just wish I could finally get out of my own way. Love and hugs to you and your girls.


  3. Rachel says:

    When it comes to writing, you have to schedule it in. Good for you for incorporating it into your every day! Good luck with camp.


    • Sorry I’m just now replying. I’ve been away for a while – will explain shortly/partly in a post. I didn’t keep my schedule as I had set for myself, at least not all the way through April. Much has been happening and things are about to get a bit more interesting, so I’ll attempt to get back to the whole posting thing. I didn’t finish camp. How’d you do? Did you participate?


  4. Thanks for inspiring us! Looking forward to hearing about your progress. So hard as a mom to find those moments, so go for it whenever you can!


    • Girlfran, for sure! Love, love, love being a mama, and yes, it’s a job to try to fit everything in between mommying, working from home, writing, cleaning, cooking, mowing the lawn, and everything we have to do and want to do, especially if we are a single/divorced mom. I’m actually thankful to be divorced, though. Not to say I wouldn’t mind a love connection again one day. Haha! If any of my posts inspire, then I feel I’m doing something right! I live to inspire others! It’s one of my greatest missions and passions of life. Sorry for the late response. I’ve been away from blogging for awhile, but hoping I can make a comeback. xo

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