Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I wrote 50,303 words on my novel, Death Angel, in the month of November. The counter mangled a few and gave me credit for 50,280, but that's close enough! YAY!  I am tired now, but in the upcoming days, I'll tell you more about it!!  The last few days have been a real Marathon!!!  To win, one must write 50,000 words in one month!  That is, a 50,000 word novel,  It does not have to be finished.  And, it is not. I've posted parts of it (DRAFTY!!) here.

December 1, 2011 A Note after “Winning”

I am so happy. I cried when the NaNoWriMo teamed cheered for me at 11:30 last night.  I "won" last year, too, but this year was more of a struggle because I traveled and there were more conflicts.

I learned a LOT.  I learned about working efficiently, about structuring a novel, something you have to do in order to write efficiently.  And a lot more I may write about in the coming months.

Of course, I haven't finished the novel!!! I've only written the first 50,00 words. And it's very rough and drafty. But it has shape, plot, maybe a theme. It has characters, action and little suspense.

I'm not sure if trying to write 50,000 words of a novel in a month is the best way to do it. I'm not sure if I'll do it again next year or not. There are advantages and disadvantages to the big push. For example, I gave up even spellchecking in the latter third of the month, and there was no revising going on as I worked.

Yesterday, I wrote only scenes, not chapters. I worked from 5 AM until after 11 PM. So I have a lot of scenes to integrate into chapters!

However, I think I may proceed as if I were going to do one next year, because even if I decide not to do it, the planning will be useful for my NEXT NOVEL when I finish this one, whether or not I try to write most of the first draft in the month of November 2012.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mansion at Cranbrook

Mansion at Cranbrook from Bog Pond

Yes, we still have a few leaves on the trees, but they are going fast.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

On the Rock "S" at Cranbrook

I'm working on a novel for NaNoWriMo (Natioanl Novel Writing month, and I have a deadline of November 30, so no time to blog.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Detroit Bumper Sticker

No further comment needed.  Except this is a Detroit resident with a big new SUV made in Detroit.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Art Museum Reopens at Cranbrook

The Cranbrook Art Museum Reopened after a lengthly period of new construction on 11-11-11.  Although we were there, we did not go in.  We hope to do so soon.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cranbrook Art Museum at Dusk

A view of the Cranbrook Art Museum across the reflecting pools at dusk.