Rough Week 1 NaNoWriMo

I’ve had a pretty harsh week, but I’ve kept up with my vlogs. That’s something, I suppose. Right now I’m behind 846 words for the word count, which I’m definitely not loving. I’m hoping tomorrow will bring a brand new mindset and a brand new day.

Here’s some videos to let you know what’s, what on the islands.

I co-hosted a virtual NaNoWriMo write-in, you should check it out:


This is when the day got horrible and I tell you a little about it.

And this is when I decided that I’m not going to let bad days steal my shine. Bad days are going to happen. But what I decide to do with it is what’s the most important:

Also, I go against the norm here. I don’t think all rough drafts are crap. Just because it’s conventional wisdom, doesn’t mean it works for me. Here’s how I think of it:

How did your week go? Are you writing? Are you reading? I hope next week is a fantastic one for you and I’ll be updating you soon.

Aloha y’all! 


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NaNoWriMo has begun

I’m knee-deep in writing and vlogging. Sorry that I haven’t been as active on here. That probably won’t change this month. But I thought I’d give you posts with my vlogs, perhaps every couple of days or so? I’m recording them daily, but I don’t want to flood your inboxes each day. That just seems a bit excessive to me.

I’m making daily videos, which means I’m talking a bit about life, a bit about my book, and giving some NaNo advice along the way.

The first video, I was feeling Halloween pull. It was a rough one, but I still managed to make my writing goal. I tell you about my night, show you my costume, and talk to you about doing Google Hangout write-ins. (Shameless Self Promotion: I’ll be hosting a Google Hangout on Wednesday, 11/5/15 at 9 p.m. EST with Burgess Taylor, Amy Tasukada, and Sara Crawford. You can either follow the Twitter hashtag #writestuff, my handle @penpaperpad, or like me on Facebook to get the link once I send it out. Oh yeah, or you could subscribe to my YouTube channel. That exists too. We’ll be answering questions and doing writing sprints. It should be a lot of fun!)

On with Day One!

Day Two I got weirdly emotional while I was writing and then I vlogged about it. Because I’m apparently a neurotic writer. I also offer a good metaphor for doing this NaNo thing and keeping at it. I think it’s pretty apt. And I really do believe that trying and giving it your best shot makes you a winner. Cheesy I know. But true.

Day two:

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? If so, how’s your writing going…and if not…how is your writing going?

Aloha y’all! 


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Interviewing a poet

This month’s interview on PenPaperPad on Books was about poetry and activism. Len Lawson is a friend of mine, who lives in South Carolina. If you’re from the U.S., you’ve definitely heard about the different racial issues that have been cropping up from the AME church slaying of eight individuals to this week’s young lady being violently manhandled by a police officer in a classroom.

Len has been using his poetry as a way to reach out to people, engage in conversations that need to be started, and giving a voice to issues and concerns. He does this from a thoughtful place of being a student of life as well as a teacher in his day to day. Check out the video, we definitely have an interesting conversation.

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