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And the plot thickens…

Last week’s writing videos and Camp NaNo wrap-up videos focused on plot. It’s incredibly important for a novel to have certain points in the story to keep it moving forward. Not all novels are created equal, however, I’ve decided to implement some of the 8 point plot arc so that I can keep my story moving forward. Here’s the video where I tell more about what that is and what it means.

Then I gave an update on my CampNaNo journey. (Did you remember I was still doing it? Maybe not. I haven’t done the best job of posting updates on here, have I? Sorry I’ll get better!) I talk about what’s going on with my writing, how the inciting incident had to be discovered, and just all the things.

Thanks for watching everyone and being involved. Let me know how your writing is going, regardless of what you’re working on.

Aloha y’all!


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Let’s break the internet with compassion!

You know, I don’t often ask y’all to take part in things. I’m not a big one on “joining” things myself. But sometimes, it’s just worth it. Over the last couple of months, if you were checking out my Facebook or even reading some of my poetry on here, you probably noticed that the world was bringing me down. A lot. I was feeling helpless and hopeless. I think a lot of people were feeling that way. With so many bad things happening, it’s hard to keep a positive outlook.

Well, my friend Yvonne came up with this marvelous idea. And I had to become involved. So, I helped make this collaboration video. The idea is simple. But some of the most simple ideas are the ones that can leave an indeligible mark. Get 1000 bloggers, vloggers, writers, singers, photographers–people— all over the world, to take a stand on February 20th and just try to “break” the internet with compassion. Flooding the waves with all the good vibes possible. I’m here for it. I have a feeling you might be too.

You folks who’ve stuck around (and the new ones who have been coming to the fold) I invite you all to join this movement. Check out the video that tells a little more and then tell me what you think in the comments.


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A little holiday cheer and how to make a book tree

Hey everyone! I know this is a week where a lot of us are either wrapping up our holiday season or just gearing up for it. Regardless of what you celebrate, I wish you joy and happiness. Good tidings, good friends, good meals. Memories that will last a lifetime and joy to keep with you when things get blue.

The Mathmagician and I will probably be eating our holiday meal on the beach. Then it’s to the movie theater to watch The Hobbit. And finally lounging at the house, eating leftovers. We realized that since we’re not living near our family, we are free to do whatever we want–like eat on the beach and then geek out for three hours.

We’re making hometown classics, pepperoni rolls tonight. I’ll probably pop pictures of that on Instagram. You should follow me on there, if you don’t already. @penpaperpad.

I’ve been such a crumb bum lately. Just all bah humbug when is 2015 going to be here? I asked on my author page what holiday movies should I watch to get into the spirit of things. I decided on Bad Santa, because I’d heard it was funny and I knew that would be the only way to road The Mathmagician into watching a Christmas film. We giggled. I felt a little insulted, because I took a quiz a week ago or so and it said I was Bad Santa. (I’m not that bad, guys!) I was sad because John Ritter and Bernie Mac were in it, which of course got me on a tangent about mortality. However, at the end of the movie, I was smiling and feeling good. It was late around 1 am, but I am my mother’s daughter and we decorate at odd hours of the night.

I finally put up our book tree.

I love it!
Here’s the comparison between this year and last year:

The one on the left sat propped¬†up on my desk…well “writing table” from Walmart. I was surprised it held the books. I wrapped them in matching blue and white paper, because we could only use so few. I wanted it to look more festive. I topped with a key chain of a surfboard. There was a little flower hidden there and The Mathmagician’s tiny Buddha. Those things are damn near impossible to see in the pic. The second photo is this year’s tree. I’m not going to tell you how it was made. I’m going to show you.

Thinking about holidays and how to make a book tree http://penpaperpad.com



I hope that you have an amazing holiday. Did you do a tree this year? Something else? And what are your plans for your holiday? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Holidays y’all!¬†


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