It’s that time again!

National Novel Writing Month!

It’s November and the clickity-clack of writer’s keyboards can be heard around the world! And, the crashes at the official website are already legendary.

Last year, I had loads of time to write while I recovered from gallbladder surgery and my kids were in school for the first time. This year, I have returned to work after a 9 year absence and increased my schedule from 2 days to 4 days, have my health and pain problems to manage, and my two 9.5 year old twins are joining me so I have their motivation to maintain too!

So on with the NaNoWriMo crazies!


Do you thrive on a writing challenge? It seems to help me get moving. I don’t know if I will make it, but I love a challenge and am committed to make it work best I can. I have been relying on NaNo to boost my writing time regularly again. Since I started working in August, I haven’t been able to get my groove back completely. I’m either working, recovering from work, or doing things with the kids.

Well, it is time for me to take back my writing time and my online time with all of my writing friends!!

I am thrilled that my children are joining me and I love to see their enthusiasm. There are great resources on the NaNaWriMo site for Young Writers Program. The workbooks are excellent and guide them through the process of writing a book. (I will link to the site when it also returns from crashing.)

Tyler Corner

Everyone in Union County knew the location of Tyler Corner, located near Afton and not far from the county seat of Creston, Iowa. It was the corner where the dirt county roads met and connected the four Tyler family farms. Local farmers considered Tyler Corner to be the center of Union County.  Most locals would also agree that the Tylers were the center of attention in Union County. And, Tyler Corner was where cousins Gladys and Ramona Tyler met every morning, that is, until that fateful morning…

Beulah & Iris - the real life cousins who inspired Tyler Corner

This is the story loosely based on my mother (Beulah) and her cousin (Iris, who is still alive and is 91 years old), who grew up on Iowa farms at Tyler Corner. And, I have connected my own family history with a murder based on the real life unsolved ax murders in Villisca, Iowa.

If you click on the picture of the house below, you can read about all the grizzly details and many suspects.

Nearly lost among the rolling hills and fields of southwestern Iowa is the tiny town of Villisca; a quiet, peaceful place of only a few hundred people --- and one tragic and enduring mystery. It was here, in June 1912, that a horrific mass murder took place, wiping out an entire family. The murder was never solved, casting a pall over Villisca that still lingers today.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What is your novel about? What is your best advice for enduring NaNo?

Be my writing buddy on the NaNo site, I’m at Anne Tyler Lord!