Ready, Set, NaNo!



OK, deep breath. It’s Halloween eve. Tonight at midnight starts NaNo. Am I ready? I suppose so. Actually I’m rebelling this November. I’m planning to add 50,000 words to the sequel to P.A.W.S. I started in the summer, and by the end of the month I hope to have a novel to edit. 

Current title “Argentum” – silver, the magical metal (in my world at least) in which the shapeshifter’s charms are forged. The title could easily change of course. A lot of things could change and that’s what so exciting about this journey. 

And here’s the big difference from last year. This year I know I can do it. This year also I have lots of wonderful writer friends to cheer me on. And together we’re going to write beautiful, crazy words.

Ready, Set, NaNo!


In Defense of Fast Food

This afternoon I went to McDonalds to read and work on Brendan Quigley’s Sunday New York Times puzzle. I had a latte and a pumpkin pie. It cost me $3 and was just as good as the same fare I might have paid $10 for in Starbucks. 

I go to McDonalds a lot – I mostly buy salads (a dollar a piece). It’s a great place to hang out, read, write, people watch. There’s a huge stigma attached to fast food places in this country, but as the author of this article points out, it’s mostly unwarranted. I’m just as likely to get a poor quality meal or drink in a fancy restaurant as I am in my local McDonalds and more likely to meet rude staff in that expensive restaurant.

Sure there are unhealthy choices in McDonalds, but so there are in every restaurant and even at home!

In Defense of Fast Food

I Want to Write

Are you ready for NaNo?

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Back a few weeks ago, I responded to a writing prompt I found in a Writer’s Digest magazine. The prompt asked me to “acknowledge that writing is hard.” I think that all the time, but I’ve never written those words down. So I did—plus a few more. Then I went on to the rest of the prompt, which included: “Write about how you are going to make writing happen.”

Writing down how hard writing is, acknowledging it, brought up the question, “So why do I do it?”

My answer is simply because I really, really want to. I have no idea why I have such a longing to write, and I have come to see that I don’t have to know. I believe that if I have the longing, I must also have the skills (or the ability to learn the skills) to be a great writer. I’m learning the…

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Introducing Amy Mah


Today on Paws4Thought I have guest blogger Amy Mah.

Author Amelia Mah is a 20 something snarky, sarcastic and cynical author who has a very popular blog of how she sees the world from the point of view of a modern teenage vampire Following the success of her first book “FANGS RULE A girls guide to being a vampire” she had now expanded the idea of life as a teenage vampire into a full novel Amelia has given her avatar her own name so you can see the world first hand from a very bored teenage vampire that has been forced to remain a teenager for far too long She may have very good teeth and the ability to hang from ceilings but life is far from easy.

Here’s what she has to say:

“My last Vampire book which I based on a younger version of myself, so if anyone asks no I am not 16 and do not live on blood, no this vampire lives on Chocolate!

The two vampire books FANGS RULE and VAMPIRE have done nicely and given the world a whole new view on vampires, one thing that has surprised me is that no one has noticed that my vampires are Asian, so funny and I have given so many hints.

People ask why do my vampires have arranged marriages, why does the main character call non relatives Uncle and Aunt just because they are older.

So when you next read my vampire books look for the Asia vampire life style.

To make a change my new book coming out later this year is very different and is a different take on Demons!”

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Getting Ready for NaNo


Less than two weeks to go now before the start of NaNoWriMo. For those who are not familiar that’s National Novel Writing Month, when writers of all ages and genres from around the globe accept the challenge to write a novel of 50,000 or more in the month of November.

P.A.W.S. got it’s start during NaNo 2012 – and this year I hope to finish it’s sequel. You’ll be hearing more about that, right her on Paws4Thought. But for now some tips for those like me who are attempting the NaNo challenge this November.

Getting Ready for NaNo

Interview with Descending Darkness author Michael Chulsky

Charlotte Howard interviews Michael Chulsky.

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Michael Chulsky grew up in New Jersey and has been writing ever since his fourth grade teacher let him create a class newspaper to channel his creativity. He is the author of The Descending Darkness and currently lives with his fiancé. When not writing he enjoys browsing Tumblr, listening to music, and devouring every piece of cheesecake that falls into his line of sight.



Book Title: The Descending Darkness
ISBN: 978098956856-2
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Genre: YA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy


“Descending Darkness”

“Now, if we can get on with the issues at hand – “ Shadow began. To his dismay, he was interrupted by someone loudly clearing her throat. Glancing around the room for the cause of the interruption, his eyes fell upon Crystal. “Yes, Crystal?” he asked through clenched teeth.

“Sorry for interrupting, Shadow, but I think that we all deserve, well, a break,” Crystal said. “We’re all tired of being cooped…

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