It’s Nano time!

The marathon has started. Which just goes to show you that neither rain, nor snow, nor flooding, nor lack of electricity will stop writers from chasing the dream of writing a novel.  If you live in New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania, you probably started off writing by candlelight or flashlight.  Maybe you resorted to … Continue reading


At two a.m. this morning, I hit the 50,000 word count for the National Novel Writing Month.  It was a quiet moment, marked by the cacophony of snores from my two dogs  and from my husband who was out cold with a laptop propped on his chest.  Such is the fate of the writer. We … Continue reading

Nancy Holzner: Marketing “Deadtown”

“DEADTOWN is a perfect blend of mystery, fantasy, humor and even modern-day social issues.  It’s Boston as you’ve never seen it . . . where the shapes shift, the zombies gnaw, and the blood flows warm through the oh-so-delicious veins of the area known as Deadtown. Victory Vaughn gives evil a run for its money.” … Continue reading


National Novel Writing Month has arrived! And I’ve started the race with a dozen teen writers itching to prove themselves. We’ve got a lot of enthusiasm, an excess of talent and tons of CANDY! Personally, I think Chris Baty’s strategy for holding the NaNoWriMo in November is dastardly clever.  Thousands of writers all over the … Continue reading

DAY 26 of TAP!

I’ve fallen behind in reporting the progress of our writers. Basically, life seems determined to gnaw away at my ankles, undermining my best efforts to keep organized.  This past weekend, my father fell and broke his hip ball joint. Today, my father is undergoing hip surgery.  It’s got me feeling a little nervous and a … Continue reading

DAY 17 of TAP!

Things got a bit hairy around my house last week.  Big family party.  Run in with a deer.  Doctor appointments for everybody starting school in a few weeks.  Massive anxiety over whether the clunker I know is better than a new car with horrible reliability ratings and an expiration date stamped on the tail plate.  … Continue reading


Well, I had a hectic schedule this weekend that flowed into Monday, but I’m getting it back together this morning to update the totals of our participating writers. Aven 7,800+800 (sat)+ 900(mon) = 9,500 Paige 7,400+ 1000(sat)+ 500(Mon)= 8,900 Greta: Still going strong! Shriek 10,100+1,700(Sat)+600(Sun)+1200(M0n)= 13600 Raven  11,476  Revision (-300 Sat) Writing time:  2 hours … Continue reading

DAY 8 of Tap! Play Day?

It’s important to remember that all writers need to include recess in their schedule.  It’ll refresh your mind and help stimulate the senses that you’ve put on hold while writing feverishly to word count.  sometimes we forget that our creativity comes from the heart and the spirit.  Nurturing these things is a good thing. I’d … Continue reading

DAY 7 of TAP!

Today is Friday and we are about to finish one week of Tap! I think our writers are doing exceptionally well. I would like to reiterate that each writer is working on an individual project.  That means the word count isn’t the only means by which to show progress.  Greta, for instance, is working on … Continue reading


Yesterday was a tough day for some of us, but everyone held on and managed to get some work done. I did get distracted by the glorious day and the temptation of a hike around a mountain lake.  I think I needed that.  Don’t forget to take the time to enjoy August.  A good writing … Continue reading