NaNoWriMo 2017

Hello Reader,

So it has been a very long time since this blog has seen any new content, sorry about that.  I have been working with a NC Battle of the Books club and there has not been a ton to add here.  I hope that Guys Read will come out hiding soon, and we can get back to hijinks around reading.

Until then you are welcome to read my 2017 NaNoWriMo story.  I’m calling it Germantown, 1917 right now.  I’m not super happy with the title, so that might change.  I wanted a sort of Richard Peck kind of story and I hope that is how it reads.

Germantown, 1917

Remember this is a rough draft, I have not edited it at all and as of December 1, the story is not finished.  I got to 50,000 words last night and went to bed.  I will work on finishing the story in the next few days.


and Read on,

Mr. H

My NaNoWriMo…The End

Hello Readers,

Well today is December 1st, which means that National Novel Writing Month is over.  Did you finish your novel?

I did.


So here is the final product all 50,347 words of it.  Remember it is a rough draft and the ending is pretty rough, in my opinion.  It could use a ton of editing, but no worries I have eleven months to edit before we start this whole NaNoWriMo party all over again. 🙂


I am glad it is over, now I can get to bed at a decent hour, but will miss the excitement of  taking on a story every single day.  Some days I never knew where the characters would take me.

So give it a read and let me know what you think.

Read on,

Mr. H

My NaNoWriMo… The First Half

Hello Readers,

Today is November 15th and I am officially halfway through my NaNoWriMo adventure.  Right now I have about 55 pages of my first draft.  It has been difficult at times to stay motivated and find out where my story was going to go, but each day I have managed to hit, or come close to my word target.

It is truly amazing how the words and the pages just seem to add up if you sit down and actually put fingers to keys everyday.

So here it is, the first half of Shadowtails…


If anyone is willing to give some of it a read I would love to hear what you think.

Read, and Write on,

Mr. H

My NaNoWriMo

Hello Readers,

As you know it is now the grand month of November and that means NaNoWriMo!  Today is only day three and you all have time to get with the program and write along with me.  Take a look at the Young Writers Program, or just write a story… No Rules, Just Write.

I have around 3,000 words done and I would love to hear what you think.  Remember I am writing Shadowtails after your vote was counted.  Shadowtails is the thriller based on the Washington DC Mall, with a presidential kidnapping, oh and all of the main characters are squirrels.

So take a look at the first few pages and share your thoughts in the comments.  Remember it is a first draft, so be kind with spelling and grammar mistakes.


Write on,

Mr. H

NaNoWriMo is Coming

Hello Inkling Readers,

This post is mainly for you, but if you are a Guys Reader, please do not be scared away.

November is a wild ride under normal circumstances, you have the end of daylight saving time, election day, Veteran’s Day and then Thanksgiving.  Plus lovely autumn leaves and great crisp weather, at least in the south.  Now to add to that wild ride I propose NaNoWriMo!

For the last three years I have participated in NaNoWriMo and I plan to try again this year.

If you are interested I would love to hear some feedback from my first few attempts…

WIP 2012

WIP 2013

WIP 2014 1

WIP stands for writing in progress and just so you know the 2014 story is not quite finished.  I made it to the magic number of 50,000 words, but the story still needs a climax and resolution.

This year I will be breaking away from this trilogy and writing a stand alone story.  I have a few story ideas cooking and I would love to have you help me choose the story I will write.

  1. The Diet of Worms – Or How To Make A 8th Grade Super Group – The story of a group of 8th graders who start a rock band and become something of a big deal in their suburban town.
  2. Shadow Tails – The story of Macadamia “Mac” Bush a former secret service agent assigned to the president’s detail.  He saves the president’s life but looses a hand and is forced to retire.  He is pulled back into the Washington world to help find the kidnapped president.  By the way all of the main characters are animals, mostly squirrels.
  3. Velo City – Steam Punk story about an orphan who grows up in the shady underground world of a future/past city.  He is a steam pipe racer and conscripted into the royal marines to help break an alien blockade of the earth.

Do any of these ideas spark your interest?  What story would you like to read.  You tell me in the vote below and I will share my work as we move through the month.

I would love some of our Inklings to join me in writing a novel this month.  I have 50,000 words to write, but don’t worry the Young Writer Program allows you to choose your own word goal.

Write on,

Mr. H