I’m not doing Nano and a bit of sad news

I decided not to do Nanowrimo this year.
I enjoy participating and last year did a really good job fleshing out the story I was writing and reaching my 50,000 word goal and then…
The story was put aside and haven’t looked at it since. I pretty much stopped writing entirely, hence the lack of blog posts all year after doing so well last year. Finally, this past summer I started writing again, but it’s felt like a struggle to get going and with a  move to a new home and my 18 year old cat dying in August, the going is slow.
There is a pattern in my Nano projects. I never finish them. Not one. Now I do have problems with finishing other stories, i really do, but every single Nano project goes untouched after the November rush. And I don’t want to keep that pattern going.
I’m not writing 1,600 words everyday, but I am trying to get going again. Last year, I spent a lot of time trying very hard to be happy and more productive, then December hit and I became the opposite. A lot of that has to do with working retail at the holidays which compounds the depression that comes with the season anyway, and this year hasn’t been the best in my head.
I.m still trying to write and hopeful I can manage it and not let the impending ick of Black Friday and the season tear me down again. (Did I mention I hate Black Friday and all those who shop that day. I do, I really, really do.)
Anyway, that’s my Nanowrimo update for 2017. I hope everyone else who is doing it has a good time and lots of success. And for those of us who aren’t- write up a storm anyway.

Xander Xmas

My precious boy, Xander, who was with me through it all for 18 years, Had to be put to sleep because of kidney failure on August 2, 2017. I did not handle it well and miss him so much. He was my little buddy.

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Renewal - A

I know it’s been awhile since I last made a post and that is a discussion for another day, but I did manage to accomplish something during that time. Once again I have a flash fiction story in a Queer Scifi anthology. This time the theme is “Renewal” and the book is available for purchase today. It is available in both ebook and print formats. Links below.

Re.new.al (noun)

1) Resuming an activity after an interruption, or
2) Extending a contract, subscription or license, or
3) Replacing or repairing something that is worn out,
run-down, or broken, or
4) Rebirth after death.

Four definitions to spark inspiration, a limitless number of stories to be conceived. Only 110 made the cut.

Thrilling to hopeful, Renewal features 300-word speculative fiction ficlets about sexual and gender minorities to entice readers.

Welcome to Renewal.


Because these stories are only 300 words each, we’re not supplying long excerpts, but here are the first lines of several of the stories. Enjoy!

“Griselda pulled the weeds from between the rows of Valerianella locusta plants in the garden, careful not to disturb the buds that would grow into the babies that were her only real income-producing crop.” —The Witches’ Garden, by Rie Sheridan Rose

“I didn’t know how truly the world was in trouble until I went journeying to look for Anisette’s bluebonnets.” —Bluebonnets, by Emily Horner

“The ship’s drive malfunctioned at the worst possible time.” —The Return, by Andrea Speed

“Before we continue, there’s a rather macabre fact about me I should share.” —Rejuvenation, by Christine Wright

“When I died they buried me at the bottom of the garden and returned to the fields.” —Below the Hill, by Matthew Bright

“The world is ending and I can’t look away from your eyes.” —Sunrise, by Brigitte Winter

““Losing one’s superpowers to your arch nemesis sucks donkey nuts, I tell ya. And trust me when I say I suck a lot of them.” —Rainbow Powers, by Dustin Karpovich

The day I was born again was damp, rainy—a good day for rebirth, all things considered.” —The Birthing Pod, by Michelle Browne

“Intwir’s twelve eyes roved over the container, taking in the cracked outer lock and the elasticated fabric stretched tightly over its exterior.” —In a Bind, by S R Jones

“‘You’ve reached Androgyne HelpLine. Press one to start service. Press two to interrupt or cancel service. Press three—’” —Auto-Renew, by Ginger Streusel

“The doctor tells me that my wife is dying, but I already know.” —I Will Be Your Shelter, by Carey Ford Compton

“‘San Francisco was the first to go dark, followed by Los Angeles.’” —When Light Left, by Lex Chase

“My fingers lingered on the synthetic skin, trailing soft patterns across my work.” —Miss You, by Stephanie Shaffer


Buy Links Etc:

Mischief Corner Books (info only): http://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com/renewal-qsfs-fouth-annual-flash-ficiton-contest.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZPB4ZM/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/renewal-j-scott-coatsworth/1127042522?ean=9781975654368

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/renewal-27



Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36113415-renewal

Print (b/w illustrations only):
Paperback (color illustrations, est available 9/16 – preorder now)



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Winter Solstice Tree


I had a strong desire for either a white or metallic tree this year. I wasn’t going to get one but I found this pretty white tree at Target for not too much money so I bought a string of lights, a box of small ornaments (I really like the blue, orange, white, and blue green colors), some ribbon and an owl to top it with. The paper stars I made a while ago, but thought they looked good under it. I like it. It feels wintery to me, even though it doesn’t snow where I live.

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NaNoWriMo Daily 30


I did it! I still really like my story, and I think with more work on the background and outlining, I’ll be able to finish it. The flow slowed a lot the last couple weeks, but with the pressure of the word count being over it was much easier to finish today. I knew I didn’t have a lot left and the words came more easily than they had all week. I might have gotten more words in, but there are errands to run and I have to be in bed earlier for work tomorrow, so I will be happy with this count as my final total this year.



Total for NaNoWriMo 2016:


I downloaded my certificate and tomorrow I will get my coupon code for Scrivener. I am really happy with all I did this month. It is probably the most satisfied I’ve been with a NaNo story in all the times I’ve participated or won.

Congratulations to everyone who participated, whether they reached word count or not. You rock!

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NaNoWriMo Daily 29

I am not that far from 50,000 words tonight, but my hands are hurting a lot and I can easily finish tomorrow.



Total so far:


I would have liked to have finished tonight, but I had to rest my hands so much that midnight was coming and I decided to stop. Less than a thousand words left and I will probably do a bit more than 50,000 to make sure NaNoWriMo’s count is over just in case.


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NaNoWriMo Daily 28

Not a lot of productivity again today, I was so tired, but I did get some words down.



Total so far:


A little over 2,000 words left to goal. I am gonna get there.

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NaNoWriMo Daily 27

Only three days left and less than four thousand words to reach the goal. Yes!



Total so far:


I was worried about typing because OMG-people-Black-Friday-is-over-stop-shopping-don’t-you-know-I-am-NaNoWriMoing! It was non stop customers, so bad that my first break was an hour late because there was no getting the line down most of the day. My hands were hurting so bad that there were several moments I thought I was going to cry. I had one lady tell me this was the third day in a row she’d been out shopping. Why? How much useless shit do you need in your house? But, I digress and I have tomorrow off. Phew! It would be awesome to finish the 50,000 tomorrow.

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