Walk On

The Champions Who Walked Among Us

Here I Am Again

At one-minute pass midnight on November 1, 2012, NaNoWriMo began. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and there are authors all over the world who participate.

This was my third time participating.  The first two years I did not finish.  I would start only to tire out or become disgusted with what I was writing.  Besides due to being frustrated with the whole challenge, I was unwilling to put in the time and energy one needs to take to complete such a project. I thought I could do a thousand other projects and still meet my goal.  That is not possible, at least for me it is not.

So, this year, I planned it differently.  Why? I got tired of having a guilty feeling resulting from my not giving NaNo my best shot. Sure, I know NaNo is a fun type of thing, but even in fun, you don’t want the joke to be on you, and that is how I felt the first two years after not reaching my goal of 50000 words.

Determined, this time I was going to go all the way, I prepared myself mentally. I informed every person I had built a relationship with, husband, friends, writing groups, and even animals, just kidding about the animals, I was doing NaNo, and would perhaps disappear for some days, but if something significant happen to them that was earth shaking, they could reach me on my computer through email. Having my notifications on, I could see when emails came into my mailboxes without opening up the email.

I had already developed my main characters in my novel and became friends with them. We got to know one another, and I fell in love with them, and I had a topic I wanted my characters to handle.  It worked. They are handling the topic wisely. My novel is not yet complete, but I had the word count validated yesterday at 57026 words.

Am I happy? You bet.

NaNo is coming to a close for this year, and I have begun to get back into the flow of writing my own blogs, catching up on blogs I follow,  preparing for a singing engagement, and participating in my writing groups.

I truly enjoyed NaNo.  Completing it successfully made me aware of a few things about myself, I did not know.

NaNoWriMo comes again next year. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll participate once more.








Pat Garcia



  1. loopyloo305

    God bless you Patricia and I look forward to your publishing!


    • Hi,
      Thank you so much. I also look forward to my first book being published. I don’t know when but God has his special timing, but I can’t help but be excited about leaving the starting line and actually becoming a published writer.


  2. That sounds really interesting! Wish you all the best!


    • Hi,
      Thank you so much and I wish you the very best also.


  3. Good for you! You’re an inspiration.


    • Hi,
      Thank you. NaNo is really a test of your creativity and your focus. I am so happy that I made it through this year.


  4. Celebrating your great job at completing a NaNoWriMo!!! That is amazing to me. I really learned from how you went about it this year and just loved that you learned things too!
    God bless you and write on!


    • Hi Debbie,
      I learned so much by doing NaNo this year and one of the things that I learned that hit me the most is that anything I do that I want to finish needs to be focused on. This is flowing over into my life, and I know I needed to see that.
      Thank you for your comments and God bless.


  5. Raani York

    You are so gifted, Patti! Congratulations!!!


  6. Hi,
    I hope you made it.



  1. It’s official…NaNoWriMo-Panic! « Toward the within…
Poetic Words

The greatest WordPress.com site in all the land!

Debs Despatches

Writer & Life Coach, Book Reviewer & Random Scribbler


painted in ink.


art. popular since 10,000 BC

A Stairway To Fashion

contact: ralucastoica23@gmail.com

Life of Chaz

Welcome to My Life

S.E. White Author

Fall in love with the unexpected

Will Athletic

Unleash Your Inner Athlete

Liz Leighton Writing Adventures

Writing, Reading and Blogging

A writer & her sentimental muse

(Formerly A writer & her adolescent muse)

The Godly Chic Diaries

Smiling • Writing • Dreaming


Poetry, story and real life.

snowflakes on water

Janet Bayliss (Penn) - poetry, writing, and contemporary art

Cloud Nine Girl

Young Adult Fantasy That Feels Real

The World according to Dina

Notes on Seeing, Reading & Writing, Living & Loving in The North

Beth Hardinger

telling our stories one word at a time

Sharon E. Cathcart

Award-winning Author of Fiction Featuring Atypical Characters

Maggie Rivers' Blog

Writing that's hot, sexy and sizzling!

Romance Writers Chat

Join #RWchat every Sunday at 4pm PST | 7pmEST

Catherine Chant Crochet

crochet, knitting and more!


Fresh, Fun, Fast-Paced Fantasy Fiction

sisterhood of suspense

Authors supporting authors

Mystery and Romance

MYSTERY and ROMANCE .... what more could a woman want when she curls up with a good book? How about a beach, a sunset, a couple of horses, a crazy cat, an old dog, and of course ... TROUBLE.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Writer, Editor, Fan Girl

Pat Garcia

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” — Maya Angelou

{The Print Posse}

Four fab ladies sharing fab ideas...

Gwynn's Grit and Grin

Hazy and crazy days of Gwynn's life

MC Book Tours

Let us help promote your book today!

Peggy Wirgau


Chaotic Shapes

Art and Lifestyle by Brandon Knoll

David H. Safford

Author & Story Coach

This Writer's Life

Tips and Advice About Writing and Self-Publishing

Paving My Author's Road

...one writing step at a time


SavvyAuthors: Writers helping writers.


Blog and Poetry. A Story in the Making.

What Inspires Your Writing?

A blog dedicated to writers...and the people, places, and things that spark their creativity

Angela Wooldridge

Life is an adventure...

Shannon Donnelly's Fresh Ink

writing and reading, the staples of life

Journey To Ambeth

by Helen Jones

Teagan's Books

Now available: "Murder at the Bijou - Three Ingredients I"

%d bloggers like this: