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Getting into NaNoWriMo

When I first started out on my writing journey I got big into National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It was the perfect solution to so many issues I had! Nano set up a short period of time I could finish my novel. It fostered an atmosphere of art and community. I got to meet creative people and be inspired by them. And finally, it made me write every day.

Above everything else, daily writing was the most valuable skill I learned from NaNoWriMo.

Why NaNoWriMo?

If you’re new to the writing word let me explain why NaNoWriMo is awesome. Every November people gather around the world and try to write a novel in 30 days. Yes, you read that right. 30 days!

When I was younger, the thought of cranking out 1667 words a day seemed daunting, but I was up for the challenge. I would have days where I could get out 2000, even 2500 words a day. Then I’d get distracted and miss whole days of writing. Suddenly it was November 25rd and I was hanging around 38K in words. How was I supposed to write 12k in five days?

Muscle through, that’s how.

NaNoWriMo taught me the importance of muscling through a draft. That it didn’t matter if the words weren’t perfect, or the dialogue was childish, or even if the plot was nonsensical. What was important? Word count.

Get to Publishing Faster

Now a lot of you will disagree with me on that. Not a problem. We all have our process. But let me remind you, oh gentle reader, that your first draft is never going to be perfect. That you’re going to have to go through that manuscript with a fine-tooth comb, regardless. The sooner you get to the editing phase, the sooner your manuscript can blossom into a publishable book. I’ll always remember what author Stant Litore told me once; “Amateurs write. Professionals re-write.”NaNoWriMo taught me the importance of muscling through a draft.

So, the faster your junk-draft is finished, the faster you can continue towards your path to publishing.

NaNoWriMo helps you get there. If you can get into the habit of writing 1667 words a day – every day – rain or shine, then you can write an 80K or even a 100K novel. I now write around 3K a day, pushing it to 5K when things go super well. I owe all of that to NaNoWriMo.
But word count and creating a writing habit is only one of the benefits of NaNoWriMo. Do you want to know the real benefit of participating in NaNoWriMo? Community.

Go to Writing Events

I once suggested to a friend that if he wanted to write he should participate in NaNo. My friend was hesitant but eventually agreed to participate. November went by and I checked on him as the month came to a close to find out how he did. Unfortunately, he didn’t even break 5K. When I asked him why, he said he just wasn’t inspired to write. I then asked him if he went to any of the writing events I pointed him towards. He said no. “That’s your problem, friend.”

See, NaNoWriMo is a GREAT opportunity to meet other artists and aspiring artists. People who love literature or have a story to tell.
I live in Denver and during NaNoWriMo we meet at the Perkins off of I-25 and Colorado Blvd, every Friday night. People come, tell each other about their lives since their last NaNo adventure and just be goofy. We eat dinner. Then, around 8:30 pm the computers come out. We start typing. At first, it’s only a few people. But slowly the conversation dies. More lap tops come out and we are on a roll! Everyone is writing. Pie is eaten. Coffee is inhaled. People work out plot points or share their ideas. It’s a wonderful experience and it motivates me.


Jason Henry Evans: Life is funny. In 2004 I moved from Los Angeles to Denver, newly married with a desire to be a great teacher and husband. I dedicated myself to public education and realized my heart was not in it. So I moved on. At the same time I stumbled into a creative world of art and literature I now call home. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has been worthwhile.
You can catch up with Jason on his Facebook Author Page or on Twitter. You will also find up to date posts on his blog.

NaNoWriMo – Is it Cheating?

My NaNoWriMo journey began in 2011, with the drafting of my novel Roadside Zoo. I participated four more years. I did not NaNo in 2016 or 2017, although I was writing more than ever. Let me explain why I began NaNoWriMo, and why I stopped after five years of passionate dedication to this amazing international happening.

Why NaNoWriMo?

When you announce you are dedicating the month of November to writing a novel, magical things happen.Understand your own writing process.

1) You make a public commitment to write 50,000 words in thirty days via the website. Stating concrete goals ensures success, or at least a stronger effort than those dreams you whisper to yourself in private.
2) People sigh with relief that you’re finally going to write that book you’ve been yammering about for the past six years, and hope you’ll shut up about it once the thing’s completed. They cut you slack when they see you are seriously pursuing your dream.
3) You push yourself harder because this is a time limited engagement. A lifetime? Intimidating! Thirty days? Eminently doable.
4) Working on an entire novel in a short space of time enables a mental continuity. You know your story inside and out, backwards and forwards, in ways you never grasp when writing a scene or chapter every month or so.
5) The website tracks your word count. You can’t lie to yourself. Unless you’re such a reprehensible cheat that you type “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” over and over, which has already been done. So now you’re a cheater and a plagiarist.
6) You have a fantastic excuse to guzzle gallons of coffee.

With all these great reasons, why would I give up NaNoWriMo? Because with my last entry, I felt like a cheat. Instead of writing 50,000 words of a new work, I used the month to heavily revise an existing novel.

NaNoWriMo is about slamming down 50,000 fresh words, right? I voluntarily banned myself from NaNoWriMo for two years. Now I’m rethinking my attitude.

How to make NaNoWriMo work for you:

1) The point is to give you thirty days of laser sharp focus on your writing. Use the time in a way that makes sense for where you’re at in your writing journey.
2) If you have trouble finishing writing projects, the month of November gives you no excuses. Dust off that manuscript moldering away in your desk drawer or electronic file folder. If you truly dedicate yourself to the process, you’ll be at least 50,000 words closer to The End.
3) Begin at the beginning, begin with an outline, or begin with a flawed manuscript that needs thirty days of tender loving care and a brutal no-holds-barred rewrite. Dare to be different and draft several short stories.
4) Understand your own goals and writing process. Don’t try to follow a path doomed to failure.

I no longer care if I am playing by a strict set of rules. The point of NaNoWriMo is to encourage writers to write. I’m jumping back in with a detailed outline. That’s not cheating, is it?


Catherine DiltsWhen Catherine Dilts began the NaNoWriMo journey, she was unpublished. She is now the author of the Rock Shop Mystery series, while her short stories appear regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. With a day job as an environmental regulatory technician, Catherine’s stories often have environmental or factory-based themes. Others reflect her love of the Colorado mountains. Her short story Do-Over appears in the 2018 anthology Blood and Gasoline. She takes a turn in the multi-author sweet cozy mystery series Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library with Ink or Swim. You can learn more about Catherine’s fiction on her website.

Happy Birthday to Dr. Robert Cole

Dr. Robert Cole’s advice about listening applies to reading as well. Do you “listen” to what you’ve written?

Thank you Concord Oral History Program for the photo. An interview conducted in 1992 by Renee Garrelick can be found here.

Robert Coles is a child psychiatrist, professor at Harvard University, and author of more than fifty books. He has written biographies, poetry, several children’s books, and for the New Oxford Review, and American Poetry Review. In 1973 he won the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction for Children in Crisis.


Profile Photo of Gabrielle V Brown Managing Editor Pikes Peak Writers Blog Gabrielle V. Brown, Contributing Editor with Writing From the Peak, writes literary and speculative fiction, nonfiction and the occasional poem. Gabrielle’s published works include technical and academic nonfiction, poetry, memoir (as a ghostwriter) and a cookbooks. Find her on Facebook, her website, or contact her at gvbrownwriter@gmail.com.

NaNoWriMo vs YOU!

Are you ready to rummmmble? Or at least ready to knock National Novel Writing Month out of the park? Your resident writing cheerleader is here to get you going.

I’ve been an athlete my entire life, and everything I learned about consistency, discipline and commitment came from sports. Those lessons are absolutely appropriate to NaNoWriMo where you must write at least 1667 words per day to hit the 50,000-word goal in 30 days.

Be Prepared

Football players do not take the field without knowing the play. Are they running a dime or nickel defense? Is it a pass or running play? Even if the players don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, they do know their routes and assignments and can flex as needed.
The same is true for getting ready for NaNoWriMo.Are you ready to knock National Novel Writing Month out of the park?

  • Prep your plot – What is this story about?
  • Prep your characters – Who are these people?
  • Prep your conflict – Why can’t the main character achieve his or her goal?

Even pantsers do this. They don’t sit down, tilt their heads up to the heavens, raise their arms and suddenly the spirit of a plot weaves its way into their souls and the writing just happens.

There is a game plan.

Take a couple of days and build a full-on battle plan with all the Xs and Os, so that when you sit down, you know what’s happening and where you’re going. #HateMeTodayLoveMeTomorrow

Be Relentless

Write. Write every single day.
Whether you write for a certain number of words or certain amount of time is completely up to you. Just make sure you are consistent. Habitual action makes writing easier.

In CrossFit, Tabata is a 20-second on, 10-second off high intensity interval training for a specific number of rounds, typically eight. If you have a hard time getting started or staying focused, use this to keep you relentless in your writing. Replace seconds with minutes and get going.

Write for 20 minutes. When you’re done, get up. Walk around, get a drink, use the restroom, jog around the block. Whatever. Just take the 10-minute break. Then sit down and do it again. Do this for eight rounds and see where you are.

You can also break this up. Do one round in the morning. Another at noon. Again in the afternoon and one late at night.

If Tabata doesn’t work for you but word counts or time in chair does, then do that. Whatever you do, keep going. Every day.
#BetterThanYesterday

Be Social

Teams are made up of all kinds of people, with all kinds of different roles: pitchers, catchers, out fielders, in fielders, head coaches, managers, conditioning coaches, fans. All of these people work to make the team successful.

While writing may be solitary in itself, the writing life isn’t. Your writing team is anyone who supports your efforts. From editors to publishers to critique partners, they are your cheerleaders, coaches, analysts and fans. They are your teammates.

Find them virtually or in person.

Make sure to register on the NaNoWriMo site to mark your progress. Then because we’re being competitive, watch your progress against others. It’s also a great place to meet other writers and stay motivated.

Then write with others. Write at Panera or the library or have a group of folks over to the house. The Rockrimmon Library is hosting a NaNo Kick-Off Party on October 27. Stay tuned to Pikes Peak Writers for their monthly events that will absolutely keep you motivated to win NaNoWriMo.

The team will keep you motivated and hungry. #BuiltByWords

Be-lieve!

You absolutely can do this. You are prepared. You are relentless, and you have people in your corner. 30 days. 50,000 words. Believe it.
#PlayLikeAChampion


Jennifer Lovette HerbransonJennifer Lovett Herbranson is the founder of Writer Nation, a podcast and Facebook group dedicated to helping writers market their work.
With 17 years communications experience, she regularly writes on social media, internet marketing and face-to-face publicity.
She currently lives in South Korea and travels around Asia for fun.
You can find her on her Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest: @jennylovett

You’re Doing WHAT in November?

November. Cooler weather, crisp leaves, pumpkin spiced everything, and that crazy time of year called National Novel Writing Month, affectionately called NaNoWriMo—easier to say, too. It just rolls off the tongue. That time of year when all writers hibernate to write out 50,000 words in 30 days.

Be a Little Crazy

Say what? 50,000 words in 30 days? Are you insane? You’re going to attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days, while shopping for the holidays, preparing for Thanksgiving, working your job, taking care of the family, and not send your kids out to pee in the backyard or pour your toddlers food into the cat bowl? Why yes, yes I am!

You have to be a little crazy to be a writer. Writers talk to themselves, trying to figure out plot points in their story, have conversations with their characters, and you really don’t want to check their search history.You have to be a little crazy to be a writer.

50,000 words in 30 days? How?

Planning. You may be a Pantser, but you really do need to do some planning for this if you wish to keep what little sanity you have as a writer intact. Your daily writing goal works out to be 1,667 words—roughly about four pages a day, single spaced.

When are you most productive? Do you write better in the morning or at night? If you are more creative in the morning, plan to write then, even if you have to get up an hour or two earlier to write before going to work. If you wait until after work to try to write, you’ll find yourself forcing it. Instead of 1,667 words, you have five, and two of those will be Chapter One. On the other hand, if you’re a Night Owl, writing first thing in the morning probably won’t work, even after your third cup of coffee. You’ll be worried about making your daily goal and sit there and stress for the entire morning, banging your head on your keyboard because you can’t find the words to write.

Caffeine. Stock up now on your caffeinated drink of choice. You’ll need it for those long writing marathons (it’s a marathon, not a sprint, as they say). Don’t overdo it, however, or you’ll be jittery and your writingwilllooklikethis or ttttthiiiisss. Buy a new mug for your drink, something special perhaps just for NaNoWriMo with a motivational quote on it. Coffee or tea not your thing? How about hot chocolate or a candy bar? The little bits of caffeine in chocolate may be enough to stimulate your creative juices. Make it dark chocolate for added health benefits.

Snacks. You have to eat sometime, right? Have healthy snacks at the ready to munch on while you’re thinking about how to kill off your bad guy.

Water. Don’t forget to hydrate, or your brain will turn to mush. Seriously, you’ll have a headache by Chapter Five. Plus caffeine is dehydrating. Drink your water!

Take a break! Get up and move around to get the blood flowing to your brain again, as well as to your legs and backside. Exercise, even if it’s just taking a walk around the block will help when you’ve hit that creative wall, and help you keep your sanity while writing those 1,667 words a day.

Turn off or silence your cell phone. Pretend you’re at work (you are) and aren’t allowed to answer your phone. The constant distraction from social media, emails, friends, etc, will certainly drive you crazy while trying to write.

No matter your writing style, keeping your sanity during this exciting month of writing will be beneficial to you and those around you. Otherwise, you have little Sally running to her room, screaming, “Mom’s putting my food in the cat bowl again!” Good luck to all you WriMos out there!


photo of margin holmesMargena Adams Holmes was born in Bellflower, CA sometime in the 1960s. She has always had a love for both reading and writing, writing her first song/poem in 1st grade. Margena is a big supporter of indie authors and will read anything that draws her into the story. She is an observer of life, and many everyday things could (and do!) end up in her writings. Her publications are available through her author page. Contact Margena via email: jedi_anegram@hotmail.com.

The Virtue of Childishness

When I was younger, I told anyone who asked (and many who didn’t) that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I had it all figured out. After graduating from college, I would publish a best-selling novel, make lots of money, and go on to enjoy a long and fruitful career as a famous author. This confession usually provoked a kind of anxious disbelief, as if I had announced my intention to build a spaceship out of butterfly wings and fly it to the moon. “You will never make a living as a writer,” people told me, whether they had ever seen any of my writing or not.

Years went by. I graduated from college but did not publish a best-selling novel. I spent a somewhat fruitful if not enjoyable career as a technical writer, grinding my way through boring assignment after boring assignment. At least I could say that magic phrase: I’m making a living as a writer. I repeated it to myself through gritted teeth as I sat through endless meetings where grown men argued over weighty issues such as font size and the relative merits of using bold versus italics for emphasis. (For the record, I prefer italics.)I am a writer. I will continue to write no matter what the challenges.

Keep Writing

I did keep writing fiction, coming back to it sporadically between the big events of life. When I mentioned it, the question “What have you published?” almost always followed, provoking a hellish session of self-doubt and a vow never to discuss my true ambition with anyone ever again.

Since then, I’ve learned to protect my secret identity as a writer of fiction. It’s more important for me to believe in it than to convince my friends and neighbors who happened to ask an innocent question about what I’m doing these days.

When I get discouraged by the world’s indifference or even hostility to my writing addiction, I try to remember the advice offered by John Gardner, in his excellent book On Becoming a Novelist: “Here the virtue of childishness is helpful—the writer’s refusal to be serious about life, his mischievousness, his tendency to cry, especially when drunk, a trick that makes persecutors quit.”

Writing can be a difficult art to explain. It doesn’t quite fit in with the visual or performing arts, with their visible and concrete results. There are many writing days that don’t seem to produce anything. Rough drafts, scribbles, research notes, tear-stained outlines . . . all of these are part of the writing process, but not something I can reasonably show off to anyone. But I wouldn’t be a writer if I didn’t want to show off something, someday.

Writers Need Other Writers

You’ll hear it said that writers need other writers. A cliché, perhaps, but true. We need to talk to other writers, listen to other writers, know other writers. Not only to learn from but to be reminded that many, many others are engaged in this odd, solitary, and serendipitous pursuit. We need to be around people who acknowledge writing as a valuable way to spend your time. People who allow you to not only claim the identity of “writer” but live into it.

So, that’s where I am now. After leaving tech writing behind, I’m dusting off those butterfly wings to see if they can still fly. Each day that I write, I overcome the challenge of uncoupling my love affair with writing from the idea that anything that a grown person spends this much time on must earn money to be worthwhile. I am a writer. I will continue to write, no matter what the challenges, seeking the comfort in the company of my fellow spaceship builders along the way.

 


Robin LabordeRobin Laborde is not sure exactly how long she has been a member of Pikes Peak Writers but she enjoys it very much. She worked as a technical writer for over ten years and has had nonfiction articles published in newspapers and magazines. While she is currently writing a speculative fiction novel set in the near future, she dreams of flying to the moon in a spaceship made from butterfly wings.

Finding Your Motivation and Muse

Motivation and muse are tricky things. Sometimes they are discovered through careful planning or trial and error. Sometimes they hit you like a freight train with no intention of stopping.

When Your Muse is too Quiet

I have never been asked what my muse is or how I stay motivated to write, and frankly I am glad of this because both of mine are a little odd and confusing. While I have never been asked, I have heard other writers answer this question. The one that resonates with me the most is from Laurell K. Hamilton, one of our 2018 PPWC keynote speakers. She said that even on days when her muse is not with her and her motivation is lacking, she will sit down at the computer and write. It doesn’t even have to be her story, it can be complaining about not wanting to write.

I thought about this for a while after the conference, wondering why this particular technique works for her. Ms. Hamilton can release a book in a year, from first words to shelves so there must be something to this sort of stream of thought writing. What I came up with was that she was able to get all of her yuck out of the way so that the characters would speak to her again. Sometimes we just need to get all the yuck out of our heads, all of the I don’t want to do this anymore kind of things. I realize that it makes room for the story to grow without all of the issues we are having with writing getting in the way. I don’t mind saying that I have tried this, and it works! It isn’t my normal process, but it really does work.

The Process

First, find your time. Some people are morning people, some people are…well not. Some people are completely awake at night while others can’t make it past 9:30 pm. All of these times are great, but you need to find yours. Mine came one night while I was up with my sick son. He had just fallen asleep and I didn’t want to be woken up again in 20 minuets, so I started writing. At first it was only to keep myself awake, but then I realized that I was writing quickly and it seemed like the story was just flowing out of me. Here is the kicker, my time is around 3:00 am. Yeah, tell me about it.

Second, do you work well under pressure or under a zero stress environment? For me, I work better under pressure, so I found a group that does word sprints. I LOVE WORD SPRINTS! They light a fire under me like no one’s business. It’s the competition and the pressure of seeing how many words I can churn out in the allotted period of time. Now, this isn’t for everyone, other people need a stress free environment to write. They might need a clean desk, their tea, and the quiet. So you should figure out if you do better under pressure or with a calming pressure free environment. When you find that, run with it!Sometimes motivation will hit you like a freight train.

 

Last, find a good word processor that really speaks to you. Some people don’t need the frills, but I do. My word processor of choice is Scrivener. So many frills that it takes 2 hours to go through the tutorial! For me, this baby does it all, it allows me to write in the messy way that I do and rearrange my scenes as much as I like while still keeping track of everything. If frills isn’t your cup of tea, then that’s fine, there are so many word processors that will do the job with no extras. Everything from Notebook (you know…that simple note taking program that comes on all windows computers), to Microsoft Word, to browser word processors like Fighters Block or 4thewords. They’re all great, you just have to find the one that works for you.

So, in short, muse and motivation are tricky. Finding them is different for every person. But know this, when you do find yours, it will completely change your writing life. I found mine through a mix of surprise and trial and error. I know you’ll be able to find yours. In the mean time, try Ms. Hamilton’s process. Maybe it’ll clear the yuck enough for your muse and motivation to come through.


photo of Samantha Crane

Sam Crane lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and two children. She is first and foremost a wife and mother, who has joyfully taken on the additional responsibility of homeschooling a preschooler. In her free time. Sam began reading when she was 4 years old but never really tried to write fiction until she was an adult. Encouraged by one of her good friends, she is now currently working on her first novel combining her love of the Fantasy with a bit of Horror.  

Letter from the Editor – October 2018

Dear PPW Readers,

Welcome to October. This month is, traditionally, the beginning of the fall season. A time to get ready for winter. Put the garden tools away and trim your bushes. Fertilize the trees and pick your pumpkins off their vines. It’s getting cold outside and the snow is ready to blanket us. The camping gear is stored, surf boards hung up, and the sun is noticeably lower in the sky. It is time for the hibernation season to begin. What? Wait? Hibernation? Not for any writers I know. This is the time of year we fire up our engines; to wrap our hands around a hot cup of cocoa, snuggle down into our desk chairs and write. From the Editor

What’s in Store for October?

To help you, Writing from the Peak has a month chalk full of everything writing. Tomorrow, Sam Crane will show how to find your muse and next week Robin Laborde will bring out your inner child. For Halloween, we’ll look at something sinister from Leilah Wright.

Mid-month? The Nanos start to come out of the floor boards. I’m not talking about nanobots or nanotech. I’m talking NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. Who’s jumping on the NanoWagon in November? If you’re writing for NaNoWriMo then you must bookmark this blog.

Writing from the Peak is excited to have five talented writers who will share their tips on how to survive this grueling month of writing. Check your sanity with Margena Holmes. Jennifer Lovette Herbranson and Catherine Dilts will give you tips to prepare for this long month of writing. Jason Evans is a master NaNo and Deb Buckingham will keep you healthy.

And now, most importantly, keep an eye out for the updates from PPW’s new President Kameron Easlor. She will update you on what’s new around PPW and the Board of Director’s elections. Congratulations to all the new and returning board members. PPW is lucky to have all of you.

Enjoy your hot cocoa this month. I hope your cup is filled to the brim with marshmallows and chocolate delight, and your month full of creative bliss and writing success. Keep on writing!


KJ Scrim, head shotManaging Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kathie writes fantasy and cozy mystery. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado walking, hiking, or rock climbing at the local gym.

Confucius’ Birth Anniversary

Today is the Birth Anniversary of Confucius, who would be 2,568 years old.

It does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop. ~Confucious

Confucius was born on or about the equivalent of September 28, 551 B.C.E. He was a political figure, philosopher, educator, and founder of the Ru Chinese School of Thought. He was also an author and has been credited with writing or editing the Five Classics and other Chinese texts. Follow his timeless advice and keep on writing!

 


Profile Photo of Gabrielle V Brown Managing Editor Pikes Peak Writers Blog

Gabrielle V. Brown, Contributing Editor with Writing From the Peak, writes literary and speculative fiction, nonfiction and the occasional poem. Gabrielle’s published works include technical and academic nonfiction, poetry, memoir (as a ghostwriter) and a cookbooks. Find her on Facebook, her website, or contact her at gvbrownwriter@gmail.com.

Sweet Success for Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is happy to announce the release of Darby Karchut’s middle grade novel, DEL TORO MOON. Mark your calendar to join her October 2, 2018 for her virtual launch.

Del Toro Moon cover“Ride hard, swing hard, and take out as many of those creepy critters as you can.” Twelve year old Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in his family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like monsters, known as skinners. Now, with those creatures multiplying, both in number and ferocity, Matt must saddle up and match his father’s skills at monster whacking. Odds of doing that? Yeah, about a trillion to one. Because Matt’s father is the legendary Javier Del Toro—hunter, scholar, and a true caballero: a gentleman of the horse. Luckily, Matt has twelve hundred pounds of backup in his best friend—El Cid, an Andalusian war stallion with the ability of human speech, more fighting savvy than a medieval knight, and a heart as big and steadfast as the Rocky Mountains. Serious horse power. Those skinners don’t stand a chance.

 

 

Darby KarchutDarby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New MDarby karchut link to Virtual launchexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words. Visit Darby’s website. She can be contacted at: darbykarchut@gmail.com.

 

 


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