Countdown to NaNo!

NaNoWriMo starts at midnight November 1st, and only a few hours remain for preparation!  Currently I am finishing up some edits from last year’s piece and working on moving it into Scrivener, which is a storyboard and editing program for writing in.  This will be my first use of the program so I anticipate there being a great learning curve.  It will be fun to at least paste in my chapters from earlier and be able to move around the new content I write to make it all fit together harmoniously.

Tonight I will be meeting with my NaNo Maine writing group, and we are all anxious and excited to begin promptly at 12:00!  Stay tuned for updates and daily word count.

Meanwhile, there is a bowl of chocolate candies by the door and I am all dressed up like a black cat.

Happy Halloween and Happy NaNo!


NaNoWriMo Expectations

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, or NaNo for short) is coming up in just a few days!  The draw for NaNo is for writers to create some semblance of a novel at 50,000 words or above in the 30 days of November.  This year is my second year attempting NaNo.

Last year I fell short and wrote a solid 26,500 words.  At a little over halfway to goal, I would love to complete the piece I started last year.  It is the first book in my epic fantasy story.  I am very passionate about the piece and feel that it deserves more attention.  By working on the same piece as a previous NaNo year I will be what is called a NaNo Rebel.  My work will begin by using what I have already written previously, but my word count will start fresh, counting only this year’s progress.

I intend on keeping strict word count records and will share them here–hopefully daily.

I encourage you to visit the NaNoWriMo website, even if you do not participate yourself.  There are several writing tools that are beneficial to all.  Also, my personal NaNo page can be found at

I would like to thank you all for your support and motivation.  You inspire me to continue writing each time you read something I post.  I look forward to sharing my progress with you.

Updates and Changes

It is my pleasure to present the Hobbitual Literature & Heather Ellen Yamauchi website as nearly updated.  This page will always be a work in progress, but it certainly has come a long way from being a blue page with clustered posts to a literary blog with flair.  The menu at the top of the page is still sparse, and more will be included soon, but it is starting to resemble a more complete web page menu.

In addition to the page looking a bit spiffier, I would also like to introduce services that will be coming soon.  Those include editing and reviews.  Prices for editing services are still being worked out and the reviews page is blank as I work out the kinks of how I want it to look.  If you have any works that need editing or would benefit from a friendly review, please contact me.  The contact menu on the webpage has updated E-Mail addresses you can reach me at for the services you are looking for.

I would also like to take this chance to thank you all for your constant support and understanding.  Starting a career from nothing, and hoping it becomes something special, is not easy.  And this certainly is not a quick process!  I appreciate all you do to encourage me to keep writing and in offering my expertise to other aspiring authors.

Please take a few moments to check out some of the changes and updates made to the website.

Thanks again!

Impending Blog Updates

Soon I will be updating the blog page to give it a fresh look and feel.  It is my hope and goal to make the page more functional, familiar, and interesting!

The changes may take a little bit of time, so the blog may look cluttered at times.  Thank you for patience and understanding!

Expanding Horizons

It has come to my attention that, while writing my novels and poems, other writers need assistance with their own pieces.  Hobbitual Literature does offer editing and review services, both on the facebook page and on the blog.  Heather Ellen Yamauchi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, minored in English and Medieval & Renaissance Studies, and worked as a copy editor for a university newspaper.  Email your requests to or message on the Heather Ellen Yamauchi at Hobbitual Literature facebook page.  At this time editing is pro bono, a gift to fellow writers.  Reviews are free as well and can be featured on the blog and facebook.