NaNoWriMo: How to Sign Up – Part 2

NaNoWriMo: How to Sign Up – Part 2

NaNoWriMo is a little different this year. It’s changed the usual way of joining a group. Writers are unable to search for group names and join. Therefore, I need to add each writer to the group this year.

If you’d like to join a private group on NaNoWriMo, please:

1. Sign up for NaNoWriMo at: to set up your FREE account and name.

2. DM me (Gayvin Powers) in Facebook or email me (hello @ with your NaNoWriMo name.

3. I’ll send you an invitation to join the group in NaNoWriMo.

4. Accept the invitation.

You’ll be added to my private writing group for NaNoWriMo.

Common Issues:

When signing up for NaNoWriMo, there are common mistakes that can keep you from joining a group.

For more information, download the free Preptober BFF Planner and follow Step 1 under “Common Issues.”

See you in my NaNo “Fun & Focused First Draft” group. Sign up early, space is limited to the first 20 writers. XO

Chasing the Water: Whitewater Mermaids

Chasing the Water: Whitewater Mermaids

We’re chasing the water again, this time in Salida, Colorado. During a girls weekend, where I’d known most of the people there since I was 5-years-old, we went river rafting and looking for water sprites. The mermaids had fun with us that day!

We glided through the water while I was enjoying the scenery, peacefulness of the cliffs and national park forest. It gave me a lot of serenity and inspiration for Iona Fay & The Sea Sirens, book three. It didn’t last long.

Some of my friends got a little too spirited and decided to do some unexpected underwater exploration to help me out. Right after Meghan with an “M,” our river guide, told us we were the best group she’s taken down the river, we hit “Hemorrhoid” rock, and half of the people in our boat toppled into the water. Fortunately, we quickly rallied, dunking and hauling everyone safely back in the boat within minutes. Upon which, Meghan with an “M” informed us that no one has ever fallen out at hemorrhoid rock.

We were the first.

On the bright side, at least we didn’t lose people in the “Toilet Bowl.”

Buffalo Mountain Retreat

Buffalo Mountain Retreat

Magic is a garden breakfast! We had a blissful morning with Jessie Benson Fine Art of Buffalo Mountain Retreat! What a magical time. We’re still talking about it and her A-MAZ-ING cooking.

Hand to heart, prior 10:07 am EST there was only one omelette that held the title of “best omelette.” It is The Gastonian in Savannah. That title is now at risk!

The photos show the omelette Jessie made me. This Buffalo Mountain Omelette is now tied for first place!

Here’s what makes her omelette so delish: we went into her garden, freshly picked our own herbs (sage, onion, chives, banana pepper, jalapeño, nasturtium), a little butter, parmesan and cheddar, Jessie’s magic with a skillet, and we ate it with a view of Buffalo Mountain.

If you go to the retreat, a blissful day awaits guests while enjoying yoga, meditation and delicious food.

Thank you, Jessie, for your open heart and hospitality! XO