Anti-Hero’s Journey and the Hero’s Journey


Today in our Shut Up & Write group, I read the first chapter of my NaNoWriMo novel called, ‘ No Fixed Address.’ I got some positive feedback and some good suggestions for making it better, more tense, more engaging for the reader.

Gracias, fellow writers!


National Novel Writing Month, 12:01 a.m. November 1rst to 11:59 November 30th


NaNoWriMo has been going on for many, many years and I personally have been involved for 3 attempts at writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, the last attempt successful. After submitting what was loosely called a ‘ novel’ I was declared a Winner and I downloaded my finisher certificate.

I really hadn’t thought about this effort of five years ago yntil I established a weekly Shut Uo & Write writers group at a local cafe, Cafe Montana in San Antonio, Jalisco on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. It seemed like a natural combination.

This cafe has great drinks and food and the background music is non- intrusive. The time slot at this particular restaurante is not super busy either. A background coffee shop hum works well for many writers, myself included. The grounds are beautiful here and the all important electrical outlets are available. Next week I’ll bring my new laptop and a shareable power bar.

We would like to encourage any local writers ( or wanna be writers) to register for free on the site with a user name, a password and a working title and synopsis of their proposed novel.

That’s the first step, and yes thete always is one. Take that first step or just join us on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 for two or three 25 minute tumed writing sessions.

No prompts or critiques. Just writing, pur and simple.

Start with the End in Mind


In order for the blog posts to read sequentially I’m starting with Theme 12 in ‘ Walking in the World.’ If all goes well, I’ll arrive at Theme 1 by summer when I’m on the road once more north of the border. But this time, I’m leaving an established home here in Mexico to travel by Amtrak in the United States and to accomplish the final liquidation on my storage locker in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

I am now a Residente Temporale. Still a proud Canadian citizen but a newly minted resident in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.

Jen Morris Creative & a Deliberate December

Standard As 2017 draws to a close it’s a great time to reflect upon and give thanks for all the abundance in our lives and yes, the lessons, losses and challenges on our life journey. Some sections are smooth sailing and some sections we threaten to capsize without a trace but our incredible resilience for weathering life storms sometimes surprises even us at our darkest hour. The Artist, Jen Morris has a no cost 30 day writing prompt schedule that is easy and fun to do as we count down the remaining days in this year.