Writing Update: NaNoWriMo Uprising

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I hosted a write-in at my library this past Saturday to kick-off NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.) We had thirteen people in attendance and lots of writing got done. Prizes were given out for highest word count in a writing sprint, lowest word count, best line written, and worst line written.

Unfortunately, I had to spend my writing time editing, but I got it done! It’s back with the editor now and hopefully we’ll move forward from there.

With limited hours in the day, I’m a bit behind on NaNoWriMo but I made a start on Saturday, getting 600 words in. Another 1200 on Sunday. Though not as many as I had hoped, it is still progress. 

I plan to catch up as time goes on. 2,000 words a day is not an unreasonable goal.

For me, NaNoWriMo is all about getting words on the page. I suppose I’m what they term a NaNo Rebel. I open a new document and EVRYTHING goes into it for the month. It could be a novel I’m working on, a digression into a short story, or even book reviews and blog posts. Every word counts.

Right now I’m filling in the missing bits of my Iwo Jima recon short story. Once that is drafted, I’ll move on to continuing the second novel in my paranormal series. I’m really looking forward to it.

There are quite a few quirky angels and demons in the books. Strangely enough, I just found out that an old family favorite, the Polish cookie Chrusciki, means “angel wings.” I may have to make some for the book release party.

The Friday Poem: Colors I Cannot See

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Writing Update:

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Sometimes you just need to contemplate a really funky geometric bowl of green and purple cauliflower.

Of course, I’m still working on marketing plans and writing a short story while preparing for NaNoWriMo, but I took time off this past week to celebrate another trip around the sun.

If you’ve ever contemplated writing a book, you should check out National Novel Writing Month. (NaNoWriMo dot org) It’s a ton of fun! And you don’t have to write a novel, you can be a NaNo Rebel and write anything your heart desires!

It’s just you making a goal and writing, writing, writing, with the support of a lovely community of people. I’ll be working on my second paranormal romance this year.

Hope you can join us!

The Friday Poem: Meditation for today

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Writing Update: One Chunk at a Time

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Some days, nothing happens. You send poems and short stories out to publishers and they come back.
 
“No thanks.”
 
“Not for us.”
 
“Not what we’re looking for.”
 
And some days the sale of a poetry book pays for the coconut cake or you get an email that your poem has been accepted into an anthology.
 
Or an author whose poem you are giving feedback on asks about your writing, whether you’ve written anything new? You tell her you post a new poem nearly every Friday and she says, “Those are all new? You’re a machine!”
 
It’s the little things, they claim. But they can feel pretty big on any given day.
 
Right now, I’m furiously working on a short story. And by furiously, I mean I open the document every day, sometimes more than once, add whatever new words I can, and rearrange a few. It’s getting there, slooooowly.
 
I so very much want to finish drafting this story so I can set it aside to marinate while I go back to writing the second paranormal book.
 
I’m getting there, one chunk of scene at a time.

 

 

The Friday Poem: How Many Hues?

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Writing Update: The Search for Reviewers

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I’m expecting the links to Advanced Reader Copies of my book to arrive someday soon so I’ve started looking for ways to find reviewers – lists of blogs that review paranormal romance and Amazon reviewers who read in that genre, as well as avenues suggested by my friends and publisher. Then there’s writing a letter to entice the reviewer to give my book a chance.

It’s a little overwhelming.

So, just to throw it out there, if anyone reads paranormal romance and would be willing to put up a short review for a free copy – let me know!

There’s more to do in every area, all the time. I have a basic web site up but it needs some work. My fellow writer, Christy Jackson Nicholas, kindly shared with her list of things that she does when she gets her Advanced Reader Copies.

Nowhere on the list does it include writing.

It’s as if this book promotion is a whole other job!

Yup, that’s exactly what it is. With good things, come new responsibilities. It’s going to take work, but when you want something in life, you have to be willing to do what it takes to get there.

(Oh, great. Now I have “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music playing in my head. Well, when you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. “Climb every mountain / Ford every stream / Follow every rainbow / Till you find your dream . . . .)

 

The Friday Poem: Autumn Morn

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Writing Life Update: Looking Up

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This past weekend, my husband and I went away on a 27 ½ hour vacation for our 9th wedding anniversary. I only took a few pictures, but they seemed to have the theme of “looking up.” (We had breakfast on Sunday in a bistro with a stained glass ceiling and then took a walk.)
 
I had a realization about my writing with the same theme.
 
I “owned” the term writer a long time ago. I write, therefore I am a writer.
 
Poet has been a little more difficult to own. I’ve self-published a book of poetry, but to be honest, the fact that it is SELF published reduces the legitimacy in my own mind. The two things that have helped me get there are acceptance by other poets and having had one poem chosen through a blind jury process for a collection. So, I’m a poet.
 
It suddenly occurred to me this weekend, though, that with the imminent release of a novel through Tirgearr Publishing, I can legitimately say I am a poet and a novelist.
 
It was a bit mind-boggling. I’m still reveling in that that.
 
Now, time to get back to writing.

The Friday Poem: Good-bye Dragonfly

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