Hooray! I survived NaNoWriMo and am alive to tell about it!
50,000 words in 30 days was quite a challenge. Hoo boy. Some days, it felt like torture having to pull out my computer to try and spew out some kind of coherent diction. But, alas. It worked! By November 30th, I completed the first draft of the 3rd book in the Decoders series (tentatively called the Secret of the Sleepwalking Vampire), and am significantly close to finishing the second JJ Bennett book as well.
So, I guess all that hard work did pay off. Now, of course, the Christmas season is upon us and I must make my house presentable for the season. So fun! And, may I add, the weather outside is frightful. Well….frightful for Vegas anyways. It gets down to the mid twenties at night and low forties during the day. Brrr. I know, all you Nor Easterners are telling me to quit my whining, but, I’m a desert rat. I thrive in the 100+ degrees of the summer. Cold weather chills me to the bone.
Well, my dears, time to get to work on Christmas. Until next time, may your days be filled with joy and laughter. Each day, every day. Toodles.
Greetings one and all!
So, as I mentioned before, NaNoWriMo is among us. 50,000 words in thirty days. Phew! That’s a whole lotta writtin’! Yesterday marked the mid-way point, November 15, and I am around 2,500 words behind.
The good news? It’s the weekend! I may have some time to try and decrease that word deficiency.
The bad news? I have no life. Literally, no social life whatsoever. I haven’t even seen the new Thor movie yet. *gasp* Okay, I may have to remedy that this week. He’s just so handsome!
The great news? I am close to three-fourths done with the rough draft of my third Decoders book! Unbelievable! I guess NaNoWriMo really is worth it. And…I hope to finish book 2 of the JJ Bennett series as well.
Oh, boy! I best get back to writing. Until next time…be safe, and eat chocolate.
November is NaNoWriMo…that would be National Novel Writing Month for my non-author friends out there. The challenge is for authors (from all over the world) to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Holy Smokes!!! That’s a whole lot of writing!
I’ve never done it before, or anything even remotely like it. This is my first year, and I am crazy excited. Today is day 2 and I need about 800 more words to stay on track. Keep your fingers crossed for the next 28 days. Luckily, I have a support group out here in Vegas. We met for a kick off party the night of Oct. 31st. Then, at the stroke of midnight, we all started writing. It was pretty cool. And late. Let’s just say I was a wee bit sleepy the next day for school.
Okay…I’ve got to get back to writing before I hear the lure of Facebook beckoning.
It’s official…this Saturday, The Secret of the Lady Ghost goes “live” on Kindle! I am soooo excited!!!!
Just in case you wanted a sneak peek, here you go…….
Steve, Matt, and Jenny thought their detective skills would be given a rest when they agreed to be extras for a movie. Upon arriving at the movie site, the trio learns that someone has been breaking equipment and causing damage around the set. Determined to find the saboteur, the young detectives begin their investigation only to come face to face with the last thing in the world they expected—a ghost!
Oooohh. How cool does that sound? Pretty darn cool. I know. lol
Head on over to Amazon this Saturday and pick up a digital copy of my latest book. I would be most grateful.
Once upon a time in history……..
In Alabama, bear wrestling matches are prohibited by law.
Soooooo….exactly what is a bear wrestling match? In my mind, I picture two bears in spandex wrestling in the mud. But even if you remove the spandex (from the bears), I still don’t get it. How could you get bears to wrestle on cue? Would you throw a fish into the ring and watch them duke it out? Yikes…that sounds awful! Okay, so maybe this law is okay…sort of a anti-animal cruelty kind of thing. Why are people mean?
Moving on to happier thoughts. My editor has finished my book! Yay!!! Once I get it in my grubby little hands, I can make the final touches, clean it up, and boom! It will be on Kindle. SOOO excited. After that, I hope to get the physical copies of the book printed up in time for the Las Vegas Book Festival the first weekend in November.
BTW…the Las Vegas Book Festival is the first weekend in November. You should all check it out. It’s going to be awesome. There will be speakers and activities and a number of local authors (ahem) signing books. Good times. Hope to see you all there.
Once upon a time in history…….
In Brooklyn, New York, donkeys are not allowed to sleep in bathtubs.
Why? Why can’t donkeys sleep in bathtubs? And what happens if one is caught? Is it arrested? Is it fined? Is it taken to the pound? *sigh* I do wish I knew the origins of some of these peculiar laws.
Oh well. On to other things. My newest book is now in the gifted hands of my editor. By the end of October, I hope to have The Secret of the Lady Ghost available for all to read. On Kindle and paperback, hopefully.
The end of October is also the Las Vegas Valley Book Fair. I shall be in attendance, selling my books. It’s my first ever book fair and I am super excited! What should I wear? Yikes! I hadn’t thought of that before. Luckily I have about a month to decide. Better start scouring the closet now.
Since it is Sunday today, I thought I should share a law that could get some of you in trouble. Or, at least, once upon a time……
In Hartford, Connecticut, it is illegal for a man to kiss his wife on Sunday.
Wow. I guess if Sunday is the Lord’s day then you should focus solely on that. Even though marriage is sanctioned by God, so technically God would be supporting kissing your wife on Sunday. Hm. Then the question comes up, is it not illegal to kiss someone other that you wife? Mistress perhaps? Oh dear. Better drop the subject and move on before I get people in trouble.
I will be sending my editor my manuscript this week for one last proofreading and then The Secret of the Lady Ghost will be ready to hit the market! I’m still making the finishing touches on the cover, but it should be good to go in a couple of weeks. I’m very excited!! I know it’s coming out later than I thought it would. *sigh* Sometimes things in my head move faster than reality. It’s a scary place, my head. But no worries. Hakuna Matata!! Until next time……
I realize Gary, Indiana, is a rather well-known place, but did you know about this law……
In Gary, Indiana, it is against the law to attend the theater within four hours of eating garlic.
That’s hilarious! So, I guess you have to be very choosy about where you go eat dinner before attending the theater. No Olive Garden for you! Unless, of course, you get something without garlic in which case you have no business eatng Italian anyways. Hey, maybe you can just eat tons of onions instead. That’ll show ‘em!
ANYhoo…I’m still waiting on my last beta readers before sending my manuscript off to an editor. Meanwhile, I’m working on the cover. I like it. It looks ominous. Well, not so much ominous as spooky. Hopefully it looks spooky. I was going for spooky.Now I’m rambling. I think I need food.
Ta until next time….
I love Hawaii. It’s one of my favorite places on Earth. So, you know they’ve got to have some crazy laws!
In Hawaii, it is against the law to insert pennies in your ears.
Why would they even need to make that a law?? Who goes around inserting pennies in their ears? Was it some kind of crazy fad? In the sixties perhaps? Did some large pinapple king’s child accidently stick pennies in his ears and daddy made it a law so the kid would be afraid to do it again? I don’t know. However, if they decided to make it a law that you couldn’t visit Hawaii uness you inserted pennies in your ears, I would definitely be investing in some one cent pieces. :0
On the writing side of things, I have done nothing all week. I am a bum. A sloth. A bump on a log. Luckily, there are three days this weekend (thank you, Labor Day) so I hope to get at least some writing time in. We’ll see. As for now, I really feel like pizza. Not exactly typical Labor Day fare, but yummy none the less.
In Alabama, it is a felony to main oneself to escape performing a legal duty.
All I can say is…wow. The fact that this was even made a law means that someone (or someones [not a real word but should be]) must have maimed themselves to get out of… what? Jury duty? That would be crazy. And, if someone was actually willing to do that to get out of jury duty, would you even want them serving on a jury? I’m thinking if they cut off their leg to get out of serving on a jury, they should be allowed to not serve. Just my opinion. Obviously not the same opinion as the state of Alabama. Whatever.
On the writing side of things, I’ve got my last two beta readers signed up to give my book one last look through. After that, it should be ready to go! I’m thinking sometime in the middle of September for the release date. Hopefully. Keep you posted.
Until next time..ciao.