Kicking off Nanowrimo

Kicking off Nanowrimo

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you probably know that I have been doing Nanowrimo for a number of years (according to my account, this is my seventh year.)  ...
Writing for Camp Nanowrimo and Summer Reading

Writing for Camp Nanowrimo and Summer Reading

It's July, and that means the second installment of Camp Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. I'm 16,000 words into the third book of a new cozy mystery series. The series is a spin-off from the Auntie Clem's Bakery series, and it's been a lot of fun, so you have something new to look forward to! ...
Nanowrimo starts tomorrow!

Nanowrimo starts tomorrow!

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I participate in Nanowrimo each year. National Novel Writing Month begins tomorrow, and I am all set to go. Here's my project profile:
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First draft of Camp Nanowrimo project complete!

First draft of Camp Nanowrimo project complete!

Draft 1 COMPLETE! Goal was 100,000 words. Rang in at 100,913. Fifteen writing days, averaging 6,700 words per day ...
Camp Nano for the Win! Ringing in at 117,575 words

Camp Nano for the Win! Ringing in at 117,575 words

I have just completed the first draft of Making her Mark, my latest Camp Nanowrimo novel!
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Countdown to Camp Nanowrimo!

Countdown to Camp Nanowrimo!

Just five more hours until Camp Nanowrimo kicks off here! I have my outline, my beats, my character sketches, my working title and cover. I'm raring to go! ...
First Draft Complete and Upcoming Promo!

First Draft Complete and Upcoming Promo!

It's been a busy week! 1. I got back Lion Within from my editor, so I am putting the finishing touches on it and will be releasing soon! 2. I got the Portuguese translation of Stand Alone back from the translator. I have turned it around to beta readers for comment ...
Writing for Camp Nanowrimo

Writing for Camp Nanowrimo

As usual, I have joined up with Camp Nanowrimo, a July event run by the Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) guys. That's my cover concept mock-up to the left. I have done both April and July camps the last couple of years, as well as the big event, Nanowrimo in November. The usual goal is to write a 50,000 word novel draft in a month. I usually go for around 100,000, since that's the length of most of my novels. Nano provides some great support and excitement around novel-writing, and I love a reason to set aside one month to make writing a higher priority and to get a new work drafted.
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concept covers

I need your thoughts on these covers!

Okay, my friends, I need your thoughts on the three cover concepts for the novel I start next week. Young adult contemporary about a Cree girl.
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Preparing for Camp NaNo

Preparing for Camp NaNo

Well, it is that time of year again! Yes, I know, I just finished running my own personal little NaNo in February (along with a few friends who joined me), but the real Camp NaNo runs in April, and I am getting ramped up for my next book. I have set up a private cabin for Camp NaNo this year so that I can invite friends to my cabin. Who wants to join me?
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NaNo in February?

NaNo in February?

It's sort of like Christmas in July; NaNoWriMo is just too much fun to only do once a year. Or, er, only three times per year... When I made my initial five-year plan for publishing, I decided that I would continue to write three new books per year (writing the first draft for Camp Nano in April, Camp Nano in July and NaNoWriMo in November) as well as working on finishing, rewriting, editing, and revising my backlist for publishing. It was a good plan. But my creative brain starts to itch during the long space between November and April, and my logical brain points out that I have a new writing project planned for Q2, Q3, and Q4, but nothing in Q1, which is rather unbalanced.
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Pre-release trailer for Tattooed Teardrops

Pre-release trailer for Tattooed Teardrops

Tattooed Teardrops is scheduled to come out later this month! Get a sneak peek today by watching the pre-release trailer.
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Packing for Camp NaNo

Packing for Camp NaNo

Oh the crazy weeks before Camp NaNo! Trying to clear the decks before the writing starts:
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CampNano Draft #1 complete at 94,733 words

CampNano Draft #1 complete at 94,733 words

The headline and the graphic say it all! I just finished draft one of my new novel, tentatively titled "Once Bitten, Not Shy". It came in at 94,733 words, but that could change a bit during the revision process. The ending had me choking up, but I don't want to say too much and give anything away. No spoilers here!
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Camp NaNo begins! and a Teaser from the Book Thief

Camp NaNo begins! and a Teaser from the Book Thief

(Scroll down for Teaser Tuesday)
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NaNoWriMo Win!

NaNoWriMo Win!

Guess what? "Zane slipped her little hand into Bobby’s, where it always fit perfectly, and smiled." THE END 100,689 words ...
NaNoWriMo Milestone

NaNoWriMo Milestone

As you can see from my counter over at the right, I have reached 50,000 words.  So I have officially "won" NaNo this year.  But, my goal is 100,000 words or the end of the book, so I am actually only halfway there.  "By-Pass" is coming along nicely, but there is still some good stuff to work through ...
10 Steps to NaNoWriMo; Tips, Tricks, and Resources

10 Steps to NaNoWriMo; Tips, Tricks, and Resources

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is only a week away.  For the uninitiated, this is a worldwide event in which thousands of people attempt to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.  Some of us have bigger goals (for example, I aim for 100,000 words during the month – eliminating writing on Sunday, that’s roughly 4,000 words per day), but to “win”, you must write 50,000.  It is supposed to be new work, not a revision or a continuation of a work in progress, and it is supposed to be a novel.  But of course, there are rebels who choose other goals instead ...