Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Next week, expect busyness…

If you haven’t noticed, October is almost over.

For some people (I won’t say who), that means NaNoWriMo season is about to begin. Once again it's almost time for National Novel Writing Month, where some people (nothing against their sanity) attempt to write 50,000 words during November.
And in case you did notice the little box on the sidebar, where I had my word count from last year's NaNoWriMo...yes, it now has a word count of zero. I didn’t do it. The word count automatically reset itself some time ago.

I was surprised too, when I noticed what had happened. That’s okay, though. I only noticed it myself after trying to reset the form for this year’s challenge. It's time to try NaNo a second time.
Last year, when I tried NaNoWriMo for the first time, I reached 50K a couple days before the deadline. Last year, I had a thorough outline to work from. At least, the outline was more thorough than any I've managed before or since, but having the outline made my job relatively easy—pick up the pieces and write something.
This year, I'm starting with a vague idea that I've been tossing around for a year or two. I've tried to play with some ideas during the past couple of weeks and I have a slightly-less-imaginary outline than when I started, but this attempt at NaNo could be very interesting.
I would say—NaNoWriMo’s starting, so if you don’t hear from me anytime soon, that’s why. However, I am still planning to post during November.
Next week, I'm part of a blog tour for Davis Bunn's Strait of Hormuz (sequel to Rare Earth, which I reviewed last summer). I want to get a couple other reviews in as well—and let you know how NaNo is going, of course.
Speaking of Strait of Hormuz, the book will be available November 5th. Meanwhile, feel free to check out the first three chapters (as a .pdf file), or the giveaway on Bunn’s Facebook page. For this giveaway, Bunn is offering daily drawings until November 1st. Each day’s winner will get the three books from the Lion of Babylon series, ending with Strait of Hormuz. (You can also download the first book, Lion of Babylon, for free during November.) I’ll include information about another giveaway in my review next week.
As an aside—if you want yet another book option, you can also download Patricia Rushford’s murder mystery, Deadly Aim, for free from Amazon during November. I enjoyed the book last year, so let me know if you read it too and what you think.
And now...I’ll be back Monday to tell you what I think of Strait of Hormuz. After that? We’ll see what the month is like, once November is over.

How about you? Do you have any goals, writing or other, for the coming month?


Amy Lewis said...

The kids have been reminding me for weeks now that NaNoWriMo begins in X many days. Already this morning, before they've even had breakfast, they're reminding me. With just one computer to the fam, I've decided to not join in the fun this time around but will instead play a supporting role. Have fun in your quest of 50 Thou.!

Audrey Sauble said...

Oh, the count-down!

It sounds like you're going to have a lot of busyness in the family next month. I'll be rooting for you guys.

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