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Saturday, November 08, 2014

NaNo OhOh!

This morning, I'm about to continue working on the first draft of a novel that I've decided to write during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)  And by novel, I mean a really short novel. Something in the range of about 50,000 words.

It's called Coversion (potentially Covert Operations, but I like the title parallel option) to the much-requested sequel to Evasion, which I wrote last November.  Evasion has had almost 130,000 reads on Wattpad, and I've had a lot of people ask for the next one . . . so why not just roll with it.

I started out the month a few hundred words ahead on the 1st and the 2nd, but I have started to lapse.

As of this morning (I haven't started writing today), my average daily word count is 1284 (with a goal of 1667), meaning I wouldn't be done the book until December 9th. Not bad, but if I let it keep slipping, I'm in trouble.

Here are my stats. (Note that if you click this link after 9:30 AM EST on Nov 8th you might see different numbers than appear below)


I had started off okay, but I'm slipping. Time to double-down (which is what November 8th is at NaNoWriMo - okay, they call it Double-Up Donation Day because it's about doubling your donation if you plan on donating on the same day many writers try to double-down their daily writing because, like me, they likely worked long hours during the week and thus fell behind in their word count)



But I'm hopeful, because here's how Evasion looked throughout the month last year - LOTS of falling behind with a final giant last minute production styled day where I ended up okay just in the nick of time.

Evasion stats from 2013
I came close a few times, but didn't ever hit the point I was supposed to be at any point during the month. I played a terrible game of "try to catch up" all month. But I managed to pull it off at the last minute. Not bad.

Evasion Wattpad Reading Stats


And Evasion was a fun short novel to write. So far, Coversion is intriguing for me to write, because I'm having to explore a lot of questions and unanswered mysteries that I set up in the first book but, even though I resolved the basic plot of that novel, I still have some 'splainin' to do.

Apart from being able to read the entire novel for free at Wattpad, Evasion is available in eBook via many platforms including Kobo and Kindle and is also available in print.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ghostly Bookish Tales for Halloween

This morning I was a guest on CHCH Morning Live, in studio with Annette Hamm, talking about my latest book, Tomes of Terror.



We had the chance to chat about a few stores, including the tale of Lord Combermere's Chair, The Willard Library Ghost Cams, Waterdown Library and the tales of books bound with human flesh.

Annette is always a fantastic host to chat with and the CHCH staff are a great group of people

Here's a link to the video.



Happy Halloween!