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If you think you've got what it takes to win this year's Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Opening Line, please follow the link for details of what you can win and how to take part. 

Entry doors close tomorrow, Friday, at noon   (US/Eastern).

Fur-Face CD/I are a writer! MUGS: Laura, please get in touch.
I got another order for the Fur-Face CD/I are a writer! mug offer in the mail yesterday. The envelope had a Florida postmark. It contained $13 in cash, along with a lovely note from someone named Laura, telling me not to worry about the 5 cents in change.

If you're reading this, Laura, thanks for the order, unfortunately, you forgot to tell me your surname or where I'm supposed to send it. Please email me to let me know: jon@acatofninetales.com.   

$6.00 at personal appearances or delivered anywhere 
in the USA for just $12.95 (incl tax and P&P)


YA Bloggers wanted
After a lot of thought, I've decided to give up my regular columns at The Apex Book Company's blog and YAAYNHO (Young Adult Authors You've Never Heard Of). I had fun writing for them, but I want to focus a bit more on writerly type writing - I'll continue to post a regular(ish) column over at Flash Fiction Chronicles.

YAAYNHO is run by my friend, Christine Norris. If you're a Young Adult/Middle Grade writer and interested in writing a regular blog column, please contact her for more information at
christinenorris02@gmail.com.

That's me updated.

One last thought:
NANOWRIMO seems like a popular annual event. A lot of my friends seem to be taking part, but I've never taken the plunge myself.

How about you?

Did you go for NANOWRIMO this year?

Yes, I do it every year!
11(34.4%)
Yes, this is my first go.
2(6.2%)
Not this year, but I've done it before.
7(21.9%)
I always say a big 'No, no!" to NaNoWriMo
12(37.5%)
What the heck is NaNoWriMo?
0(0.0%)




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csecooney
Nov. 4th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
I did NaNoWriMo last year and it was SO MUCH FUN!
However, I've not touched the full novel draft since then.
So this month? I've decided to do ReWriNoMo!
I mean to get a solid second or even third draft done before year's end. Tally-ho! Wish me luck, Mr. Gibbs!
msstacy13
Nov. 4th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
I'm sure he will, but I will, too.
Good luck and good ink!
:)
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msstacy13
Nov. 4th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
If you don't hear from her,
you could try googling "Laura" plus the zip code on the postmark;
also, googling the serial numbers on the bills
might give you a currency-tracking website
which could narrow the search...

You'd almost think I wrote cop stories.
:)
jongibbs
Nov. 4th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Lol, hopefully, she'll just send me an email :)
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mary_j_59
Nov. 4th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
I always say "no" because I don't need that level of stress in my life. I have enough stress, thank you, coming from other directions! So I just commit to what's worked for me for the last three years - to write something every day, first thing in the morning. It doesn't matter how much or how little. If I can manage that, stories will get written, and I don't have to guilt-trip myself for failing to finish them within a month!
jongibbs
Nov. 4th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
I think it's a good incentive for folks. Even those of us who decide not to do it probably think more about writing as a result of seeing all the posts about NaNoWriMo, wo that's a plus, I'd say :)
knittingknots
Nov. 4th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Yep, I start nano every year. I like it for the practice in sustained, longer story writing, because, in part, longer stories intimidate me, and I've been spending way too much time being satisfied writing flash fiction.

Did a ton of preparation this year and it's paying off. I've never generated so many first draft words so quickly - my normal writing style is pretty recursive; write for a little while, edit, write a bit more, edit, see a conclusion, call it done (works really well for short pieces!)

I've been sitting on my internal editor...it's making notes, though. I know I've skimped on the solidity that I normally bring in, and it's thinner than I like on scene setting, and I'll probably add a lot more, well, transitional and character development later. But I find it's great practice for pushing the plot line forward. And I need that a lot. Plus I have the need to get over some mental blocks about plotting long stories.

But I wouldn't want to do this more than once a year!
jongibbs
Nov. 4th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
Did a ton of preparation this year and it's paying off.

I imagine it's a good incentive for September/October time as well as November.
bogwitch64
Nov. 4th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
I've always seen NaNo as a way to jumpstart a novel, or to spur a writing routine into motion. I'm always in the middle of something come November, and I don't need spurring to get into a writing routine (let's hope that never changes!) so, no NaNo for me.

Sorry to lose you at Apex!
jongibbs
Nov. 4th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Terri. I'm sorry to be lost :)
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silverwerecat
Nov. 4th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Since 2005, I've been doing NaNo, not always winning. It's strange (or perhaps not) how there are all those cat emergencies during November. For example, back in 2006, I had six cats with, ahem, stomach/bowel ailments. If the mop qualfied for novel-writing, I'd have won that year... sigh*
jongibbs
Nov. 4th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
If the mop qualfied for novel-writing, I'd have won that year...

Lol, and ew! But mostly lol :)
wordsrmylife
Nov. 4th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
I'm not opposed to the concept, but for me the choice of November is a deal-breaker. It's the wrong point in the semester and Thanksgiving with a child to fetch from and return to college means at least three lost days. Depending on where I am with my current wip, I may try to do something similar in March, when I do typically have a more flexible schedule.

But I am now committed to writing every day no matter what, so it's mostly the challenge of finishing the rough draft in a month that I focus on.
jongibbs
Nov. 4th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
I guess any month would be a deal-breaker for some people or other.

Good luck in March :)
blood_of_winter
Nov. 4th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
I've been doing nano every year since 2002 with less than stellar success. BUT this year while Im focusing on my novel, Im not worrying about wordcount. Really I think the stress of the numbers crunching gets me too worked up and all I do is check my word count every 5 minutes.
jongibbs
Nov. 4th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
I tend to start each day by deleting a good portion of what I wrote the previous day, which seems to work for me, but doesn't lend itself to something like NaNoWriMo.

That said, I can see why folks like it :)

Edited at 2010-11-04 05:41 pm (UTC)
black_faery
Nov. 4th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
This year I decided to do Mini NaNoWriMo - committing to writing 150 words a day (you could pick your commitment, with a minimum of 100 words a day), every day, for November. I can't commit to NaNo properly - I don't write at that speed. If I'm doing well and on a role, I might hit 1000 words in a day. Last summer, on a really Good Week, I hit 10,000 or so for the week. And was shattered. Doing more than that, for four weeks on the go...no thank you! But trying to write every day is a good habit, and one I needed to get back into, so hopefully this will help with that :-)
heleninwales
Nov. 4th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
I like to ride the NaNoWriMo enthusiasm, but there's no way that I could do 50000 words in 30 days.

Last year I set myself the target of a half-NaNo, this year I'm supposed to be doing a quarter NaNo -- though I haven't actually had time to start yet because I have other important projects to get underway.

When NaNoWriMo was new, a bunch of us set up IWriSloMo (either International Write Slowly Month or I Write In Slo Motion, whichever you prefer). It started life as a mailing list, but it's now a community here on LJ.

Anyone reading this is very welcome to come and join us at iwrislomo

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smeddley
Nov. 4th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
I'm most certainly not doing it (as I swore I never would again!), and am most certainly not already behind. ;)

I can only hope I don't reach the 28th with 40,000 left to write (again).
jongibbs
Nov. 4th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Lol :)
ladysaotome
Nov. 4th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of Nanowrimo and I've particpated the past two years - but something always comes up halfway through the month & my attempt dies a long, drawn-out death. This year I've got so much on my plate I've decided to learn from history and not go for a third fail. Besides, I've reached a point where I want to throw myself into my writing on my own and without any motivation other than my own.
jongibbs
Nov. 4th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
On the bright side, even if folks don't finish, they probably did more than they might have otherwise.
slweippert
Nov. 4th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
I just don't write fast enough to do NaNoWriMo. Since I'm supposed to be writing everyday anyway, there's no point in it for me regardless. I just sit on the sidelines and congratulate those that make it.
jongibbs
Nov. 4th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
I think I could do it, but I know I'd hate the result :(
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jongibbs
Nov. 4th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
I think it's an inspiring idea, but it's not for me.
phoenixfirewolf
Nov. 5th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
I love NaNoWriMo... it is what taught me how to finish novels... :) I started doing it in 2005 and this is the first year I haven't participated.

jongibbs
Nov. 5th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
I think it's a big help to some people, though it's not for me.
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