Today’s Interview

Just finished up a great interview with a delightful singer here in Chicago: Petra Van Nuis. She loves cats, sings jazz, and has gotten to perform in the Radio City Rockettes Spectacular.

I’ll be pitching her piece soon (initial pitch already out there with one publisher), so I’ll expect links to be forthcoming.

In the meantime, check her out: Petra Van Nuis.

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NaNoWriMo Prep Day 1: Sharing a Writing Space

It is October. So you know what that means–NaNo Prep time!

This year, I’ve got a whole new experience awaiting me as I write for NaNoWriMo. Last year, I co-wrote a book with my then fiance. This year, we’re writing side-by-side, in the same apartment, as husband and wife!

I’ve written books with others around before. But I’ve never attempted this feat with someone so…distracting around before. Last year as we co-wrote, he was in Florida while I was in Chicago. And we only spoke for about an hour a day on the phone. Now, however, he’s merely feet away at any given moment (both the pro and the con of both working from home)…and terribly distracting to me in many ways.

So this month, a lot of my prep time for NaNoWriMo will actually be adapting to having a handsome, silly man around who wants to talk story, theology, music, writing, kittens, and movies all day long, during work breaks.

Today, my assignment is to create a check-list for the NaNoWriMo, including anything to assist in avoiding distraction by the hot husband.

  1. the best playlist ever for NaNoWriMo
  2. sound neutralizing headphones
  3. a closed door between handsome man and myself while writing
  4. fitness attire washed and ready to go (1 week’s worth at a time, folded and placed in bathroom, ready to put on immediately when I rise)
  5. store of amazing teas to sample and possibly blog about
  6. healthy snack foods, prepped twice weekly (celery sticks, carrot sticks, green peppers, etc. cut and stored)
  7. healthy meals prepped for reheat on stove (prepped once weekly)
  8. writing hour boundaries discussed and set with hubby
  9. research and source materials in place by October 31
  10. candles galore!
  11. lighting pre-planned for optimal writing times
  12. cat toys to throw at cat when she attempts to add her own distractions
  13. outline
  14. (working?) title
  15. cover
  16. novel set up on NaNoWriMo.org by Oct. 25
  17. list of blogs to write for October by October 5
  18. list of blogs to write for November by October 31
  19. plenty of cat treats for leash training cat on writing breaks
  20. 10 cozy additional mystery books read (unless I choose to go a different route than currently planned)

That should be more than enough to work on in the midst of my various gigs and big events this month.

NANOWRIMO IS COMING!

 

Project DDD Publication Continues

I haven’t forgotten Daisy Meeks and Kane Sullivan.  I haven’t dropped the ball on getting Drop Dead Daisy published this month.  No, no, I’m still going.  In the midst of NaNoWriMo, I’m going to keep plugging away.  I’m ahead of NaNoWriMo by several thousand words, so I’m still doing well.  I can maintain this and do some editing.  I am feeling very much that My Vienna, this year’s NaNo novel won’t be remotely drafted by the 50,000 word line, so I’m okay with working on both at once.

9:40 That being said, I’m going to read aloud one more chapter tonight.  Chapter 26.

10:15 Well.  That went better than planned.  6000+ words, and I finished the final 3 chapters for the read-aloud.

And you know what?  I’m really happy with this book.  It still has a lot of work to make it what it should be, but this story is one that really speaks to my heart.  I’m nothing like Daisy, but I still relate to her and love her.  And I guess that’s what it’s about, right?  Hopefully my readers will love her as much as I do when she finally meets the world this month.

Zack's Bass Guitar (photo by Pixomar)--writing inspiration

Zack’s Bass Guitar (photo by Pixomar)–writing inspiration

From Writer’s Digest–Day 31 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Leave a Comment (on the Writer’s Digest blog)

This was mine: “Hmm. Well, I’d say I have a slightly better handle on the author platform thing. I’m still a long way away from feeling like I’m any good at it. I definitely got some good notions from this, though. Setting a calendar/plan for each month with tasks for daily platform development is good is probably one of the biggest helps–that and just having the push to do it! I’m not a big fan of social media for a couple of reasons (everybody is trying to sell something all the time!), including how much time it takes away from real life if people let it get away from them. I think having this plan with a few simple tasks helps, though, to let me avoid getting sucked in while still making some movement on this.  Anyhow, them’s my thoughts! 😉 Thanks for the challenge!”

Feedback Sign (writing responses)

Feedback Sign (writing responses–image by Stuart Miles)

Count Down Day 3: Project “DDD” Publication

Well, I’m not getting started until 9pm tonight.  It was a long work day, and a slightly crazy after work day as well.

Going to attempt to finish the read-aloud in the midst of packing for my weekend trip.  We’ll see how this goes!

9:00–read-aloud chapters 20-24.

10:45–calling it quits.  Ugh.  I wanted to keep going, to make it all the way through, but my voice is shot and my eyes are troubled at the thought of staying open.

I’ll try to squeeze some more in, in the morning before work.  We’ll see how that goes.

A Drumkit that would make Velma happy

A Drumkit that would make Velma happy–writing inspiration

Count Down Day 4: Project “DDD” Publication

That count-down is getting close.  And I know I won’t get anything done on the 30th or 31st, as I leave town immediately after work on the 30th.  I guess I’d better get a lot in tonight and tomorrow!

Today’s goals: Finish read-aloud edit #1.  Do modifiers pass on as many chapters as I can plow through!

6:10–Read-aloud edit of Chapters 11-14.

7:30–break for dinner and start the first load of laundry (Yep–even writer’s have chores!)

8:50–Read-aloud continues!  Chapters 15-16.  Whew!  These are long ones!

10:05–break.  Had to go get my laundry!  Sadly, thinking I won’t make it through the rest of the read-aloud tonight.  But I’ll keep plugging away!

10:20–Back at it for now…  Chapters 17-19.

11:25–Gotta call it a night.  Half-way through 19, I knew I was done for the night.  Bummer.  Oh, well.  Pressing forward tomorrow!

Surfcaster Guitar--writing inspiration

Surfcaster Guitar–writing inspiration