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
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–image by Stuart Miles)
And…already done. A friend asked me at some point last year why she’d never seen me on Goodreads, so I joined. I built my page there, and added my novel as well as the other books and scripts under my legal name. I have not yet explored this social platform. The guy on the Writer’s Digest blog didn’t have any tips, but he linked to another writer’s tips, so I’ll read that and see if there’s anything I can do this morning before work. Otherwise, I may add some tasks to my calendar for November. We’ll see!
Well, this I can do! I’ll get on the NaNoWriMo Chicago page and make a few comments. People always have fun and interesting or useful things to say there, and often I can find a topic to engage in otherwise as well. I haven’t been that active on there, but this year I’ve already been trying to engage a little more. I think I’ll also pop and twitter and retweet a few things… I’ll even try to connect with some of the new followers on this blog. Thanks, guys!