Saturday, October 13, 2012

NaNoWriMo ~or~ Penny's Crazy

My Mother told me the other day that I should try NaNo. My first response was, "You're insane."

For the past several months I've been attempting to finish up writing projects in order to get back to editing my novel, The Land Between Time. As you can see, that hasn't worked very well. But I was still tracking. The second I got a chance, I would pounce.

But NaNo? Me? With all the writing things I'm trying to get done?

Of course she said, "Why not?"

I didn't list reasons why not. At least, not right away. But my Mother is seriously telepathic. She could tell I wasn't excited about the idea. So she brought in the cavalry. Later on I got an email from one of my Mother's good friends, Chautona Havig. Mrs. Havig is a long time author, and I've gone to her before with questions about how to proceed as a little upstart writer. Well, this email urged me to do NaNo this year.

"It's great!" She said. "It will really help."

Well, sheesh. I can't hardly ignore all that. So I said I'd consider it. We talked, me to Mom, and me to Mrs. Havig, and weighing all the pros and cons..... I've decided that the pros outweigh the cons, and I'm going to give it a shot.

So. Beginning November 1st, I am going to start work on the first fifty thousand words of the sequel to LBT, Dagger Quest.

"Wait..." You're saying. "You haven't finished the first one yet."

How very observant of you! I have such intelligent readers on here. It's true, I haven't finished the first one. However, speaking with Mrs. Havig as well as Mrs. Havig's marketer, I have decided to follow a course of action that will lead to the publication of my books that is slightly different from the course I'd initially planned. However, in spite of that -- because I'm ridiculously stubborn -- I still plan to have The Land Between Time out and published by late in Winter 2013.

Fell free to shake your head in disbelief, if you like. About a million things could happen between now and Winter 2013. But hey, such is life. I'm still going to give it my absolute best shot.

I am not certain how FtGG will fare during November, but I'm still going to attempt to get my promised 'one installment a month' out, if not more. Thankfully Dana and I haven't gone through all the skype transcripts yet to where we have to continue the story via skype before being able to transcribe anything. Still have a short ways to go before needing anything new.

So. This is my craziness for the rest of the year. On the bright side, I really am quite unhappy when I don't have an ongoing writing project. Even more so than I am when I get bogged down by the bajillion writing projects I heap upon myself.

As usual, Mother is always right. Love you, Mum. Thanks for looking out for me so well, even when I think you're nuts.

Dia duit,


  1. Good luck, Penny! I expect updates. And stalking abilities. What's your username?

  2. Mine is "A Quill In Her Quiver"

  3. I'm pretty sure you didn't say that exactly Out Loud. You know, because you wrote this so clearly *you're still alive now*.

    heh heh

    (did I mention that I love it when I'm right? Not that I need you to tell me I'm right.... but it's nice once in a while :D )

    You Will Do Great!!!! It'll be good for you, you'll Enjoy it.....


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