NaNoWriMo is upon us! Are you taking part? Care to be buddies?
The MAIN LIFE GOALS:
- Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
- Survive at least another 38 years
- There’s also the Bucket List.
- Have 6500 Twitter followers ~ currently at 6334 — UP 47 from last month
Download the update for my blog theme
- Keep Supporting Diverse Books
Be part of 4 blog hops/fests. Participate in at least 2 #OABookClub reads
- Rewrite and edit my urban fantasy novel, then
get the new query letter out therePUBLISH Beta 1 of 4 stage.
- Enter 3 writing contests 1- Entered #WRiTECLUB2016, got in. 2- Entered and won OA Flash Fiction 3- Entered Creative Writing Institute’s Anthology contest
Publish or be published somewherex3!
- Participate in Reading Challenges
Goals for November:
- Leave a comment on 20 blogs
- Read and review two books
- Interview another Debut Author to feature at OA
- Enjoy my role in Pass or Pages at OA
- Win NaNoWriMo
Review of Goals for October:
- Leave a comment on 10 blogs
- Write a 5000 word story Still working on it this weekend.
- Read and review four books
- Find 2 Debut Authors to feature at OA
- Take part in the 5th Annual Spooktoberfest
- Take part in the Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween
- Take part in the Fall into Romance Giveaway Hop Congrats @StacypilotStacy
- Take part in NaNoWriMo October Activities
Would you please take a moment to share the debut author image? It would mean a great deal not only to me, but to any debut author who is interviewed as a result. Thanks so much!
MY TIME IS NOW
I wonder if the fear of heights really was down to Carl’s bones as I hold his skull in my hand. Killing him off was my best idea so far. I trudge to the summit of the cliff to toss Carl’s skull away. Shards of bone splatter against the rocks. The crowd cheers my name as I hold the machete above my head.
“Magic Mallah, Magic Mallah!”
I breathe it all in. The salt and seaweed from the ocean tell me I’m home. The cheers tell me I have a purpose. A piece of black licorice in my mouth reminds me of where I was held.
Carl will never have a tombstone. No one will grieve for the dead monster. A breeze whips over the sweat on my skin. This is my country now. I have slaves to free and new war to wage. This machete will not remain sharp forever. One day I’ll die, perhaps in battle or perhaps by the hand of a follower gone rogue. It doesn’t matter. All that counts now is that I bring as much of a wave of change as I can for as long as I can. Carl’s tyranny is over.
Spooktoberfest October 28, 2016 J Lenni Dorner
#NewToYou2016 – I haven’t read any of these before!
Acne, Asthma, And Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon by Rena Rocford @Renathewriter
Publication Date: November 22, 2015
What a fantastic story. I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well developed and interesting. There were parts of the story that I wish had been developed more and expanded upon. Hopefully there’s a follow-up book.
The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises by James Scott Bell @jamesscottbell
Publication Date: December 9, 2009
I enjoyed the style of this book. There are several writing exercises I enjoyed trying out. I wouldn’t suggest it as a first how-to book on writing, but when you’ve read a few and put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) a few times, this is a good one to ignite the spark.
Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family by L. G. Keltner @LGKeltner
Publication Date: November 20, 2015
Wow! I did not expect to enjoy this short book as much as I did. Funny, informative, and heartwarming. How did the author pack so much emotion into this?
As a fantasy writer, I found actual useful tips for my main characters. Generally, a book with how-to instructions is straightforward and dull. This creatively weaves a list in with a story of family and romance at Christmas time.
I’d recommend it to teens, young adults, writers, and lovers of humor and romance. The title, by the way, is a result of the book the main character is writing. Keep an eye on Keltner because this is an author with serious potential.
60 FREE to use Writing prompts, plots and ways to twist by Ganga Bharani Vasudevan @ganga_bharani
Publication Date: October 15, 2015
This book is exactly what the title suggests. There are writing prompts, which we’ve all seen items like that before. But then there are suggestions on how to twist them. It really gets the creative juices flowing. This isn’t just for reading before setting out on a new book, it’s also great for when you get stuck in your current WIP. A well done book which was free when I got a copy.
The Story Toolkit: Your Step-by-Step Guide To Stories That Sell by Susan Bischoff @susan_bischoff
Publication Date: October 2, 2016
SPECIAL PRICE INTRODUCTORY PRICE FOR NaNoWriMo DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER.
A good book that combines a lot of great advice. It came with a link to a downloadable worksheet. That useful item makes it easier to follow along and to use the book. I feel that it might come off as intimidating for new writers. However, those who have read a few books on the craft will have no problem following along. I found a few good gems I hadn’t come across elsewhere.