Aaaaannd we’re off!! National Novel Writing Month 2013 begins November 1

2013-Participant-Facebook-CoverThis is my fifth year to participate in NaNoWriMo! Am i prepared? Not really. Am I confident? I wasn’t until this morning. Until then I had no idea what I planned to write. I knew what I “should” write and if all goes well I will do that too.

Story ideas are like falling autumn leaves–beautiful to watch as they spin a meandering path to the ground, but hell to catch. I watched a beautiful one float down this morning as I showered. It moved so slowly, I think I might have caught it! We’ll see! Working title is: “Mismatched Irregulars and Seconds” and the brief description I posted at the NaNo site is:

Griffin, a socially inept “nice guy”, is a match-making agency’s worst nightmare. As  members near the ends of their contracts, they are transferred to the “Outlet”, a division of last ditch commando love gurus. Lucy has never failed to match a client…but Griffin might just be the one to break her record.

Alternatively, I’m kind of stoked to maybe, finally, finish Sins of Our Mothers. For the first time since I started it in 2010, I actually let someone read a few chapters. My toe-dipping beta reader gave me the most encouraging feedback. I want to finish Sins. I think I may be skilled enough, finally, to do it justice.

I hope so.

In the meantime, here’s a few NaNo graphics. The word counts auto-update as I log in my word count at the NaNo site:

Green means I hit my min daily quota, red means I missed it.

2012 NaNoWriMo Winner!!

Fourth year, fourth win! Today we were able to validate our wins and get our certificates. Here’s mine:

I got my 50k word count win by completing 2 other manuscripts–9674 words for Purely Relative for me and 5227 words for my alter-ego, Lila–in addition to the first 35,115 words of my cruise ship romance.

The cruise romance is still sailing at 48,224 words as of November 24th. Definitely want to complete the first draft by the NaNo end date of November 30th so I can dock this thing in the Avon NaNo sponsor port by December 10th.