Notes from a Drama Queen


Tuesday, November 01, 2011

It’s NANO time again. No, not time to play your iPod, though that’s certainly the case as well. It’s National Novel Writing Month, the brainchild of Chris Baty, wherein forty-three gazillion people attempt to write a novel in one month (or at least 50,000 words of it). The rules are simple — sit down and write, averaging about 1800 words a day, every day. You don’t plan, don’t revise, don’t listen to your inner critic, certainly don’t listen to outer critics. I’m not going to even attempt to throw out estimates of how many people want to write a novel someday. Someday is tomorrow.

I managed it last year (and god, I don’t even remember which book I wrote — probably SHAMELESS.) This year Kristina Douglas will jump in my recliner and write the fourth Fallen Angel book, which means I have 24 hours to come up with a semblance of a plot before I jump in. It’s all a huge amount of fun, with write-ins sponsored by bookstores and local libraries and competitive word counts and the like. I’ll be a guest on the Storywonk blog this week when they concentrate on NANO and I’ll be pedal to the metal and nose to the grindstone and body parts applied anywhere useful. Full steam ahead!

In honor of NANO I have begun hauling out the Augean Stables that is my office (I’m the granddaughter of a Classics scholar so I tend to go with the labors of Hercules ). Tossed bag after bag of crap, packed away boxes and boxes of books, found my missing external hard drive. I got it about half done before I collapsed in a weary stupor (Hercules R Not Us) but I’ll work on it today before I pick up my grandson.

Somehow I have to juggle the NANO time, swimming, grandson time, elderly mother time, quilting, and all the other things I either must do or want to do. I need extra energy and a dozen fewer things I want to do. One thing I’ve decided to drop from my daily chores is obsessing on how ON THIN ICE is doing at Amazon. People will find it, sooner or later, and worrying about it is a waste of time. Worrying about when I’m getting my snow tires on is more useful. (Making an appointment, even better).

So, who’s for NANO?



Blogger Slave Driver said...

While I'm unable to do a full Nano (you know my schedule is crazy in November...) You have inspired me to at least finish my wip.

I hope you have recovered from you altitude problems. Happy writing!

10:31 AM  
Blogger Bernice said...

Hello, Anne! I just finished "On Thin Ice" last night and I cannot ask for a more awesome way to end your Ice series, which I love so much. At work today, I found myself staring off into space thinking again and again about the scenes I most loved in the book. Hopefully you have eased up on obsessing about how well your book is doing, because I am sure it will do massively well. Hugs from across the many miles! (I live in a very strict Middle Eastern country, where reading your books is one of the greatest pleasures of a simple life spent either at home or at work). :)

2:47 PM  
Blogger Bernizzya said...

Whoops, sorry, just read your comment about a story for Mahmoud and Dylan. So...Ice series not done after all, yay! Can't wait. :D

8:01 AM  
Blogger Willow said...

I have found "On Thin Ice" and am desperate to read it, but I'm waiting for a hard copy (don't have a Kindle--sob).

7:54 PM  
Blogger Litchi said...

Hi Anne!
I've tried to buy on Amazon twice now and I'm still getting 'not currently available' where the One-click purchase button would normally be. This could be one of those country restriction thingies (I'm in South Africa)and might explain slow sales? I wish they'd at least indicate that that the book has actually been released. I can't even select it to have it pre-ordered. Will just have to keep checking the site.
PS- Hope you get some good quilting time in!

8:14 AM  
Blogger Anne Stuart said...

Sorry some of you have had a hard time getting ON THIN ICE. Despite some proselytizers (is that the way to spell it?) there's a lot to be said for traditional publishing.

11:17 AM  
Blogger inkgrrl said...

*raises hand*

And of course late to the NaNo party on account of surgery and good drugs ;-)

9:00 PM  
Blogger Anne Stuart said...

Ah, we like good drugs.

9:44 AM  

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