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Monday, November 2, 2015

Happy November



I never thought I’d say that. November in Michigan is always gray. Gray skies equals gray mood. Surprisingly, the first two days of November this year have been bright and sunny, warm even. Just goes to show how changeable Michigan weather is.

Are you well rested this morning with that extra hour of sleep yesterday? Although I really don’t like sunset coming so early, it’s great to wake up to the sun. Makes me want to get working earlier.

Speaking of work, I finished the revisions on the second Alex O’Hara novel, The Case of the Fabulous Fiancé and it’s off to my editor. Now to play catch up on all the household stuff that I’ve let go--cleaning up my garden, dealing with bills and paperwork, all the "fun" stuff. And wouldn’t you know, the next Alex O’Hara story that has been percolating in my brain for months is yammering at me to write.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) started yesterday. As fascinating as it sounds (write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days), it’s not for me. I admire those people who can do it. To accomplish that goal, you have to write as fast as you can. No going back to fix anything. Just keep moving forward. As I’ve mentioned in interviews, that’s not how I write. Someone calls it circular writing. I write some, go back and revise, write more, go back, and so on. I tell new writers to find the method that works for them. I found mine. And it works for me. Still, I’m sending best wishes to all who enter NaNo.

Speaking of interviews, Kam Brook interviewed me today with a terrific review of The Case of the Bygone Brother. http://www.superkambrook.com/2015/11/author-showcaseinterview-and-review-of.html?m=1

This month I’m taking an online class sponsored by the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapter of RWA, “Lessons from Firefly, Learning from the works of Joss Whedon.” All I had to do was see the word Firefly and I was in. I was a latecomer to the fans of the sci-fi show that only last for 13 episodes on television back in 2002. Once I saw the film Serenity, I got the entire series and watched it over and over. So I’m curious about these lessons. Should be fun.

Thanks to everyone who participated in my two blog hops last week. Nancy Gideon’s Haunted Open House Blog Hop and Patricia Lynne’s Trick or Treat Book Blog Hop. Lots of winners—Tricia D. won a copy of The Pilot and everyone had a chance to get Switched for free. (If you scroll down to the previous post, you can be a winner, too.)

Have a great week!

12 comments:

  1. November is usually cold and gray here in New England, too. And yes, that extra hour of sleep was nice. Congrats on finishing your revisions!! That's always such a great feeling. Ooh, Firefly! Love that series. Have fun with the class! I'm off to check out your interview now. Enjoy your week!

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    1. Thanks, Lori. Those of us who live near large bodies of water can expect those gray skies. It sure is nice to see the sun.

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  2. November is normally pretty dismal in the UK too - although apparently yesterday was the hottest record November 1st on record. It was back to normal today however - I've been staring at mist all day! Perfect writing weather, but not so much when I have to drive to work. Congrats on finishing your revisions! I'm also giving NaNoWriMo a miss this year, but I am going to try and get some writing done at least :). Happy Monday!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel. Love those above average temps. Winter can hold off, as far as I'm concerned. Hope you get lots of writing done.

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  3. It's been nothing but gray the past few weeks where I'm at in Michigan. I need to move by you, obviously. I miss the sun.

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    1. C'mon down, Patricia. Us Trolls are enjoying sunshine :) We had rain & gray last week, though. You never can tell.

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  4. You sound like you are busy enough this month. I don't do the NaNoWriMo. I can't write like that either. I'm loving the warmer weather.. I just hope it lasts throughout the winter too!

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    1. We should be so lucky, Melissa. Love this weather!

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  5. I spent the weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, and was cold, cold, cold. How great to get off the plane today to sunshine and warmth. It felt as though Michigan was welcoming me back.

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    1. Of course it was. :) If it's any consolation, we had rainy, cold weather until yesterday.

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  6. It has been a beautiful autumn in southwest Michigan. Wouldn't it be nice if every November was like this? I've never done the NANOWRIMO. Not my way of writing either, but I guess if it helps someone get a book done, more power to them. Today I think I'll enjoy the sun while it's here, take my dog for a walk and do a little outside work, and oh yes, finish another chapter in my wip!

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    1. It sure would be nice if all of November was like today. No coat or mittens. I can wait for that. :) Enjoy the walk with your dog, Lucy.

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