Sunday, November 25, 2012

A New Fan

What an interesting day today.
My husband got a phone call yesterday from a friend of ours named Tim who wanted two copies of Murder on Manitou. He said he would stop by today to pick them up. When he showed up, he had a woman with him, his mom. She had seen my book advertised in In The Hills magazine (http://www.inthehills.ca/2012/11/current/theyear-in-books-2012/) and really wanted to read it. She searched Chapters website, Amazon.ca and other sites hoping to come across it.
No luck.
She showed the magazine to her son who started to laugh and said, "Hey! I know her!"
Today, he brought his mom over to meet me and get her two copies of my book. How fun to meet someone I didn't know who bought my book just because she wanted to buy it. Not because she was a friend or relative. (No disrespect to anyone else!)
I have to say, it really made my day!

What else made my day?

Hanging out with friends for the last meeting of the Headwaters Writers' Guild this afternoon and hearing Nancy's short story that has evolved to the point it evoked tears from nearly everyone.

Going to my friend Amanda's Stampin' Creations Open House and finding Chocolate Strawberry Jam and some lovely gift tags she'd made. Then walking back to my car in the falling snow, jittery from coffee and happy to have spent time with someone who makes me smile.

Coming home to eat chicken wings and watch the 100th Grey Cup game with hubby and kids.

Being this close to having my latest edits done; having already met my challenge for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) last weekend, I'm now at 54,000 words; and preparing to finish off the novel I was working on before NaNo.

Oh, and finishing the Karate Manual for The Orangeville Dojo! Can't wait to get those copies up for sale!

Have a wonderful Sunday evening!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

National Novel Writing Month

 
This month I decided to give NaNoWriMo a shot. I'm a first timer and got hooked into a crazy story called The Dance of Women, involving pirates and gypsies and a case of revenge. The goal of NaNo, for those who don't know, is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I completed my 50,000 as of November 18th and am still going. A little slower for the moment, this week has been busy so far, but I do plan to finish my novel and tuck it aside to edit later.

What else am I up to? Editing The Bookstore Lady for my agent and working on a karate manual for work.

HWG Author Day on Nov 17 was a lot of fun. We had local media and many friends in attendance. I enjoyed getting to read Chapter 2 of Murder on Manitou to the crowd and answer many questions. One of which was whether I planned to write a collection of short stories. YES, I've been working on one for ages, but have to spend some time pulling it all together and arranging for it to be printed. I'll let you know when it becomes available.

Once my edits are done, the manual is for sale at the dojo and NaNo is done for the year, it will be time for Christmas. And, of course, Christmas cookies, popcorn and stories!

But for now, I'll write on!