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So you want to do Nanowrimo

As there are quite a few people in my circle who are doing Nanowrimo for the first time, I thought I would share what I’ve learned in my more-or-less ten years’ experience. This is nothing new, I’m sure, but in case you haven’t looked at the Newbie’s forum or read No Plot? No Problem! yet, here you go.

Before November
Do any major housework/laundry/grocery shopping that needs doing, because you will want the free time next month.
Stock up on snacks and simple-to-prepare food. Remember to get healthy snacks, not just chocolate. Baby carrots, cheese and crackers, and apple slices are always a good idea.
Let people know you will not be available for anything that will cut into your writing time.
Pack your inner editor away. Do not let the inner editor out until December.
Figure out your writing software. Due to wordcount weirdness between programs, it’s a good idea to use the same one all through the month so you’re not surprised by your total come November 30th.

During November
Sit up straight.
Use an ergonomic keyboard if possible.
Think about what you’re going to write before you start a writing session. I guarantee the writing will go faster if you have an idea, no matter how vague, of what you want to accomplish today.
Attend a write-in or two if there’s a Nanowrimo group in your area. They are, by and large, fun and supportive. You’re all in this together.
Reward yourself. A piece of chocolate for every 100 words, seeing a movie when you reach a major milestone, buy schwag from the Office of Letters and Light, that sort of thing.
Donate to the site.
Back up often, at least once a week. (Many people do it daily. Disasters do happen.)

After November
After you validate your word count, there are rewards to collect. Yay rewards!
Go to your region’s Thank God It’s Over party.
Put your MS away for a bit before you decide what to do with it, whether you’re going to edit it for submitting or you’re just going to bask in your accomplishment. It will be better than you remember when you do go back.

As ever with my advice, ignore or use as you like.

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help me, faithful readers!

So, I’ve got this series in the works and the titles of the stories themselves are…a bit lengthy. (As is the title of their playlist.) Here’s what I’ve got, published, pending, and planned:
1. The wishing book of Barnaby Sloan
2. The haunted Halloween of Barnaby Sloan
3. The Christmas miracles of Barnaby Sloan
4. The Auld Lang Syne of Barnaby Sloan
5. The Death by Chocolate of Barnaby Sloan
6. The Funeral Blues of Barnaby Sloan
7. The Accidental Engagement of Barnaby Sloan

Now I need a series title.

That’s where you come in!

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New free read: Corazon

Love Has No Boundaries: Corazon Every year, the M/M Readers group on GoodReads holds a “Don’t Read in the Closet!” event, where participants select a photo or drawing as the basis for a story prompt, and other members write the story.

“Corazon” is my story for the event.

The request:

I want a story where this man is an archaeologist studying Mesoamerica (Aztec, Maya). He is very passionate about the history and culture of the region, despite not being native to the area. The younger man is a Mexican college student from a wealthy family who is interning at the dig site (maybe his parents are contributing to the project financially or something). He’s never cared much about history, especially not the barbaric people who were civilized by the Spanish conquistadors.

He starts out bored and annoyed with his job. Eventually the archaeologist’s passion wears off on him and he learns to love the ancient culture and maybe the man who studies it too.

If you’re part of the M/M Readers group, you can read it here.  Otherwise, I have it as a free read at JennaJones.com and on AO3.

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New free read: Corazon

Every year, the M/M Readers group on GoodReads holds a “Don’t Read in the Closet!” event, where participants select a photo or drawing as the basis for a story prompt, and other members write the story.

“Corazon” is my story for the event.

The request:

I want a story where this man is an archaeologist studying Mesoamerica (Aztec, Maya). He is very passionate about the history and culture of the region, despite not being native to the area. The younger man is a Mexican college student from a wealthy family who is interning at the dig site (maybe his parents are contributing to the project financially or something). He’s never cared much about history, especially not the barbaric people who were civilized by the Spanish conquistadors.

He starts out bored and annoyed with his job. Eventually the archaeologist’s passion wears off on him and he learns to love the ancient culture and maybe the man who studies it too.

If you’re part of the M/M Readers group, you can read it here.  Otherwise, I have it as a free read here and on AO3.

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Where I’m at

I realize I haven’t been posting much–not that I ever did, but that’s another issue. The main reason for this latest silence is that after the less-than-enthusiastic reception of my last few stories, I’ve been thinking a lot about this writing career of mine and what I want out of it and where I want it to go.

Unfortunately, I don’t really have any answers about that yet.

So, silence will continue until I figure out my path. See you when I get there.

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Where I’m at

I realize I haven’t been posting much–not that I ever did, but that’s another issue. The main reason for this latest silence is that after the less-than-enthusiastic reception of my last few stories, I’ve been thinking a lot about this writing career of mine and what I want out of it and where I want it to go.

Unfortunately, I don’t really have any answers about that yet.

So, silence will continue until I figure out my path. See you when I get there.