Friday, December 2, 2011

News, Notes, and Nubbins

I had a great time with Ciara Night's blog hop yesterday. Many of the authors found their books. Please stop by her blog and find out how others did.

First Item: That's right. I won the crap out of Nano this year. I think that makes it lucky number 7 for me. I'd have to go back and look to be sure, but I think that's right.

It was the most difficult year to date for me. I chucked my outline a few paragraphs in and that made it tough. I managed to squeak into that glorious winner's circle by churning out many thousands of words in the final days. Take a look at the nifty nano word count stats below to glean what wisdom you can from my ordeal. As you can see I was behind the pace almost from the very beginning. Well, really I guess I fell off the wagon at around day 5. I nearly quit around day 20, but I decided that even if I didn't make it, I wasn't going to go out a quitter. So I plugged away and during the last week I think I hit a stride of sorts. I'm not quite halfway through the story and am definitely taking a few days to do other things before I start writing again.


Item 2: Dr Grumpy himself has decided to get into the whole blogfest thing. Not by merely participating of course, but by hosting one, he's giving out prizes and everything. Please stop by, say hello, and sign up. Let's see, I don't think he has an official linky thing up.So comment HERE and I'm sure you'll be counted as in the running.

That's real money that will be changing hands there folks, real money.

In case you're curious, and can't be bothered to check the link above, the blogfest is dedicated to Christmas. Wait, scratch that, Dr. Grumpy has a vendetta against that word. It's a blogfest dedicated to the holidays, specifically, the twelve things you most hate about the season.

I know, how can I possibly narrow it down to only twelve. Just kidding. It gives us all permission to vent a little about some of the more annoying aspects of the holiday season.


The Nubbins: Yes, just one last thing. I've put off a lot of stuff over the past month, and will be feverishly working on some of the things I've put off doing over the next few weeks. So everyone, if you're waiting on me to do something that I've promised I was going to do. I'll be getting my butt in gear in December.

11 comments:

M.J. Fifield said...

Hey, congratulations on having won the crap out of NaNo this year.

Have you ever heard that song "The Twelve Pains of Christmas"? That's is possibly my favorite holiday song.

M.J. Fifield said...

And that's some awesome grammar I displayed in that first comment... sorry. I'll proofread more carefully the next time. =)

Melissa Bradley said...

Congrats on winning NaNo! I have to get my rear in gear this month, too. A carry over from the last month, really. My schedule discombobulation and other things had me missing NaNo this year and I felt bad.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You did it! Score one for the neurotic writer.
I have my posts scheduled up until Christmas, so won't be able to do the blogfest. Not much for venting anyway.

Dr. Grumpy Bulldog, PhD of Awesomeness said...

"Winning" Nano is like getting one of those Participant ribbons at the science fair.

Commenting on MJ's comment, I've heard that "12 Pains" song but it's not one of my favorites. I like the version by Bob and Doug Mackenzie that features "A beer...in a tree." That would make Christmas trees a lot better IMO.

L.G.Smith said...

Congrats on "winning" NaNo again. I'm trying not to be jealous of your awesome "I'm not a quitter" attitude. :)

Nancy said...

nice stats, there is much to be said for perseverance.

Jay Noel said...

Wow - great job with NaNo. I don't know how 'you people' do it every year. Crazy!

Briane P said...

Excellent work. Having read "A Dead God's Wrath" and found it to be among the best books I've ever read, I'm really looking forward to seeing what else you can put out.

Now that you've got time, take a moment, if you don't mind, to say hello to McHale and Mateo Shaw, two inspirational little kids. It'll make you feel good, and you might get $20 out of it. Details here:

http://www.thinkingthelions.com/2011/12/say-merry-christmas-to-mateo-and-mchale.html

Laura said...

Yay - congratulations on the Nano win - brilliant! I'm there for the blogfest - off to sign up now
Lx

Andrew said...

It seems to me that December is an insane time of year to try to catch up on the things that have been left undone. December's crazy enough as it is.
But maybe you're just in a NaNo groove...