Saturday, October 25, 2014

To NaNoWriMo or not to NaNoWriMo, that is the question

Lately, I've been mulling over the idea of participating in this year's NaNoWriMo. As you may have read in previous posts, I am one of those annoying people who talks about writing a book someday, but never does anything about it that might actually produce a book. My ninja-like procrastinating skills take the form of doing hours of research on things like publishers, eBook cover design, How-to writing books, and promoting your novel. While all of that information is important for someone who wants to publish a book, it is not in any way WRITING a book. Which is what I really should be doing.

So, that brings me to the subject of this post-- NaNoWriMo. I don't remember when I first learned about this November event, but I've been aware of it for a couple of years. If you are unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it is National Novel Writing Month. "I should do that," I've thought, but have never followed through. The excuses start piling on: "There's too much going on in November," and the ever-popular procrastinator's creed, "Maybe next year I'll have time."

Yes, November is a busy month for me at my job.  Yes, it is difficult to find chunks of writing time to get an entire rough draft finished in thirty days.  Yes, I am tired at the end of a long day at work and just want to relax.

But, here's the thing. That is always going to be true no matter what month it is. If I always use these excuses, I will never get a book written. That is the cold, hard truth of the matter. So, if I want to really write a book, I'm going to have to push through all that and get to writing.

There is something about NaNoWriMo that appeals to me. Maybe it is the crazy deadline-- 50,000 words in thirty days-- DO WHAT?!! Are you insane?

Um, wait a minute... I once wrote my Master's thesis in a ridiculously short amount of time, mainly because I fiddle-farted around and didn't start on it like I should. (Wrote the paper at the last minute and still earned my master's, thank-you-very-much!  Ha ha!) So, the NaNoWriMo timeline really isn't that much of a stretch for me.

The hard part is getting started. Today, I went to the NaNoWriMo website and created an account. I still haven't 100% committed to the idea of jumping in the NaNoWriMo waters, but I did dip my toe in today and the water didn't feel too bad.

Perhaps by posting this on my blog, I will be able to create the pressure I need to get a project like this done. I'll keep you posted on my progess. There will either be a shamefaced, "Yeah, I decided to wait 'til next year's NaNoWriMo," or a triumphant "I'm going for it!"

Stay tuned! If you've done NaNoWriMo before (or even thought about it) post a comment below to let me know what you think.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

(Not quite) a Review of Remembered by Moonlight

Tonight, I had the pleasure of chatting with author Nancy Gideon in the Nancy Gideon by Moonlight Goodreads group.  It was a lot of fun picking her brain about her latest book, Remembered by Moonlight.  This is the latest book in a series of nine about a bunch of really sexy shifters.

I know what you're thinking... "Ugh. A book about shifters. That is so done." In most cases, I would probably agree with you. I've read a lot of books about werewolves, lycans, and other various shapeshifters. I enjoyed some, went "blech" on others, but I can say without equivocation that I love Nancy's shifters the best.

Remembered by Moonlight is set to release on October 13 as an eBook. I highly recommend reading all the books in this series.  Nancy writes awesome, dynamic characters with whom you can't help but fall in love. The first four books in the Moonlight series center around Max and Cee Cee as the main characters. Then, books 4-8 explore other wonderful characters in the complex world Nancy Gideon created. And now, FINALLY, in book 9 we refocus on Max and Cee Cee as the main characters. I am so PUMPED to read this book.

Now, since I haven't read this book yet, I can't write a review.  However, I know someone who did get their hot little hands on an ARC, so she can tell you all about it now.  (It pays to know people with connections.) Pop on over to Cross My Heart Book Reviews and check out her review.

Wait, wait, wait!

Before you go, I want to encourage any visitors out there who enjoy reading romance books to join the Nancy Gideon by Moonlight Goodreads group.  It has grown to almost 300 members over the past year. It is a diverse group of people who love reading many different kinds of books. There are discussions on a multitude of topics (not just Nancy Gideon's books). I've learned about several wonderful authors/books by participating in this group. Plus, Nancy Gideon will be back on October 28 to chat about Remembered by Moonlight with those who've read it.

So, quit wasting time and get to reading! Remembered by Moonlight is available for pre-sale now.  I bought my copy and can't wait for it to be delivered. I hope you enjoy these books as much as I have.

If you don't, I don't want to hear about it.

Just kidding.

Sort of.  ;-)