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>Free Paranormal Novella

>Quick post.  I’ve uploaded my paranormal / urban fantasy novella to Amazon and Smashwords.  *So nervous right now*  While it’s still going through the publishing process for Kindle, I thought I would generate a code for a free Smashwords copy. 

If you would like a free copy of Thirst then click on the link, add to cart and use the code: CT22B.

Reviews are not required but, of course, honest ones are always appreciated.  This particular code is valid until the 7th of December and anyone can use it, pass it around if you like.

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>Hell to the Yeah

>I beat NaNo – oh, yeah, uh-huh.  I know, who cares?  Me, that’s who!  I spend my days in a house full with seven people, two dogs and a cat.  Yours truly is bottom of the pile so when I get online I’m all about me.  😉

I is well chuffed.  I didn’t think I’d manage 50k this year.  Partly because I’ve been dying of a chest infection.  Okay, maybe not dying but it’s definitely worse than man-flu.  But something happened this week – I stopped hating my WIP, stopped eyeing up my delicious little novella and just got to work.  I didn’t just get past the wall, I kicked it down, ninja styl-ee.

I am beyond relieved that it’s over.  I still have a bit of tidying up to do ending wise but the pressure is off and I can get to work on my December release.  I was feeling really confident about it thanks to the critiquing services of the lurvely T.L. Haddix but now I’m doubting myself again for no other reason than that’s just what I do. Once it gets out there and somebody mocks it, I’ll be fine – it’s the anticipation that kills me.  😀

>A Round of Words in 80 Days

>PnR writer Kait Nolan is organising a new (and quite sensible) writing challenge called A Round of Words in 80 Days.  Sick of NaNoWriMo styled events that require total dedication for a short amount of time, Kait thought it would be better to have long term goals that fit into real life and could be based on your individual goals. 

You can work on an already partly-written manuscript, start a new one, plot, edit, etc.  You can basically customise it in any way to suit yourself but still be part of a community of writers encouraging each other to keep on keeping on.  All you have to do is state your goals, keep track and stay in touch.  On the blogs and even on Twitter if you have an account.  There are four rounds of 80 days with breaks in between so pretty much everyone can get involved in some way. 

Kait is still looking for authors to help out and is encouraging people to sign up their interest – although you have a while to start thinking of your goals.  First round starts on Jan 3rd 2011 so check it out and gear up.  🙂

>Calling All Dog Lovers

>There is an author on Kindleboards who rescued a Saint Bernard who now needs a major operation on his front legs.  It’s pretty expensive and if he doesn’t get it, he won’t be able to walk.  Not good.  The reason she’s selling her book is to raise funds for this operation so why not purchase Cries in the Dark and help a puppy out.  It’s definitely written about a subject close to an animal-lover’s heart.  It’s also available on Smashwords but right now it’s cheaper on Amazon.

Here is the product description:

Two prostitutes vanish.

Chimps are mysteriously missing from a primate sign lab. Is there a possible link to a biomedical research facility?
While premed student Alex Buchanan confronts her new-found ability to communicate telepathically with animals, the body toll mounts.
When her boyfriend disappears with a dangerous secret, Alex knows a serial killer is stalking her.
Can she solve this dilemma before becoming the next victim?

Another author offered to donate proceeds from their own book sales (how nice is that?) if a fund was set  up.  If that happens, I’ll update this post and link to the information in case anyone else wants to donate something. 

My pets were all unwanted and I know it can be expensive to take them on but a $12,000 operation is huge, a lot of people would rather put the dog down than pay that so it would be great if people could tweet/facebook/blog about the book and maybe give it a wee boost.

>NaNo Day 5: Sleep-Writing

>Total Word Count: 16,165

My OH has this incredibly annoying habit of falling asleep during conversations.  Can sit up all night playing WoW but talk?  ZZzzzz.  Even more annoying is his ability to carry on these conversations . . . while asleep.  We’ll be chatting and he’ll say something completely off the wall and I’ll know that’s it, I’ve lost him.  He’s no Sleep Talkin’ Man but it is amusing to watch him wake up wondering what the hell he was saying – he always looks so guilty.  😀

I’ve been known to answer phones and reply to text messages while asleep.  I was really tired, okay?  I’ve a tendency to sleep-walk so it makes sense that I’ll answer a phone ringing by my ear, right?  Luckily, nobody rings me anymore and I rarely use a mobile anyway.  But recently, I’ve been finding myself working on my WIP in my sleep.  I’m writing away, then my eyes close but my fingers keep moving.  Then I wake up with a start, see I’ve written an extra paragraph and spend the next ten minutes trying  to work out –

a) what the hell I was trying to say
b) where the hell I left off
c) when the hell it stopped making sense

Sometimes it isn’t half bad.  LOL.  I can see where I was going with it and it makes sense, I just don’t remember where I got the idea from. 

So if I ever post a weird ass (weirder than usual) item on my blog, chances are I was asleep doing it.

That’s my excuse sorted.  😉

>NaNo Day 4: Konrath Helping Indie Authors

>Total Word Count to date: 12,013 (Oh, yeah, uh-huh)

Recently, JA Konrath and Blake Crouch asked for help.  They came to Kindleboards (the place to be-ee) and asked us to buy their book, Draculas.  In return, Blake would buy one of our books and Konrath would link to us on his blog.  Did they do it?

Yes, and uh, hell yes.  In his latest blog post (there’s even detailed descriptions), Konrath links to all of the indies who took up the offer.  This isn’t the first time Konrath’s done this and it’s always cool to see a community effort.  The great thing about Kindleboards is the way people help it each other, we may be independent but we can move mountains together.  😉

>NaNo Day 3: To Tweak or Not to Tweak

>Total Word Count:  6887
Results of procrastination efforts today:  6 ginormous scones and one mildly (okay, maybe not mildly) burned loaf of fruit bread.

Yesterday, I finished a round of edits, converted the file to a pdf, copied it to my ereader and took a quick look.  I found a mistake on the first page.  *Bangs head on keyboard*  Worst part is I’m almost certain I red-flagged that mistake two edits ago. 

Aside from that, and even though I still detest editing, I think I’ve learned a lot about self-editing this year.  I’ve always written short stories in as few words as possible but my novels tend to end up bloated and repetitive.  I can see this a lot more clearly than I used to so yeah, learning.  The problem is the temptation to go back to old work and see what I can do with it. 

Many writers have mentioned this, particularly with how insanely quick it is to alter an ebook, but when do you stop?  You put your heart and soul into a book – then you edit it right back out.  Done.  But no matter how many times you look at it again, there’s going to be something you’d change for the better.  I could edit stuff I’ve shelved, no problem, but then in a year, I could probably improve on it again.  In five years, ten years.  Time brings more skills, we could improve on a novel until the end of time.

I’m not good at telling when something is ready, hence the mildly/not so mildly burned loaf.  Hopefully that’s another skill one learns, somehow.