50,000 Words

Another pseudo-version of me – typing.

It’s November, which means it’s NaNoWriMo! What is NaNoWriMo you ask? It’s National Novel Writing Month, when a bunch of writers the world over try to write 50,000 words in one month. Check out their official website here.

I am not doing NaNoWriMo this year, because, life. But I love keeping up with other writers’ progress all the same. It gives me a creative boost just to think about all my fellow writers out there, working so hard this month to realize their dreams.

It’s also got me thinking about 50,000 words. I am not sure I have ever reached that goal. A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods is a novella, around 35,000 words. The current draft of Fidelity is 49,500 words. The Foll Stones is stalling out at 49,000. It seems I have trouble hitting that magical number – 50,000.

Why 50,000? Because that’s the average novel length. And to be honest, that’s pretty short. I’ll give you an example. One of my all time favorite books, A Wrinkle in Time, is about 50,000 words. I would not consider that to be a long book.

It’s really got me thinking. Maybe my style is just succinct. In fact, this is not a new thing for me. In college, my papers would rarely reach the requested number of pages. I would fall short by half a page or so, almost every time! I remember worrying about it, and speaking to my professor and advisor, Dr. Germaine Murray. She reassured me that I said what I needed to say and supported my ideas with fewer words, which was perfectly fine.

Now, a novel is not the same as a research paper. However, I’ve started to think about the possibility that I may not write long novels. Maybe shorter work is just my style. As a new writer, it’s hard to know when something is my style, and when something is happening because I’m a novice. For now, I’ll keep working on my 45,000 average. Perhaps I’ll hit that magic number this month, during the amazing creative juju of NaNoWriMo.

Book Signing

I will be having a book signing at the White Oak Coffee House on November 22! I’ll be there from 4-7 signing books and feeling very shy. I will have a limited amount of books to purchase, so bring your copy if you have one!

Planning a book signing has felt so surreal. It’s almost as if I’m planning this for someone else. I have been writing since I was a kid, so this next step into the author world is particularly gratifying. I hope to see you there!

A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods – Now on Kindle Unlimited!

My book is now available through Kindle Unlimited 🙂

I am super excited to let you all know that A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods is now available through Kindle Unlimited. If you don’t know, Kindle Unlimited is a program through Amazon in which you pay one monthly price and can read as many KU books as you want.

I’m excited for this next stage for my little book!

Next Chapter

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Review, Reorganize, & Reboot

When one project closes, I tend to get a pulse of energy to review, reorganize, and reboot. What’s working for us? What’s not? Now that the blog tour for A Chance Encounter at Pemberley Woods is over, I’m looking forward and examining the multiple facets of my life. It strikes me that I am very busy, but it’s a purposeful busyness. A chosen way of living right now, in this season of my life.

So as I look ahead, I’m feeling full of energy about upcoming projects, ideas, and plans. I have three writing projects in the revision stage–two adult romance novels, and a young adult fantasy/romance. I’m excited to get these projects ready for some beta readers.

I also have a chicken coop to build! I’m excited and scared about that one. It will involve circular saws and drills. Yikes.

The plan!

Isn’t it beautiful?? It’s from The Garden Coop, and I’m so excited about it. It will have plenty of room for our five hens, AND it’s modular. So I can expand the run later if I want. But first I have to build it. *Gulp*

Blog Tour Dates & Stops!

Here is the official schedule for my blog tour. What is a blog tour? I hear you ask. I shall tell you. A group of talented and generous ladies have welcomed me onto their blogs to share something about either myself, or my new book. At each stop, a fun tidbit, interview, vignette, or review will be shared.

How do I follow along?

I will be posting links all over the shop. But if you happen to miss those, just Google the name of the blog and you’ll find the post! There’s also chances to win a copy of my e-book!

September 9th!!

The blog tour starts TODAY! So head on over to So Little Time… and check out the first stop on my blog tour!!

Hey there, Mr. Blue

Sun is shinin’ in the sky
There ain’t a cloud in sight
It’s stopped rainin’ everybody’s in the play
And don’t you know
It’s a beautiful new day, hey hey

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I am packing up and taking my little family to Florida for a whole week! We are pretty excited. When I come back, there will be a blog tour AND baby chicks. I couldn’t help myself. I may have added three more birds to my flock. A Rhode Island Red, a Speckled Sussex, and a Partridge Cochin. Now to build a bigger coop…

But all that will wait until after we say hello to Mr. Blue Sky in Florida! See you all on September 9!

P.S. The quote above is from Mr. Blue Sky by the Electric Light Orchestra.

Blog Tour

Coming soon!

The dates and stops for my blog tour are all set and ready! The tour will begin on September 9, and run until September 21. There will be excerpts from my novel, brand new vignettes, reviews, and giveaways! There will also be a character interview, and an interview with yours truly! I’m so excited for all the fun to start!

The blogs, the dates

I am so honored to have so many talented bloggers hosting me in September. First up is So little time… Candy will be hosting me on September 9. I will post a link to each stop on my Facebook page. That way, you don’t have to keep track!

Remember, there will be lots of giveaways! Please join me as I tour my way around the Austenesque world!