What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Waterworld Mermaids LogoWhen it rains it pours. I should know by now that the minute I get home and prepped for NaNoWriMo, I suddenly find myself with multiple meetings and podcast interviews and guest blogs to share. Apres moi, le deluge!

Today, for example, two of my fabulous essays have gone live. The first: My now-infamous monthly blog post on the Waterworld Mermaids. This November me and a bunch of other fabulous author guests are discussing “What’s one thing you cannot write without?” My answer: LOVE.

That’s right. CLICK HERE and see what the tree-hugging hipy-dippy princess is on about now.

My second post is live at Apex Magazine — Apex is hosting their grand yearly subscription drive, and in honor of that they have asked some celebrity guests to stop by and chat about Short Stories. Of course, I jumped at the chance to talk about how I got hooked…and how that contributed to my juvenile life of crime.

Stop by, leave a comment or two, and above all — enjoy yourselves.

Happy November! xox

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It’s All About Writing

NaNo 2014I’m over at the Waterworld Mermaids today, talking about how we should Dream Big and Never Stop Writing.

And also…what new project I have dreamed up for NaNoWriMo!

Click on over and join in the fun:

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Mermaid Day

I’m blogging today over at Waterworld Mermaids — a little bit about NaNoWriMo.

Yes, I’m taking part yet again this year — my handle is Princess Alethea.

You can read the rest of my silly little blog here.

Happy November. Now get writing!

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Long Weekend

I’m a child of the Old Generation…I enjoy spending time with the family (even if it’s watching 17 hours of the Cake Boss marathon). I feel like staying on the computer for long stretches of time is kind of rude. So you’ll have to forgive me if the blogging is sporadic until we get back home on Monday–whatever time I’ve had to catch on the computer I’ve been using to add words to the novel — which will no way hit 50K by December 1st, but I might get a comfortable 30+, which I’m happy with. That’s a number a girl can finish into a full book by the end of the year.

I’m also still stunned by the color that’s hung around till the very end…it seems only fair, since 95 degrees blanketed this year from April to October. Here on the coast of VA there are roses still in bloom, and trees whose colors seem to defy the spectrum with their beauty. FGB says they make the ground look like it’s covered in Fruity Pebbles. Heehee…that they do.

One last PSA — I mentioned it on Twitter & FB but it’s important enough to mention here again — be sure to shop this weekend at as many (or more) independent stores than you do retail chain outlets. Yesterday, FGB and I only shopped at indie stores, from our very first cup of coffee in the morning. There was no crush of people and all the clerks were knowledgeable and attentive and not stressed out. As much as I enjoyed the peace I wish it had been busier — having a sister with her own “shop around the corner”, I know how important the holiday season is for them.

Please, go out of your way if you have to, but buy some local artwork. Shop some local merchants. Spread some holiday cheer. That’s what the Holiday Spirit is all about. You’ll be glad you did.

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Location, Location, Location

Dear writers: when it’s a gray and gloomy day outside, find a place to write that inspires you. Pretend you’re not in your house but instead a villa that you’ve rented for the week. The dishes, the lawn, the errands — those are someone else’s problems. Right now, all you need to worry about is hot coffee/cocoa, a roaring fire, and words on the page.

This is my writing spot:

Feel free to snag this picture for your desktop if you don’t have access to a space of your own. You can pretend those are your cute feet. You can even pretend that this is a Real Fire — unfortunately, this is one of those gas-burning jobbers that gives me a wicked headache after about ten minutes.

*I* like to pretend I’m on the floor in front of the fireplace at WoodThrush Woods, drinking some of Mary Robinette Kowals‘ parents’ lovely jasmine tea or hot chocolate supply. The winter writers retreats were always my favorite.

[Picture easter egg — those of you who were at WFC in Saratoga will recognize that brilliant blue bottle in the window…]

Now, shut out the rest of the world, clear your mind, take a deep breath, and write, my friends.

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So Little To Say

I really don’t have much to say this morning. I spent most of yesterday writing and making trips to the post office. I suspect today will be full of more writing and less post office.

Although, usually on days when there’s nothing to say, I end up posting like 3 times. We’ll see if this ends up being true today. In the meantime…Chapter Three is calling my name.

Happy Wednesday, everybody.

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Lots of errands to run today. Strategic hits, all of them…it’s kind of amazing how much we got done. SEARCH AND DESTROY, BABY.

Now, I am organizing art supplies. And then I will work on my novel. Maybe not necessarily in that order…but both need to be done.I am SO behind on NaNo…but I am so not worried, because I know I will do the work.

How’s your weekend shaping up?

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The Princess’s Day Off

I sent a Tweet when I got home from the gym yesterday morning, and then I took the day off from the computer. The Fairy Goddaughters were out of school and my new desk arrived and needed to be assembled (that only took about 4 hours).Ariell and I went for a ride and got Starbucks and went to the library. We made hamburgers for dinner. I watched a cheesy romance movie and then fell asleep watching FGB try and beat this skeletony-bat thing in a WoW raid. The girls and I finished off the night hanging out in the kitchen, eating apple-monkey-bread and talking about random stuff. It was wonderful.

It’s always refreshing when I banish myself from the electronic world and take a real, stress-free vacation.

Of course, now I have *that* many more words to catch up on with NaNoWriMo, three book reviews to write, and a novel to revise. Which I will do. Directly after a nice, long shower.

May you all have a productive day! Go NaNo!

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Yes, it’s that time again — All Saints’ Day and the start of NaNoWriMo. You guys know NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month! It was established, in essence to prove to everyone in the world that yes, you too can be a writer. All you need to do is SIT YOUR BUTT DOWN AND WRITE. It’s just that easy.

50,000 words in one month — it’s tough, but not impossible.

I like to have a project ready for NaNo, though I don’t officially sign up. The first time I did it, I finished my novel at 36,000 words, in about 6 weeks. For me, this was PHENOMENAL. It didn’t matter that I didn’t hit 50K. I finished, and I proved to myself I could finish.

Now, since then that novel has doubled in size and been re-organized and added to and is much better…and it will soon make its way to my agent…but for my first try I still give myself props.

You don’t have to get to 50K. But you still have to try. Even if you get 30K — that’s 1000 words a day — you can accomplish a very great deal. I dare you all to try it with me! You can keep your word counts in the comments, if you like.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I believe the parts for my new desk just showed up. LET THE WRITING BEGIN!!

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I WIsh It Could Be Halloween Forever

Don’t worry, after this weekend you won’t have to hear much more about AlphaOops: H is for Halloween, because it won’t be Halloween anymore. After this weekend you might not be hearing much from me at all — I have a project all set for NaNoWriMo. You guys are participating too, right?

But it’s not Sunday yet, and until then, I get to bombard you with all the rest of my AlphaOops: H is for Halloween goodness. Like the fact that it is one of only four books featured in today’s “Roundup: Kids’ Books that scare up some Halloween fun”. (Click here to read the article online.)

Bob Minzesheimer — thanks, Bob! — gives props to the first AlphaOops book, and goes on to say how much he enjoyed the vocabulary lesson during what I call the Universal Monster Homage in H is for Halloween. If he likes “L is for Lycanthrope” so much, I imagine he also got a big kick out of the SAT word (“bevy”) I snuck into the first AlphaOops.

Right now, you’re all asking yourselves if I’ve thought up another big word to go with another big holiday. I have an answer to that question. Right now, that answer is for me to know and you not to know. Right now, you need to hie yourself out to the newsstand and pick up a copy of USA TODAY! Or click on over to Amazon and order AlphaOops: H is for Halloween, if you haven’t yet. Go on. You’re going to want a first edition.

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