Since my workload has increased, and the fact the remnants of my Thanksgiving dinner are still making me sleepy, I decided to combine everything into one update. This allows you to digest the information in smaller portions, keeping you fuller for a longer period of time just as long as you incorporate plenty of fiber and eight glasses of water a day. Wait...sorry, fell asleep again. Darn those 17 plates of pumpkin pie smothered in sweet potatoes!
Without further ado, the updates. And that can be treated with an ointment and donut pillow. Dang it, sorry.
NaNoWriMo - November was a washout when it came to writing, full of The Rot, The Excuse, and general burnout accompanied by a strong dose of chaos. The consequence was failure to reach 50,000 words in the annual National Novel Writing Month challenge. All I could eke out was a paltry 23,000 words. Since I usually write 75,000 before the sun comes up on a normal day this was depressing, and left me somewhat grumpy throughout the entire period.
I've gone through the reasons why I didn't have the same motivation to reach the goal as I did last year when I finished five days ahead of the deadline. Besides the general insanity, I believe it was the material I decided to use - the Paradise Not Quite Lost sequel. Through completion of the initial draft, first revision, second revision, and queries, I may have gotten tired of seeing these characters. Should I make another NaNoWriMo attempt next year I think I'll start with an fresh concept.
Cat on a Leash - For my first ePub short story I have made seven sales since its introduction in September. While no Amanda Hocking, I'm pleased with the results since plenty of works out there don't make any sales at all. Still, there's definite room for improvement, including an actual cover for the story and more uploaded works. Hence, look for more nauseating self-promotion and verbal torture to buy my products in the very near future.
Her Father's Wooden Leg - After a period of self-doubt I've decided to shelve the sequel to Paradise Not Quite Lost for the time being and focus on other facets of my writing. One of these is teaming up with Dean Miller on Her Father's Wooden Leg. This has been a joy to do for two reasons -- I only have to write half of the story and, using my Improv skills, I get to screw with Dean's head a bit when he sees my portion. If you haven't read the story already I recommend you do so before it gets to the part when we discover the Mayans were right after all. Of course, by then it may be too late.
Shameless Promotion: I won't bore you with the self-promotion announcements. Instead, I'll do it by directing you to the Where to Find Me link. On this page you'll find the upcoming events I'll be attending, including a holiday reading in Fort Collins, conducting an introduction to Improv class, and my teaching session at the Northern Colorado Writers conference.