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I was 27,000 words–about halfway through–the first draft of my YA psychological thriller, Untrue Crime, when my friend Kay Lynne Simpson (aka The Nightowl) passed away suddenly. I called it a half-Nanowrimo (like a half marathon) and stopped writing to help the other local fen with Kay’s needs, and then to grieve.
Now it’s six weeks later and I’ve only just re-opened the document.
I started writing back in 1997, when Kay Lynne told me I had to. I’m ashamed to say my first fanfic is still on the net if you know where to look. Then in 2007, I decided to go pro, quickly contracting my first novel, Gym Dandy.
Now it’s 2017 and this is the longest I’ve ever gone without working on a book, either writing or editing. I’ve been doing a wee bit of marketing, but not a heck of a lot of that, either.
So just in time for the holidays, I’m back at it. I’m re-writing the opening. Instead of taking chapter after chapter to get to the main story action as I usually do, it’s now in the very first scene. I’m pretty pleased with it.
Of course that means deleting a bunch of stuff, but tighter writing trumps word count.
So we carry on…
There are half-marathons. Why not a half-Nano? I wrote 25,000 words in the first half of November. Now, sadly, some difficulties and stresses have sprung up and I’m declaring it a win and devoting myself to caring for family and friends. And me.
I’ll still write UNTRUE CRIME, but not in November. Maybe I’ll have it finished by year-end. Guess we’ll see.
I’m also taking a break from marketing. So please imagine I’m still yelling “Buy my boooook!” even though I’m not.
I do have a free book if you’re interested: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/PrzpI
Take that, Nano.
Got off to a rocky start by trying to have everything happen at once. But I untangled the threads and arranged them in the correct order–like dominoes–this has to happen in order for this to happen.
Never: this happens, then this, then this.
Always: This happens that leads to that happening, but then this happens… Rinse repeat.
How’d you do?
Tagline: Is it still a crime if you don’t get caught?
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I signed up for a free trial with a new service called Blasty that finds and takes down illegal copies of your books. So far, for my 12 books, there’s over 100 places to get illegal downloads. Or there were. (Thanks, Blasty!)
But why not just get them free? I give books in exchange for reviews (just don’t use the work “exchange”) or here on Instafreebie. Jay-sus, Pirates. Why dig for treasure when it’s right here? https://www.instafreebie.com/free/PrzpI It’s called Instafreebie for a reason. o.0
Due to a glitch between Simon & Schuster and Amazon, my Reaper ebook novels are TEMPORARILY priced like print books. Ouch!
This is only on Amazon.com, folks.
In the meantime, here’s the 3 fun graphics to entertain you. (Did you know you can get TWO free books for signing up for my newsletter? Click on the red box. Or go here.)
1. The Reluctant Reaper
2. Scythe Does Matter (Oh, yes it does.)
3. Esprit de Corpse
GLOWING PRAISE FROM USA TODAY: “I loved the way Ms. Grant developed the nuances of this story. Lost Boys 2.0 is a character-driven book wrapped in an intricate plot that runs smoothly.”
I started listing to the audiobook of Ernest Cline’s ARMADA. Having loved READY PLAYER ONE, I was delighted to find it available from my library (via Overdrive). I’m already on phase 8 (of 26), because I multi-task: walk the dog, play Pokemon Go and listen to an audiobook. Go, me!
The absolute icing on the cake was to discover it was narrated by Wil Wheaton, who is a terrific voice actor.
I’ve had such great luck with audiobooks lately:
Christopher Moore’s SECONDHAND SOULS, the sequel to one of my all-time fave books, DIRTY JOB.
Then Simone St. James’s latest “between the wars” ghost story, LOST AMONG THE LIVING. If you haven’t tried one of Simone’s books, you definitely should. It’s like “Murdoch Mysteries” with ghosts.
Then I listened to an older book by Carl Hiaasen, BASKET CASE. And now, ARMADA.
In future, when you quit for the day and think you’re leaving notes to yourself for tomorrow, make sure you make the notes clear. This cryptic bullsh*t has got to stop.
At Sunnybrook dog park, I saw a bunch of these little mesh bags tied to branches of something I think might be called jewelweed. It has little orange, orchid-like blooms.
First, the bags would be empty, then they’d have something in them–I couldn’t tell if it was a bug or a seed.
Anyone know about these things?