I’ll be at Nicola’s tonight at 7:00 to sign The Hollows Insider, and since it’s likely to be a somewhat smaller event, I can slow down and sign your back list, too, if you feel inclined to bring them in! We’ve still got a few Madison books to give away, and, er, candy, a few T-shirts, and of course Rachel’s conference badges. I am looking forward to seeing some of you there. This is the first time I will be signing at Nicola’s, and they have gone out of their way to make available to people unable to get to an event the chance to get a signed and personalized first-edition, glow in the dark cover Hollows Insider. You have to put your order in now, though, so I can sign them when I’m there. Give then a call at 734.662.0600 Price is 25.99 plus tax and shipping. We may be able to continue this after tonight, but the book might not be personalized.
We had a great Halloween night giving away candy on our doorstep. I just about panicked at one point because of the number of people standing at the bottom of my porch steps wanting candy. If we had run out then . . . Seriously, it was fabulous fun, and some of the costumes have had a lot of thought put into them. I’m still getting tons of photos from you for the A Perfect Blood ARC contest. I try to give everyone a day at the front page of the contest before I move them back, so please be patient until I get to yours. :-) Contest!
It is also National Novel Writers Month, or NaNoWriMo for those of you in the know, or simply NaNo, where thousands of published and pre published writers hammer out 45,000 (?) words in one month. I was hoping that I would have this rewrite done in time to start with you and play along on the sidelines, but alas, it is not going to happen this year. I’ve got about three days yet to wrap it up, and then a week to plot before I can do a big push of rough draft.
The best part about NaNo is that it’s not quality that is your measure, but quantity. The goal is to push out as much tripe, garbage, and “word vomit” (pardon me) that you can so that you can find both the satisfaction of completing a novel, (no matter how sucky) and realize that in that mess of words is a story that is GOOD! You just have to go back and rewrite it–after you write THE END, and not a moment sooner. It’s kind of scary how close this NaNo method to writing is to mine. Interested? Here’s the jumping in point.