NaNoWriMo – End of the month final word count

As of today, I clocked in at 54,373 words.  My book is finished and now I move into editing mode. I was going to spend the rest of November starting book two but decided to take a break and walk away – recharge the batteries so to speak. I’ve been reading, going to movies (Loved Lincoln, Skyfall, and the Sessions), and catching up with friends over lunch. It’s important to recharge your creative well.

Depending on how long it takes me to edit the thing, it’s possible I could have it published to all the major e-reader sites – Amazon, Apple iBooks, B&N Nook, Kobo, Smashwords by early next year. Once it’s live I’ll follow-up with letting everyone know.

Couple more days of play, then it’s time to put on my ruthless editing hat. You still have 2 1/2 days to get your word count in and make that 50K count – you can make it!



My faves – Books and Authors of 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, I’ve been thinking about which books and/or authors I’ve most enjoyed this year. With the proliferation of e-readers and free Amazon Kindle apps for your phone and PC, if you haven’t already – expand your horizons, read a book today.

Never thought I’d say how much I love my Kindle and yes, it’s overtaken my love for a printed book. It’s super easy now to take a small e-reader to the beach, on vacation, work, etc. and have all my books at my fingertips not to mention instant gratification to get a new one after trying a free sample by clicking a button. I can stay in my jammies and never leave the house at midnight because I just have to have that next book in the series.

Below in no particular order are my faves for this year:
JR Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood series
Deborah E Harkness Discovery of Witches and sequel
George RR Martin Game of Thrones series
Kim Harrison Hollow series
Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark Hunter and Born series
Diana Gabaldon Outlander series
Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy
Elizabeth Hoyt Maiden Lane Series
Margret Maron Deborah Knott series and way too many more to mention…

So I have to wonder, do you still read paper books? Do you have an e-reader or Kindle app? Plan to ask for one for the Holidays? If you do read e-books, do you only get from the library? Yes, you can get e-books from the library for your e-reader. If you buy e-books, what’s your price point for e-books? .99 – 5.99? What do you want to see from authors and who is your favorite?  I know, a lot of questions but I’m a curious sort…


Happy Thanksgiving

Today is a great day to reflect on what we’re thankful for.  Me…I’m thankful for a lot of things:

  • My health
  • family
  • friends
  • my nieces saying something funny
  • spending holidays together
  • kitties
  • being blessed or cursed with a creative, non-linear mind
  • sitting outside enjoying the sunshine and fresh air
  • internet access
  • fun nail polish colors
  • e-readers
  • wonderful stories by authors I like

Anyway, I could go on but you get the gist of this. It doesn’t have to be something big. Think about the little things – being thankful you’re around to hear a child laugh, etc. So what are you thankful for?

Travel safe and enjoy the holiday!

Cranberry Relish for Thanksgiving – use the leftovers for a delicious Cranberry Smoothie

It’s almost Thanksgiving. Do you have your menu set or plans made? I made a Cranberry Relish every year that gets rave reviews. I think it was an old Martha Stewart Recipe. It’s super easy and makes a large amount.

Cranberry Relish
12 oz bag of cranberries – rinsed and coarsely chopped (I make this recipe in my food processor)
1 or 2 oranges chopped (peel removed and discarded)
2 apples chopped (cores and seeds removed and discarded)
Pulse in the food processor until desired consistency, I pulse a couple of short bursts, I like it a bit more chunky.
Add: one can crushed pineapple in its own juice but drained.
One cup sugar
Mix: Stir to mix and chill for at least 2-3 hours. Best if chilled several hours. Make it in the morning for dinner that night.

Now, maybe your guests didn’t eat all your relish – they filled up on other treats. No worries!

Cranberry Yum Smoothie
1 c. cranberry relish
handful of ice
1/2 c. vanilla or greek yogurt
Optional: handful of spinach for that healthy green smoothie – you won’t even taste it!

What’s your favorite dish on Thanksgiving?


NaNoWriMo – Mid-month update

Have you heard of National Novel Writing Month? Or NaNoWriMo for short? It’s where during the  month of November, you try to write 50,000, yes, that’s correct, 50,000 words in ONE MONTH. To keep you accountable, there is a website with writing buddies so you can see how you’re doing in relation to others. Nothing like a little competition to keep oneself motivated.

As promised, my mid-month update.As of tonight, I have written a little over 35K words. Whew! makes me tired just looking at it. I’ve had a couple of tough days but powered through. I’ve also had some great days where I was in the groove and the words just seemed to endlessly flow. Well, I have a little under 15K to go and I’m shooting to finish this draft on 11/22. Then I’ll leave it, start on book 2 and see how far I get with the remaining 9 days in the month.

So stay tuned and I’ll follow-up at the end of the month with my final word count.

Wish me luck!

Have you tried an e-reader yet?

Do you zip along, merrily reading on your iPad, Kindle, Nook or other e-reader? Maybe you don’t have an e-reader but do have one of the free apps (Kindle has a great free app) on your phone or PC?

I never thought I’d be a fan of e-readers. Typically, I’m lagging behind everyone on technology. It took me forever to get a DVR, longer for a smartphone, and even longer to embrace social media. Now I’m a fan.

I had all of the reasons you can think of for not getting an e-reader – like the way a book feels and smells, the feel of the weight of the book in your hand, who wants to look at a screen,I look at one all day, you can’t take it in the bathtub (you can if you put it in a Ziploc baggie!), and on and on and on.

Then a couple of years ago, I received one as a gift at Christmas. I was slow to convert but now, wow, I love my e-reader. In case you’re wondering, I have a small Kindle.  I always read a lot but now, instant gratification, books at my fingertips, samples to try before buying, free books, library lending, my whole library available to me wherever I go, and so many wonderful new authors to discover.

The biggest plus I see for e-readers/tablets: they’re getting more people to read. In my book that’s absolutely brilliant!

If you’re wondering what to get someone for the holidays or thinking of your own list; I can’t recommend one enough. I am a loyal Amazon fan so the Kindle is at the top of my list although I’ve used the iPad and love it for all the other stuff you can do. So if you want games, movies, apps and internet in addition to reading books – get an iPad – all my friends love theirs.

Happy Holidays!