NaNoWriMo, Life, Nephew’s Book

First things first! My nephew wrote a book a few years ago and it’s finally all published! It was actually published a while ago, but I haven’t updated since it went on sale, so I’m mentioning it now. You can get it on createspace here: Daddy is Tired – Createspace, or on Amazon here: Daddy is Tired – Amazon. The story was written by my Brother-in-Law‘s son, it’s published by Plasma Spyglass Press, and the art is done by http://artkitty.net (me!). All proceeds go to a very smart almost-7-year-old (his birthday is in a few weeks) for his education. We keep requesting sequels, so maybe there’ll be another one soon! 🙂

Now, as you should all know, November is NaNoWriMo month. The goal of the project is to write an entire book in a month. Not necessarily an OMG PERFECT BOOK, just a draft, but a COMPLETED draft. It’s ~50,000 words written over the course of the entire month (no cheating by writing it in October!), ultimately turning into a polished edited version (in the proceeding months). For many folks it’s their first finished work, done in a supportive group setting, and gets them to think in a more authorly manner. Just FYI – authors make up words like “authorly” all the time. I’m actually half serious in that statement: how do you think the dictionary got so big?

Now, RE: Life; my daughter is almost a year old! Time sure has flown from those late months of pregnancy to a year-old grouchy baby girl (she’s pouting at me as I type because she really wants to help me type). She’s almost 11 months old and already taking a few tentative steps between the table and Daddy’s knee.

My elbow has been absolutely fantastic since the surgery. It required a few months of patience and stretches to get it to the same flexibility it was at four years ago. My left arm still bends further back (that arm actually bends back further than the “normal” straight), but my right arm’s as straight as arms normally get. I still have some trouble when I bend it, but it loosens up pretty quickly.

I’ve been using http://yarny.me to write while preparing for NaNoWriMo to begin. So far I’m enjoying the site very much. It’s got the same features as yWriter, but all web-based, so if you don’t have Internet you can’t write. They are working on an Android version, which I’ll probably get a Premium account to use so I can write on my phone.

As far as Meryl’s story, I’m at 18k words. Still around 8k words on Sara’s story. In the meantime I’m pondering storylines that will fit a 50k word limit (hah, like 10k words is easy…yea right!).

Is anybody else going to participate in NaNoWriMo? What genres are you considering?

Jean Hopkins writes stories about whatever her mind can find words for. Jean spends her spare time reading Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance and the odd Mystery book. She loves playing Strategy and RPG video games, doodling with her Digitizer (what they called ‘em before they called them Wacoms), and chasing her son and daughter everywhere. Jean Hopkins has a different name in the Real World. She goes by Jean Hopkins as a shout-out to her Grandmother, one of the largest influences in her life. Jean says: Hey guys! I hope you all enjoy reading my stories as much as I enjoyed dissecting plot-lines, cursing dialog, and getting lost in the lives of my characters. Have fun! Laura Flores writes as Jean Hopkins. Her art can be found under the name lorikitty.

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