Nano, Day 18.... If you're attempting Nanowrimo (aiming to write 1667 words daily for the month of November) you should be on 30,000 words by the end of today.
I'm currently 479 words up on that. And I'm a happy lady.
I'm also a stone's throw from another big total - 60,000 words on my manuscript. Authors may know this "magic" number. For a lot of publishers, 60,000 words is the minimum word count for a book to be considered a novel. Below that and it's a novella. Why is this a big deal? Pricing and categorising. Dreamspinner (my publisher) will put any story above 60k into paperback. If your story comes in at 59k, then it doesn't.
I started Nano with just under 30k on the dial of my story. I now have 60k. I have a book. I'm happy. Now I just have to finish the book and get Shane his happy ending. Of course, the hardest bits are yet to come. The self-editing, the submission to a publisher, the anxious wait for a yay or nay, the editing and the release. But for now, I'm happy to reach that 60k.
Nano total: 30,479
Today's mantra: Yes, yes, yes
You may notice that my Nano blog went from Day 2 to Day 5... that's because I didn't do much Nano-ing on Day 3 and Day 4.
Day 3 was a long awaited coffee date with a couple of the M/M Perth crowd. No way am I missing that! A chance to have cake and coffee without the calories - everyone knows that coffee and cake shared with friends is calorie free! And to top it all off it was a beautiful spring day and we had some of the best views in Perth.
Day 4 wasn't a good day for writing. My husband invited his parents over for an hour... and they ended up staying just shy of 5 hours. My writing hours.
Today I was stressed and behind in the word count, so I sat down to get it done. In the two hours following that sitting down in front of my computer, I planted out three plants, weeded the front garden bed, repotted several plants, pruned some other plants, filled up the compost, picked up some fallen branches... basically anything my brain wanted me to do - apart from writing.
The good news is I buckled down later and added 1400 words. Not the 1667 required, but on my way to get there. It's now 9pm and hopefully I have another hour in me to work before bed. Another 300 words and I'll do the total for today, but I need 900 words to catch up to where I should be.
Nano total: 7391
Today's mantra: Write or weed, that is the question
So after I posted yesterday (see blog post below), I did get on my bicycle and get some words on the screen. I'm above the required Nano count for Day 2, and that's all that matters, right?
Today's Nano total was crap though. I spent some time doing Mummy duties this morning, then switched to the Housewife cap and brought an atrocious amount of vegetables at the shop. (Note to self: this is supposed to be spring! Where are all the spring veggies coming out of the garden? You've been lazy.)
By the time I got around to putting my Author cap on, read through yesterday's work, deleted some of it, added to some... I was then a whole 173 words up. The Housewife cap came back out while I vacuumed the house, then I dashed off to pick up a child. (Interesting note: I was pulled over by police on horseback today... random breath test. Not something that happens regularly to me. The guy was an arse though.)
Other good news? I've washed the grey out of my hair tonight. Dinner was quiche, which contained eggs from the chooks, and spring onions and carrots from the garden. Score. And my characters are finally talking. I'm doing well. Hopefully I can get this misunderstanding between them sorted tonight after the kids go to bed.
Nano total: 3833
Today's mantra: Chill! It will be okay.
And - as a super special surprise and a chance to win:
RJ Scott's Birthday Treasure Hunt
Clue Five - Where Edward falls for his marine.
Answers to be entered on RJ's blog on September 3.
Today I congratulate my friend, RJ Scott on her new release - a co-written book with VL Locey.
I'm currently in my first (and at this moment in time - last!) attempt to co-write a book, I can tell you that it's not as straight forward as simply sharing the load to write the book. Integrating another person's ideas with yours takes a lot of compromise, talking, skill and luck. But there are good times too - another person who shares your passion for writing and love for those characters.
I'm hoping you guys will get to see the results of my co-writing later this year. But in the meantime, let's celebrate this new release: Changing Lines.
Today I welcome some promo from fellow author, Louise Lyons and her new release, What's Up, Pussycat?
Release date: July 7, 2017
Length: 24,300 words
Cover Design: Simon Searle
And the best bit? IT'S FREE...
The final performance was sold out and when it ended, the cast celebrated together at the small restaurant next to the theater, that Maurice had booked out for our use. Everyone stayed in costume, makeup and all. Afterward, the bus took us back to the studios. James’s girlfriend, Abby, had come to the show and they slipped away to his room together. I went back to Karl’s room to share a half-bottle of champagne he’d managed to acquire from the restaurant and from then, things took a surprising turn.
Karl put the champagne on top of the fridge and turned toward me. “I can’t believe it’s over! I can’t believe I didn’t throw up this week either.”
I laughed. “Nice, Karl. I was hoping you’d tell me about whether you puked or not.”
“Twat. Come ’ere!” He grabbed me in a bear hug and turned around, almost swinging me off my feet.
I clutched at him to stop myself falling onto the TV. “You idiot! There isn’t room to swing a cat in here.”
We dissolved into fits of laughter, still holding onto each other. When I tilted my head back to look up at the grinning tabby face above me, Karl suddenly stopped laughing. He paused there, his bright green eyes searching mine. Then he ducked his head and brought our lips together.
For a moment, I was too stunned to react. I didn’t know if it was the spur of the moment, or if he liked me. There’d been no sign of anything other than friendship, although he still flirted with everyone, including me, so it was difficult to tell. While I hesitated, he deepened the kiss and tightened his arms around me.
Wow - exciting news. Just to prove me wrong, You Are The Reason has been released on audio much sooner than I had anticipated. (Link here)
I was advised that The Straight Boyfriend had finished production and would be available in about 3 weeks time. I waited and waited, and it was actually longer than 3 weeks. So I was glad I'd not announced it so that my readers (and listeners) wouldn't have been disappointed.
Just prior to The Straight Boyfriend's release, I was advised that the fabulous Dave Gillies had finished You Are The Reason and that would be a 3 week wait... which turned out to be less than a week.
**throws hands in the air and mutters something about "you can't win"**
So BOTH are now release and you have around 16 hours of narration to listen too.
Link to Audible for You Are The Reason: link
Link to Audible for The Straight Boyfriend: link
Now, here's a thought for you:
What do you think the reaction of the four characters would be if Davo and Lee met Vinnie and Aaron?
If you're a fan of audio books, you may be happy to know that The Straight Boyfriend is now available on Audible (link).
I've been promised that You Are The Reason will be out in the next three weeks as well. I thank everyone for their patience and please keep checking for this one.
I hope you enjoy Joel Leslie's narration in The Straight Boyfriend.
Yes, Professor has been unleashed on the world and I thank everyone who has purchased and read a copy.
In Amazon rankings, the story has hit #1 bestseller in its category in Australia, the UK, Germany and Canada. It's made it to #3 in the US that I've seen.
Amazon US buy link: here
I wanted to share this review with you because it made me giggle - and what makes us laugh needs to be spread. With hate and ugliness in the world we need our laughter. So thanks for this review Levi.
Review from Levi:
Damn, she did it again! I swear she does this on purpose just to annoy me! Of course, I couldn’t put her book down, again, till I finished it.The last time I reviewed her book, “The Straight Boyfriend” I may or may not have said that Renae is a closeted man. Well, I may add to that by saying she is a closeted Dom too, or Sub…
So this book is the purest form of BDSM, the emotional part of it. Although the book has sexual content, I can’t call it erotica at all. Why? Because we are guided through Avery’s feelings, who seemed to be attracted to older more mature and dominant men. When he moves into his new house, with his best friend Nick, he suddenly feels obsessed with his new neighbor the Professor. The older man has his own schedule, that, by now, Avery knows by heart. He tends to spend so much time trimming his hedges into a perfect shape, like every day, and that action gives funny tingles to Avery’s different body parts. He can’t help it, the neatness and the puttogetherness of the older man makes him horny as hell.
Then, one day, he has enough with stalking and takes action. With the pretense of searching his mail, what he already collected like a few hours ago, he bends in all different positions, offering the goods, for a very low price. Don’t look at me like that, it was Avery’s words, not mine…judgy readers…huh!
His actions got him an, *cough self-invitation to the professor’s house. Chris, Christopher, oh man he knows what he wants!, has his birthday, and Avery decided that Christopher, not Chris, needs a birthday cake.
Well, that didn’t go as well as he hoped, and he promised himself that he will not give up on him.
I loved Avery, he’s funny, messy and very, very obedient. Avery is all gay men’s wet dream. And by all men, I meant those who like to be in control. Avery needs grounding, and the Professor can deliver it. But Christopher wants more, “more” Avery doesn’t know. He never did more, get in, get ordered around and get out. Being with Christopher though…this time he may want more…
When, last night, I forced Renae to admit that she is kind of a psychic, because she must have gotten in my head, stealing all my wet dreams, and put down in words, she denied it! Well, she didn’t convince me at all!
Dear Renea, I congratulate you again and again, and just so you know, you can crawl in my head anytime you like, and write the stories about my dreams!
One gazillion OptimuMM!
Sometimes things just need to be said.