OctoberFest.....thrilling, chilling, milling spillage

Oh my!  Where did September go?  It's all a blur to me.  Fall has arrived and lots of exciting things going on to tell you about.

National Novel Writing Month starts in 30 days and I'm working on the outline for a new story.  The working title right now is "Red Thief."  I'm still trying to come up with a succinct explanation for it, but I can tell you it will be a suspense story.

I had considered not doing Nanowrimo this year.   However, realized that since I began participating in 2007,  the challenge helps to spur me on and complete a major portion of a first draft.  I made mistake last year of adding way too much filler just to make sure I got 50,000 words in the 30 days and ended up deleting 50% of it.  Which set me way back.  It took me a while to get back up to speed and actually finish the first draft.    Going to try and avoid that this year.    The 2010 site will be launching later this afternoon, ready for new sign-ups and the forums reset for the new year. 

For the month of October, I'll also be working on editing "Winter's Illusion" (2008 Nano). I've been reading through it and delighted with the story, but it needs work of course, including a more exciting opening chapter.   It needs to be more intense and speaking of intense, guess what? 

Today is the release of Christine Fonseca's book "Emotional Intensity in Gift Students."  and the start of her blog tour which runs from today through October 15th.  

As the mother of an emotionally intense kid, I've been waiting with baited breath for her book to come out.   Christine will be dropping by on October 6th with a guest post about helping kids deal with stress and anxiety.  Plus we'll be giving away a copy of the book.  And all participants will be reviewing the book on October 15th and Christine  will be having a special giveaway of a tote bag of swag taken to one lucky person. 

And what would October without reading spooktacular books.  It's time once again for

Dueling Monsters:  Round Two -  Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with Heather of Age 30 + and The Picture of Dorian Gray with Jill of Fizzy Thoughts.  I have both books and since they are relatively short, decided to read both for the Dueling Monsters read along.

And last but not least.  I'm going to Bouchercon by the Bay Mystery Writers convention October 14th through the 17th.

I'm quite excited about the whole thing. Since I'm stepping out of my introvert box, decided to volunteer my time so I won't be hiding in my room or hugging a wall when not attending panels.  I'll be helping with the opening ceremonies, working in Registration area and the book signing room for a couple hours and going to be panel monitor which basically means set out the name plates, water and be time keeper.  The panel I'll be monitoring is Crossfire which includes James Rollins (squee!) Lori Armstrong (double squee!) and Diane Emley, Karen Olson, and James L. Thane.     I'm looking forward to meeting some of my favorite authors and making the acquaintance of new to me authors. 

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
Henry Ellis
It's going to be a busy fall, hold on and enjoy the ride. 


  1. I love the new header. I can't believe how fast September went too!! Looks like you will be busy this month with the NaNO writing, the author stopping by, The read along, and the mystery writers convention!!

  2. Wishing you the best for November. I am backing out, I think, but not 100% yet.

    And I too love your header!

  3. So glad to have you joining us for Dueling Monsters!


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