November 29, 2011

You may have been wondering where I’ve been for the last month. I was writing. I wrote a perfectly horrible first draft of a novel. 50, 000 words in 30 days. And you know what? I don’t even care that it’s horrible. Because a horrible first draft can become an OK second draft and then…

November 16, 2011

Nope, it’s not something that will make you automatic cups of coffee when you’re still struggling to write that novel. What it is, is  a machine that will print your book n demand. Yes, that’s right, your book. And it will print it in a proper library style paperback edition, with a glossy full color…

November 14, 2011

I went to a local NaNoWriMo get-together on Sunday afternoon. It was held at Sono Caffeine in Norwalk, one of the coffee shops I’d recommended in my blog about where to write one’s novel. I wasn’t sure how I’d recognize the people, but I spotted one young woman whose face looked familiar from her Facebook…

November 13, 2011

The new Fairfield University bookstore has opened in downtown Fairfield, so I wandered in there today to check it out. Guess what? Behind some sort of potted palm I found a poster announcing a mystery short story contest this month. Your writing is due in to them by December 15th, and I’m not sure they…

November 9, 2011

Finally made it back to Connecticut, with some writing done in airports and planes. So, on Tuesday I think I wrote 2245 words and today I managed 2453, so that makes a grand total of 15465, although I admit some of those words say things like RESEARCH and CONTINUITY? Never mind – it’s all progress.But…

November 7, 2011

I barely wrote anything yesterday  – around 500 words. Elephants take up a lot of time when you’re learning to ride them bareback… To make up for it, I wrote 1433 words today for a total of 13,123. That means I’m over a quarter of the way through in 7 days, but I’m using up…

November 6, 2011

There’s something to be said for being made to rise at 4.45 to got to Bangkok Airport. Not much, but something. Our guide said it was because of potential traffic problems. I think it was because he wanted to go home and practice his standup routine. The good part was that it gave me time…