This year has been a busy one. I have learned a lot about myself as a writer, mother and wife. Juggling the different aspects of my life has been harder than I thought. I am very lucky to have family and friends who are so supportive.
I have been a traveling fool this year and we still have one more trip to go on. I was blessed enough to have my husband take me to Marblehead, Massachusetts, in August. Marblehead is the place where SECRET DOIRES is set. I learned so much and was inspired more than I could have ever imagined. I cannot wait to go back. We both fell in love with the town and its surrounding areas.
With all of the traveling and family balance, I have not been writing as much as I would have hoped. To help jumpstart my next project, I am going to do NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 on November 30.
NaNoWriMo is going to keep me busy in November and I plan on continuing to query SECRET DOIRES. That plus paying attention to the family will leave me zero time for my wonderful blog. So I am taking a blogcation. A long one, sadly. I will come back January 1st, 2012, ready to blog and tell everyone how NaNoWriMo went . . . and hopefully have some good news on SECRET DOIRES.
Last, I want to leave you with some great news. I entered a contest a couple months ago with an independent publishing house. Not only did I make it to the top 20 and then the top 5, but I actually won second place. The first place prize was the ultimate prize, a publishing contract—but I am beyond happy with my second-place finish. (When I entered the contest I hadn’t changed the title yet, so it is titled FLIGHT on the contest page.) This was the push I needed. It reminded me that I am great writer and my book is good, and I know one day it will be published. And boy, I can’t wait for that day.