Elaine McCollum is truly my biggest fan. At 95 years old, and an avid reader, she tears up when I hand her my latest manuscript, In Triplicate. What an ego boost! She hasn't even opened the binder and looked at the title page.
I started In Triplicate on November 1st. On November 30, 2011 I had written 52K words. This novel was nowhere near completed yet my goal was to finish it before Christmas. My Grandmother's gift this year was a new book. I persevered and by December 22nd I concluded the work with a simple yet somewhat cheesy line: With Walden Beckenbauer still at large, life held uncertainties, but one thing was for certain, as she clung to her new husband, she knew that no one could clone their love. I have never given myself a deadline before and was surprised that when I put my fingers to work the words flowed like water when you turn on a faucet. The completed novel is 75k+ words. I printed the 140 or so pages and handed them to my grandmother unedited.
In mid October, fellow ML Styrch and I gave a Nanoprep mini-seminar for the Antioch Writer's Workshop. The week leading up to it, I became nervous. I hadn't stood in front of a group and made a speech since speech class in college- and that was about bra types (fun class and I got an A). The night before the seminar I verbalized these concerns to my husband. "Why are you worried? This is your thing." That simple statement bolstered my confidence.
My NaNoWriMo story began in 2008 when I was first introduced to it by a friend. I love the challenge of nano. The first few years I remained isolated and didn't attend any functions. Oh, how that has changed. Now I plan the write-ins and parties. This will be my ninth year participating and my second year as a municipal liaison. I've also participated in several camps.
Through NaNo, I've defined my genre. Alone, I couldn't decide if my stories were chic-lit or paranorma…
I have a new website. You have visit it by clicking the link www.RochelleBradley.com. It has all my author information like...soon to be released books. Yes, that's a thing. It will be happening this year. Stay tuned for the preorder.
My new blog can be found here BLOG. National Novel Writing Month is coming in November. This year I will be posting daily visual writing prompts along with encouraging words. Hope you'll join Wrimos world wide as we write fifty thousand words in thirty days. You'll find the details on the Nanowrimo site. Check my blog daily during the month of November to help you get word count.
Thanks for checking in. Happy Writing!