Well, I did it! I finished the novel I was writing for National Novel Writing Month! I did it with three days to spare, and a few words over the requirement at 51,945. What a sense of accomplishment!
This is a book that has been ratting around inside my heart for quite a long time. Participating in NaNoWriMo forced me to sit down and let it out, and I have to admit I'm very pleased with the results. Don't get me wrong, the book has a LOT of work left to do on it, but the story is one I'm quite happy with. I plan on spending the next year working on it and hope to be able to publish it next fall. Since it is set at Christmas time, I would like to have it out so people can enjoy it througout the holidays next year.
I blogged at the beginning of the month how this is a book that is based on some of the experiences my grandfather had when he was a child in Denmark in the early 1900s. Using both his autobiography as well as doing extensive research on the internet, I was able to gain an appreciation and a deeper love for Grandpa. He is someone I have always loved and respected, but this experience has given me an insight that goes beyond what I have had so far.
To support NaNoWriMo and their Young Writers Program, I will be offering THE CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER on the Smashwords website for a limited time. It will sell for 99 cents, and all proceeds will go to the Young Writers Program. If you choose to read it now, please remember that it is in a very rough draft stage. I know it needs editing, so please don't send me tons of emails about what is wrong with the book. I am making it available to help raise a little money for NaNoWriMo. Just try to enjoy the story.
THE CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER will be available at http://www.smashwords.com/ from December 1st through January 5th. I hope you take a look, support a worthy cause, and enjoy a fun story for Christmas.
When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? To surrender dreams--this may be madness; to seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness! But maddest of all--to see life as it is and not as it should be.
I have been married for over 27 years to my husband Stan. We have two sons, AJ (26) and Kevin (24). We have two crazy dogs named Jasper and Riley. I love my life, my family and have a strong faith that directs me.
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