I Must Be Crazy – NaNoWriMo and Other Fall Things

We’re knee deep in autumn here in Middle Tennessee. Leaves are an impressive array of golds and reds and oranges, the breeze is a little cooler every day, and pumpkin has permeated everything from our porches to our coffee cups. Halloween has come and gone, ushering in what, for most of us, is the busiest season of the year. As the saying goes, the New Year will be here before we know it.

I Must Be Crazy: NaNoWriMo and Other Fall Things

So, November naturally serves as the perfect time to take on a massive new project, right? Along with several author friends, I have accepted the challenge to once again participate in National Novel Writer’s Month, referred to as NaNoWriMo, and write 50,000 words during the month of November. I must be crazy.

I do have my reasons (she said behind wide eyes and a racing heart). I’ve signed on the be part of a very exciting novella collection set to come out early next fall! I will join hands with five other Christian authors to bring you some unique stories sure to satisfy your love story cravings. I can’t wait to tell you more about it soon.

You won’t be surprised to know that I’ve not written steadily for quite some time. Book two of the Laurel Cove series is still in need of a lot of attention! But this novella has really inspired me and I’ve decided to let NaNoWriMo give me the chance to hammer out the first draft. If you’ve been with me for a long time, you may remember that the first draft of Someplace Familiar was written during NaNoWriMo way back in 2013! If I can stick with it, it’s a really fun and exhilarating experience.

The novella needs to be only about 25,000 words. So, book two might just get the chance to grow a little, as well. I toyed with the idea of cramming in a Christmas novella, like I’d announced I had plans for a while back. But I’ve learned the hard way recently that life sometimes throws wrenches into the mix. Back in September, my husband joined one of the national tours of Hamilton! We’re so thankful for the opportunity, but that leaves me flying solo at Fort Tysinger. Less time for myself and a few more responsibilities. The days feel shorter and to-do list longer.

Have I said how crazy it is to take on NaNoWriMo right now?

But, we serve a BIG God who somehow empowers us to do much bigger things that we consider ourselves capable of managing. Often times, it’s just saying “Yes, God” today, then tomorrow, then the next day. And having grace with ourselves on days we need to take a breather and rest in Him.

If you’re still hanging on, I’d sure appreciate your encouragement and prayers during this crazy month. How can I pray for you?

Ushering in a New Season

Ushering

Hello, friends! How are you today? Tomorrow is the official beginning of fall here in the States…and, let me tell you, this girl is excited! To get ready, I’ve spruced up the site to feel a little more cozy. Can you hear the crunch of leaves under foot? Do you smell the cider brewing on the stove? Feel the warmth of the fireplace? I’d wrap you all in a over-sized cable-knit blanket if I could figure a way to make websites tactile!

We’ll be sharing a lot more about all things autumnal in the coming weeks, as it’s my favorite. But today I wanted to share a few exciting updates, make an apology (yep), and share an announcement. Ready? Let’s chat…

Exciting Updates

I’ve been talking for a long time about attending my first American Christian Fiction Writer’s conference. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement! I only attended on Saturday, but that’s all the time God needed to bless my socks right off! I am extremely excited to report that all three of the literary agents with whom I met and pitched my first novel have requested a proposal/sample chapters! This is a huge step forward in signing with someone for representation. Nothing guaranteed, but man, what a fun step forward.

It was also amazing to get to meet fellow authors like Jaime Jo Wright, Carol Moncado, Shelli Littleton, and Becky Wade. And be in the same vicinity with big stars like Francine Rivers! Wow!

Lastly, you may have noticed that with the new fall theme, the website boasts a new catch phrase of sorts. “Contemporary romance for every season.” This is very intentional and came directly from some wonderful feedback I received from a potential agent. You’ll be hearing more about this update soon.

Now for an Apology…

I owe you sweet people an apology. I promised my first newsletter would be coming out about a month ago. One of the golden rules of blogging and marketing is not following through with promises. EEK! But, we’re all living real life together, right? Real life simply got in the way, folks. I could list off several reasons why it’s not happened, but they don’t really matter. Which leads me to my announcement.

A Fun Announcement!

Drum roll, please! The first issue of my newsletter will go out on October 1 and will celebrate all things fall. From now on, each newsletter will go out on the first of every month, or as close to it as I can manage.

If you’ve not yet signed up for my newsletter, now’s the perfect time, because I’ll be doing a “Fall Into Fall” Giveaway, exclusively for subscribers! You’ll have the chance to win a set of some of my favorite fall things. You can sign up here. (And tell your friends by watching Facebook for sneak-peek posts and SHARE!)