What my brain currently looks like

I’m in the homestretch of writing a new book, and I’m having an exceptionally good time with this one.  It’s one of those cases where I can’t wait to start writing every day.  I don’t want to give too many details, but as a little teaser, these are the images that keep running through my brain. 

A few of the images that are dancing through my writery heard

That gigantic sigh of relief you hear…

Lost Days - The Bigfoot book for young adults

Lost Days - The Bigfoot book for young adults

…is me because I just emailed the edited “Lost Days” manuscript to my agent. I enjoyed writing it. Hopefully she’ll enjoy reading it. As always, I am open to changes and tweaks because last I checked, I’m not prefect perfect.

I set out to write a book about Bigfoot for young adults, and to some degree, I accomplished that. However, Bigfoot is not the central theme of the book. In fact, the big guy doesn’t even make his first appearance until the last third of the book. This book is more about the struggles of an awkward teenage girl as she tries to survive school, her parents’ divorce, and a crazy uncle.

As far as Bigfoot, I took some liberties with the legend and lore of the gigantic cryptid. I applied behaviors typical of any wild primate and attributed them to Bigfoot, including unpredictable violent behavior. Does it work? I’ll let you know as soon as I hear back from my agent.

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Preparing for National Novel Writing Month

It’s just April, but you should all ready be preparing for National Novel Writing Month in November. The rules of the competition are that you must write at least 50,000 words from November 1 to November 30. You cannot begin writing prose until November 1, but you can start outlining and plotting and doing character development now and continue prep work until you began writing the actual story on November 1. You can join the National Novel Writing Month community today and start getting into the grove. You can also listen to an NPR interview with Chris Baty, the founder of the National Novel Writing Month by clicking here: The Simple Art of Writing Novels