Checking In

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve blogged! I really love blogging, but I’ve just been so busy. Well, all that I can do now is write a post and re-set my fall blogging schedule. Back to weekly? Every other? Hmm.

In the last three months, I’ve been editing, keeping a draft of my query letter going (ha!), doing a little planning for my next WIP (#3!), and generally settling in to a very busy fall.

I am wrapping up two classes over the past few weeks, one called Before You Hit Send, a self-editing class by Angela James, Executive Editor of Carina Press. It’s a three-week class. I highly recommend it. I’ve learned a lot. The three-week “forum” format was a good fit too as it allowed for Q & A and seeing where other people are in their process. So, so helpful. Angela’s humor really helped as one can easily get overwhelmed by the amount of work that goes into editing.

Last week, I took my first Romance Writers of America (RWA) class. It was Writing Historical Romance for the Modern Reader, taught by Tessa Dare. Fab. I also recommend it, both for the content and the big picture approach to writing historical romance. Tessa kept the workload manageable (and optional) and had a warm, engaging style.

Since it’s mid-October, I’m staring down November and made the decision–yesterday!–to do NaNoWriMo again this year. It’s a lot to take on, but that’s kind of how life goes. I didn’t end up doing JuNo, which was a good choice at the time, but I really love NaNo. So, I’m jumping in. Last year, NaNo was a lot of work but was really fun and rewarding.

This morning I started counting down the prep work I’ll need to do, writing and professional/personal life-wise, to make it work. I’ve got two lists going to keep me on track. I think the structure and the sense of community are what I enjoy most about NaNo. Plus, ending the month with 50,000 plus words towards another book isn’t too bad either.

Happy writing, reading, blogging, or whatever you do! I’ll be checking in soon! 🙂

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