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NaNoWriMo Is Almost Here!

Or, Are You Prepared To Write?

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My favorite time of the year is upon us. November is National Novel Writing Month, and if you’ve ever had an inkling to write a book, this is your chance. You’ll benefit from tons of support from the online site as well as participants in your community.

Last year I wrote Panacea (Red Plague Trilogy #3) during NaNoWriMo. This year I’ll be writing the fourth and final installment of my Dark Caster Series.

If you’re participating, please let me know. We’ll keep each other sane during the next thirty days or so. 🙂

<3 Anna

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NaNoWriMo is Almost Here!

Or, My Favorite Month Of The Year Is November

I’m so excited that it’s almost November because that means it’s almost time for the National Novel Writing Month! I look forward to November all year long because for thirty days I do nothing but think about characters, weave crazy plots, and write like my life depends on it.

Spell of Summoning was a NaNoWriMo book from a couple years ago. This year I’ll be writing the third book in a new trilogy!

I hope you join me in November!

<3 Anna

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My 1st Writing Award — For Poetry!

Or, The Poem That Made Me Believe I Could Be A Writer

When I was seventeen I wrote a poem (one of dozens I scribbled in my diary) and submitted it to the Victor Valley College’s annual writing contest. I won an honorable mention, which seems to amount to 4th place. This was the first time I ever made anything I wrote public, let alone allowed it to be judged. The validation certainly had an impact on my decision to continue writing.

So, thank you VVC. And here’s the poem. It’s untitled because I was awful at writing titles, even then.

 

Yes, once upon a time,

Good princes got the girls,

Old dragons lived on rocks,

And ev’rything was nice.

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Yes, once upon a time,

Was over long ago,

Now princes are just shot,

And dragons live in homes.

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<3 Anna

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Top 10 Best Moments at the RWA National Conference

Or, What I Enjoyed the Most About Atlanta
My book swag in the goody room.
My book swag in the goody room.

10. Meeting Robyn Kaye, Kristen Ashley, and Hannah Howell on the patio.

9. Listening to Jude Deveraux speak about her process.

8. Free books.

7. Learning about Save the Cat. I’m behind the curve.

6. Kristan Higgins’ luncheon speech. I cried.

5. Cathy Maxwell’s speech about starting poor. I could relate.

4. Putting my swag in the goody room for the first time.

3. Meeting really cool ladies like Jennifer Tillman and Caroline Fyffe.

2. Learning everything I ever wanted to know about metadata and backmatter.

1. Catching up to old friends from California Mary Galusha and Maria Connor.
<3 Anna
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My (Imaginary) Love Affair with Eddie Redmayne

Or, Why I Can’t Get Les Miserables Out of My Mind

Eddie Redmayne

I will admit I have a thing for redheads. When I was younger Eric Stoltz made me all fluttery. I think Prince Harry is way hotter than his brother. And Seth Green’s Oz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer starred in many of my adolescent daydreams.

So, when I saw Les Miserables it wasn’t Hugh Jackman’s scruffy Jean Valjean that grabbed my attention, but Eddie Redmayne’s lovesick Marius.

Naturally, I needed to see more of my new crush, which meant discovering heart-breaking little gems like Birdsong and Tess of the D’Urbervilles. It turns out Mr. Redmayne not only sings like an angel, but he’s a talented and award-winning actor. Check out his IMDB page for “date night” ideas here.

And don’t be surprised when the hero of my upcoming young adult series has shaggy auburn hair and soulful green eyes reminiscent of a certain British actor.

<3 Anna

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