Lattes All Around!! and the sad artificial xmas tree

I’m ecstatic to announce that my short story, Better Latte Than Never, is going to be published in the Accidental Valentine anthology released by Roane Publishing in Q1 2015!

All the slaving over words and letting all the numerous characters woo me and tantalize me with their stories is paying off. Watch here for updates and news, and also over on Roane’s blog.

In other news, I’m sitting here procrastinating from holiday decorating. I tried to get a new artificial tree after last year, when my 9 year old artificial tree refused to “fluff” out. The needles seem crushed beyond repair. Of course, my indecision ran a full course until I was too late to buy from the discount sites. I finally ordered one a week ago, but it went out of stock and now won’t be in until later this week or even after Christmas. So we’re back to using the sad, crinkled Charlie Brown tree. I think I’m going to need some festive alcohol to get me motivated here, or maybe I’ll just kick back and write a short story about some couple that falls in love during some foul-up during the holiday season.

My favorite part of Christmas decorations has always been white lights entwined around evergreen branches with Mannheim Steamroller cranked in the background. What’s your favorite part of decorating?

The NaNo Hangover

The opinions on the usefulness of NaNoWriMo definitely abound. And after my 5th year of storming through the words and trying to reach 50,000 words or more for a novel, I can definitely understand the arguments from both sides and I can say it’s not for everyone.

I continue to need NaNoWriMo as a focus or promise of 30 days once a year when I am able to focus and repeatedly get an abundance of words onto the page, whether they be fabulous epiphanies or horrible dreck. It is a tool that I am currently able to use as I work to complete my first novella or novel length manuscript that is fit for publishing.

Of course, in light of this, it means that after pouring all of my creativity and more into November, I’m left a bit dry here in December and a bit aimless. Some authors recommend setting aside the new draft so you can come back to it a bit fresh, but I find that stepping away too long from a project lets it dry up and become unworkable. So I plan to apply the brilliance of Donald Maass, as directed in his Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook as soon as I’m able to shake this creativity funk and stop sleeping through my morning writing time.

Did you do NaNoWriMo this year? How is your writing faring these darkening winter days?