Hi everyone! This has turned out to be a super-fantastic week and I can’t wait to fill you in. Just a few more days before the NaNo campaign launches from port and I’ve spent the week shoring up the ship, giving it a new coat of paint and navigating the coming course.
The new schedule is working out very well and I’m finding that I fritter (as Ruth Nestvold says) far less time away. In fact, I put in more than 40 hours between last check-in and now on my “writing business.”
Here’s how my week went:
Writing: I put in about 15 hours on “Ben” which nets me a fully plotted and ready first novella and the start of a second. By the end of Sunday, I’ll be close to done with the second novella and am sure I’ll have all three ready (or very close) by the start of NaNo. Big win here!
Blog: I made some changes to the site, tweaked my About page, added a “find me here” menu over on the sidebar, cleaned up the sidebar (just like a sock drawer I tell you, now where is that other paisley one…), and then…
Updated my Gravatar and blurb across my entire platform. Well, mostly. There is a site to site difference in how links are added so I have to go back and make a few fixes, but it is 95% complete. So, a win.
The official new blurb:
“Gene Lempp is a New Pulp writer blending elements of alternate history, the paranormal, fantasy, science fiction and horror for dark and delicious fun. He unearths stories by digging into history, archeology, myth and fable in his Designing from Bones blog series. “Only the moment is eternal and in a moment, everything will change,” sums the heart of his philosophy. You can find Gene at his Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, WANATribe, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.”
I’m also on (but don’t list in the blurb): NaNoWriMo – Klout – Triberr (where I couldn’t update because their system is glitchy). These three are either “seasonal” or don’t really bring readers to the blog, so I decided to leave them out.
Throughout the week I was honored to beta read for Marcia A. Richards current WIP, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Amazing what one can learn from beta reading. While I know many of you beta or critique for others, if you don’t or haven’t in awhile, seize the chance to sharpen your skills while helping a friend.
In preparation for NaNo, I am pre-writing about 14 blog posts. Six of those are done and honestly, I have no clue how I’m going to wedge in the other eight. All the same, having at least some of them ready will be a big relief in November.
That is it for this week. Be sure to get out and support your fellow ROWer’s and other writing buddies.