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The Fun ‘o NaNo & An Anomaly

Hi Everyone!
Oh wow, it’s been forever! I’m so sorry. I sure did miss you all! I hope all my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and I hope everyone else had a fabulous week ;o)

As you can see from the banner to my left over there, I have completed my second NaNoWriMo. It was pretty friggen awesome. In fact, I completed it 8 days early… I know. I couldn’t believe it either. Ha.

I have to give super awesome shout outs to my writing buddies on twitter that kept me sane and on task. They are all AWESOME. @ShelleyWaters, @CA_Marshall @brendadrake @jabrockmole @AMWernke @flamingo1325. I could NOT have reached my goal without them, and they made it so very much fun! Also to @lkgg, for her daily words of encouragement. If you’re on twitter, follow these awesome peeps!

So. I learned a lot this year, a lot more than last, I think… Wanna know what?

Okay. I’ll make a list. I know you like those ;o)

  1. Even with an outline, I will still end up pantsing about 80% of the story.
  2. If I’m not shoving my characters in a closet (as in my first NaNo) I’m having them kidnapped and injured
  3. I will always have a character that doesn’t like bugs
  4. Also, at least one character will talk to a spider at some point
  5. No matter how dreary the situation, my characters will find a way to make a joke
  6. I love writing the evil side of a character, sometimes more than the good side
  7. I suck at endings
  8. I try to put too many twists into a story, need to figure out a few and maximize them.
  9. I love NaNo and will always do it
  10. I’m lucky to have such wonderful friends and family who support my dream

So. There ya have it. Oh, you wanna a little taste of ANOMALY? Okay ;o)

Excerpt from CH 3

The ocean’s white tips curled around the blue water with ease. Like it had always been that way, like the world had always had sprawling waters. I felt stupid for worrying about him and what he may do to me in a dark alley.
He crouched down and took some of the small rocks in his hands. He tossed them around in his hand before throwing them into the sea.

“I come up here every time I come to town. It’s so peaceful. I almost forget what my future will hold.” His face looked contemplative, like he was searching for an answer to a question no one knew.

But he did know. So did I. We were stuck here.


Living amongst killers and thieves. But that’s what we would have become, right? The scans are supposed to determine who’s going to be bad, who’s going to kill someone someday. And apparently the two of us were destined for that, somehow.

Excerpt from CH. 26

“Are you kidding me?”

“I have a slinky dress in my bag, if you put it on and act lost, we might have a chance.” She paused, tapping her finger on her lip. I’d never noticed how plump they were naturally. “Act drunk too.”

I shook my head. “Nuh uh. I’m not doing this.”

She grabbed a black dress from her bag that looked like underwear and threw it at my face. “Here,” she said.

I grabbed it and held it up. There was nothing to it. “This isn’t a dress. It’s a bra with wings.” I lowered it to glare at her. “Why can’t you do it?”

So. All you NaNoers out there! How’d it go? Did you love it, hate it. What did you learn? And for the non-NaNoers, whatcha been up to?

I’ll try to get back to a more normal schedule for blogging. I know I’ve been supremely awful as of late. I hope you are all doing well!

Have a fantastic week ;o)

<3 Er

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