The Race is On

On your mark, get set, go!

The fingers took off and started to fly across the keyboard at a blistering pace.

This is the third year I’ve stood on the sideline and watched NANO. What is NANO, you ask? It is a common greeting for people from the planet Ork. Go ahead, as Robin Williams, he’ll tell you. Actually, it is the National Novel writing month.

Each November people all over the world set out to write 1,666 words of fiction per day. Their prose must be original, and they may have not started before November 1, 2012. I have several things I like to work on, from time to time, that are not Henry Wood, and so all of those wouldn’t count. Of course, I don’t know what happens if you cheat, but I’m sure the writing gods look upon you with a disappointed face that is crippling.

So, I stand and watch again…but wait, who is that I see in the race? It can’t be, she is way too busy. It must be a look alike, or maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me. I keep watching as she gets closer to my vantage point. As she passes by, I realize that Gini Dietrich is writing this year. It looks like she has come out of the gate with a blistering pace and seems to be enjoying herself.

Now, I feel left out. The whole first day goes by and I decide that I’m going to give it a go. I’ve spotted the field one full day of writing, actually two, because there are only 124 minutes left in November 2, but I’ve put on my figurative NIKE running fingers and begun to stretch.

This project will remain a secret, save for the word count. I’m going to do the unthinkable. I’ll be writing a sequel to one of the side stories, even though the first one isn’t close to being done. Has anyone ever done that? I don’t know, but I’d guess no. I’m sure I’ll find out that there is a good reason, too.

In truth, I can’t imagine a worse time to try such an endeavor, as I’m pretty busy working on Henry Wood II, doing more writing on Lake Effect, trying to write good blog posts, and attempting to improve the quality of my popcorn making skills, which isn’t easy as I’m already great at it. But here it goes…

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wonderoftech
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Wow, very exciting, Brian! I hadn't heard of Nano before except for Mork. I wish you the best of luck with it. I'm looking forward to reading your work, if you care to share it. :-)

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 @wonderoftech Oh, if I finish, and I do plan on finishing, I'll definitely publish it. The first book in the series, I've already hired the cover artist and paid her. When I finish writing it, I'll need to send it to my editor, and then probably have a handful of beta readers give it a look, then it will be ready to go.

 

Naturally, the book I'm doing for NaNO will come after the first book, though it is entirely possible I may finish book two before book one.

 

Since I also have two Henry Wood novels to publish after the one I'm about to release, it may be a while before the secret project gets out there. Publishing doesn't actually take too long, and my editors (I have two that I use) work at a reasonable pace. The only issue is being able to afford them.

 

I'm hopeful that I'll sell quite a few of the second Henry Wood book, which will then pay for editing of future books.

 

I appreciate you showing an interest. If you are inclined, the first Henry Wood is available for $2.99 on Kindle, or $11.95 in print.

wonderoftech
wonderoftech

@ExtremelyAvg I am indeed inclined. I would be even more inclined were you to include a link to the Kindle edition. :-)

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 @wonderoftech I can certainly understand the guilt. I don't have TiVo, but if I did, I wouldn't watch the commercials. It is tough being on both sides of the issue. I'd like people to see my ads, while still wishing there wasn't so much clutter on the internet.

 

It is truly a dilemma.

wonderoftech
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 @ExtremelyAvg Hey, we're all still figuring stuff out. I had to figure out that you had an ad on the sidebar and why I wasn't seeing it.

 

If you want to see how it works, just add AdBlock as an extension to Firefox or Chrome and take a look at your sidebar. You will get a very different picture of ad sponsored sites such as Facebook and Gmail too.

 

I haven't written about AdBlock at The Wonder of Tech, but I guess a lot of people don't know about it. It's kind of like fast-forwarding through TV commercials, I feel a bit guilty because the ads are paying for what I'm seeing. But I generally don't like to see ads.

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 @wonderoftech You make an excellent point. I didn't know about adblock and will have to start doing exactly that, including it in any posts I write where I mention Henry.  I guess I'm still figuring this book marketing stuff out.  :-)

wonderoftech
wonderoftech

 @ExtremelyAvg I apologize. My use of the AdBlock extension for Chrome blocked your sidebar ad so I didn't see it. I have paused the extension, clicked on the link, and purchased two copies of the Kindle book, one for me and one for my father-in-law.

 

I will now proceed to activate the AdBlock extension again so I can miss out on the annoying Facebook ads.

 

I can see why you don't just include the link in the comments or in an article, but could you possibly include the link with your commission code in it?

 

Sorry to be such a bother!

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 @wonderoftech  @ExtremelyAvg  Nods head to the right...and then up a little. Apparently, my ad for Henry Wood, prominently displayed on the side bar has not been doing a very good job.  See, it has a little picture of the cover and everything. I think it's cute. Just click on it and you'll be transported to either the Kindle Version or the Print, depending upon which one you click on. My other book is there, too, if you're a rabid Iowa Basketball fan.

 

The value of you using the add is that I'll make an additional 12 cents, which may not seem like much, but it makes me very happy each time I see a new sale.  :-)

Hajra
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Technically I am writing more than 2000 words per day, but sadly, not a novel but college assignments, work and more assignments! Good Luck to you! :)

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 @Hajra Writing is writing and all of it makes one better, in my humble opinion. I'm sure you'll get all A's!

Juliabarrett
Juliabarrett

Go for it and God Speed!  I have a non-compete clause built into my brain.  Can't deal with NaNo.  It's hard enough to meet my self-imposed deadlines.

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 @Juliabarrett "I have a non-compete clause built into my brain"  <Now, THAT is good writing. It could be the start of an interesting story.