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Guess who’s doing NaNoWriMo again this year? 

Yeah, I’m going for it again. Life has been a little extra lately, and honestly I could use the distraction. (Yes, scrambling to write 1500 words a day is, at this point, a welcome distraction!)

I’m going to try and hold myself accountable, so expect word counts, playlists, excerpts, etc.

Be my buddy:

See you in the trenches!

Failure is good, though, right?

SO, I frogged* the Write-A-Thon. That was less than awesome, especially since the 500 words a day thing is so, so doable. In my defense: life.

But, you know what, I’m not going to feel too bad about it, because I’m still writing. (Not right now. Right now I’m up with a cantankerous toddler who decided 5am was an ideal time to start yelling for a snack. No, not that snack. A different snack.)

I’ll post an excerpt this week, too, just for funsies. Stay tuned.

*Frogged = finding an error in knitting or crochet and having to unravel the whole damned thing.

Clarion West Write-A-Thon: Week 1

So it’s my first week of writing 500 words a day, every day, and MAN, was this way overdue.

The first several days were like pulling teeth. Every word I wrote felt slow and wrong, like I was impersonating a writer (and not doing a particularly good job of it). Nothing seemed to fit in with the rest of the story or go in directions I wanted it to go.

But. After about five days, it got a little easier. When I’d shut my computer, I’d think of what I wanted to write next. I started to see more of the story in my head.

Now, one week in, I feel like I’m starting to hit my stride.

Wanna sponsor me? It’s for a good cause.

I’m going to a Madcap Retreat!! Just signed the contract and everything. March 14-18 I’ll be in Tennessee with Maggie Stiefvater! And Victoria Schwab! And a whole bunch of other people! CAN I JUST TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM? Here, I will do an interpretive dance using exclamation points:


Book Reviews!

I’ve got a brand spankin’ new Tumblr just for book reviews (both from Netgalley and elsewhere): Tessa Reads.

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I’m sort of in the process of figuring out the review format, so if something especially bugs you, give me a shout! I’ll also post reviews on Goodreads, of course, so you can always follow me there.

New Site

The new site is coming along nicely. I’m having fun playing with the 2013 default theme. As it turns out, I really, really like picking out header images. It’s sort of low-impact web design, which goes nicely with my state of constant sleep deprivation (the sleep dep’s name is Rory, and she was born on August 21).

I’m also setting up a new Tumblr for book reviews, so look for a post about that soon.