Friday, October 16, 2009

Please Enter My First Giveaway!

Wow! Only 16 days until NaNoWriMo and I'm getting psyched. A few weeks back I was concerned I wouldn't be able to get fired up in time, what with the WEDDING and all, but lately I can feel myself starting to slip into 'story space' -- almost a trance/daydream state where bits of the story seem to play in my mind like a YouTube video.

Like the other day after work. I was cruising along letting the car drive itself home when I realized my secondary main character was sitting at a desk handwriting a report to headquarters. He shoved back his paper and pen, rose, and shuffled across the dingy room to a battered wooden armoire. He pulled open the door and surveyed the selection of outfits available for that night's mission. With a sigh, he reached up and pulled out the leopard-print thong and the black leather vest with matching assless chaps. He suited up, resigned to another night of indignity.

I have to admit, I was a little shocked. I wouldn't have taken him for the type.

Also, I've learned my main character gets sucked into playing World of Warcraft after she gets laid off. As I am more of a Freecell/Minesweeper type, I've never played any such online games (MMORPG? Is that right?) but Mr. B has, uh, dabbled a bit in the past and generously offered to be my mentor. I downloaded the ten day free trial and am working my way though the noob experience, strictly for research purposes, of course.

Oh yeah, this is going to be fun.

I really do have to hit the ground running because I don't know how much writing I'm going to be able to do during the four says we'll be in LAS VEGAS getting MARRIED. I'd like to build up a good cushion before we leave town for the festivities.

But why should I have all the fun? In honor of my second NaNo -- and Mr. B's first, I hope -- I'm going to give away a copy of the official NaNoWriMo guide, No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty, the guy who started it all ten years ago.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post before midnight Friday, October 23rd. I'll use a random number generator to pick the winner and post the results on Saturday, October 24th. Be sure to check back so we can make arrangements to ship the prize to the lucky winner.

Even if you aren't interested in doing NaNoWriMo, please go ahead and enter 'cause otherwise I'll end up giving it to Mr. B and we already have a copy at home. You can always re-gift it to a potential novelist. I won't mind.


  1. The book sounds amusing... and maybe I'd even become a writer. Ha.

  2. Hi, this is Margaret from the meet up today. I'm writerrising on the nanowrimo site.

  3. Hey, this is david, also from the meetup today. It was nice meeting you. After we all talked I went to look for that book and they were all sold out, so count me in for the drawing!!!

  4. I'm going to make SURE you and Mr. B knuckle down and write while we're in Vegas.

    You'll thank me for it November 30. Yes, you will.

    (p.s. Word verification: istaller. "Yes, I is taller, but not as tall as Mr. B.")

  5. I dunno if I could write as well as you do, but hey!
    Christie wants to know if you'll answer some greyhound questions for her.

  6. By definition chaps are assless.


    Heavy leather trousers without a seat, worn over ordinary trousers by ranch hands to protect their legs.

    If they had an ass, they'd be pants. Crotchless maybe, by still pants.

    Sister of Evil Twin

  7. Found your blog via your NaNo forums post, fun reading and great advice for Me The NaNo Noob :) Currently having only the barest of plot and character ideas, the No Plot? No Problem! book sounds like an item I could certainly use! Hope that random number generator falls in my favor, and hope you keep blogging during NaNo!

    P.S. I'm celina63 on the NaNo site

  8. I'm with Celina on the noobness and lostness. I've just decided to set the bar low. Quantity over quality, here I come!

  9. If "No Plot" is, indeed, "No Problem", then I'm golden.

    Count me in!


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