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*Women Who Write – A little NaNO Inspiration


I think it was last week that someone getting ready, set, go, was wondering about ways to prepare for National Novel Writing Month and someone in the comments (I do apologize for not being able to give credit where due) suggested just read favorite inspiring writing.  The library has kept me busy the last few weeks with my faves with some new additions including Peter James and Stefan Bollman and Zoe Sharp ( I am finally getting to the Charlie Fox Series!)

Anyway – back to my preparation and ‘Women Who Write’.  Sometimes when I am unsure what to do or how to do it, I Get Stressed.  And of course this foray into unknown territory might have started to create some stress except for the wonderful advice as above. READ.

Well that’s about the easiest advice, for me, there is to follow.  Each Wednesday morning I traipse off returning one set of treasures and gathering new.  Yesterday I wandered somewhat aimlessly waiting for inspiration to beckon, and it did, in spades.

The first book was Shirley MacLaine‘s ‘I’M OVER ALL THAT’ published by Atria Books that was inspiring, funny, and thrilling (largely I guess because we are not too far apart in age).  I love her books, they are never dull!  At 218 pages it was a perfect afternoon’s read.  MacLaine feeds my sense of adventure in literary unknown because she is so brazen.  Brazen enough to tell it like it is, her perception, with out sounding pompous or weird or egotistical.  She feeds my bravery in daring to express.

Then tucking aside Zoe Sharp’s ‘Second Shot‘ published by Thomas Dunne books as it is definitely dessert in this literary repast of mine, and I want to get through my delicious hors d’oeuvre and main course before I can savor this sweet treat so I turned to nonfiction.  I often have no idea exactly what I am after but aisles are walked, directions changed and before you know it I have in my hand exactly what I needed.

I don’t mind nonfiction but my style is to choose fiction first and then possibly stroll elsewhere.  For now and the immediate future, like the next 30 days, my interest is in writing fiction so that has been my literary diet for sometime.  The point is that my search took me to the nonfiction section and directly to a section on Writing.  There, practically leaping off the shelf and into my hands, was ‘WOMEN WHO WRITE’ by Stefan Bollmann published by Merrell.

Now this large size book, sort of in the style of the Coffee Table Book seemed insistent at coming home with me.  I considered the weight, the size and whether it would fit in my bag and put it back on the shelf to see what other offerings there were.  Nothing.  I kept picking it up, sort of like a puppy at a pet store that cries, ‘take me hooome!’  So I did.

Francine Prose did the Foreword and her first line was as gripping as the rest of the book: ‘A writer, any writer, is dangerous enough.’  HAH!  I was hooked.  The stories are incredible, the photos breathe life and when you open the cover the essence of these women writers, the ones who had to use male pen names, the ones who died in German concentration camps (more than I ever imagined), the ones whose brilliance was too bright too remain in this life and chose to exit, and the ones who lived successful lives that touched worlds.

Inspiration?  Yup, I think I have it.  And tomorrow, November 1st it begins.  Our own journey – Men and Women.  I only drifted to Women Who Write as that is my own inspiration.  So off we go all!!

What is your Inspiration?

Published Books Do Happen with NaNoWriMo

Well it seems I have been blogging less to get ready for the Magic Month of November.  You know ‘National Novel Writing Month‘.  How do I prepare?  Pretty much by reading everything available for advice and direction.  Thinking about chapters, beginnings and endings and of course middles.  Its the middles that have me in awe and I am pretty curious as to how I will handle it.

There are those of you that are already wonderful writers – well I guess pretty much everyone in my FITFS group of heroes.  So I got to wondering if any of the NANOWRIMO creations have ever been published.  Guess what?  Lots have so I am including the link here and also listing them below.  Because guess what?

When I need encouragement.  When I need hope.  When I need to know success is possible.  Well – all I have to do is look here!


I have copied the list from the Office of Letters and Light as also found in the link above.


Rebecca AgiewichBreakupBabe (Ballantine Books, 2006). Contact: www.rebecca.agiewich.net

Jocelyne AllenYou and the Pirates (The Workhorsery, 2009). Contact: www.theworkhorsery.ca

J. Rose Allister(Note: Contains adult content) Their Secret Paradise (Eternal Press, 2009), Kata Sutra (Siren Publishing Inc., 2010), and A Grand Seduction (published under Lisa Logan by Eternal Press, 2009). Contact: jroseallister.com

Laura L. AltonLas Vegas Chew Toy (Fireside Mysteries, 2009). Contact: www.lauralalton.com

Jacob and Diane Anderson-MinshallBlind Curves: A Blind Eye Mystery (Bold Strokes Books, 2007) Contact: www.boldstrokesbooks.com

Amelia Atwater-RhodesPersistence of Memory (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2008). Contact: www.randomhouse.com/features/atwaterrhodes

Robyn BacharBlood, Smoke and Mirrors (Samhain Publishing, 2011). Contact: robynbachar.com

Jill BaguchinskySpookygirl (Dutton Juvenile, 2012). Contact: mintconspiracy.blogspot.com

Jenna Bayley-BurkeJust One Spark (Mills & Boon, 2006). Contact: www.jennabayleyburke.com

Katherine BellAmaranth: The Preterhumans Book 1 (Cacoethes Publishing). Contact: www.KatherineBell.net

Hannah BiemoldIn het hooi (Uitgeverij Vuurpapier, 2010). Contact: www.vuurpapier.nl

B.A. BinnsPull (WestSide Books, 2010). Contact: www.babinns.com

Megan BosticNever Eighteen (Graphia, 2012). Contact: meganbosticbooks.com

Gayle BrandeisSelf Storage (Ballantine Books, 2007). Contact: www.gaylebrandeis.com

Ophélie BruneauEt pour quelques gigahertz de plus (Ad Astra, 2012). Contact: histoiresdoph.blogspot.com

BethAnn BuehlerBroken Together (Rebel Ink Press, 2010). Contact: www.bethannbuehler.com

Jessica BurkhartTake the Reins (Simon & Schuster, 2007). Contact: www.jessicaburkhart.com

Geonn CannonOn the Air (P.D. Publishing, 2007), World on Fire (P.D. Publishing, 2009), and Confused by Shadows (P.D. Publishing, 2011) Contact: P.D Publishing.

Kathy Cano-MurilloLove Shine (Grand Central Publishing, 2007) Contact: www.CraftyChica.com

Teryl CartwrightA Sensible Match (Vintage Romance, 2007) and Courting Constance (Vintage Romance Publishing, 2010). Contact: forthcoming.. Contact: www.terylcartwright.com

Dave CaslerThe Story of the Great American Flying Broomstick, Book 1: Genesis (Mt. Sneffels Press, 2007). Contact: www.americanflyingbroomstick.com

S. ChristopherGigapolis (Onyx Neon Press, 2009). Contact: www.onyxneon.com

Elaine CorvidaeDaughter of Snow (Mundania Press, 2010). Contact: www.elainecorvidae.com

Julia CrouchCuckoo (Headline UK, 2011) Contact: juliacrouch.co.uk

Lisa DailyThe Dreamgirl Academy (Plume/Penguin Putnam, 2008). Contact: stopgettingdumped.com

Martine DanielLegacy of Lies (Chipmunka Publishing, 2010). Contact: martinedaniel.co.uk

Corinne Davies(Note: Contains adult content) Believing is Seeing (Siren Publishing Inc., 2010), and Believing is Trusting (Siren Publishing Inc., 2010). Contact: www.corinnedavies.com

Farhan DevjiHockey Farmer (Cacoethes Publishing, June 2008). Contact: Cacoethes Publishing

Saranna DeWyldeHow To Lose a Demon in 10 Days, How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days, and How to Seduce an Angel in 10 Days (Kensington Brava, 2012). Contact: www.sarannadewylde.com

Sarah DooleyLivvie Owen Lived Here (Feiwel and Friends, 2010). Contact: Feiwel and Friends

Moondancer DrakeWorlds Collide (PD Publishing). Contact: www.moondancerdrake.com

Delphine DrydenSnow Job (Ellora’s Cave, 2008), When in Rio (Ellora’s Cave, 2008), How to Tell a Lie (Ellora’s Cave, 2009). Contact: www.delphinedryden.com

Cecile DuquenneEntrechats (Voyen, 2010). Contact: entrechats.over-blog.net

Hallie DurandNo Room for Dessert (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012). Contact: authors.simonandschuster.com/Hallie-Durand/46783748

Julia DurandSegredos do Submundo: A Herdeira (Minerva Coimbra, 2010). Contact: minervacoimbra.blogspot.com/

ErastesStandish (P.D. Publishing, Inc., 2006). Contact: www.pdpublishing.com/standishendpage.html

Mette FinderupBlink: En kærlighedsroman (Gyldendal, 2009). Contact: www.finderup.dk/blink

Anthony FrancisFrost Moon (Bell Bridge Books, 2010) and Blood Rock (Bell Bridge Books, 2011). Contact: www.dresan.com

Edgar FranzmannMillionenallee (Emons-Verlag, 2009). Contact: www.franzmann.de

J.M. FreyTriptych (Dragon Moon Press, 2011). Contact: www.jmfrey.net

Colin FullertonLike A Road (Blaurock Press, 2008). Contact: www.blaurockpress.com

Donna GephartOlivia Bean, Trivia Queen (Delacourte Press). Contact: donnagephart.blogspot.com

Terie GerrisonSpringFire (Dragonspawn Cycle, Book 3) and SummerDanse (Llewellyn Worldwide). Contact: www.TerieGarrison.com

Ann GonzalezRunning for My Life (WestSide Books, 2008) Contact: www.AnnGonzalez.com

John GormanShades of Luz (All Things That Matter Press, 2009). Contact: www.shadesofluz.com

Erin Grace The Indefatigable Wright Brothers (Jumping Duck Media, 2008). Contact: www.jumping-duck.com

Anna Scott GrahamDrop the Gauntlet (FEP International, 2009). Contact: www.annascottgraham.com

Bosley GravelThe Movie (BeWrite Books, 2009). Contact: BeWrite Books.

T. GreenwoodThe Hungry Season (Kensington, 2010). Contact: www.tgreenwood.com/thsindex.html

Sara GruenFlying Changes (HarperCollins, 2005), Water for Elephants (Algonquin, 2007) and Ape House (Spiegel & Grau, 2010). Contact: www.saragruen.com

Rebecca HartCall of the Sea (Inkspell Publishing, 2012). Contact: rebeccahartwriting.com

Abigail J. HartmanThe Soldier’s Cross (Ambassador-Emerald International, 2010). Contact: Scribbles and Ink Stains

Elizabeth HaynesInto the Darkest Corner (Myriad Editions, 2011), Revenge of the Tide (Myriad Editions, 2012). Contact: www.elizabeth-haynes.com

Simon HaynesHal Spacejock No Free Lunch (Fremantle Press, June 2008). Contact: www.spacejock.com.au

Liz HegartySalt River (Scholastic New Zealand, April 2009). Contact: www.scholastic.co.nz

Eric HendrixsonBucket of Face (Eraserhead Press, October 2010). Contact: eraserheadpress.com.

Rachael HerronHow to Knit a Love Song: A Cypress Hollow Yarn (Avon, 2010). Contact: www.rachaelherron.com

Harry HolBagage (L.J. Veen, 2010).

Denise JadenLosing Faith (Simon Pulse, 2010). Contact: www.denisejaden.com

Kathleen KaufmanThe Tree Museum (Way Things Are Publications, March 2009). Contact: www.WayThingsArePublications.com

Heather KuehlPromises To Keep (Eternal Press, 2010). Contact: heatherkuehl.blogspot.com

Suzanne LazearInnocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles) (Flux, 2012). Contact: www.ageofsteam.wordpress.com

Amy M. LevyWelcome To River Street (Fey Publishing LTD, 2010). Contact: wtrs.info

C.J. LinesFilth Kiss (Hadesgate Publishing , 2007). Contact: cjlines.com

Kimberly LlewellynCashmere Boulevard (Berkley Books, 2007). Contact: www.KimberlyLlewellyn.com

Marissa MeyerCinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles (Feiwel & Friends, 2012). Contact: marissameyer.livejournal.com

Greg McCarthyThe Price of Life (Otherworld Publications, 2010). Contact: www.otherworldpublications.com

Maureen McGowanCinderella: Ninja Warrior (Silver Dolphin Books 2011). Contact: http://maureenmcgowan.com/

Jon F. MerzThe Destructor (Lawson Vampire Novels) (Pinnacle Books, 2003). Contact: Pinnacle Books

Erin MorgensternThe Night Circus (Doubleday Books 2011). Contact: http://erinmorgenstern.com/

Ian O’NeillEndo (BookStrand Publishing, 2008). Contact: www.bookstrand.com

Paula OffuttButch Girls Can Fix Anything (Yellow Rose Books, 2006). Contact: www.paulaoffutt.com

Jacqueline PaigeMystic Perceptions (Class Act Books, 2010). Contact: www.classactbooks.com

Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss (Dutton Juvenile, 2010). Contact: www.stephanieperkins.com

Nathan PoellPost-Apocalypse Dead Letter Office (Oscura Press, 2011.) Contact: http://p-adlo.com/

Kalayna PriceOnce Bitten (Bell Bridge Books). Contact: www.Kalayna.com

Prem RaoIt Can’t Be You (Cedar Books/Pustak Mahal). Contact: http://itcantbeyou.com/

RashbreThe Triangle (Trafford Publishing, 2010). Contact: ashbre2.blogspot.com

Lani Diane RichTime Off for Good Behavior (Warner Books, 2004), Maybe Baby (Warner Books, 2005), and Wish You Were Here (Warner Books, 2008). Contact: www.lanidianerich.com

Vanitha SankaranWatermark: A Novel of the Middle Ages (Avon A, 2010). Contact: www.vanithasankaran.com

Francesca SegreDaughter of the Bride (Berkeley Books, 2006). Contact: www.FrancescaSegre.com.

Yolanda SfetsosShade of Grey (Eternal Press, 2010). Contact: www.yolandasfetsos.com

K.C. ShawJack of All Trades (Ancient Tomes Press, 2009). Contact: www.kcshaw.net

Anna SheehanA Long, Long Sleep (Candlewick Press, 2011). Contact: www.annasheehan.com

Arianna SkyeWings of Desire (Eternal Press, 2010). Contact: www.ariannaskye.com

L. Neil SmithSweeter Than Wine: A Story of Love, Sleuthing and Vampires (Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick). Contact: www.elneil.com

Diana SousaInício (Temas Originais, 2010). Contact: www.temas-originais.pt

Keris StaintonJessie Hearts NYC (Orchard Books, 2011). Contact: www.keris-stainton.com

Ransom StephenThe God Patent (Vox Novus). Contact: www.thegodpatent.com

Amber StocktonPromises, Promises (Barbour Publishing, 2008), Copper and Candles (Barbour Publishing, 2009), and Liberty’s Promise (Barbour Publishing, 2010). Contact: www.amberstockton.com

James R. StricklandLooking Glass (Flying Pen Press, 2007) Contact: www.jamesrstrickland.com

Stephanie Stuve-BodeenThe Compound (Feiwel and Friends, 2008) Contact: www.rockforadoll.com

Kyle Michel SullivanBobby Carapisi (The Nazca Plains Corporation, 2009). Contact:Nazca Plains Corporation

J.H. TrumbleDon’t Let Me Go (Kensington, 2011).

Pamela TurnerDeath Sword (Lyrical Press, 2011). Contact: PamelaTurner.net

Catherine WadeLet’s Dish and Another Time Around (Samhain Publishing, 2009). Contact: www.samhainpublishing.com

Alayna WilliamsDark Oracle (Pocket-Juno Books, 2010). Contact: www.alaynawilliams.com

David Niall WilsonVintage Soul (Five Star/Gale, 2007) and The Mote in Andrea’s Eye (Five Star/Gale, 2006). Contact: Five Star/Gale

Nora ZelevanskySemi-Charmed Life (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012).

Magdalena ZschokkeMaybe Tomorrow (Windstorm Creative, 2007). Contact: www.magdalenazschokke.com

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NANOWRIMO Getting Ready

Well here I go getting ready for this year’s event.  I chose not to do it in 2011 – fear of success or fear of failure sort of thing you know.  A few or perhaps many of my heroes I brag on each Friday in FITFS series are taking part, and since I praise not just for the sake of praise but also to somehow emulate the brave folk they are I am jumping in with both feet and all attached parts.  The NANOWRIMO site is full of information so today I shall try to sort that out.

Once I signed in I tried to put my photo in the appropriate spot but for some reason it will not upload, so those others who are participating can use your own imaginations as to what I look like.  I have chosen my badge for the event.

30 days.  Wow.  I know many of you have been successful so that is encouraging.  Also my dear Celi is taking part and I think my friend Joss is also so I could not be in better company.

I am not sure how to connect to community yet but will get that done today.

How many of my VCH (Very Classy Heroes) are also joining in?



I just have to remember this is only thirty days so it does not have to even last as long as Kim Khardashian’s marriage.

I can join as many regions as I like – (must do today)

It may be difficult at first but will get better as the days go by and the word count increases.

Being a Marathon of sorts I can get some sponsers to contribute to – “NaNoWriMo is run a tiny team of eight novel-loving souls at the Office of Letters and Light (OLL), a grassroots nonprofit, and is funded almost entirely by participant donations” – which seems like a good idea and good motivation.

There is lots of great information at this link so please do look it over and please my VCH do let me know if you have signed up.  Your very presence alone will inspire me!

Grow – For 5 Minute Friday and the Gypsy Mama

Grow – For 5 Minute Friday and the Gypsy Mama

It’s time for some Friday fun – Gypsy Mama Style!
‘For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.’
 Today’s subject?
You can grow together, grow apart, grow a garden, grow a heart.
You can grow a beard, grow a plan, grow a seed made for man.
You can grow a business from that plan and that seed made for man.
You can grow love, grow hate, just not ingrown
Grow up, grow down, grow in, grow out,
And there is you can bet….some even grow a set!
STOP!  Times up!
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Most importantly: leave a comment for the person who linked up before you – encouraging them in their writing!

But Has Anyone Published?

But Has Anyone Published?

This is the first day of the National Novel Writing Month and I can almost hear the tapping and scribbling as thousands start off on a month long marathon of creativity birthing a novel.

I so wanted to take part but could not for two primary reasons: 

Time- more than half of my allotted 24 hours now are devoted to G1 and G2.  I have decided that to keep blogging I am going to consistently write on a five minute a day premise, using Gypsy Mama’s Friday Style every day, which may make for some interesting and depth limited thoughts.  I shall aim for one more detailed post each week, so a commitment to produce 2000 words a day is outside my capabilities.
Fear- I fear that the story I want to write will suffer if I charge ahead just to count words.  Stephen King says that when he sits down each day he completes 2000 words.  It may be sometime before I work up to that. HaHa.

My question of the day is – for all the industrious folk who have taken part in NaNoWriMo – has anyone ended up with a work that actually went on to be published?