Thursday, November 30, 2006

CAuthors' experiences with NaNoWriMo

From the NaNoWriMo Site:

"National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30."

From Judy Bagshaw

rom "NaNoWriMo is coming to an end and I'm still about 15000 words from the goal of 50000. A lot has to do with my crazed life at the moment. House selling, house buying, and all that those entail. It eats into my energies and my time. But no excuses, eh? lol

So, a bit about my efforts. I'm trying my hand at horror for the first time, and floundering in the unfamiliar waters, although, on the other hand, it's been an interesting challenge. I decided from the start of NaNo, that I wouldn't worry about anyone ever seeing this work, so that takes the pressure off somewhat. I chalk it up to being a learning experience.

Now, if I could just reach the goal! -Judy B."

From M. D. Benoit

"I'd been in a writing slump and needed a kick in the butt to start writing again. NaNoWriMo certainly did this for me. But writing seven days a week, an average of 2,500 words a day (I finished in 20 days) took its toll, not only on my tired brain, but on my poor hands and fingers.

I'm not a fast writer, even though this competition is focussed on quantity, not quality, it's very difficult for me to write total crap. So I spent six to seven hours at the computer.

Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the experience and it did get me writing again. I'm excited about the project, another Jack Meter Case File. -M. D."

From Beverley Bateman

"I signed up for Nano on a whim on October 31st because I heard about a lot of people doing it and I thought - why not give it a try?I was a little nervous because I wasn't sure I'd be able to write that many words.Unlike Dom, I'm a fairly fast writer and I don't worry too much about the editing part.Like many have said - you can edit or revise what you have written but not a blank page.I wrote quickly at the start because I thought I might not follow through and the better the headstart the better chance of finishing.I wrote about 2500 - 3000 words a day and wrote about 2 1/2 to 3 hours a day.At night I sometimes did a little editing but that doesn't count for Nano.I did miss 2 days of writing because life interfered but I still finished around Day 20 which was wonderful because I don't know if I could have kept up the pace. I wrote a total of just over 53,000 words and now I'm doing the rewriting, editing and revision and hope to actually mail it off to an editor by the end of the year.
Good luck Judy - still one day left. I'm sure you'll finish." --Beverley

Monday, November 27, 2006

Snow in Victoria

This is my first post as a blogger. All I want to say for today is that Victoria, British Columbia, which is supposed to be warm, if wet, all winter, has a foot of fresh snow and the temperature is about 22F. If you can convert that to Centigrade, you're a better woman than I am. All I know is that it's COLD, especially with that wind blowing. The sole advantage is that since I cannot drive anywhere, I am sitting at my computer and getting a LOT of writing done.

From Eva Kende

I am from Canmore in the Rockies where the temperature is -25 with wind-chill -34 and intermittently snowing for the past 5 days, so we are hunkered down, taking minimal trips into town for the most essential services. It’s nice to be retired and not have to go out when you don’t feel like it.

I was born in Hungary, but have lived 76.9% of my life in Canada. (If you are good at math you can figure out how old I am ) I definitely view the world with a set of Canadian values, although I love my birth-land and worry about the direction it’s taking. Those who watched the events of late September and October 23rd on the news are aware that all is not well there.

It’s hard to understand, without some historical background, just what is going on there. I believe my newest book, a memoir, Snapshots… Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, would furnish some of the conditions that created and continue to influence the present in Hungary.

In the meantime, my first book Eva’s Hungarian Kitchen went into its 6th printing. Wow! I will never forget sitting at my kitchen table 23 years ago, calculating if the book is worth publishing and would I be able to sell the first 5000 and break even. Obviously, it was worth it, but the fact that it has such a dedicated following more than two decades later, floors me.


Sunday, November 26, 2006

M. D. Benoit's World

I've put together a slideshow of my published and upcoming works.

You can also visit me at MySpace or on my blog, Life's Weirder Than Fiction.

Another Newbie Blogging

Okay I'm a virign at blogging.
Thsi is my second attempt. The first one didn't go through.
I'm mostly curious to see if this one goes through.
I wrote Medical Romance for Nano and I'm working on a Romantic Suspense about Internet Chatrooms.
I have two books coming out next year - a Romantic Suspense and a Horror Romance that I co- authored with a very twisted man.
My last book published was JUST LIKE YOU - a medical thriller about cloning.
You can check it out on my website.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Catalogue Your Books Online

Library Thing is a nifty website that permits you not only to catalogue your personal library, but to see who has the same books as yours, read reviews, swap books (if you're in the States), chat about a topic that interests you, discover new authors. So far at Library Thing, there are 105,885 members, 7,340,608 books cataloged, 1,414,098 of those being unique works.

Have a look at my own library and while you're at it, check out my own two SF Mystery Novels, Metered Space and Meter Made.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

newbie at blogging

I'm a new blogger, so just trying things out here.
I guess I could do a little bit of shameless self-promotion (since that's the purpose of this My latest novel, Big Fat Lies, was released in late August and is doing well. It's a romantic suspense, set on a Caribbean cruise, and as the book's tag line says, "a cruise can get complicated when it starts with a big fat lie." You can see more about the book and read an excerpt and reviews at The book is available from Draumr Publishing

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

CAuthors has a Fictionista

CAuthor member, Rita Y. Toews, was one of the Fictionistas in the unique reading series touring western Canada.

In response to the growing number of books aimed at smart, savvy women, four western presses teamed up to provide an alternative to "chick lit". At the event, sponsored by McNally Robinson in Winnipeg, Rita provided an entertaining read from her co-authored mystery novel, Body Traffic.

Marc Horton, writer for The Edmonton Journal wrote the following about Body Traffic: "Rich in character and with an honestly rendered sense of place, Body Traffic is a multilayered mystery that travels well from the mean streets of Kiev to the equally mean streets of Winnipeg."

Anyone looking for a good mystery can check out the book at:

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1. go to
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3. You are now at the Dashboard
4. Click on CAuthors under Blog Name
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6. This will bring you to a writing pane.
7. Write a title (You can leave the link line blank, or insert the link your post refers to)
8. Start writing in the writing pane.
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10. When you're satisfied with your post, click Publish Post
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First Post

This is the first post of a new blog, CAuthors, which is set up for Canadian Authors, emerging and established, to present their work, tell their news, add press releases, discuss other people's works, write reviews, etc.

It is intended to be used as a shameless marketing vehicle.