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NaNoWrimo, Write-Ins and your novel

So with NaNoWrimo just mere weeks away, it’s time to makes plans!

Plan your novel!

Pants your novel!

No one cares if it makes sense as long as you get the 50k in the kitty before November 15 it’s all good!

Also, plan to go to a write-in.

Wait, what’s a write-in?

A NaNoWrimo write-in is a public gathering of NaNoWrimo participants. Among many things done at these write-ins is participants type away on their laptops until they all get sick of each other or their work in progress.

Yes, you heard me, writers gathering in groups and typing away.

This may sound odd but it’s fun and you’ll find you get more work done in the end.

A brief background on myself, I started NaNoWrimo in 2004 in Rhode Island and gradually worked my way up to becoming an Municipal Liaison (ML) and in 2014 or 2015 stepped down so someone else got the fun job.

An ML’s job is essentially to herd cats, er, participants, send out emails to the region, hold a mandatory Kick-Off and Thank God It’s Over (TGIO) parties and schedule write-ins even if no one shows up.

A write-in is essential to your NaNoWrimo experience for several reasons.

First, so you know you’re not doing this alone. The comradeship helps as November rolls on and the writers who were hot to trot three weeks ago all of sudden dwindle to nothing by the time Black Friday comes round.

Second, because coffee shops.

I was never a really big coffee drinker in junior, high school and college. I’m one of this morning people that can roll out of bed at 6am and start working without the caffeine.

So, when I started to frequent places like Panera, Reflections, Brewed Awakenings, the now defunct Borders Café, Blue State and Elephant Room (now Schastea) and so on, I figured out what I liked and what I didn’t. This helps later on in life when you’re writing to make a buck and can’t get any work done at home.

Besides the drinks, being an ML is meant looking for places where if need be the entire group of writers (10-15 on a good night) could de-camp for three hours and write without ticking off the owners. Doing these events taught me to look for several things like seating, electrical outlets and parking.

Along with all this, I learned to keep a surge protector in my bag at all times just in case which has saved me on more than one occasion.

Thirdly, write-ins are fun because if you hit a brick wall you get to people watch and listen to for instance a comedy stand-up act about Muppets and fisting.

Lastly, it’s fun to see your fellow writers and swap war stories about losing a thousand words or how many words they gained. Word Wars are started this way and it’s fun to have someone nipping at your heals. This hobby can be very lonely at times unless you manage to hit pay dirt and begin a professional career out of it.

It’s what helped create the writer group I started some eight years ago and out of the core group, myself included, five of us have gotten short stories published or in my case published novel that took me seven years to finish because as much I as I thought I was writing it I wasn’t put my ass in seat, cut the cable tv, the PS4 and the twitter feed to finish it.

So, when November rolls around as it does every single year, check the regional calendar and see if there’s a write-in. Bring your laptop, the charger and your noise canceling headset and go to write-in. Get a lovely NaNoWrimo sticker for which the ML should have many and start typing.

You’ll surprised at how much writing you’ll get done with everyone else is tapping away on their keyboards.

Author Meet & Greet at North Scituate Art Festival

Save the Date!

Myself and several other members of Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) will be selling our books at the North Scituate Art Festival in the North Scituate Library parking lot on October 6, 7, 8, 2018.
All genres will be represented from children’s books, fantasy, memoirs, romance, science fiction and more!
I’ll be there on Saturday and Sunday only.
RSVP on the Facebook Event Page

Saturday Authors:

Mark PerryRay WolfJim DyerSteven PorterDawn PorterBarbara Ann WhitmanLeigh Brown & Vikki CorlissLucie ContenteLena LaneJeannette WintersDana GambardellaJudith GlynnR. K. BentleyNicole Waybright and Lucille Benoit

Sunday Authors:

Mark PerryRay WolfJim DyerSteven PorterDawn PorterJulien AyottePaul CaranciLeigh Brown & Vikki CorlissLena LaneJeannette WintersHank EllisHannah GoodmanDennis FortierR. K. BentleyNicole Waybright and Sarah MacDonald

Monday Authors:

Ray WolfJim DyerSteven PorterDawn PorterJulien AyottePaul CaranciDavid AielloDenise FlaggTara WilliamsJessica ForcierLucie ContenteJudith Glynn, Donna McCarthy, Dennis Fortier and Bolivar Beato

Where Weavers Daire is live.

Welcome to September!


So with August behind us and with September here it’s time for a little announcement.

Where Weavers Daire is now live and wide. 7 years and its done.

Check the Bibliography Page for where it is available.

I’ve added an Events Page. The list for 2018 is short but it will be growing.

For now, I won’t be selling books from the website. The book is going wide so the idea being you can get it anywhere for the same price.

Mailing List?


Can be found in the sidebar of this blog!

What about the comic?


While all this goes on, I need to brush off the comic book script I wrote and heavily edit it since after a certain chapter, nothing in the book or comic resemble each other.

Support the book!


In the meantime, support the book! There are always things that are needed like a tent, weights and plane tickets.

eBay Auctions!


I am currently selling my comic book collection on eBay to fund the creation of the book.

Donations are also welcome!


Donations go towards creation of a book cover, ebook and paperback formatting, banners, table cloths and other things needed to sell the book.

Donation link is in the sidebar!

[Plotting About] Where Weavers Daire: Finished.

 

Where Weavers Daire Update

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count:

After 7 years and several revisions, Where Weavers Daire is done and then some! Whoops.
And here’s the ebook cover!

The cover to Where Weavers Daire by R. K. Bentley by Damonza.com
The cover to Where Weavers Daire by. R. K. Bentley

What happens next?

It’s getting edited and should be done in 2 weeks.

What happens after that?

Somewhere between then and now, the paperback cover, the Facebook ad, the bookmarks and the audio cover, all done by Damonza will be approved.
The paperback through either Ingram Spark or Createspace will go into pre-order and the ebooks will be going wide.
The audio book probably through Findaway Voices.

Release date and appearances?

The planned release date is in October just in time for North Scituate Art Festival, Jewelry City Steampunk Festival, Rhode Island Comic Con and Rhode Island Author Expo.
Yes, I have secured a table at RICC and will be there with other ARIA authors.
I’ll be at the 6th Annual RI Author Expo as well.
The other two are up in the air.
Will there be a book signing at Stillwater Books? Probably, I just need to figure out when.

What happens after all this?

From a writing standpoint: I work on something else before Bennett North gives me the evil eye and then obviously work on Book 2 since it sezs Series on the cover.
Having book 2 to be published by World Con in Dublin feels like a lovely deadline.
Having Book 3 to be published by World Con in New Zealand feels like fun.
Having Book 4 to be published by World Con in DC is doable, I think.
I’ve been working in the universe for a while with nothing to show for it because I never actually finished any of the other novels because they started off as NaNoWrimo novels.
They’re salvageable and I have an idea of where they fit in the overall story. I’m pulling a Marvel Cinematic Universe-type of plot and introducing things piece by piece.

Mailing List?

Can be found in the sidebar of this blog!

What about the comic?

While all this goes on, I need to brush off the comic book script I wrote and heavily edit it since after a certain chapter, nothing in the book or comic resemble each other.

Support the book!

In the meantime, support the book! There are always things that are needed.

eBay Auctions!

I am currently selling my comic book collection on eBay to fund the creation of the book.

Donations are also welcome!

Donations go towards creation of a book cover, ebook and paperback formatting, banners, table cloths and other things needed to sell the book.


[Plotting About] Where Weavers Daire, May 2018


 
Welcome to Spring.
What’s this?
A blog post?
Why, yes it is.
Why the silence?
I’ve been working on Weaver as you can see below.

Where Weavers Daire Update

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count:

And I’ve got an editor lined up and I have a deadline of July 31st to finish it.
Back to the salt mines.

Writing Excuses Cruise 2017 or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb


If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you know I’ve been posting about eBay Auctions for the last few weeks.
There’s good reason for that. The auctions are going to fund my Writing Excuses Retreat trip.
Myself, Bennett North and two other people from my writing group, Rhody Writing Group is going on the Writing Excuses Retreat Cruise in July.
Writing Excuses started off as a Writing Podcast with Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler and Dan Wells.
They had been doing a Writer’s Retreat on the land via Mary’s parents house in  Tennessee until two years back when they decided to put it on a boat.
This year, instead of having the cruise out of Florida, they’ve decided to synchronize it with WorldCon in Finland.
What’s the mean?
It’s means I’ll be leaving the country for the first time in dog’s age.
Long enough in fact I needed to renew my passport that thankfully that only took two tries to get done but it’s done.
The less I think about current escalating foreign tensions the better hence the Dr. Strangelove title of the post.
We’ll be going to Germany by way of Ireland.
Once in Germany and on the boat we’ll be going to Copenhagen, Sweden, Estonia, St. Petersburgh, Russia.
The 4.5 layover in Ireland on the way home should be interesting.
You can read up on previous Cruises from Bennett North’s review of 2015 / 2016 Cruise.
I’ll be continuing to post auctions even after the cruise is over. The ten long boxes of comics aren’t going to just disappear over night by themselves.