I’m Gonna Do It

1-nanowrimoI know, I say this every year, but this year I mean it! (Just like last year…)

I’m going to do (and win!) NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, the month of November, when writers try to write an entire novel (50,000 words) in a month.

Writing is my escape, my therapy, my solace. When I’m feeling troubled, I turn to the page — whether that’s reading or writing — for comfort.

The past few months have been pretty hard as I struggle with depression and anxiety, like many of my fellow authors. Oddly, the pressure to write and the self-imposed goals don’t make the anxiety worse; they help it. I don’t know why, but I don’t want to jinx it, so I will just leave it alone.

With that in mind, I think I am going to do NaNoWriMo and win it. I have dedicated writing time with my lovely shenanigators every Thursday evening, and I plan to carve out an hour for myself (at my therapist’s direction) for myself every day. That time is to write, plan, and do things only for myself.

The trick is going to be deciding which thing I am going to write! I have no active projects at the moment because I finished and submitted my Sherlock Holmes story, and my Rogue Mage story is currently in the hands of the lovely Faith Hunter for red-lining.

What do you think I should write?

A poll sounds like a good idea. Let me know in the comments which you think I should write in November!

  1. A cozy mystery about a writer returning to her home town to research a her latest book and finding a dead man in the library
  2. A haunted house story of a woman who is running away from her past and runs into an even worse future
  3. A southern gothic, atmospheric story where the setting is as much a character as the people
  4. A romance where two weeks away makes the whole world change and things will never be the same

Let’s Blog!

My friend and mentor (though I have no idea if he realizes that or not) gave my husband and I some advice about being writers… a few months ago. That person is John Hartness. Now, I am pretty good at following advice, but this one took me a while. His advice: write every day and blog often. That’s how you develop your voice as a writer, and voice is one of those things you can’t be taught. You have to develop it through practice.

So, I am going to put some good use and do what he says.


Here goes.

Today I’m thinking about deadlines. I just sent a story back to my editor Sunday night, but I have a story I’d like to submit to the Curious Insidents anthology being published soon. The problem is that my story isn’t quite a story yet and the deadline is Oct. 14. You read that right… three days from now. That wouldn’t normally be a problem except I also have about 60 essays waiting for grading and some deadlines for editing.

I really want to submit to this anthology (and hope to get in!) because it has a wonderful editor (A. C. Thompson) and is being put out by a press I’ve been involved with several times (Mocha Memoirs) so I know they’re good people.

I would also like to participate (and win) NaNoWriMo this year. I have all the tools I need to do it. I just need to figure out my time, outline, and choose which project I want to write.

That’s enough for today, but I’ll be back tomorrow (hopefully) updating my progress on the Sherlock story!

WIP Stats

Title: The Deafening Sound of Silence

Word Count: 866

Goal: 6,000

Days Left: 3



Press Release: Shadows in Salem


FunDead Publications announces release date of new anthology

Shadows in Salem

release date September 6, 2016

SALEM­ – Shadows in Salem is a collection of spooky short stories set in Salem, MA.  The book features many local authors, as well as authors both near and far.  The book is available to the public on September 6, 2016, and was produced right here in the Witch City!  What better time to read something wicked as the fall tourist season begins in Salem!  The September 6th release date gives tourists a chance to take a little piece of Salem home with them in the pages of this anthology.  Look for upcoming FunDead Publications events in and around the Witch City.

About Shadows in Salem

13392279_1097887660268556_9147568924913919844_oFor anyone who knows the history, Salem, Massachusetts has more than a few stories to tell. Travel to the Witch City within the pages of these collected short stories, and know the captivating nature of one of the oldest towns in America. Feel the summer breeze at Salem Willows and smell the scent of mulled cider drifting down Derby Street. See the wharf from a birds-eye-view, feel your toes in the sand while the sun sets over Dead Horse Beach, and find the secrets that reside in the very cracks of three-hundred-year-old tombstones in the Old Burying Ground. Spend a night among ghosts and witches and know the magic of Salem, where myth and legend collide with truth. Do beware, dear friends, for the Witch City has a dark side, and there is more to those legends than what you might read in the pages of an old book. Remember to look over your shoulder, for you never know what shadows follow you down that dimly lit corridor.

Release Events

The Shadows in Salem launch event will take place at The Black Veil Studio of Tattoo and Art, 194 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915 on September 30, 2016 from 8pm-11pm.

FunDead Publications will also be present at Wicked Good Books, 215 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970, on October 8th, 2016 from 10am-6pm.

Media are invited to attend, as well as the general public. Some of the local authors will be in attendance at both events and will be happy to sign your purchased copy.

About Fundead Publications

323724_411970455526950_1937573654_oFunDead Publications was founded in 2013 and Shadows in Salem is their first public release. FunDead Publications is located in the creepy capitol of the world, Salem, MA!  Each day in the office is an adventure that generally involves an attempted escape from the hazards of real work, and the possibility of a zombie outbreak, which is why we are always looking for fresh meat.

For more information, please contact our fine, upstanding associates… who are hopefully still alive and kicking.


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