November is the worst time of the year to have to try to write a novel in a month. Although you don’t have to deal with the insanity of Christmas present buying (unless you’re organized and shop early), you usually end up planning or participating in the holiday feast which can put a severe crimp into your word count for the day.

I did do the Story A Day, May Short Story Challenge, and that was great fun, but a short story can be as short (or long) as you wish it to be. A novel takes a wee bit more planning.

I try to write 2,000 to 3,000 words per day (not necessarily on the same project), and have a novel started. I’m not sure if it’s insanity or stubbornness that is the driving force here. It is a good incentive. I’ll let you know if I finish because that will only be the beginning. I’ll have to revise because all first drafts are really shit.

Meanwhile, back in my other world . . .


Recently, I (along with many of my co-conspirators from the Main Line Writers) published an anthology called Unclaimed Baggage, Voices of the Main Line Writers Group. Our book signing was October 27th at an adorable store in the King of Prussia Mall called Nestology. We all went into it with varying degrees of expectation, from the very pessimistic to the wildly optimistic. In the end we sold out every copy, and had to order more. People ask me when they can get the book, I tell them soon. (In fact, it’s now available on Amazon.

Book signings are funny things. You get to talk to people who come because (in this case) they know an author, but also we had quite a few drop in because the signing was at the mall, and people were curious. When they saw the book was written by local authors, they wanted to buy a copy and be a part of the celebration. They wanted all of us to sign. it was great fun.

So for everyone who came and joined in the fun on Sunday, I say thank you. You certainly made my day. I hope you enjoy all the stories. There’s a wide variety in the book–humor, to literary fiction, to horror, to mysteries. Something for everyone.

A Thank You