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I know it’s been quiet over here for a couple of weeks, but life has been moving at breakneck speed, leaving me very little time to blog anything for a bit. I’ve got another post coming on Thursday where I’ll talk a little about PCSing with my cats (which is always the most stressful part of moving but I’ve also gotten fairly practiced at it) but in the meantime how about a life update?

Because I have NEWS.

As of last week, I am officially signed with 50/50 Press to publish my debut novel, Threadwalkers. Yay!!

I don’t have any more details just yet as I still need to go through the editing process, not to mention formatting and cover design and all kinds of things I probably haven’t thought of yet, much less setting a publication date, but trust me that I will keep you posted.

I know.

A little about the book: Threadwalkers is a YA science-fiction time travel story, told from the point of view of a 16 year old girl whose life starts to unravel around her as small changes in her past have big implications in the present. And that’s all I’ll say for now! There will be more as I can share it, I promise.

I’m excited to share this story with all of you, and hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

ALSO check out this AMAZING family portrait by my friend Em Somerville!
Volavka family portrait by Em SomervilleI love it so much! It’s now the featured photo on my “About” page. She even included my dinosaur necklace. ^_^ Thanks, Emma!!

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NaNoWriMo is over. I am slightly exhausted but mostly really satisfied. I finished the month with over 75,000 words, which brings my grand total to over 120,000 words. Woot! I’m giving myself at least the next week off to let my poor brain recuperate, then it’s into rewrite-landia.

I know the blog got a little ignored during November. All the words were going to the book. That’s expected. And now that I’m done with that first draft, post ideas are coming back to me. I’m taking notes. But the thing is…

I think I’m going to change the format of this blog a little bit. Same topics will still be covered, but I’m thinking less of my day-to-day life and more of my thoughts and opinions on things. Maybe I’ll even make you laugh. We shall see.

None of the old posts will go away, but the site itself will probably get a bit of a facelift. Just as a warning.

So there we go!

I hope everyone has had a good November, and here we go, careening into the holiday season. Geronimo!

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Once upon a late night yon
as I turned off all the lights
my eyes happened to stumble on
a thing which gave me a small fright.

There upon my counter top
I spied a monstrous insect, brown
and black, antennae wave atop
as it scurried all around.

I froze for just an instant as
the insect also came to rest
beside my stove, so I assessed
the action that would be the best.

I found my orange insect swat
and crept upon the giant roach,
then down I slapped, the insect not
aware in time for it to broach

The safety of the stove. And then
it finally escaped my wrath,
it vanished by the stove again
and seemingly had the last laugh.

This morning, though, I also found
the bottle of the insect spray
that is the best stuff that’s around
for keeping cockroaches at bay.

So down the side, twixt stove and wall
I sprayed that stuff in large amounts
unknowing if I’d reach at all
the giant roach on any count.

Then hours passed before I thought
of looking for that roach once more,
but not in vain for him I sought,
for dead he lay upon the floor.

The toilet was his final grave
and I’m not sad to see him go,
because I know how to be brave
and return my house to status quo!


(This is quite possibly the worst poem I’ve ever written, for what it’s worth, but I’m also kind of proud to write such a terrible thing. Everything else must be better, right?)

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Well, it’s over. NaNoWriMo 2009 is officially a wrap, and I am beyond grateful at the moment. I had fun this year, and I wrote in a genre I’ve never attempted before (Chick Lit) and wound up playing with some definite comedic elements (see the book cover below…), but I’m ready to be finished, to put it down and take a nice, long writing-nap. Of course, I still have to coordinate the TGIO (Thank Goodness It’s Over) Party on Saturday, but there are enough people interested that I think we’ll be all right on that front. These things sort of run themselves, especially if you bring a couple of games, like Apples to Apples. I just have to make sure I have enough stuff to occupy 20+ people, just in case.

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NaNoWriMo Winner 2009

As of last Thursday, I am a 2009 NaNoWriMo winner. As of midnight tonight, I will be a verified winner, which means the site will count my words and then change my little status bar that shows my total word count from green to purple and I will be able to print out a winner’s certificate and all sorts of fun things. I actually can already get to them because of a glitch in the system, but I like to play by the rules. ^_^ I will also have access to a lovely Winner’s t-shirt, which I will add to my Christmas list and hope someone is nice enough to send to me. (I wear a unisex medium, by the way… I’m just saying, in case, y’know? ~_^)

I’m going to keep writing for the rest of the month, though; the story is interesting enough now, and I kind of like my characters, but there’s still a huge gulf in the middle that is supposed to be The Road Trip. I might save myself from this problem by going back and just giving my characters a pair of plane tickets so I don’t have to deal with charting a course. Or maybe they start to road trip, decide it’s not what they want, and go back to get tickets… or maybe they’ll pack their camping gear and rent a car at the Portland airport, since their ultimate destination is northern Oregon. Yes, I think we can just get rid of the Middle of the current story and it will do just fine. Who needs a road trip, anyway? Not these two.

Another cool thing that happened this week was that my little story synopsis was selected by the NaNoWriMo staff to be given to a New York graphic designer to make a cover for my book. Of course, it’s not a “real” cover for publication, but it’s a fun souvenir of my story this year. Plus they’re only picking 30 people out of about 165,000 so it’s awesome that they picked me. It probably helps that I labeled my story “chick lit” this year, too, as I doubt that’s a huge genre… That’s it up at the top, in case you were wondering. I think it’s hilarious. ^_^

Today I didn’t find something good about Hawai’i (which is my goal every day), so I will count the fact that the kitties are now adjusted enough that they’re both hanging out downstairs with me; they’re both sitting on the table at the moment so they can keep an eye on me, I think. I’ve given up trying to keep them off of it, so as long as they don’t get up there when we eat and I wipe it down before I use it, I think I’m okay with this. After all, sometimes you have to pick your battles.

Before I sign off, I would like to issue a general apology: I have been terrible at getting in touch this month, I know. And I’m usually short and slightly irritable when I do talk to people. For that, I apologize. Please chalk it up to nearly 60,000 words before Thanksgiving and lots of time in front of the computer to do it. I promise I’ll be back to normal in December. No, really, I will!

If I don’t talk to you before then, have a wonderful Thanksgiving. ^_^

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