NaNo: Getting started

(Those of you not doing NaNo may want to filter these out by subject header, but maybe you’d like to read about what happens when a nutcase decides to write a novel in a month anyway. Will have concomitant craft posts, including one about how you shouldn’t use big ol’ words like “concomitant.”)

My NaNo page is at

I think this should be fun. Especially because I’m not putting any limits on whether this could ever sell or not.

1570 / 50000 words. 3% done!

In other news . . . I found an agent who divides her time between NYC and Marfa, Texas, and she’s asked to see the “first several” chapters of the Marfa Lights mystery. I’m going to send that today. I’m also going to send that book to the MWA contest. What the hell. The year ain’t over yet (except for those who started their spiritual year over at midnight last night!), and I did say I was going to give it all I had to sell a novel or get an agent this year.

I have already written my required wordcount for NaNo today. I may write some more on it if I feel moved to.

Favorite line so far in NaNovel: (actually, the opening line)

We were in the treehouse when I saw the black-and-white police car heading down our street.


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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