NaNoWriMo 2014!! (and other things)

I can’t believe it’s been this long since I posted here (visualize: Jen stretching her arms wide to represent October 15th on one hand and right friggin’ now on the other). Wonderful readers, please know that it hasn’t been a month devoid of writing.

I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month this year, which falls on each November 1-30, as thousands upon thousands of aspiring novelists across the world commit to the monumental-if-not-impossible task of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. You read that right. Check out my novelist page!

Needless to say, I’ve been pluggin’ away at a novel idea I’ve had for a while. It’s a speculative fiction piece (see: science fiction but sort of… not… science fiction. I call it “what if” fiction), about a girl who finds out she has a freaky ability – who comes to find out she belongs to a whole civilization of people with the same freaky ability, but who live in a different Earth-linked dimension – and has to escape from people who want her dead because of said freaky ability. Here’s the link to the page for the novel, which I’m calling The Bearers.

The poetry book is selling slowly but surely! I knew poetry would be a hard first sell, but thanks to the awesome Tempe community, I’ve found a bit of niche. And of course, the family members who were obligated to buy one… I thank you too. 🙂 If you’re interested, you can order yours here.

Still working on cover art for the Tanzania memoir, The Red Earth Sings Beneath Our Feet. Hoping to have a finished project by January 2015. I’m so excited to be working with the amazing Karli Foss on the cover designs, her work is simply divine. Check her out at karlifoss.com.

What else, what else?

I don’t know.

Writing. Lots of writing. Writing in earnest.

It seems like during the past few months I’ll sit down at my computer and am almost overcome by this frenzied sense of urgency. As though the Universe is screaming at me that I just need to get these ideas down somewhere, somehow, but in any case it has to be right now. I guess I should be thankful the ideas are still coming fast and steady, but I can’t pinpoint exactly why that urgency is there. I’ll leave you with this:

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Cheers, friends.

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