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This Writer’s Life & a Poll (Contest)
Saturday, October 31st, 2020

UPDATE: The winner is…Monica Lemmers!

It’s November of the most trying year I’ve ever lived—and that’s saying a lot given the losses our family has suffered the past nearly three years. Sometimes, it truly feels like we’re living in the dawn of an “Extinction Event.” We’re doing what we can to keep ourselves healthy. I’m sure we’re making mistakes, but we’re masking, handwashing, keeping kids out of school and online, and trying not to go stir-crazy in all our togetherness. Take Halloween. We’ll be playing Halloween games and holding a scavenger hunt in lieu of trick-or-treating. Family fun. Making an event out of everything (just not an extinction event) is important for us because the kids always have something to look forward to.

All this togetherness has taken a toll on my writing. I’ve produced less than half of my usual number of stories this year. I need alone time to create. After Mom died in January and my dd’s family moved into the house, and then the pandemic forcing everyone into closer quarters 24/7, alone time is something I’m training my brain to find in the midst of kid-chaos. Of course, I wouldn’t trade having family around me for anything, but I really do have to commit to sitting my butt in a chair to write more consistently.

That’s why I’m taking up the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge. It runs from November 1-30. The goal is to write 50,000 words. If you carve that up into a daily wordcount goal, that’s 1667 words a day. Completely doable. I begin tomorrow. So, today, I have to figure out what I’m going to write. I have a title (Preacher), a cover (Two, actually. See below!) and a blurb, but no idea what’s going to happen in the story. Not one clue. But I have today to figure out at least the first scene, and since it’s a Montana Bounty Hunter book, I’ll probably jump right into a takedown because those are the most fun scenes to write.

This month, is also the deadline for submissions for my Cowboys: A Boys Behaving Badly Anthology. NOVEMBER 15TH AUTHORS! Tell you what—accept the NaNo challenge just long enough to write that 2500-5500-word story! You can do it! So, you know, I’ll have to add reading submissions to my To Do list! Want the rules? Follow this link.

I’m also trying my hardest to cut out some time to improve my art. I love doing it at night after the hustle and bustle of the day. It’s relaxing. And I think I’m learning. This is last night’s piece. I used Nupastels which, for me, is like drawing with crayons. Completely fun and liberating. I love the foreground, the sky? Not so much, This was taken from a photograph from western Ireland.

So, that’s going to be my November—write, write, write, read, art. 🙂

The Poll

My lovely sister, Elle James, gave me two versions of Preacher. I love the one with the scenery beneath the title, but when I ran them both by my Street Team, they preferred the plainer cover. So, help me make up my mind!

Which cover for Preacher do you prefer?

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The Contest

Comment on something I’ve written about today—NaNoWriMo, the poll—for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

15 comments to “This Writer’s Life & a Poll (Contest)”

  1. Reina Torres
    · October 31st, 2020 at 8:02 am · Link

    I’m a nano-nut… probably my 15th year or some such… let’s do this!

  2. Delaine
    · October 31st, 2020 at 9:14 am · Link

    I love both covers however it depends on what you want your readers to see first. The top one draws your eye to the man candy and the bottom one draws your eye to the sky. It’s the pop of color that draws your eye.

    I’m relating to your stay at home and stay safe. Mom and I have been in the house since March 13th. Mom’s birthday is tomorrow and we are just staying in. She doesn’t know it’s her birthday so she won’t miss the time with family that we always had. Boy do I miss my mom.

  3. Maureen Thacker
    · October 31st, 2020 at 9:28 am · Link

    I am always loving your books, but I also love your art. I will have to try those Nupastels for myself. I appreciate you staying connected with your fans.

  4. Katherine Smits
    · October 31st, 2020 at 11:36 am · Link

    No need to add me to the contest. I prefer the plainer cover.

  5. Colleen C.
    · October 31st, 2020 at 12:39 pm · Link

    I voted for the cover on the left.

  6. Shirley Long
    · October 31st, 2020 at 12:41 pm · Link

    Definitely the plain one.

  7. Pat Elliott
    · October 31st, 2020 at 2:00 pm · Link

    I prefer the second one because it gives more detail on the cover.

  8. Eileen Airey
    · October 31st, 2020 at 5:57 pm · Link

    I vote for the plain cover of Preacher.

  9. Mary Preston
    · October 31st, 2020 at 5:57 pm · Link

    I actually like the touch of scenery best.

  10. bn100
    · October 31st, 2020 at 6:29 pm · Link


  11. Monica Lemmers
    · October 31st, 2020 at 8:31 pm · Link

    Go with the plainer cover. More eye catching. The scenery just distracts the eye.

  12. flchen1
    · November 1st, 2020 at 12:16 am · Link

    I prefer the focus to be just on the character on the cover, so no scenery for me. And I’m sure you basically Nano year-round, Delilah! Can’t wait to see what you get done this coming month! Excited for your story and for the anthology coming up! You and Elle are so talented!

  13. Debra Guyette
    · November 1st, 2020 at 5:52 am · Link

    I like the scenery. Someday I may try Nano.

  14. ButtonsMom2003
    · November 1st, 2020 at 9:01 pm · Link

    I prefer the one on the left.

  15. Delilah
    · November 9th, 2020 at 6:30 am · Link

    Thanks, everyone, for your input!

    The winner of the gift card is…Monica Lemmers!

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