Wednesday, December 4, 2013

IWSG: How did you do in NaNoWriMo?

It's IWSG Day. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for organizing this monthly event where writers share about their writerly insecurities. 

I did not do NaNoWriMo this year.  But I participated last year. I still remember those frantic nights back in November 2012 when I was madly pounding my keyboard to arrive at an "acceptable" word count so I can make 50,000 words before December 1st. I met the word count goal, but I still had and have a lot of work to do for that WIP.

For anyone who cares, here's how my NaNoWriMo project from last year has progressed:

-I revised the the first part of my story a number of times and added more to the original 50,000 words.  Now my WIP is a little over 60,000 words. But I still consider this all first-draft status. While the quantity might make you think that I'd written a novel, the truth is, I'd really just written 60,000 words that still require A LOT of revision.

-I brought the the first two chapters to the SCBWI conference in August.  Two editors gave me some feedback about what I can do to improve my story, as did a critique group I worked with at a day-long intensive workshop. 

-After the conference, I revised the beginning part of my story even more.

-I'm currently taking an online class with Mediabistro taught by an editor where I'm getting almost the first half of my WIP critiqued by her and my classmates. I'm learning so much from this class about writing and revision, plot and character development. 

So this is where I am now with my WIP. Just moving along, slowly but surely. 

How many of you did NaNoWriMO this year? How did it go for you?

For those of you who've done NaNoWriMO in a previous year, what is the status of your project? 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Auctions for ABFFE and KidLit for the Philippines

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving. Although I stayed local this year, I still had a pleasant and event-packed long weekend with my family. Hoping to avoid the company of stampeding shoppers, I steered clear of malls and mass market retailer stores on Black Friday. But on Friday evening, we headed to our local Barnes & Noble where I did some holiday shopping while my dear husband watched our kids as they played with the building toys in the kids section...

...Some news:

Last month, I was troubled to hear about the horrible typhoon in the Philippines and the thousands who have died, and the many more people living in this Pacific island country who are still affected by the damages from the disaster. Author Michelle Cusolito stepped up and organized KidLit for the Philippines, an online auction intended to assist typhoon survivors. If you head over, you can bid on a number of items donated by members of the kidlit community, including books, critiques, art work, and school visits. The event ends on December 8, and auctions are closing daily this week.  

American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) advocates on the bookseller's behalf to battle censorship. The organization is hosting the Holiday Children's Book Art Auction, where you can bid on art work by a number of artists, such as Eric Carle. The auction will end tomorrow morning. 

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

Do you know of other kidlit (or lit) themed fundraisers going on right now?