2013 – The Year In Reviews

Mostly so I can find it again…. 🙂

The Novel Approach

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! The TNA crew has been busily compiling our list of the top reads of 2013, which is never easy considering we read and review hundreds of books each year, but we’ve managed to come up with a few that we felt stood out from all the rest and have put them together for you.

They are in no particular order, just the books and characters that made us think, laugh, cry, smile, or touched our hearts and minds in their own unique ways. We’ve also included a special category just for cover love, in honor of our own A.J. Corza, whom we miss terribly and look forward to returning after the first of the year.

As a special celebration of these and the many more hundreds of books that aren’t on this list because of space constraints, but very well could have been, The Novel…

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Delayed NaNoWriMo followup

Well, Crap.

Had this whole thing planned out to finish #NaNoWriMo on my novel (of which I have most of 2 chapters and working on the third).

Then I got sick the second week of November. That lingered. For another two weeks.

Lo and behold, Thanksgiving was upon us with a trip to Florida and…working.

Yep, worked on Thanksgiving day. *thunks head on table*

Then I planned to write this follow-up beginning of December with talks of cross-blogging with Rhys Ford but then Erik’s surgery happened (see back posts on her blog) and she helped out with them. The cross-blogging didn’t happen, but we’ll see if we can get it going later…And work continued to explode when I got home.

That’s what happens when you work full-time while trying to start this thing called writing…for the last year. I hadn’t breathed until right before Christmas, then Christmas become its own Susan Mac Nicol drama coordinating extended families and friends across the month among my household (3 adults, two teenagers with a godson off to his Dad, and a step-daughter, who’s about to turn 18…in a pear tree). Did I mention that I live a Christmas song?

So. I didn’t finish NaNoWriMo this year. I was really disappointed. I have three active WIPs and none of them are finished. I have notes for a couple more and I’m itching to finish my short story so I can say I’ve finished something.  Several publishers have opened for submissions, and I intend to submit it somewhere because self-publishing is not happening until I get my domain set up.

Oh, I have one if those too. I intend to link up my blog here to it as well. Just haven’t gotten there yet.  There’s a reason I stopped web designing 15 years ago…

Crap. Have to learn the new stuff now long enough to get the domain hosted and linked. Yay me…

I can almost turn this into a song. 🙂

Sigh. And I’m writing this on my phone because I’m too lazy to get on a computer.

And yes…welcome to my stream of conscious.

Back to NaNo…

I wish I could have participated more with it. I got a good start but respiratory issue requiring two doctors visits and a change of medication will do that to you. Going out of town, working, AND partially sick didn’t help either. Hopefully, I’ll have things planned better next year.

Thank you for those that encouraged me to write especially the Atlanta NaNo chat room.  Good luck and you’ll see me back again next year. Hopefully, with something published by then.

Be on the look out for a review on the first day of the new year. My New Year’s resolution will be writing more.

I plan to write more on this blog too. We’ll see how that goes. 🙂

20140417 Update: I, apparently, need an editor for my own posts too.  Someone should poke me if they see proofreading mistakes on my posts. *grin*


“The Family We’re Born With” released

Lovely story…and it’s free. 🙂


My free holiday short story, The Family We’re Born With, is now available from Smashwords. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get it up on ARe, and for the usual initial .99 price to charity at Amazon.

ETA: Now up both places 🙂 Links ARe, Amazon.

Enny Kraft helped me get the cover pretty:

I hope you enjoy meeting Devin and Jesse, Jesse’s half-brother, Sam, his mom, and the rest of the family he was born with. I hadn’t planned to do a holiday story this year, but these guys insisted.

Any formatting errors are my own. I’m expecting real life to get hectic for a bit, and wanted to release this now. So despite my Nook suddenly not taking any downloads, I’m going to just hope the Smashwords epub is as good as the pdf. If anyone finds a significant problem, please let me know. One of the good…

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