Tuesday, November 3, 2020

November is for NaNo and IWSG

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I used to be so good about doing blog posts, now it seems I'm down to a monthly update. If you want more frequent information, please follow me on Facebook or Instagram @jeandavisauthor. I'm on those much more often. 

Let's see, since the last post:

I was able to get into a good craft show in Kalamazoo and met a bunch of readers there. If you're one of them, it was nice meeting you even though we were at a distance!

Due to all these canceled events, I've added a tab at the top of this page where you can buy signed copies directly from me. This is an ideal option for those of you avoiding Amazon. Please keep in mind that I only ship within the USA. Sorry, international readers. 

NaNoWriMo preparations were in full swing all month. Heading into year fifteen for me and with all my events canceled, I decided to go all in. My baseline goal is to add 50K of new words across four projects. In truth, I'm hoping to add a lot more than that, but we'll start with the traditional goal of 50K. This year's project line up includes:

    The Minor Years: A Narvan novel - this is currently at 70K

    Spindelkin: YA Fantasy - currently at 27K

    An Urban Fantasy standalone novel - 0K

    A Paranormal Romance standalone novel - 0K

I do have one last book-signing this year on November 28 at The Bluestocking Bookshop. Beyond that, nothing is on the calendar until April 2020. Here's hoping we're back on semi-normal terms with the world by then.

And this month's IWSG question is: Why do you write what you write?

Because the voices tell me to? Ok, not really. I write the books I like to read.

As a teen, I read a lot of mystery, horror, fantasy, science-fiction (both hard and soft). It was normal for me to buy several books every week. For some reason, my mother, also an avid reader, was not a fan of using the public library. However, we did make weekly trips to the small local bookstore. I supplemented my purchased books with library books from school. For the most part, it's safe to say I spent a good deal of my teen years between the pages of a book. 

So when I started writing seriously, with the intent to go for publication, I stuck with what I knew and enjoyed. 


  1. I think many of us write what we read, enjoyed, knew--and what genres we feel comfortable with. Love your phrase: "Because the voices tell me to?"

  2. Good luck with NaNo!
    We didn't hit the library often either. Almost every book I read we purchased from a book store.

    1. It made for some impressive bookshelves as a kid though, didn't it?

  3. I also write the kind of books I like to read. I can also relate to the blogging thing. I used to blog far more frequently than I do these days.

    1. Glad (or sorry?) I'm not the only one. Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Like you, I used to blog a lot. Then, I only did Weekend Writing Warriors, which I haven't done for several months. Finally, I only had guests. This month, I'm writing 30 Days of Gratitude, a post a day leading up to Thanksgiving. Besides forcing me to write a blog post, it's making me aware of how much I have to be grateful for in this awful year.


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