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The Four Fs of November

By Kimberly Jayne

November is my favorite color. And it’s also the combination of family,
fun, football, and the Frustration 50. Let me explain.

Family, of course, because of Thanksgiving gatherings; there’s
nothing I love more than being with my family members and feasting and fullness—usually
too-fullness. Fun because it’s my favorite season, and while the painted canopies
flicker in the sunlight and blanket the ground with fall magnificence, I can
rejoice in jeans, boots, and sweaters—what I call finery. November is also for
football. Woot! And FF for Fantasy Football, fall’s double whammy.

Finally, there’s the Frustration 50, because NaNoWriMo. If
you know what that is, I feel your shuddering from here. If not, let me fill
you in. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, and it dares us to write a
novel of 50,000 words November 1–30. That’s 1,667 words a day for 30 days, yo.

Close to half a million people are participating in
NaNoWriMo this year, and across America people are gathering in coffee shops
and online to discuss words and stories—and their frustrations at trying to
meet this demanding word count in so little time. And I’m one of them.

It’s haaaaaard! After the first week, I’m reluctant to
announce how behind I am in words and how overflowing I am in caffeine. I knew
I would be (and as the saying goes, if you think you will, you’re right!). Hey,
I have the complications of a day job that eats up 10 hours of my day,
including travel, and the foils of after-hours fatigue because of said day job,
so achieving the daily 1,667 word count precisely defines “challenge”
in the dictionary. Feeling my Frustration 50 reference now?

As of today, I should have written 11,669 words. I’m not
even close. I’m at about 4,000. But they are 4,000 words I didn’t have before, so
I’m not a complete failure. If I keep at it, I surely will finish in record
time the last two episodes of my dark fantasy Demonesse: Avarus. And I’m determined to finish because it’s my
favorite time of year, I’m happiest and most motivated in November, and I’m up
for a dare.

November is also for foolish, but that’s a whole other post.

What about you? Are you braving the challenge of NaNoWriMo?

Kimberly Jayne writes humor, romantic comedy, suspense, erotica,
and dark fantasy. Her latest foray into a dark fantasy released in episodes is
as much an adventure as the writing itself. You can check her out on Amazon. Find
out more about her at 

Books by Kimberly Jayne:

Take My Husband, Please: An Unconventional Romantic Comedy
Avarus, Episode 1

Avarus, Episode 2

Demonesse: Avarus, Episode 3
All the Innuendo, Half the Fact: Reflections of a
Fragrant Liar


How Can it be November Already?

It is hard to believe, isn’t it? Today is the specified day to vote–though there were some early voting days. Because of the disastrous storm, voting may be impossible for some. I mailed in my ballot a couple of weeks ago though because of the way they do it these days, we’ll know who the president is long before the polls have closed in my home state, California–Alaska and Hawaii are in the same predicament.

My heart goes out to everyone who lost their homes in the devastating storm. It’s difficult to even imagine how horrible it was and will continue to be for a long time.

Writing and promoting seems so insignificant compared to what is in the forefront of our minds right now, but that what this blog is all about.

I’ve been busy as I always am. I’ve been promoting a scary supernatural mystery that’s out on Kindle, The Devil’s Foothold. It’s nothing like anything I’ve written lately–and getting it on Kindle was an adventure and wouldn’t have happened without a lot of help.

I’m in the process of reading–and the rewriting and editing–my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery to my critique group. I’m also writing another Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel. In my spare time (that’s a joke) I’m going over my first published book, an historical family saga, to be published on Kindle.

I’m headed north to Redding for an Author’s Festival this weekend. My daughter is going to drive and we’re calling it an adventure since it’s about a 6 hour drive.

And guess what, since it’s November, I need to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Yep, I’ll be cooking like I usually do.

And we all know that the best movies come out in November and December–so I’ll try to squeeze in a couple.

Here’s the cover for The Devil’s Foothold, hope it’s not too scary for you.

The Devil’s Foothold