Wednesday, October 6, 2010

NaNo, Giveaway, MIA, and Award


I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo! I intend to use that time to complete the sequel to CassaStar. If anyone wants to be my ‘buddy,’ I am HERE



One of my virtual tour stops is giving away a copy of CassaStar! See Scribbler to Scribe for details. And Mesmerix created a really cool post for it, too. (Less than two weeks - I'm getting nervous!)

And one of you asked about a countdown widget!! It's in place now, but I don't remember who asked me. Sorry!

MIA!
Has anyone heard from Cassandra Jade? She’s not blogged in two weeks.
And, does anyone know what happened to Mr. Stupid? He’s not blogged in two months!!


And finally, Yvonne at Welcome to my World of Poetry gave me the “Go Away - I’m Writing” Award. (Please don’t go away though!!) Thanks, Yvonne!

I’m passing this on to three ladies who I know are either writing or revising right now:
Ali Cross
Karen Walker
Justine Dell

Anything I missed?

72 comments:

M.J. Nicholls said...

Yes: a cup of coffee and a muffin, please.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

MJ, coming up!

Ellie said...

Lots going on there! I love the countdown - so cool. And I want one of those coffee mugs. Stamping feet.

I need your advice, Alex. I'm thinking of doing NaNoWriMo, but using it to write a couple of novellas I'vr got planned. Do you think that is acceptable? I could add the two together for the word count check at the end?

Thank you!

Carol Kilgore said...

Have fun with NaNo. I've never participated because November is too hectic at my house. Way beyond the normal day-to-day hectic - LOL.

Congrats on your award.

Please let me know if you hear anything about Cassandra Jade. I'm concerned, too.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Looking forward to your book release, I intend to get one for my son as he loves Star Trek and Star Wars, With all the hard work you have put in it deserves to be a huge success.

Have a good day
I was too wondering about Mr. Stupid as he always commented on my blogs I sent him a messsage but no reply. I hope he is ok.

Yvonne.

Christine Danek said...

You are busy. Can't wait for the book release. I have not seen the folks you speak of. Good luck at NaNoWriMo.
Congrats on the award!!

Journaling Woman said...

congrats on the award.

Can't help you on the bloggers, I don't know them. Have you tried their email addresses?

Teresa

The Golden Eagle said...

Good luck with NaNoWriMo! :) I'm not doing it this year; I've decided to just champion from the sidelines.

Cool countdown widget! I don't know why, but those things fascinate me. :P

Gail said...

Congratulations!

Copyboy said...

Best of luck cyber-selling your book!!!

Laura Eno said...

Congrats on the award and good luck with NaNo!
I love your thought to put out a MIA. It shows how much we bond with our cyber friends.

Liza said...

Alex, congrats on your award and good for you for NaNo. I just don't know if I have it in me...but I'm not saying no just yet. Hey, most of all...thank you for seeking out missing bloggers. When people disappear from the blogosphere, I worry. These people become our friends and then go away. Everyone has reasons...hopefully they only have to do with the lack of time...Don't be nervous about your count down. Be proud! You have accomplished something so FEW people ever will. Hurray for you!

Mara Nash said...

I "buddied" you at NaNo. Over there I go by mkdbail. Good luck!

Congrats on the award!

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations on your award and good luck with NaNoWriMo. You've got a busy time ahead but you can do it. If you hear from Cassandra, please let me know.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

DEZMOND said...

I still have no idea what NANOWRIMO is, I'm always lost with those shortened tittles :)

Congrats on the award! When are we starting the work on the third installment of CASSASTAR :))))))

Hannah Kincade said...

Congrats on your award!!

I buddied you on NaNo! I can't wait! This year is going to be a blast!

Justine Dell said...

Wow--your book comes out soon!! I'll bet your super excited!!

Congrats on the award--and thanks for passing it on to me ;-)

~JD

Helen Ginger said...

Love the countdown widget. I missed it until I read that you'd put one up, then I found it. Congratulations! I'm excited and I have nothing to do with the release, so I know you are really excited!

Sangu said...

Awesome countdown widget! And that's a great award, what a cute mug. It's definitely the kind of thing we writers need when the wide world of the internet draws us away from work... :-)

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

Yay! NaNo! I've added you as a friend. I'm listed under falen1

Velvet Over Steel said...

Congrats on the Award! You so deserve them all! & No, we won't go away! lol

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!
Hugs,
Coreen

Ellie said...

Hi Alex,
I was the one, that mentioned you are on the count down and should put it on your blog ;-D

I wondered about Mr.Stupid, too...
Seems like a lot of people are taking time out and time off.

Exciting! I can't wait to read it, but since I'm buying them for Christmas gifts(one will be at my house). Do I dare peek? lol

Jennee said...

Best of luck for Nano. This is my second year and I'm a little stressed...because I still don't have a plot! Characters, yes. Plot, what?

Karen Walker said...

Alex, so happy for you on your debut release. It is very exciting. Just wait till you see your book on a bookstore shelf. No other feeling like it, in my opinion. Thanks for giving me the go away I'm writing award. It's how I'm beginning to feel. Sorry I can't help with the two bloggers - I don't know them.
Karen

Jules said...

Congrats on the award. I'm trying to do the NaNo thing, again I had no idea. :)

I wondered about Mr. Stupid as well.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

KarenG said...

What a cute award, very timely as November comes up!

Holly Ruggiero said...

Best of luck with NaNoWriMo! I'm not ready for such an undertaking though I may play along on my one revision style.

allison said...

I'm now your NaNo friend. Good luck with your sequel!

Glynis said...

Yeah, I found you. We are now NaNo buddies. :)

Clarissa Draper said...

Glad to be Nano Buddies!

No, I haven't heard what happened to those two writers. I hope they're just on vacation.

CD

Charles Gramlich said...

Nano comes at a bad time for me, in the midst of the heavier part of the semester.

Mia said...

Yay for Nano! I buddied you on Nano as AmeliaHayson.

LOL.

Marian Allen said...

I'm planning for my third NaNo. I added you as a buddy. :) Here's hoping we make the count and rough out usable drafts!

Marian Allen

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

Wonderful! sending hugs and wishes for continued success

aspiring_x said...

awww! it's super sweet that you're missing your blogger pals! :)
good luck at nano and two weeks!!! :)

Eric said...

That awesome, Alex. I don't think I'll get to Nano this year because I'm behind on school work. But I'll quietly cheer you on in my place :)

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Yay for the award. Congrats.

I'm hoping to join Nano...if I can get the last 15k of my current wip done before the end of october. (1k a day, fingers crossed.).

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ellie, the way I read it, they want you to scramble your work when you upload it for verification, so I don't see why you couldn't merge the two.

Teresa, I know Hart sent an email to Cassandra but got no response.

Thanks, Liza.

Thanks, Mara!

Dezz, I think it stands for National November Writing Month. And the 3rd book? You kill me!

Thanks, Helen!!

Cool, Falen!

Eliie - good! I couldn't remember who'd asked. And yes, you may peek.

Thanks, Eric - I'll need cheering.

Thanks everyone for friending me at NaNo. Guess I need to go approve all of those!

Talli Roland said...

Good luck with NaNo!

I'm worried about Cassandra. I hope she's OK...

Jeffrey Beesler said...

I'm halfway tempted to write the rough draft of the fifth novel in the Flettleglag series. I have books 2-4 drafts already written, and you know the status on #1 right now. #5 is a pretty huge arc for two characters in the series.

I really want to get it written but at the same time there's other stuff that needs tending to as well. What to do, what to do?

Lynda Young said...

I made you a buddy on NaNo -- If you are wondering I'm LynFaw for NaNo

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Congrats to the ones who've won your heart! (I'm jealous) J/K... ;)

No, I haven't heard from either of them, Alex. But go and find their email address and let them know how you feel.

I've done that to a few of my bloggie friends that had dropped off the blogosphere plane.

:)

The Invisible Seductress said...

So many good things ahead for you!!! ;)

baygirl32 said...

I noticed that Mr Stupid was MIA, like a few of my other 'regular' reads..

congrats on your award!

Carolyn V. said...

Congrats on the award! I'm not doing NaNoWriMo this year. I just started classes. I hope to next year.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with Cassandra Jade or Mr. Stupid. Perhaps they are taking a it of a hiatus?

Congrats on your award! What a funny one!

Arlee Bird said...

I put you down as a buddy for NaNo. I haven't absolutely decided on doing it yet, but I probably will. It should be a lot easier this year with my blogging schedule cut back to 3 days.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Walter Knight said...

Congratulations on "Cassastar." That is outstanding.

A heads up for new authors: The key for your sales is probably going to be Kindle sales. I know 97 percent of my sales are Kindle, no matter how much I love and push my paperbacks, because all sales are online and paperbacks are expensive for a small press.

Don't let your publisher set the Kindle price. You set the price, using the other Kindle books as a guide. I suggest $2.99, but that's just me. Publishers still prioritize print, but success for new authors is in Kindle.

Again, very cool. Get a sequel out as soon as possible.

Lydia Kang said...

Good luck on NanoWrimo!

I love the name of that award, "Go Away I'm Writing". Maybe I should get a sign to wear around my neck with that inscription.

Chris Phillips said...

Good luck with nano. I might have to look into that.

Kelly Dexter said...

Loving the widget and the element of excitement it adds :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jeffrey, you have to go with what pulls the hardest.

Lynda - check!

Elizabeth, Hart sent a message to Cassandra and I sent one today to Mr. Stupid. I'll let everyone know if I hear anything.

Lee, are you under your name?

Thanks, Walter! I think my publisher set the eBook for $4.95. They're taking care of print and eBook.

Lydia, or on a t-shirt!

Jen Daiker said...

I'm your NaNo buddy!!! Glad to be one as well!!! I'm already nervous to start it out! Maybe you will give me the push I need!

As for the two missing blogging buddies I'm afraid I don't know them so I can't help you!!

Arlee Bird said...

My NaNoWriMo name is Wordleeness-- don't ask me why. It was just something I came up with on the spur of the moment last year. I should probably see if I can change it.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Theresa Milstein said...

Good luck with NaNoWriMo. I'm working on a rough draft now. Couldn't wait.

I just checked Mr. Stupid the other day. I've noticed quite a few people disappearing. I wrote about it, but I won't post until next week. Blogging relationships seem to sometimes be hit and miss.

Julie Musil said...

Hey Alex, I just buddied you on nano! I'll be doing it too, although I need to get crackin' on some sort of plan. It's so cool that you'll be doing a sequel.

Yep, less than two weeks to go on CassaStar! I've got my blog post already written and scheduled. Awesome!

Jemi Fraser said...

I still haven't decided on NaNo yet. I definitely don't have time, but, hey, it's NaNo!!

Cassandra hasn't answered an email I sent a while back either. If you do hear anything, I'd love to know if all's well. I'm assuming life just got busy and she's away from the blogosphere.

Cheeseboy said...

Yeah, I gave up on Mr. Stupid. Crying shame. It takes a lot of work to write that stupidly/hilariously.

Karen Lange said...

Congrats to you and the new winners!

Karen Peterson said...

Happy NaNoing!

This is my 6th year and I've finished every year. It's great for getting the creative juices flowing.

Martin Kozicki said...

Hello fellow NaBloWriMo 2010 participant!

Love the coffee mug. And congrats on the forthcoming book!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I just checked and found our regional library system's local NaNoWriMo chapter is revving up again. They kick it off with a four hour write-in at the library on Nov. 1st. I think I'm going to do it...

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

I'm also worried about MrStupid. There must be someone in the blogosphere who can tell us something. I emailed him via his blog and personal email long ago. He's such a talented, sweet young guy. Hopefully, we'll see his books on the shelves, if we don't see him back in the blogosphere.
xoRobyn

Ellie said...

Thank you!

Enid Wilson said...

Big commitment for NaNo. Wish you all the best with the sequel. You will feature some snippet here?

My Darcy Mutates

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Jen! I'm ready for it.

I'll look for you, Lee.

Thanks, Julie!!

Jemi, hope that's all it is.

Good for you, Patricia!

Robyn, I emailed him as well.

Enid, not sure yet!

RaShelle said...

I'm doing NaNo too. I buddied you. historian40, as an FYI. I don't know what happened to Cassandra Jade, but I hope she's ok. Congrats on the award too.

ali said...

Sweet! I have my own label even! Alex, thanks so much for this award.

I'm so glad to have met you ~ you've been a constant friend these past several weeks and I've really enjoyed learning from you and getting to know you!

Thanks again!

(oh and I'll totally friend you on NaNo! Can't wait for the book! Woot for SciFi!)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, RaShelle!

And glad to know you as well, Ali. Sci-fi rocks!

SFDaddy - Bryan said...

I'm feeling like I might have a novel in me! What a great event to be a part of!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bryan, go for it!

Jamie Gibbs said...

Good to see you doing NaNoWriMo too :) Consider yourself added as a buddy :P