Thursday, November 12, 2009

eWriteLife Giveaway: And the Winner Is...

Well. I know I've been meaning to finalise this giveaway for a few days now. Unfortunately, NaNoWriMo, grad school assignments, family life, and personal illness have all been conspiring against me. But I finally managed to squeeze in a bit of time to get this sorted.

So, here you go... The winner of the book giveaway, "Will Write for Shoes" by Cathy Yardley is...


If you're curious how I came up with this, I used to choose the winner.

Congratulations, Sherina! Please email me your mailing address (please send to: shaicoggins AT gmail DOT com) so I can send the book to you asap.

Thanks again to all who participated! I hope to do more of these one day...

Marjorie - 2 entries

Jasmin Tragas - 1 entry

Em Dy - 3 entries

Heather - 1 entry

Sherina - 2 entries

Christie - 1 entry

Sunday, November 1, 2009

I'm a NaNoWriMo '09 Rebel!

nano_09_rebel.pngJust when I thought I can't be a NaNoWriMo '09 Participant, I found out all about NaNoWriMo Rebels. So today, the official start date of NaNo, I decided... Well, why not?

Yes, I'm now officially counting myself in a NaNoWriMo participant. A rebel one, yes. But, a participant nevertheless.

How am I a rebel?

Well, two main points:

  • I'm joining NaNo '09 with my Work-in-Progress. I really don't want to abandon this novel that I started a month ago. Well, I started writing it about 3 weeks ago. But, since I've been doing a lot of worldbuilding, character sketches, and research in-between, I haven't really managed to put in that many hours in the actual writing. And, since my current target word count for this novel is about 75,000 anyway, and I only have about 4,000 words in, I figured that if I can put in at least the 50,000 words target via NaNoWriMo, I'd be much closer to finishing my draft AND I can still call myself a "NaNoWriMo '09" winner. Sort of. :-)
  • I'd be having my "end date" earlier than everyone else. Since I'm travelling on the 28th of November onwards, I have to try and complete 50K words before that day. I know this lessens my chances of 'winning'... But hey, that's fine. I just want to be part of this fun journey! There's something about the solidarity of the writing community this time of the year that makes me just want to be part of it, win or not.

What about you? Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? Are you joining the rebellion too?