12 Pages and DONE!

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Yesterday Trish and I did something we have never done – we finished writing a book on the same day. Cool, huh?
Of course, my last two pages, the ds was standing over me waiting to type up his newspaper story. Then when I finished and said I won, the dh said, "It's like winning golf - you're competing against yourself." Then the ds said, "Yeah, take THAT, past you!" referring to the FRIENDS episode where Monica tried to outdo herself for Thanksgiving dinner.

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I was thinking about this Nano vs. last Nano. I looked for my Excel chart for last year but couldn’t find it. That would have been interesting. And since I didn't use all my good pictures, I will sprinkle more through today's post in celebration.

Last Nano, I changed heroes midstream.

Last Nano, I woke up early almost every day to write before I went to work.
This Nano, I only did that the last week.

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Last Nano, I had out of town company, and so did the bulk of the story at the beginning of the month.
This Nano, I had edits and revisions at the beginning of the month, so did the bulk of the book at the end of the month.

Last Nano, I had green on my chart almost every day.
This Nano, I have more red than green. I really doubted if I should try to finish, just before Thanksgiving. I knew if I didn’t catch up that week, I never would.

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Last Nano I wished that I had a plot about 2/3 of the way through.
This Nano, I wished that I had a plot about 90% through.

Last Nano, I couldn’t keep my hero and heroine’s hands off each other.
This Nano, the sensuality felt a little more forced. And only one love scene.

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Last Nano I finished on November 27.
This Nano, I finished on November 29.

I got an email from my Samhain editor that Hot Shot may be out in ebook in April. Happy birthday to ME! I wonder when I'll get my cover....

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Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read Hot Shot!!!!
Congrats on finishing your Nano book. I had great intentions, but I revised, rewrite instead.
Enjoy your day! And woo hoo, you won!

Mary Beth

Gina Black said...

Congrats Mary!! You are such an inspiration. I wish I could write half as fast.

Marianne Arkins said...

YAY you! For all of it... winning NaNo, getting a release date... it's all good!

Trish Milburn said...

Oh, verra nice Jared pix. :) Congrats on finishing your Nano book. Can't wait to read it.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Yay, Mary!

Though I kind of selfishly wish you hadn't made it. I wanted more Jared pics. :)

MJFredrick said...

Thanks, Mary Beth! I have to come up with a tagline. You know, I had one, back when I'd made business cards. I don't remember what it was now.

Aww, thanks, Gina. Some books come like that, some don't. Some don't WANT to, like this one ;)

Thanks, Marianne!!!

Thanks, Trish! You probably won't GET to read it till spring. 2008 will be the Year of Revisions.

LOL, Natalie! Yeah, back to JDM now, with maybe a Jensen or two sprinkled in, since I'll finish revising Ghost Hunters now.


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