For one thing, as of today, we are just about 30 days shy of the date of the first scene in Seized: the night Brock proposes to Naomi. That means the Winter Solstice and White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman's first appearance to Naomi are fast approaching, too. I'm planning to mark the occasion with a little celebration. You'll notice the decorations are already going up -- the banner up top and the countdown clock (roll your cursor over the countdown clock -- it's kinda fun, once or twice). I've got several guest blog slots lined up, some of which are listed on the Tour Dates page. And I'm planning a contest. ("Ooooh! Aaaah!") More details to come next week on all of that, but in the meantime, get ready, and tell your friends and neighbors.
Speaking of redecorating, I keep forgetting to mention this: Tucked away on the Buy My Books tab is a link at the top of the page to "Lynne's Book Emporium on Amazon.com." There you will find, besides links to my own books, links to most of the books I've been using as reference works for the Pipe Woman Chronicles. If you enjoy perusing bibliographies and "suggestions for further reading" lists, feel free to take a look.
In addition, I should mention that I did more at WFC in Toronto than just attend one panel. I did a reading, sold two books (yay!), met some local knitters (yes, that's right -- I met two knitters who live in northern Virginia while at a writers' conference in Canada), and people-watched. One of the panels I attended was the Patty and Mike Show, where Patricia Briggs (who writes the Mercy Thompson books and the Alpha and Omega series) and her husband held forth for an hour or so. I got a t-shirt, too.
The Friday night mass autographing session is always a great place to spot writerly celebrities. I was pretty much stuck in my own little corner all night. But as I was leaving, I happened to turn around and notice Patrick Rothfuss sitting by the door. If you've ever wondered what the guy who writes the Kingkiller Chronicle looks like, take a gander over to your left.
Moving on from convention news, I should mention that I've got a cat again, if only for a limited time. Tom, a.k.a. Tommy Wommy, a.k.a. Mr. Wommy, a.k.a. The Wommy Man, is once again in residence, due to a quirk in my older daughter's housing situation. Here he is, in all his adorable glory. You can easily see why he merits multiple nicknames. (I should just convert this to a blog featuring pictures of Mr. Wommy, shouldn't I? That would drive up page views, I bet....)
Finally, I'm feeling much better about my NaNoWriMo totals after this weekend. As of right now, I have written a little more than 35,000 words of Book 4 and feel confident that I will finish it well before the end of the month. Which is good, because I will need to do final edits and formatting on Tapped then. Whew.
Anyway, enough about all that. This Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the US, and one of our hoary traditions (besides watching huge balloons float down NY streets on TV and eating ourselves sick) is to list things we give thanks for. So here you go, my list of Five Things I Am Grateful For This Thanksgiving. (I could come up with more, but this post is already pretty long, and I'm sure y'all have things to do.)
- Friends and family, of course.
- My fans. I'm especially grateful for those who fit the description for both #1 and #2.
- My day job, which allows me to live comfortably while pursuing my dream of being a full-time novelist.
- The ability to write the books I want to write and to publish them. Indie publishing for the win!
- My colleagues at Indies Unlimited and the Indie Exchange, who, besides being available at a moment's notice to commiserate and cheer each other on, are just plain fun to hang out with.
And a Bonus Thing I Am Grateful For This Thanksgiving:
NaNo is almost over!
Have a great Turkey Day, everyone.
This moment of bloggy gratitude was brought to you, as a public service, by Lynne Cantwell.