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NaNoWriMo 2014

Last year was the first time I officially participated in National Novel Writing Month, and it was tiring but also a lot of fun. Most importantly, although I felt burnt out by the end of it, I was happy that I got so many words down on the page in such a short amount of time. So I’ve decided to participate again this year!

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Please feel free to add me as a NaNoWriMo buddy if you’re also participating! You can also check out what I’m working on this year here, only there isn’t much information up since it’s the third in my trilogy. (I can’t exactly post a synopsis for that one before people have even read the first and second, can I? ^^)

I’m also going to be honest: I’m not starting a brand new project on November 1st, as the rules of NaNoWriMo require. I did that last year, and that was a true “win” for me, but I started work on NEVER VEIL 3 last week. My goal is to hit 50,000 words in November. I’ll be tracking those words from 0 on November 1st, even though I’ll already have some of the manuscript completed before that. After basically taking the summer off from writing brand new material (I did write 3000 words of a new work that’s on hold for now, revise NEVER VEIL 2, make small revisions to NOBODY’S GODDESS, and beta read/edit for a friend, though!), I need to work my way back up. I’m excited to get back to these characters I love, although it feels weird working on book three so long before most of you have a chance to read book one!

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Reviewing Anime Professionally

Any of you who’ve been reading my blog for a long time may have seen my love for anime and manga creep into the “Books I Loved” series I wrote a few years ago. (Like here, here, here, and here.) I more often talk about anime, manga and video games on my Twitter. (But I’m not above using some anime images on my Facebook to celebrate my writing milestones.)

I became obsessed with Sailor Moon when I was 12 years old and it didn’t take me long to realize my beloved “cartoon” about kick-ass lady superheroes was from another country, where they made lots more “cartoons” I loved just as much. Anime is a medium for every style story you can think of, from comedy to action to fantasy to sci fi. There hasn’t been a time in the nearly two decades since that I stopped loving it. A shared love for anime and manga is how I met a lot of my friends (including author Melissa Giorgio) and my boyfriend. The really good series have influenced my writing because I always strive to tell stories just as well as the anime that sticks with me years later. And in the past few years, with legal free, streaming anime available on sites such as Crunchyroll, Funimation, Viz, Hulu and Netflix, it’s never been easier to have near-instant access to the anime currently airing in Japan as well as classic series and films on demand.

But with so much available, there comes a problem: What to watch? When I was growing up as an anime fan, I watched practically every anime that made its way here, even ones that barely appealed to me, because the options were limited. Now there are simply too many shows to watch. That’s where Anime News Network’s Daily Streaming Anime reviews come in, and I’m one of the first reviewers in the program on a trial basis.

For the rest of the summer season, I’ll be the one giving out my opinions on Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Magimoji Rurumo, and Naruto: Shippuden. (Apparently I’m the rare creature “someone who’s watched ALL almost-600 episodes of Naruto and actually enjoys it” among those who applied. That, and my cat is an official “Ninja Pet” in Naruto: The Official Fanbook.)

I’d appreciate it if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook and re-post links to my reviews as they appear! Or just head straight to Anime News Network so you can read all of the reviews for the shows this season.

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Sassy Summer Book Party!

A few days ago I was a guest on the Dragon Blog, which is hosted by the Sassy Sisters Melissa A. Petreshock (author of NA fantasy romance Fire of Stars and Dragons) and writer Jennifer Streck. Today I can tell you about their:

Sassy Summer Book Party!

The Cosmic Cloud Called Orion Nebula

I’m one of SIXTY-ONE authors who’s partying in the digital realm and donating a book. Whether you love YA, NA or adult/erotica, there’s a prize pack (or two or four) for you!

Since NOBODY’S GODDESS isn’t out yet, I donated (what else? ^^) THE SIGHT SEER, book one in the Silver Moon Saga, by Melissa Giorgio.

Win that and seven other books in this pack.

Stop by now through August 17th and tell your friends! Enter to win so many books or an Amazon gift card! 🙂