This is day eleven of National Novel Writing Month. Yesterday was a solid day - I wrote 4k new words on my novel 'Preface to a Suicide', bringing the 10 day total to 32K. It might seem I'm far ahead of the pace, but I get most of my work done in the two days Maggie has off work - now we have the work week stretch of days and my revised goals are to hit 1k per day. According to the NaNo calculator, I only need 900 words a day to complete the novel 'on time' and win, which seems like a very reachable goal.
A few notes and comments about Preface. I'm 32k words into the manuscript, so I have a better idea of what readers can expect. I'll say this - Preface in this form is far more incendiary than the first version I wrote many (many) years ago. To those that have read that draft and may think - how is that possible, just know that it's true and I agree - I wouldn't have thought before I started this 'refresh' that the novel could possibly top the first draft in terms of shock value.
However, something happened in the intervening years to one of the minor characters from that book - a minor character turned out to not be a minor character, but rather - Ella emerged from the rubble of that early draft. The entirety of my early novels will be re-written and a complete re-imaging of my fictional world began with tearing up the old draft of Preface. I'm about 20k words from finishing draft one of that massive undertaking.
That's the cheapest the paperback has ever been offered at Amazon. For anyone that's been waiting to get the book or purchase additional copies as Christmas gifts, now is the time. Grab it while it's hot.
I have reduced the price of the Ella Paperback in my store to ten dollars to reflect the lowered price at Amazon. I guess I have to keep up with their crazy price wars too!
When asked about the minimum wage increase to 15 dollars proposed by striking fast food workers across the country - I didn't expect much support from GOP candidates. However, I was stunned to listen to almost every one of them say 'Wages are too HIGH' in America. Donald Trump actually PROMISED to lower wages. I felt like I was watching a debate that could have been ripped from the pages of 1984. Don't forget the truth, fellow Americans. If you don't like how the Democrats are handling 2015 (and who does) - hold hands with the GOP and that party will walk you back to 1815. Happy choice indeed.
From Las Vegas,
Stephen John Moran