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NaNoWriMo 2021 complete

What am I grateful for this holiday season

First of all, I haven’t had a chance to express my gratitude for this holiday season that I am alive and well.

My deepest gratitude goes to my family, friends, and fans for their support of my work. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to finish the daunting 50k NaNoWriMo word challenge.

This was my third year participating in the National Novel Writing Month challenge. I entered with word count zero on Monday, Nov. 1 after some prep work in October. That same day, our grandson Henrik was born at 2:30 p.m., and I drove to Hastings to babysit his siblings and came back to Lowell the next day.

For days leading up to the challenge, I stared into the historic map of Saugatuck, hoping that awesome inspiration will strike a chord in my heart and mind. The opposite was quite the truth. Every morning of the challenge, I stood up against the same goal: logging in at least 1,667 words a day to reach the coveted 50,000-word summit by Nov. 30th.

Since I picked for my NaNo project the historical fiction genre, I had to do research as well. Weeks of previous research didn’t help much. On the third day of the challenge, I figured out that breaking the writing marathon into two daily sessions will make it more doable. From then on, I worked in two parts: morning and afternoon.

What I found out was that even between the two sessions, I sometimes didn’t know what was going to come next. Just like watching a movie, I worked from scene to scene, not knowing what’s going to come next.

I was in for a few big surprises; I call them forks in major decision-making in the plot. I took advice from veteran Wrimos like author Jean Davis: do something or kill somebody, she advised in a special podcast panel.

Then, came times, when I thought I couldn’t go on physically; my entire being was hurting. I remember in a podcast, the host asked me: “Does writing hurt physically? Can you feel it?”

Yes, I could feel it, but I also felt accomplishment and movement forward, because I had no time to stagnate in murky waters. At one point, I realized I would have to log in more than the required 1,667-word quota, because of the upcoming holiday, and author’s events like Christmas Through Lowell which ran for three full days.

From my previous NaNos, I knew I would have to be fit also physically. I started walking on Oct. 11. I first walked on the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail, then to the Franciscan Life Process Center, and finally, as the weather got worse, I switched to the treadmill upstairs.

To this day, I believe if I hadn’t been physically fit, I wouldn’t have finished the challenge. I reached the 50k summit on Nov. 19th in the morning. I continued to write inspired by my NaNo buddies authors Andrew Allen Smith, Diana Plopa, and Marianne Wieland.

On the final day of the challenge, which is today, I logged in a total of 62,288 words, which puts me at 80 percent completion of my new book “Shifting Sands: A Lost Town.”

I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along this journey including my author buddies, my family, and my fans. I celebrated NaNo today with a haircut, chocolates, music “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and a ride to Murray Lake.

It’s the simple things that count on a writing journey to publishing a new book. To me, it boils down to logging in daily word count, enjoying the journey, sharing insights, and offering support to others.

I was delighted to host podcast episodes of “For the Love of Books Podcast” during NaNoWriMo; it lifted my spirit, and hopefully, it helped others as well.

So take a listen to the following NaNo expert authors wherever you get your podcasts: Jean Davis, Sara DeBord, Kate Meyer, Melanie Hooyenga, Amy Klco.

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Holiday special podcast 2021

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Tune in for the December holiday special with guests: Lisa Plank of the Lowell Area Historical Museum, Nicole Lintemuth of Bettie’s Pages, authors Melinda Falgoust, Andrew Allen Smith, Theresa Halvorsen and Jules Nelson, wherever you get your podcasts. Click below to listen and to subscribe.

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Check out the holiday trailer and the previous episodes with indie authors.

A big thank you goes to sponsors Doc Chavent, co-producers authors Colleen Nye and Andrew Allen Smith.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all our listeners

YA novel ”Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life” set for February release For the Love of Books Podcast

Author Dallas Woodburn skillfully flips friends into lovers in the love triangle between Carissa, Brad, and Rose using two points of view. Set for February release the friends-to-lovers romance delivers a heartwarming message about self-improvement, identity, and acceptance in an image-obsessed culture. This is Woodburn's second novel with a short story collection How To Make Paper When the World is Ending slated for June publication. A former John Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing, Woodburn's writing has been honored with the Cypress & Pine Short Fiction Award, the international Glass Woman Prize, and four Pushcart Prize nominations. When she's not writing, Dallas hosts the podcast "Overflowing Bookshelves." Woodburn is also a book doula. Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of Woodburn's new novel.
  1. YA novel ”Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life” set for February release
  2. In ”Shadows” Emma fights to follow her heart before Civil War
  3. Author Theresa Halvorsen pens ”Warehouse Dreams”
  4. Author Andrew Allen Smith releases book ”Adam” in new series ”Eternal Forever”
  5. Children‘s author Melinda Falgoust presents ”The Curious Casebook of Katie Q. Putt”

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NaNoWriMo 2021 completed

I finished the NaNoWriMo 50k word challenge in November this morning at 6:38 am right before the start of Christmas Through Lowell. This was my third time participating. I can’t say that the novel writing challenge gets any easier with more experience or with more books published. However, I better understand my inner workings as a writer and an author. I know what is my most productive time, and how many words I need to log in per day, (2, 675)  and how to push through a writing block.

Each year, I learn something new. This year, it was the buddy system and that it actually works.

When I saw the daily word log ins by buddies and fellow authors Andrew Smith, Diana Plopa, Marianne Wieland, Brenda Hasse and Jean Davis, I just had to keep up with them.

Near the summit, more insights other than metrics came in, and I will be posting quotes.

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Cheers to the holiday season 2021

Emma’s list & picks

There’s no better time of the year than the holidays which are upon us. Whether you have started your shopping or not, it’s a good time to put together your list. I like to choose unique gifts. On top of my list are books, books, and more books because there’s nothing more unique than books.
As in the past, I will continue the tradition of gifting books by fellow indie authors.
I have my eyes set on Mark Bello’s “Supreme Betrayal” and Sherri Burton’s “The Orphan Train Saga” for my parents.
Childrens’ books for my grandkids by authors Joan H. Young, Melinda Falgoust, and Ingar Rudholm.
I also buy books for myself, after all, I have to support my colleagues and fellow authors in our common endeavors. I will add to my indie author collection “Flicker” by Melanie Hooyenga for granddaughter Ella, and “Adam” by Andrew Allen Smith.
 
  
EMMA’S AUTHORS HOLIDAY EVENTS

Christmas Through Lowell, Nov. 19, 20 & 21 @the Lowell Area Historical Museum
Holiday Art Fair in Ann Arbor, Dec. 4 & 5th, Washtenaw County Fairgrounds, booth no. 106 in Author’s Row
PODCAST “FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS”

The podcast featuring Indie and small press authors is now in its second season, and going strong. You can listen to the authors mentioned above talk about their books on your favorite podcasting apps and on podbean by clicking below.
https://emmapalova123.podbean.com
I would like to thank my major sponsor Doc Chavent who makes the show possible with her monthly sponsorship. If you would like to become a sponsor please contact me at emmapalova@yahoo.com
Also, if you would like to be a featured guest on the show, email Emma.


DECEMBER HOLIDAY SPECIAL PODCAST EPISODES

Featured authors: children’s author Melinda Falgoust, Andrew Allen Smith, Theresa Halvorsen, and Julie Nelson on podbean and major podcasting apps.

REGISTRATION FORM FOR PODCAST GUESTS
Note: all recordings are on Thursdays at 5 p.m.
https://form.jotform.com/210883790933161
CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY
Let’s play a Christmas giveaway game: Whoever first guesses what the box with the map and files stands for will win my new book “Greenwich Meridian Memoir,” just in time for Christmas. Email Emma with the answer at emmapalova@yahoo.com
You can find clues on my blog
http://emmapalova.com
MY BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
 
Bettie’s Pages in downtown Lowell
Lowell Area Historical Museum, downtown Lowell
Schuler’s Books, 28th Street, Grand Rapids
KDL Library
Czech & Slovak Museum in Omaha, NE
My website:
emmapalova.com
https://emmapalova.com/?p=326771
Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Emma-Palova/e/B0711XJ6GY%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

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Power your NaNo 2021 authors offer tips to win the 50k word challenge

Today is the first day of the @NaNoWriMo 50k word challenge.
Listen in to expert NaNo authors Jean Davis, Sara Shanning, and Kristine Brickey who

NaNoWriMo 2021
Today is the first day of the NaNoWriMo 50k word challenge.

share their insights from their experiences in conquering the word marathon./ppAccording to all the panel participants whether you hit a writers’ block, crossroads in the plot, or the midway slump, you just keep on rolling./pp’Just keep on writing,’ Davis said./pp /p

Upcoming NaNo authors are Melanie Hooyenga, Amy Klco and Kate Meyer in November. Subcribe to the “For the Love of Books Podcast,” don’t miss out on a single episode.

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Source: Power your NaNo 2021 authors offer tips to win the 50k word challenge

Happy birthday to former Czechoslovakia

The sovereign country of Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic & Slovakia) emerged on Oct. 28, 1918, after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during World War I. On that day, the Czechoslovak National Council in Prague proclaimed its independence.

Referred to as the First Republic it existed from 1918 to 1938 when it ceded Sudetenland to German as part of the Munich Agreement.

The second republic lasted only half a year until the rest of Czechoslovakia was occupied by Germany in 1939.

Pictured in the feature photo is the 28. rijen 1918 rally of the people on Wenceslas Square in Prague.

Source: Wikipedia

Power Your NaNo 2021

With the National Novel Writing Month better known as NaNoWriMo just around the corner, expert NaNo authors Jean Davis, Sara Shanning and Kristine Brickey offer tips on how to win the 50k word challenge in November.

Whether you hit a writer’s block, crossroads in the plot or the midway slump, just keep on rolling.

“Just keep on writing,” Davis said.

Not only do you keep on writing no matter what, you will also need writing and accountability buddies to keep you on track.

The average word quota per day to win the challenge is 1,667 words a day. However, because unpredictable things happen, you should bank words when they are flowing.

“I try to work ahead,” said Colleen Nye, an author, and co-producer of “For the Love of Books Podcast.”

All authors have multiple years of NaNo experience with books published based on their participation in the challenge.

Listen in also on major podcasting apps, because you too can become a published author.

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Podcasting in October: Prepping for NaNo

Please note there is a new Zoom link to join in tomorrow, Oct. 20th “Power Your NaNo 2021” discussion @ 7 p.m. with authors Jean Davis, Sara Shanning and Kristine Brickey.

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/89926480626?pwd=K1BiRldLWGlxUVNqOW9UZUFOY2VVZz09

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