Monday, November 12, 2012

Thankful Post #2 and More Stuff

Thankful Time: Sunday was Veteran's Day, so I have to give my thanks to all those that have served and/or currently serving. It's so easy to take for granted all the great freedoms I blogging for example. I'm thankful that I live in a country where I'm allowed to write whatever I damn well please on here. And it's our armed forces that remain vigilant in the protection of these rights we exercise every single day.

I attended my very first military funeral just two weeks ago. It was a somber, yet incredible experience. I think everyone should go visit a national military cemetery. I think you will find it to be humbling, moving, and most of all patriotic.

Quick NaNoWriMo Update: I worked my ass off to stay ahead of the daily 1667 word quota. But I kicked it into high gear all this past week - especially the weekend. My oldest son had a robotics competition which lasted ALL DAY. So with all of that downtime, I brought my laptop and got writing.

This week is going to suck, as I'm going to be crisscrossing the Midwest for my job. But I'm already pretty close to the 50,000 WriMo goal. I will hopefully surpass that, as my first drafts tend to exceed 100,000 words.

M. Pax's The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear is HERE!

I always do a double-take when I see the title of Ms. Pax's latest work. I always think it says "Heather Locklear." Huh. Must be a mix of 80s nostalgia and adolescent hormones kickin' in.

A New Adult Urban Fantasy, The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear is the first book in a new series. And it’s now out! The main character, Hetty, is a twenty-two-year-old, stumbling about in an effort to become a full-fledged adult. She struggles with self-esteem, weight, relationships, and making the transition between college and the real world.

Graduation from community college isn’t the magic elixir Hetty Locklear counts on for becoming an adult. Her parents, who work the Renaissance fair circuit, insist she spend part of the summer with them. Hetty doubts pretending to live in the Middle Ages will help her find her way.

 To make it worse, an entity haunts her at her dead-end job, warning her of a dangerous man she doesn’t know. The ghost leads her to a lover who has a lot of secrets. He pulls her farther into peril and into a strange, hidden world of genetic experimentation.

New Adult Urban Fantasy with a contemporary sci-fi twist. Mature content.

Available as an ebook at Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords / iTunes / Kobo

Visit for more links.

M. Pax is celebrating her latest release with a jousting tournament and contest at Cheer for the knights to help them win the grand prize, and you’ll be put in a drawing to win an ebook copy of The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear. Five will be given away. Huzzah!

M. Pax website
Amazon UK


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good work on the NaNo project!
And good to know it's not just me with that title...
As a military brat, I have the utmost respect for our armed forces. We are free because of their dedication.

Cindy said...

It sounds like you have Nano well under control. I will check out the book.

Laura Eno said...

Great progress with NaNo!
Congrats to Mary and her release!

Vero said...

Congrats on the wordcount, Jay! Also good luck to M.Pax!

The Desert Rocks said...

Great job on Nano-I'm way behind and I think it said that at this rate I'll finish sometime next Christmas. LOL.

M Pax said...

Thanks for participating in the launch, awesome Jay.

I've been to many, having lived in the DC area for a decade. Arlington is moving. So are memorials like Gettysburg.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

Congratulations to Mary.

I work with veterans all the time as part of my job. They really are worthy of the greatest respect. Although I've had an argument or two with a couple of them. But that has nothing to do with them being a veteran. It has everything to do with the fact that our personalities clashed.

Brinda said...

I was also doing the Heather Locklear double take at first. Yay for your NaNo progress.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: I agree wholeheartedly.

Cindy: Yup...I got this!

Laura: Huzzah to Mary!

Vero: I took your advice and ditched the inner critic.

Jay Noel said...

Eve: I took advantage of some down time over the weekend. I was a writing machine.

Mary: I would LOVE to go to Gettysburg.

Michael: The same vets would hang outside with a radio, just hanging out at the VA Hospital. I got to know a few of them when I would come in and train nurses.

Brinda: I had a think for Heather Locklear. I think I still do!

Pk Hrezo said...

Hey awesome for you and your NaNo goals! I'm skipping it this year. Still in revisions.

My kids' school had a lovely Vet's Day ceremony honoring vets in the neighborhood. So uplifting to see. :)

Congrats to MPax!

Matthew MacNish said...

Congrats on doing so well for NaNo, Jay! I'm lucky to average 500 words a day, which is why I never take part.

C.M.Brown said...

Good for you with all the hard work in NaNo! Great news for Mary!
Happy Jousting!

Martin Willoughby said...

Men and women have died for our freedoms and should never be forgotten. Nor should we ever forget that there are always people ready to take those freedoms away.

Good luck with Nano.

Morgan said...

Ohhhh... I bet the military funeral was something... wow...

And really GREAT work with NaNo! Keep rockin' it! I'm rooting for you! :)

Emily R. King said...

You're doing great with NaNo. Be safe on your trip!

Julie Dao said...

I also thought "Heather Locklear" when I saw the title! I'm seeing that book EVERYWHERE today. It sounds like such a great read - congrats to Mary! And congrats to YOU for doing well on NaNo thus far... good luck for the rest of November.

Jay Noel said...

I'm going for at least 80,000 words for NaNo. Stretch goal: 100K. We'll see. Thanks guys!

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