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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Writers: Write a Novella

cj Sez:  Writers, this week's guest post on Jane Friedman's blog is about NaNoWriMo. Readers, you can look forward to being the beneficiaries of all that effort.

   Some of those novellas are polished and published, some are developed into great novels. 

From Jane Friedman blog: “On the off-chance you aren’t acquainted with the acronym, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. November is the month, so about now, around the country and across the world, writers are sharpening pencils and clearing off kitchen tables. They’re preparing loved ones to do without them for 30 straight days or at least until Thanksgiving.  … NaNoWriMo may be what you need to get motivated.” 

To read more of the post: 

cj Sez: National Novel Writing Month is when thousands of writers commit to sitting their butts in chairs (B-I-C) and writing 50,000 words in one month. Since November has thirty days, that comes out to 1666.66 words a day (plus .2), but who’s counting. If you’re thinking about accepting the challenge, go to the official website National Novel Writing Month for more information and be sure to connect with like-minded writers who will encourage you when the going gets tough.



You’ll Never Know, Dear by Hallie Ephron embodies all the elements of a true Southern gothic fiction: isolation and marginalization, violence and crime, a brilliant sense of place, a decaying mansion, the sorrow of destitution, oppression, and discrimination. Oh, and it’s a suspenseful mystery as well, with great plot turns on its way to a twisted ending.

   I hope I didn’t miss anything because Ephron surely didn’t in this intricately woven saga of three generations of “bless their hearts” Southern women who must rise above their own prejudices to solve a forty-year-old crime.  IMHO, a five-star read.


My short story, “Once in a Blue Moon,” is one of 18 short stories and poems in the anthology HALLOWEEN PIECES, the fourth anthology from the Mobile Writers Guild.

Click here to watch as I read an excerpt.   

   As of the time of this post, HALLOWEEN PIECES is priced at $1.99 and free on Kindle Unlimited.

STORMY PIECES is coming in November, and yes, I have a short story in that one also—more about that next week. And it has another great cover by MWG member Steven Moore that you’re going to love.

SALE SALE: The ebooks of DEATH ON THE YAMPA and THE DAWGSTAR are now on sale @ only $1.99 each.

For Draft2Digital info: Death on the Yampa

Also available at these fine e sites and on request from your local library (ISBN 978-1-7369146-1-8):  

Amazon, Apple, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Bibliotheca, Hoopla, Kobo, OverDrive, Scribd, Tolino, Vivlio

For Draft2Digital info: The Dawgstar

Also available at these fine e sites and on request from your local library (ISBN 978-17369146-0-1):

Amazon, Apple, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Bibliotheca, Kobo, OverDrive, Scribd, Tolino, Vivlio

(p.s. FREEBIES: Write a review, then shoot me an email at and tell me about it—Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, wherever—and I’ll send you some lovely swag.)

That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

A personal note: Today marks one month since my son Mark died from complications of Covid 19. This heartache can’t heal. If you have chosen to not get vaccinated, please reconsider your choice. 


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