Daily Archives: November 2, 2014

#NaNoWriMo Meets #Movember

November used to be a pretty quiet month.

Back in the day I used to work most of my school visits through the bulk of October and then November would start to slow down. The tourist trade would dwindle for the winter and the New Age bookshop where I worked at would grow pretty quiet as well.

This year, however, November is a little livelier.

Let’s start with Halloween.

I always enjoy dressing up for work and I decided this year that I was going to shave off my beard – which I have worn for over twenty years – as part of my costume.

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“Why don’t you try a Fu Manchu mustache?” my wife asked me. “I have always wanted to see you in one.

Which led to this.

Halloween 2014 mugshots 003However, this year I had also quietly decided to myself that I was going to take part in Movember and grow my own mustache. Now I know some fellows would be happy just to do it this way – shaving their beard and leaving the mustache – but I decided that I wanted to start with a clean slate.

Which led to this.

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If you click this photograph it will take you directly to my Movember fundraising page. I feel a little guilty about this – especially because I spend so much time jumping up and down asking folks to buy my books – but I feel this is a battle that we all need to pitch in on.

I have got a few reasons for this gesture.

Like I said – I have been thinking about this for a while. I want to take part. I don’t really know how it works – but I want to do my bit to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

Cancer – ANY sort of cancer – is a big scary development in ANYBODY’s life. I have seen the effect it can have on the people who suffer from it. I have seen first-hand the effect on the family of cancer victims.

If you want to talk about ghost stories – let’s talk about that fellow who used to be there. We all know him. He’s your brother. He’s your uncle. He’s your barber, your mailman, your hockey coach and your best friend. Cancer is like a kind of world-wide vampire that sucks the life out of good people all across this planet. I am just one man but I would dearly love to shine a light strong enough to wither cancer into nothing more than a dark memory.

I don’t have any more words to fight with so let me just throw my whole damn face at the thing.

So now, I am a Movember Man.

I’ve raised a little bit. Hopefully, I will raise a little bit more. I have even joined a Movember group called NS WRITERS . If any of you Nova Scotia writers who follow my column feel like pitching in and joining up you are more than welcome. All that is required is a clean-shaven face and a willingness to grow yourself a mustache.

I feel pretty good about this. The only real problem is that my wife thinks that I look like this guy now that I am clean shaven.

Any Third Watch fans out there?


In addition to Movember I have also decided to take the plunge into NaNoWriMo this month.

I am doing it just a little bit differently than I did in July at Camp NaNoWriMo.
You see, I ended October at the 33500 word mark in a brand new paranormal novel that I call LADY MACBETH – THE MERMAID AND THE SELKIE.
Only problem is I need to get myself to the 50000 word mark.
Macbeth Final - Playing Card Size
Which is why I am pounding away at the novel for the first week or two of NaNoWriMo.
In fact, I already have a promotion lined up for Black Monday for this book – so I guess I have got myself a deadline. Which is cool by me. The sooner I finish this book, the sooner I can move on to my next book.
Once I finish those last few thousand words on LADY MACBETH, I intend to spend the rest of NaNoWriMo working on a 30,000 word novella – that Nova Scotia zombie novella that I have been planning to write for years now.
So it is going to be a productive month.
In the next few days I will post a first chapter excerpt of LADY MACBETH and I will set up a pre-order for it on Kindle and possibly on Kobo.
In the meantime here are my writing figures so far on NaNoWriMo.
November 1st – 1700 words written
November 2nd – 2400 words written for a total of 4100.
(actually, that is a total of 37,600 words, once you add in the October total.)
Yours in storytelling,
Steve Vernon

NaNoWriMo Prep – 10 useful links to stay motivated during the month of November.

All right – so I promised you folks a blog entry of my own – but that is not this day.
(insert stirring music)
Maybe tonight…

Elena Linville's Tower of Winds

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NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, and I’m sure that most of you are excited about diving right in and getting a start on your novel. So I’m not going to bore you with another long post about how to prepare for NaNo, or what I learned from my past NaNo experience, blah, blah, blah.

The next month will be a wonderful, but also tiring experience for everyone trying to put 50k words on page in 30 days. There will be days when words fly faster than you can write them and you get 2k down in an hour with no visible effort. Then there would be days when writing even 100 words feels like a gargantuan effort, and every one of them feels like it was written with your own blood. There will be days when you will be motivated and days when you will feel like giving up.

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10 Unusual Writers’ Words for #NaNoWriMo

I am going to add my own blog entry a little later today – but I’ve jumped into NaNoWriMo this month as well. 🙂

Interesting Literature

With NaNoWriMo or National Novel-Writing Month getting underway this weekend, writers all over the world are doubtless concerned about the prospect of facing writer’s cramp, writer’s block (dare we say it?), and the other occupational hazards that lie in wait for those who live their lives by the pen. Here are ten unusual words that sum up the writing experience, or our attitudes to writing, in one way or another…

Cacoethes scribendi. Let’s kick off with some Latin. Why not? This phrase comes from the Roman writer Juvenal and means ‘an irresistible desire to write’. Well, sort of. The term appears in Juvenal’s Satires and is borrowed from ancient Greek, where the first word meant ‘bad habit’ or ‘malignant disease’. In other words, the desire to write is a kind of compulsion, or disease – an addiction for which there is no known cure. Which brings us to…

Hypergraphia. This…

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