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“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Yesterday morning had two things which made me quite happy. First, Mischief was waiting in the kitchen, demanding that I feed him. When I put the food down, he dove right in, so we are now out of crisis mode. :: does happy dance ::

The other thing came as a bit of a surprise because a notice popped up on my calendar: Publish NaNo Inspirations.

img_0950Last December, I’d set up goals on my calendar for the coming year, as I always do. Some, I’ve accomplished. Others, well, life conspired to put me in a position this year where I frequently found myself either delaying or giving up goals. I finally reached a point during the summer where I just tried not to look at those notations because it was depressing. It’s always a disappointment when you plan something and aren’t able to achieve it, but if it happens consistently due to pressures in your environment that you know you can’t change at this time, it’s hard. There was a time when that book of NanoWriMo Inspirations might become one of those things, knowing that if I didn’t make an end of September publication date, I’d need to wait another year until NaNoWriMo prep rolled around again.

But Surviving 30 Days of Literary Madness being released next Thursday — and there will even be a print version, mostly so I can hand a copy to various relatives. And there, yesterday morning, was a reminder that I’d set a goal last year and was now achieving it. It’s a week and two days after that initial date I put on the calendar in December 2015, but that’s not because I missed the deadline. That was always a placeholder, and the change of date from the 20th of September to the 29th was made because I felt that would be a better release date. It’s a change I made not because of circumstance, but because of my decision.

Life can surprise us sometimes, often in ways we don’t expect. And, on rare occasions, that surprise is something that says we are heading in the direction we should be going.

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30dayliterarymadnessSurviving 30 Days of Literary Madness is a daybook of support, encouragement and the occasional kick in the pants to help make the stress more bearable and keep your eyes focused on your goal.

For each day of this mad sprint, there is a quote and essay designed to help keep you going at the keyboard, along with other pieces about preparation and the novelizing hangover that comes in December. There are also pages for those other moments, the ones when you’ve fallen slightly behind – or you realize this may not be a year you cross the finish line. No matter how your November novel experience is going, this book will be a companion for each day.

Available for pre-order at Amazon, Kobo, and Apple Bookstore

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