Saturday, November 01, 2008

November. I think.

Happy November!

Yesterday was a whirlwind. I had a to-do list that was nearly as long as a small book. All right, maybe it was only a short story but it sure felt like a small book. The day was glorious, a clear, crisp fall day so we really had a nice time running here and there.

Funny (in hindsight) story...

My "Duh?" moment came yesterday when I actually drove forty-some miles to buy a book. In and of itself, not so silly since we do live in the middle of nowhere. The truly dumb thing is that I went to four stores looking for the book. None of them had it. The reason? Yesterday, as every other person knew, was the 31st. The book I was searching for? Comes out on the 1st. Yes, I had it in my (empty, apparently!) head that yesterday was November 1st. Duh!!

Don't you hate it when you do something like that? Or perhaps you're not prone to having these moments. I'm not generally; I think I just had too much on my mind, what with the mile-long list and all. Anyhow, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

Oh? The book? Melissa McClone's Rescued By the Magic of Christmas. I think it comes out today, but don't quote me on that. I'm not sure about anything, except that I'll be venturing out again to find this one. I love holiday stories and this one looks like it's going to be really good! Don't you just love that cover? So cozy and romantic.

Rescued by the Magic of Christmas

I don't know how I forgot the date since today is the Big Day. Yes, National Novel Writing Month has officially begun. No, I haven't started my new novel yet. I'm off to do that as soon as I finish chatting with you. It's exhilirating to begin a new novel anytime but I especially love doing it during November. I just get a kick out of so many people working toward a common, yet personal, goal. Makes me smile.

To celebrate November I've decided to have a small contest here at From the Heart. I'm keeping the rules easy. Every Saturday of the month (starting next Saturday) I'll randomly choose a winner from the previous week's entries. How to enter? Couldn't be easier! Just comment here on the blog. Every comment is one entry. Every Saturday the contest begins anew. So today's comments count toward next Saturday's pool of entries.

Oh? The prize? Choice of title from my backlist. There are four in print and I've got copies of each so it's the winner's choice. Please tell your friends! The more the merrier, I always say! :)

So what's on your agenda for this first day of November? Anything you'd like to share? Me? First, I'm going to get my NaNo novel started. Then I've got a recipe for apple cake I'm going to try out. After that? Just going to take the day as it comes, and enjoy every moment of it. I hope you have a lovely Saturday!


Marianne Arkins said...

The HQ books usually come out mid-month, so I'd wait until the 15th to look again.



Sarita Leone said...

Very confusing. I definitely felt like an imbecile but every store had November Harlequins out so that helped me be certain it was release day! DUH.

Glad you're NaNoing, Marianne! You're doing a great job!

Wendy said...

NaNo, NaNo, NaNo! This is the first of 30 consecutive days my family dreads every year. Why? Because Mom (or Namma, if you're my grandchild) is out of contact range for the duration. Happy writing!

Unknown said...

I do things like that all the time. Don't be so hard on yourself! We all forget the day now and then. It isn't a big deal.

Good luck with the new book. I hope you will keep us posted on your progress.

Melissa McClone said...

Thanks for the plug Sarita. According to Amazon, the official on sale day is the 11th. Sorry you spent time looking for it! Harlequin releases some books at the end of the month/beginning of the next one, then another round a couple of weeks later!

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I love books so what could be better ?! Liz