Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Into the home stretch...

Here's a picture from my talk at the FCC (stolen from Suvi Lampila).
There are five days remaining in National Novel Writing Month. So far I've written 43,042 words of the prequel to my post-apocalyptic series-in-progress. I hope to get another 3,000 down at my usual Tuesday night writing session, so it's safe to say I'll hit the goal by Saturday (famous last words?). Last year I managed 58,000 words by the end of the month, but in all fairness I had to spend part of this month polishing The Art of Escalator Jumping in preparation for my self-publishing demonstration. The good news is that the book has already sold enough copies to recoup my costs and has garnered a lovely review from Susan Blumberg-Kason.

In addition to writing hijinks, the end of this November will mark another personal milestone. I will pay off my last student loan. I'm just starting to get my head around what it will mean to be 100% debt free. I plan to write more about that in the near future. In the meantime, I'm trying to decide how to celebrate. Buy some new boots? Cut off all my hair? Apply for a master's program? Do you have any suggestions?

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving and may you reach the home stretch on all your goals!


  1. Debt free: time to publish another book ! :-) Please save a copy for meeeeee !!!!!! Congrats Shannon !

  2. Wishing you all the best with your recently published novella and congrats on being debt free. :)

  3. Yay for you! In America, you would call in to the Dave Ramsey radio show, tell him your debt-free story, and give a Tarzan-like "I'm debt-freeeeeee" yell on-air. Since you're not in America, buying boots sounds like an excellent alternative.

  4. I'm all for buying new boots! Maybe I'll buy some too!! ;)

  5. Keep your hair! Go for the boots. Wish I hadn't missed the seminar, sounds quality. Looking forward to hearing the final word-count.


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