Friday, November 15, 2013

NaNoWriMo - half way there!

So maybe a few of you noticed that I haven't been blogging at all lately.  No?  Okay. 

I *am* blogging today to mark the half-month point of National Novel Writing Month (otherwise known as NaNoWriMo, for those who didn't know - and yes, my nom de plume is Aimee Petit). I have finally decided to write my historical romance/fiction about Lt. Col. Wm. B. Travis, commander of the Alamo at the time of its fall in 1836 (see THIS post for more info on that).

But that's not why I'm bugging you. I'm bugging you to ask for your support. I, personally, would love a cheerleader or two encouraging me to finish this book - or, at the very least, get it up to 50,000 words by the end of the month.

However, the people at NaNoWriMo need financial support to keep their programs going. I'm proud to sponsor the YOUNG READERS PROGRAM, and I hope you will be too.

If you are then so inclined, please follow this link: My NaNoWriMo fundraiser page. Donate a few dollars to support writing programs for young'uns. Learning to use language to convey stories, using imagination to create characters and settings, and simply getting kids to write at all are more than worthy goals.

Thank you for your time. I now return you to your regularly scheduled chaos.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Have a happy...

It's that time of year when we all start gearing up for Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Christmas (if you're British, anyway) and Happy New Year, to name just a few of the upcoming Happy Holidays!

Yesterday was Happy Halloween, and today is November 1st, Happy All Saint's Day.

But what's that you say? I forgot something?

Oh yeah, right! It's NANOWRIMO!!  This year I hope to actually succeed in writing that 50,000 word novel that's been swimming around in my head. Well, I have two of them swimming around, and I think that's been the hold up. I can't decide which one to write!

Therefore, if you feel so inclined, you can help me choose. On the one hand, I have a follow-up phanfic for "The Phantom of Les Andelys", a "Phantom of the Opera" story that picks up where the 2004 movie left off. If you'd like to read the first story, you can find it on at (Aimee Petit is my nom de plume).

The other story I've been wanting to write is about William Barrett Travis and his fiancée, Rebecca Cummings. Most everyone has heard of Travis; commander of the Alamo during the siege (and then slaughter) by Santa Ana's troops in 1836. What most everyone does *not* know is that Travis was engaged to be married a second time when he left for the Alamo. Most people have never heard of Rebecca Cummings. I want to tell her story, what it was like to live, love, and lose someone to the Alamo. It would also be a work of fiction in that very little is actually known about Rebecca, but the events surrounding the Alamo are well documented, so there'd be a tad bit of a history lesson in there too.

Feel free to state your opinion in the comments. Either way, I'm doing NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month - sign up here! ). Just let me know which story you're more interested to read come December! :-)