Pacific Northwest Greatness and other stories

The last full month of summer has arrived, and NaNoWriMo is coming up again. For some time now, I've had alternating feelings on whether or not to sign up this year. And... I think I will. If I can finish revisions by the actual end of summer, September 21, then I can set myself up to write again in November.

Revisions are a real struggle for me right now, though. I am stuck in Chapter 2, which according to my instincts is the least interesting in the book—but it's also foundational to the rest of the story. I won't submit the book until that chapter is up to par with the rest. Unfortunately, I won't let myself move forward with the rest of revisions either, so I'm really quite stuck. Bah.

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Wait... The Lonely Forest got signed by Chris Walla from Death Cab for Cutie? I did not know this, but I know them—or John, anyway, who'd actually wave at me if I ran into him in the grocery. (Wow, that sounded oddly fangirlish. Thought I was too sedate for that.) Anyway, they have a free download at the link, a fun song about preferring the Pacific Northwest to LA or Nashville. My favorite piece of theirs is the old She Smiles, which I can't find on YouTube, but here's a perfectly good video of the band:

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Well put:

Thanks to Travis Prinzi for passing that along.

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Stargazer's report: Bellingham has had haze this past week, night and day (and one thunderstorm.) I've been able to smile at Arcturus and Vega, both of which are decidedly brighter than the average, but that's about it.

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Writerly link of the week: I don't have one off the top of my head, but there have certainly been enough posts and articles about e-books to inspire this. I laughed, oh yes. Hat tip to Nathan Bransford for the link.

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Funny line of the week: I'm still laughing at Jon Acuff for referring to "Cornelius, the white dove who brings me official Christian blogging rules."

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Time to go water my plants, finish cleaning my house, make pizza, write Monday's post and a couple of things for The Hog's Head, and find a way to rewrite Chapter 2. It's going to be a busy afternoon. Happy weekend, everybody!

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