45 Days After NaNoWriMo

I know that a lot of you participated in NaNoWritMo this past November. National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel (first draft) during the month of November. Over 300,000 people participated, world-wide in 2010. Some succeeded and reached their goal of at least 50,000 words, others only made it part way. Hurray for everyone that participated.

Some participants say “I couldn’t believe that I could do it, at first. Then, I knew I couldn’t just stop along the way. I had to finish it and the best thing is that you learn you can do it.” Once you do it you can do it again.

I’m working on a sequel to Shelter from the Storm edits.

If you’re like a lot of us, we’re working our way through editing and re-writes so we can submit the manuscript and get it published. I’m working on a sequel to Shelter from the Storm editing. Good luck with your books.  Please join me in a discussion on how we’re all doing.

Blog Jog Contest Results

I think all of us who participated in the Blog Jog had a good time meeting new people and finding new blogs that are great places to find new books and authors. I had a great time and lots of visitors.

The winner (after drawing names from a hat) of an autographed copy of  Shelter from the Storm is …… drum roll ……

LINDA HENDERSON!!!!

Congratulations, Linda. Contact me and I’ll get your mailing address privately. My email address is dgsagan@yahoo.com

Thanks to everyone for participating. Hope to see you all and some of your friends at the next Blog Jog.

Happy reading,

Dianne

Here I am at Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference

I arrived in Oklahoma City for the OWFI 2010 conference yesterday with high winds on the road and friendly, welcoming faces at the conference. I met people that I’ve known online for a long time and have enjoyed getting to know participants and other presenters. We had a great barbque dinner to welcome all of us on the faculty for the conference. It was great to see Deborah LeBlanc again (her latest book, Water Witch). She is an inspiration to me and a friend. I love it that she wrote the cover blurb for Shelter from the Storm.

There are about 400 people here and it is a great facility and great opportunity. We had a great time in my “Life as a Ghost(writer)” workshop this morning. Everyone seemed to have a good time and told me that not only enjoyed it but it was a valuable experience. Tomorrow, Saturday, I facilitate the workshop on “How to Do a Virtual Book Tour.” It should be just as much fun.

This evening after the banquet we are holding buzz sessions either in the atrium or in our suites. Informal opportunities to chat and answer questions with participants.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All

This is Christmas week and my favorite time of the year. I love the music, the Christmas movies, and getting together with friends and family. Most of all I love celebrating the birth of Jesus and what that means to me and others.

Christmas Tree

2009 has been an amazing year of book releases under my own name – Rebekah Redeemed, Shelter from the Storm, and participating in the anthology Flash Tales: An Adventure in Words. One of the books I ghosted became a best seller in Canada.

I’m hoping that everyone will have a wonderful 2010.

Seattle Book Signing – Shelter from the Storm

I had a great book signing at New and Again in Everett, WA, on Saturday December 12. I had a great time.

The store supports the Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County.  I wanted to share some pictures from this book signing that is part of the book launch for Shelter from the Storm.

New and Again book signing

Shelter from the Storm is available on amazon.com and Barnes & Nobel as well as from my website.

Upcoming Booksignings

For those of you in the Seattle, Washington area, there will be a book signing to benefit the Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County.

BOOK AUTOGRAPHING

“Shelter from the Storm”

Saturday, December 12, 2009

New and Again

3116 Rucker Avenue

Everett, WA

12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

Thanksgiving 2009

This was a great day for our family and hope it was for you and your’s as well. It has been a challenging year with the loss of dear friends and my Dad, financial circumstances for most of our children, but today — I am thankful for our health, our home, food to eat, a car to drive, and six wonderful children and four awesome grandchildren. It has been an amazing year for me as a writer with three books released during this year of 2009.

Great things are happening during this wonderful holiday and Christmas season. Come back and see the “Spirit of the Season” online catalog on December 1st.

“Shelter from the Storm”, my latest novel, is set for release that same day – December 1st, as well as “Flash Tales: An Adventure in Words”, an anthology that includes 20 very short stories I wrote. There are five contributors, including myself, in this fun little book.

I’ll be doing a book laugh autographing in the Seattle area in mid-December and will keep you’all posted for details. Please come back often and check out what’s coming up.