Book In A Week: May 7-14

Last month I joined the Book In A Week online writers group, with the aim of taking my novel writing goals more seriously. Since I had such a blast doing the 3-Day Novel Contest and actually finished a novel, I figured this group—which offers writers a monthly chance to reach specific page counts of their own choosing, from 1 page per day to an entire book done in a week—would help me get back on that track. Setting aside a week to work on a new manuscript (or finish up an old one) seemed like a great idea.

Of course, I still can’t really set aside an entire week devoted to nothing but noveling. I live pretty much from paycheck to paycheck, so I still have to do my regular writing work each day. But since I met last month’s goal of 10 pages in a week, I decided to get serious this month and try for 60 pages, as the start of a new novel.

Naturally, this blog post is some serious procrastination, as I ponder why I didn’t finish my outline for the novel last night instead of watching an absurd Dr. Seuss movie entitled The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

Still, I thought I should publicly announce my goal, if only to shame myself into getting my ass in gear this week.

The manuscript I’ll be working on this week is a sequel to my first novel, Rebels of the 512. It doesn’t yet have a working title, but it features more ninjas… plus an army of robots!

Okay, time to BIC HOK TAM, as they say over at Book In A Week. (That’s “Butt In Chair, Hands On Keys, Typing Away Madly.”) Wish me luck!

P.S. If you’re interested in finding out what my ninjas are up to in the meantime, check out my post about Wildflower Week over at where the concept of “ninja kryptonite” is introduced for perhaps the first time in human (or ninja) history.