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WINNER! 2011 NaNoWriMo

November is the National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo) and the challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.                                                                                                                                                 

I finally finished 15 chapters (appox. 55,000 words) of my new novel CADDO GIRL today and received my 2011 winner badge. YEAH!!

It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Life kept getting in the way of my plan. But perseverance paid off — or maybe it was just plain stubbornness.  🙂 But Nanowrimo was the push I needed to get going. It’s funny how we often need that little outside push to make the time to do something we want to do anyway.

How about you? Are you guilty of procrastinating on something you want to do? To write? To learn? To travel? To volunteer?

There are so many demands on our time that it is easy to forget to make time for ourselves, especially in this holiday season. So, when you make that New Year’s Resolution List, be sure to include time for yourself and your heart’s desire, whatever that may be.

Best wishes,
Deborah

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NaNoWriMo

START YOUR NOVEL

Get your novel out of your head and onto the page!

2011 National Novel Writing Month starts Nov. 1st

The goal is 50,000 words in 30 days

For more information go to:  http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/dashboard

Hurry! Join me and other writers as we 

jump-start our novels.

 

 

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THE FIRST STEP

Welcome to the ponderings, musings, and flights of fancy of a wife/mother/teacher/biologist/business owner/freelance writer/novelist/animal lover.

I mention all the roles I’ve played in my ??? years here on planet Earth not to brag or show off, but rather to have them serve as a reminder to me that I have taken on a new role, accepted a new job, stepped into a new classroom, or held my baby in my arms the first time and thought, “How in the world will I ever learn how to do what needs to be done?” That first sentence is my touchstone of sorts to remind me that there have been so many “FIRST STEPS” in my life, and somehow, I muddled though.

This is the first time I have ever written a blog. There, the truth is out. Up until today, Deborah Epperson, has been blog-less. Did I hear you gasp? Laugh? Sigh with empathy?

So why start a blog now, you may wonder. To be totally frank, I was told my many (who shall remain nameless) that as a writer and novelist, I needed a blog to connect with my readers and to let the world know that I have published my first novel, BREAKING TWIG, which can be found at Amazon.com and Barnes& Noble.com        They said I can put something called a RSS link here –whatever the heck that is. DUH!

Assuming I don’t hit the wrong button and this page actually gets published, I will give you a brief “Blurb” from the book.  (No moaning in the balcony section please)

Set in rural Georgia in the 1960s, BREAKING TWIG is a coming-of-age novel about Becky (Twig) Cooper, a young woman trying to survive the physical and emotional abuse of her mother, Helen, a beautiful, calculating
 woman who can, with a mere look, send the meanest cur in Sugardale, Georgia running for its life. Not even Twig’s vivid imagination, keen wit, and dark sense of humor is enough to help her survive the escalating assaults of Helen and a new stepbrother, but help comes from an unexpected source.  Sometimes, having one person who loves and believes in you is all a girl needs to keep hope alive.

Often raw and irreverent and sprinkled with all the Southern flavoring found in a good bowl of chicken and dumplings, BREAKING TWIG, is about finding love where we least expect it, destroying lives with
easy lies, and realizing each of us determine our own truth.

Now, that wasn’t too long, was it? It’s hard for me to judge because I was born and raised in the Deep South (Texas and Georgia). In the South, we don’t say anything in 2 words if it can be said in 20 words. Drives editors CRAZY!

Anyway, BREAKING TWIG is an easy read. Lots of dialogue (I love writing dialogue).  It isn’t about perfect people, because I don’t know any perfect people.  It’s about people who learn and grow and try to survive what life throws at them. Just like in real life, some find the courage to make the hard decisions and some don’t. Some come to realize they are responsible for their own destiny, while others will always blame parents, luck, the world, you, me, etc.

So having summoned my courage to face the blank blog page, I am taking my first step at becoming a blogger and hope that somewhere in the vast internet universe, you will find me and want to stop by and sit a spell.

Thanks for letting me bend your ear.

Deborah

breakingtwig@yahoo.com

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