My hubby bought me a bottle of sangria. This is notable because neither of us drinks much, and we hardly ever have any in the house. Last night I decided that I would have a small glass while I began my NaNoWriMo story, but then I discovered that it is a nice bottle of sangria… so nice, it has a cork instead of a screw top!

A small-scale search for a corkscrew proved fruitless. I didn’t start writing at the stroke of midnight, but I wasn’t too concerned about that. Something else percolated in my head…

I had been planning to start my NaNo story with “MMC enters the setting. This is what the setting is like. This is why he’s here.”


Now, the story begins with “Where’s the damn corkscrew?” From there, he has a dialog with the secondary character that reveals a lot of what the reader needs to know, in a much more interesting way.

I took the lemon I was handed, and I made Sangria!

I got 502 words in last night. I plan to do more as soon as I’m done with this post. I’ve since found a corkscrew, and I’ve started on the sangria.

Let’s just hope it helps me relax into writing without actually putting me to sleep.

This week, I have a couple of important extras! Tuesday, my first story was published in an anthology called Precipice. It’s available in both print and e-format from. Also, I have a short story entered in the America’s Next Author contest. You can read and download that story for free on the website. I’d appreciate your vote (just takes a click on the site, no log in) and if you’re feeling very generous, please leave a review! (requires a log-in with basic info)

To promote my entry into the contest, I’m doing a blog tour! Here’s the tentative schedule:

Tuesday, November 13

I am hosting Five Minute Fiction here on my blog! Nicole is going to be away during November, so she has sent the contest around to be hosted by other writers this month.

Wednesday, November 14

I’m a guest on Jillian Boyd’s blog talking about how you can enjoy a little vanilla with your hot fudge. 😛 (And I might mention Felt Tips, which comes out next month with stories from both of us)

Thursday, November 15

I’m visiting AB Keuser’s blog talking about my parents’ library.

Friday, November 16

I’m on Branli Caidryn’s blog demonstrating how to make an aluminum foil hat.

Saturday, November 17

I’m a guest on Jason Darrik’s blog attempting to explain why we love to blame Canada. (Jason’s in Felt Tips too!)

Sunday, November 18

I’ll be with R. Brennan talking about the hopefulness and hopelessness of combining genres. There might be a mention of NaNoWriMo in there, as we’re both participating this year, as well as Felt Tips!

Monday, November 19

I’m a guest on Karen Booth’s Rock ‘N Roll High School, talking about the music I loved as a teenager in the 80’s. (Karen’s in Felt Tips too!)


That’s a lot of guesting, in addition to trying to make my daily word count for NaNoWriMo. I’m looking forward to it! I made it up to #11 in America’s Next Author briefly yesterday (I’m #24 now) so who knows? Maybe a little publicity is all it will take to push me up to #1!

I’ll see you on the road.

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About AmyBeth Inverness

A writer by birth, a redhead by choice.
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