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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | A Busy Month Ahead!

A Busy Month Ahead!

How do you like the deviled eyeballs my husband made for my daughter’s Halloween party? Awesome, huh?

I’d like to wish good luck to everybody participating in the NaNoWriMo Challenge starting tomorrow! I don’t participate in NaNo, because November’s not a good month for me to start a new project — I always have an avalanche of end-of-trimester work to grade, report cards to complete, and parent-teacher conferences.

I also have 3 author events coming up — at Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA, the Avon Grove Library in West Grove, PA, and the KidLit Festival in Lititz, PA. Check the sidebar for details. Perhaps I’ll see some of you there!
Today’s the last day to enter the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop. I’ll announce the winners from my giveaway on Wednesday, along with a November First Impressions post. Besides my regular First Impressions series, I’ll also be participating this month in promotional events for Susan Kaye Quinn’s Open Minds and Jessica Bell’s String Bridge. And, I’m guest posting over at The Crowe’s Nest tomorrow, talking about the challenges of writing historical fiction for a YA audience.
Phew! That is a busy month! I feel like I’m forgetting something … probably groceries, house cleaning, and doctor’s appointments, as usual. Let’s just hope I don’t forget to pick up my kids from their various after school activities!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to start organizing my information for the presentation I’ll be giving at 2 events this month: Outlining vs Pantstering. I have to sit down and decide whether I’m going to outline my presentation … or, ahem, fly by the seat of my pants …
Any bets on which one I’ll choose?

12 Responses to A Busy Month Ahead!

  1. Jessica Bell says:

    LOL! I think just writing down a few major bullet points for presentations works best. That way you’ll sound more conversational rather than robotic. If you have to read too many notes, you’ll just end up reciting everything. Well, that what I find happens to me! :o) Good luck! And thanks again for taking on the Amazon Chart Rush plug! :o) I hope you got my email okay, and everything was clear :o)

  2. Linda G. says:

    Best deviled eggs evah!

  3. LOL–bullet points FTW! LOVE those deviled eggs (but not sure I could put one to my lips–eww)!

  4. whew! Lots going on your way! Technically I should be writing an outline and plotting my newest story but last night’s halloween activities have me very very sleepy. I’m thinking I’ll probably wing the first three chapters and we’ll see from there:)

  5. salarsenッ says:

    Good luck with your events! Sounds fab. I’m thrilled for Susan’s release. This month is bringing lots of great new books!

    Lovin’ the eyeballs, btw.

  6. Southpaw says:

    Those eyes are awesome. What a fun party.

    Wow, Outlining vs Pantstering is a good topic.

  7. Those eggs are freakin’ awesome! Man, I should have made those for my Halloween potluck at work. Would have been a good match with my Zombie costume. Though I am a vegan Zombie …

    I wish I could attend the events where you’re presenting.

  8. Love the eyes and good luck with your busy month and the big presentation!

  9. Wow, that is a whole lot of busy you’ve got going on!

    Love the eyeballs 🙂

  10. Aubrie says:

    Excellent eye ball eggs! Happy Halloween!

  11. mshatch says:

    Wish I could be there for the outlining vs pantstering workshop 🙂

  12. Hmmm… the last comment got eaten by a gremlin, so I’ll try again and hope for the best!

    I am always impressed by writers who teach as well–you guys really juggle a lot and must be exceptional multi-taskers to make room for both careers!

    Thanks for the Egg picture–I’ll remember it for next year!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse