The acronym “Nanowrimo” sounds like “really tiny rhinoceroses” but it  actually breaks down into National Novel Writing Month. November is that month. There is a storied (get it?) organization at that provides lots of encouragement for writers to crank out a rough draft of a novel in 30 days. You should do this. Not only will you improve yourself, you will probably improve the world.

You will not be alone. Hundreds of authors will attempt to bash out a blockbuster in November.


That’ll be mine. Cecilia “Ace” Carroway is a preternaturally accomplished pilot, musician, surgeon and inventor. Along with her five danger-loving assistants, she is drawn into a web of intrigue, crime, and adventure by a stolen painting and an unearthly growling that accompanies person-snatching. Racing the clock and gangs of organized criminals, Ace must save the actress and get the gold before it’s too late.

By myself, I was not sure that the world was ready for such a pure jolt of fun, but the NaNoWriMo folks assure me that the world needs my novel! It needs yours, too, and you don’t have to write it in a vacuum. There are people to encourage and brainstorm and get you unstuck and answer technical questions.

You can do it, too. The world does need your novel.

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