National Novel Writing Month Has Started! A Special Contest! This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words



National Novel Writing Month Has Started! A Special Contest!

Its official.  November is here and so is NaNoWriMo  or National  Novel Writing Month.  Actually we are about 4 days behind.  What is National Novel Writing  Month?  Well, its for you or anyone who actually had the thought “hey, I wonder if I could write a story”.  Write…50,000 words. In one month.  Chart your progress.  Meet tons of people on line just like yourself.  The end goal?  To complete a novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Haven’t you ever thought about writing…maybe just a tad?  Do you write journals?  Have some diaries stuffed away somewhere?  Why not give this a try?  As they say on the site “The World Needs Your Novel”.  Here’s more:

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

   Sign In – National Novel Writing Month

Let me know if any of our readers participates.  We would love to hear how the month and your writing goes.  Don’t be surprised if you come across many recognized authors participating as well.

Ah, November.  So many other things are crammed into this month. Not mentioning elections.  Need one day away from that. Its Native American Heritage Month as well as National Adoption Month. Its Aviation History Month as well as National Diabetes Awareness Month.  November is home to 14 different specific honors for the month, 2 for the week and, get ready, 73 different days of the week celebrated for different things this month.

Bet you thought it was only Thanksgiving (11/24) for the US didn’t you.  Nope.  So much more.  We’ve already had the Day of the Dead, Guy Fawkes Day (11/5), our Veterans Day (11/11) is coming up. and for young book lovers, its Young Readers Day on the 8th. Yes, you knew about those.  Did you know about Chaos Never Dies Day on the 9th?  I think not.  Or how about National Indian Pudding Day (13),False Confession Day (21),All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day (24),Make Your Own Head Day (28) or even Red Planet Day (28).  There’s so many others.  I was just skimming off the top there.  Surely some of those are deserving of a place in a story.

See how nicely I tied that in?

Turns out November is full of surprises.  Its the celebrations of Diwali which stretches into mid November in India, Calan Gaeaf in Wales, the first day of Winter on November 1,  its Culture Day in Japan (11/3) , its Independence Day (11/3) in Dominica, Panama, and Ecuador and so many others.  All you have to do is look past our calendar and out into the world to see who and where and what people are celebrating.  Maybe even center a story around it!Happy November!


Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Flash Fiction Writing Contest!

We have readers from all over.  I’d like to know how you are spending your November.  Hmmm.  That’s giving me an idea.  Maybe a Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Flash Fiction contest? 300 words and a prize waiting at the end of the month? How does that sound?  I’m liking that idea.

Sound off people… give us a topic!  Flash fiction to be finished by the end of this month!  Prize?  Hmmm.  How about $25 Amazon gift card?  Ok,  We have this week to get our topics in. Maybe choose something in the November list. Send them in. Writing starts next Sunday.  That’s the official start date.  STRW FFWriMo is on and open to everyone!   And I mean everyone!  Excerpt you must be 18 years of age or older.  Sry about that!

Judging?  I’ll see if I can get a author or two to judge….more on that later.

Contest Winner!


Sean Michael picked a winner for his cover reveal giveaway.  Congrats to H.B.  H.B. will be receive a copy of The Closet Boy (Iron Eagle Gym #4) by Sean Michael.  H.B. has been notified.  Sean tried to respond to all the comments but something went wrong and his replies got lost.  I just wanted to let you all know!  Thanks, Sean!

Now for this week’s schedule at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


Sunday, November 6:

  • National Novel Writing Month Has Started! A Special Contest!
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, November 7:

  • Cover Reveal Blitz: Cowboys Don’t Come Out by Tara Lain (cover reveal and giveaway)
  • J.K. Pendragon on Editing and Writing:Junior Hero Blues by J.K. Pendragon (guest post and giveaway)
  • Brandon Witt on Titles and Mapping the Forest (author guest post)
  • A VVivacious Release Day Review: Black Snow by EAB
  • A Paul B Release Day Review: Running Blind by Kim Fielding and Verona Keyes

Tuesday, November 8:

  • In the Spotlight: Take Me Home by Lorelie Brown (Riptide Tour and Giveaway)
  • Blog tour:  Once Upon a Time in the Weird West: Venona Keyes
  • A Stella Review: Full Circle by TA Webb
  • A VVivacious Review: Before Lovers by Wayne Mansfield
  • An Alisa Review: Safe Haven by Caitlin Ricci

Wednesday, November 9:

  • In the Spotlight:Love & To Cherish by Addison Albright  (excerpt and giveaway)
  • M.A. Church on “A Country Boy At Heart” (Guest Post)
  • A Melanie Release Day Review: Blind Love. By Sedonia Guillone
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Let the Wrong Light In by Avon Gale and Derrick McClain  (Narrator)
  • A Jeri Review:To Love and To Cherish by Addison Albright

Thursday, November 10:

  • Author Guest Post:Why I Love Geeks by T.A. Chase
  • In the Spotlight:Obscura Burning by Suzanne van Rooyen (guest post, excerpt and giveaway)
  • A VVivacious Review: Ownage by Dale Chase
  • An Alisa Review: Tricks and Bids by Jacqueline Grey
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Marriage of Inconvenience by M.J. O’Shea and John Solo (Narrator)

Friday, November 11:

  • Release Blitz – Falling Down by Eli Easton (excerpt and giveaway)
  • An Ali Release Day Review:  A Chance for Us by Jake C. Wallace
  • A Stella Review: Stroke of Luck by Posy Roberts
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Whiskers of a Chance by Tempeste O’Riley and Craig Beck (Narrator)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Wolfsong by TJ Klune and Kirt Graves (Narrator)

Saturday, November 12:

  • A Melanie PreRelease Review: Hanging The Stars (Half Moon Bay #2) by Rhys Ford
  • A Melanie Review: Death Mask by Lexi Ander



By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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