November 1 is getting closer!
Who's participating this year? I'm trying to save my arm from too much typing, so I'm going to vlog this week about NaNo, my experience, etc. As many of you may know, TAKE THE REINS was my 2006 NaNoNovel. I am obsessed with the contest and have SO MUCH love for it. :)
If you want to friend me on NaNo, I'm jessicab_87.
I really, really want to participate this year. However, 11/1 is my first day back to work after two months on medical leave for golfer's elbow. I'll still be in recovery in November and how well--or how poorly--my arm reacts to the break, new medications--all depends on whether or not I'll be able to participate this year. I may do a halfsies version and go for 25,000 words in Nov. We'll have to wait and see!
I can't wait to see who's in this year and will be there every step of the way cheering you on. I hope to at the very least Keek daily with a message of encouragement, a tip that worked for me, or something like that.
Even if I end up not being able to participate, I'll be on the forums and checking on everyone! I'm so excited for this year!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
November 1 is getting closer!
Sunday, October 20, 2013
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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Don't worry! I am allowed to be online. :) My doctor wants me to use the computer for about half an hour to chart my pain level.
I just finished a fab, fun Skype classroom visit with 7th and 8th graders from Womango Regional High School in CT.
I've visited with Abbe's (the coordinator of my visit) school twice before and always have a blast. I would Skype with them every month if I could! :)
These students are going to be the next crop of published young authors--I know it!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
So, I want to have amazing online Home for Christmas/goodbye to Canterwood Crest parties.
First, we party via LiveStream like we did for the Famous release. You create a free account, get online at a set time and you'll have access to a chat box and to me via Webcam. You'll be able to type questions/comments to me that everyone can see. I'll answer them via my Webcam. I'll be online for one hour and you can pop in whenever you like to lurk or ask a question.
Everyone and anyone in the world can participate. LiveStream will allow as many people who want to join in. It's anonymous because you can use a screen name. You get to "see" me via Webcam.
If you can't make it to the actual live event, it will be recorded for you to view later.
Party #2 is one that I've never done and is the ULTIMATE VIP party! I mean, Home for Christmas is a super special, so we need a super special party, right?
We will use Google+ Hangout. This is also totally free (you do have to sign up for a Google+ account to video chat). NINE winners (I will have a contest soon!) will join me live online where we will all (me plus the other chosen 9 members of Team Canterwood) can video chat with each other. OMG! Team Canterwood members from across the country will get to meet! That is soooo awesome!
If you don't win the contest, you can still watch the party--you just will not be able to message me or the other Team Canterwood members who are on video chat.
This contest is only be open to US and Canada residents because other countries will be charged to video chat. However, if you are just watching the party--you can live anywhere.
You can view the party from your iPhone, iPad or other smartphone if you can't be on a computer.
If you are one of the 9 people who get to video party, you're more than welcome to grab any friends that want to attend and share your Webcam with them. :)
If you're not able to make it to the party, it will be recorded and will go up on YouTube for you to watch at any time.
Below, is a random Google video chat that I just started watching a few minutes ago (no Google+ account needed to watch). I took a screen shot so you can see how it would look for all of us via video chat. Isn't it cool?!
So . . . if being part of the video chat party interests you, please do some reading about how it works, what you need to do to participate, etc.
The poll for the two party dates will close on October 30. Then, the dates will be announced. I will blog or vlog very soon about how you can participate in a contest to be on the video chat.
Soo excited! What do you guys think?
I'm hosting an online party to celebrate the release of Home for Christmas! If you want to attend, please vote for the date of your choice and whatever date has the most votes will be the live party date! The date with the most votes will be the party day! :) How the party will be hosted will be asked in the next blog post.