Save the London Book Barge! and NaNoWriMo whatever; I’ve lost track now

Remember this?

The book barge, Word on the Water.  Step inside (watch your head) and discover a nice selection of used books. 

The London book barge, Word on the Water.  Step inside (watch your head) and discover a nice selection of used books.

Word on the Water needs our help!  They put in for a permanent tender at Paddington Station, and the Canal and River Trust of London awarded the place instead to a large corporation who wanted to put a coffee boat there.  Seriously.  Like there aren’t any coffee shops anywhere near Paddington (there are a zillion coffee shops in London).

Matt Zitron has written an impassioned plea in a HuffPo article about it.  Read it; I’ll wait.

Done?  Please consider signing the petition, even if you’re not a Londoner.  If you are, don’t let big business kill the little places that give London its charm. Bookshops are in the business of selling dreams, and we all need a little of that.  Plus, a floating bookstore is the height of cool and these people are very nice.  Thank you.


Okay, now that I’m off my soapbox, I have completely lost track of NaNoWriMo.  I’m hanging on by a thread here!

Secret Book is coming along; however, there is NO way I’m going to be finished by the end of the month.  I expect to reach the NaNo 50,000-word goal, but it is not going to be done until I’m done.  Probably not until Christmas, actually.

And I still have a metric ton of research to do.  It’s not a problem.  I have time.  Right now, all I want to do is finish the damn thing.

In Tunerville news, I sent off a submission copy.  Since that will take approximately three months for them to review it (if they do), and I forgot to enclose the SASE for my rejection (sigh), I’ll probably never know if they even looked at it.  So back to the queries.

In Rose’s Hostage news, there is no news.  Sorry to disappoint you (and me!).  Brian did say he was putting a manuscript in the mail; let’s hope it was mine.

Now I must leave you, as I need to finish one scene and begin another that I didn’t have time to do at lunch today.  Go read a book (and sign that petition!).