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I entered NaNo because my character made me

Looking back at the birth of a novel

With the launch of Love’s Brilliant Wreckage this week, I thought I’d do a little bit of looking back at the birth of a novel. How did I start? When did I start? Here’s a post from 10-30-17 on why I decided to start this particular book at that time.

To NaNo or not to NaNo, that is the question

I entered Nanao2017 because my character made me

This year, after much internal debate, I entered NaNo2017. Unless you are super new to writing, every writer knows that November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNo or NaNoWriMo), when thousands of writers worldwide attempt to write 50K in 30 days.

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One-Double-Zero. atozchallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.com Happy Birthday

#AtoZChallenge April 30, 2018. One-Double-Zero

One-Double-Zero. atozchallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.com Happy BirthdayIn One-Double-Zero, A Twilight resident’s one-hundred-year birthday celebration comes to a crashing halt.

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26 posts. 26 days. And 26 letters of the alphabet, one post beginning with each letter, in April.

Follow me as we visit the not-quite-normal retirement village of Twilight, Arizona, where reality clashes with the unexplained.

One-Double-Zero

For two reasons, guilt always washed over Amy Zimmerman when she visited her father-in-law at the Twilight Bells Senior Residence. One, he no longer was her father-in-law because his son had died months earlier. And two, she couldn’t tell him the circumstances of his son’s death without sounding crazy. So she pretended Alan had stepped out for a pack of cigarettes one day and never came back instead of him turning to ice then melting before her eyes.

It didn’t help that within a year she’d fallen in love with a local golf pro, and they lived in sin together until she could have Alan legally declared dead.

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#AtoZChallenge, April 28, 2018 Your I.D. Card, Please

Your I.D. Card, Please. atozchallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.comIn Your I.D. Card, Please, the Twilight Residents’ Association takes its exclusive privilege one step too far.

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26 posts. 26 days. And 26 letters of the alphabet, one post beginning with each letter, in April.

Follow me as we visit the not-quite-normal retirement village of Twilight, Arizona, where reality clashes with the unexplained.

Your I.D. Card, Please

Clutching her ticket, Ava Young stood in line for the Twilight Community Players production of Nunsense. She chivvied up behind her friend, Janice, in the hope the ushers would see them as one person instead of two.

“I don’t know about this,” she muttered as the line grew shorter.

Janice turned her head. “What are you worried about?”

“If they ask for my I.D. card, I’m screwed.” Ava took a deep breath and shuffled forward.

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