While waiting for the release of my next book, Rebellion in the Valley, notepads are beginning to fill up with thoughts and ideas to the next story in the Valley trilogy. However, those notes will have to simmer for another couple of months as all of us embark on yet another journey together.

Of course, I'm talking about 2013 NaNoWriMo!

we're only 22 short days from the kick-off, so the question is ... do we have our stories plotted out yet? Have we chosen character names, named those fantasy lands we're about to travel into?

Having such a short amount of time to dig in and get a full 50,000-word book written in one month is a dauanting endeavor so say the least. Anyone who has attempted NaNoWriMo understands the commitment of pennning 1,1667 words every single day for a full 30 days (which will be an end result of 50,010 words, by the way). Getting behind even one day could jeopordize chances of finishing on time. Yikes!

How about covers for those NaNo projects? If you need a bit of direction in this area, I've stumbled on something really cool. FreeStockPhotos.com allows users to their photo files to use at no cost, as long as you either leave their logo at the top or bottom of each photo - OR as long as you give due credit somewhere noticable and on the copyright page. They've got some gorgeous photos, too. Categories include animals, wildflowers, scenery, sky photos - check it out!

But you don't know how to create your own e-book covers, you say? Not a problem! I'm willing to share my cover artist with fellow authors. As I've mentioned in previous posts, Lindsay is a college student who is well-versed in the field of digital art. She has been team leader of a music band's street team and has created t-shirt designs for not only the band, but numerous other projects as well. She's been my cover designer on the past two books and we have plans for several more to come. She's been a photographer for her college newspaper and the list goes on. If you're interested in contacting Lindsay for your own cover designs,  lindsaykkayser @ gmail . com is where to find her. Tell her I sent you, she'll be real nice to you *wink*.

I'd say that about wraps it up for this week, but what's that in the background? Did I hear someone mention the fact that I haven't revealed my own NaNoWriMo project for 2013?

Alright ... this year's project is really out in left field. But as my readers know, every November, I write a left-fielder since I don't have the time to research a nice historical piece of work. This year's NaNo project is entitled "Perfection" and is about the life of *drum roll* a hoarder.

Yes, an item collector. Edith Albert, age 53, residing in Glen Oaks, Missouri (fictional town), doesn't even realize she has even an inclination of hoarding until ... well, you'll just have to wait and see!

Until next week, keep yourselves busy planning those 2013 NaNoWriMo projects!