And then there was that crazy month...

Okay, okay, they are all crazy. I admit it.

Yes, it's been a while since I touched based with you, but I hope everyone enjoyed your summer (was it just me or did August just zoom by?). I spent the summer avoiding tornadoes, breaking the lawnmower, and writing--oh the writing! 

In the past several months, I

• participated in Camp NaNoWriMo (penning 50,000 words);

• participated in the Nebraska Writers Guild's Write Across Nebraska, writing close to 30,000 words in one weekend;

• read several works at one of the Norfolk Arts Center's First Friday events; and

•  connected with an amazing group of women authors from across the country who are challenging me to write better every day. 

As I mentioned in previous newsletters, I have been exploring new genres. This month I hope to release the first of my romance series (which I talk about more down below) while also participating in Twitternovella (more about that later too). 

The fall is going to be busy, to say the least. In October, I will be attending the Nebraska Writers Guild's Fall Conference (also presenting) as well as the Women Writing the West's Annual Conference. November is NaNoWriMo (50,000 words in one month). I am also contributing to two collections of novels, one to be released in October and the other around Thanksgiving. 

Clearly, sleep is not on the agenda. :)

Oh, and for all you Pistachio lovers out there (the dog, not the nut...well, the dog is a nut too), make sure to check out the info below on my other pen names/genres. I think you'll be excited to see some of the news...

Enjoy! 

P.S. If you're near Seward, NE, on Friday, October 10, come to Olde Glory Community Hall (348 Jackson Avenue) at 7 pm to hear Nebraska authors (like me!) read from their works. 

Twitternovella

As writers, it’s all too easy to fall into a rhythm. Some call it the sweet spot, where your writing process and your creative ideas all come together and you are able to produce stories that both the author and the readers enjoy. Yes, this sweet spot is definitely…well, um sweet, and many authors want to pull up a chair and just spend the rest of their days hanging out there.

But like all creatives, part of the experience of being a writer is to challenge ourselves.

In September, I have agreed to embrace the challenge: I will be participating with a group of other writers in what we are calling the Twitter novella. Throughout the month, I will be writing and posting a new novella to my Twitter feed (@CJaiFerry). I have not written the novella out in advance. I will write it organically, three to five 100+-character sentences a day, and share it via Twitter. Each of the participating authors is approaching the challenge in their own way, but we all share a similar goal of trying something new.

The start of my novella:

Trey was not the all-American quarterback everyone thought he was. Unfortunately, he didn’t know that. His mother did, but she kept that tidbit to herself, along with all the secrets she kept in her jewelry box

Catch up with my novella here.

Corrissa James website

Ah, romance!

Enter the World of Corrissa James
(yes, that's me!)

Bender, Nebraska, is a small town full of horse ranches, sprawling farms, and new business development, as well as strong-willed women who won't settle for just any man. The novellas in this series are around 100 pages each, making them perfect reading for an afternoon of sultry western romance. The first three books will be published in September.

To stay up to date on my romance series, make sure you follow Corrissa via her website and Facebook.

Pistachio's website

Pistachio: The dog, the myth, the legend 

Yes, Pistachio now has his own blog. He also has his own Twitter feed (@PistachioKisses). And, if you still want more Pistachio goodness, make sure to keep an eye out for the release of his first collection of stories in November. I know many of you are excited about the Pistachio collection (and Pistachio has been practicing his autographs all over my sofa thanks to a very wet summer), so I will be sure to send out special notifications when the book goes live. 

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That's all for this month~

Thank you so much for reading my work. If you know anyone who might enjoy my writing, please feel free to forward this newsletter to them.

Thank you for sharing in this exciting ride with me!