Missy’n’Monty

Missy Barrett certainly does get noticed by some big names in the world!

Last Wednesday on the Missy Barrett blog,  Missy wrote about UK retailer John Lewis’s Christmas 2014 television advertisement in an entry titled, “Monty and Floaty Penguin.”   For those of you who read the 2012 novel, “Glass On A Stick” you’ll remember that Floaty Penguin was one of many imaginary characters from Missy Barrett’s imaginary dotting map.

The upswing to the blog entry is that it caught the attention of John Lewis Retail on Twitter and resulted in a tweet.  Take a look at this!

John Lewis Retail_13 November 2014It’s always nice when a big name like John Lewis takes notice.  And it’s easy to understand how Missy Barrett captures the hearts of children and adults alike around the world.

Accepting The Challenge

A quick note to my friends and fans, to let them know that this year I accepted the NaNoWriMo 2014 challenge.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a personal challenge authors accept where the goal is to complete a novel with at least 50,000 words in 30 days.

I don’t generally need a challenge to be creative, however, the challenge of completing a novel in 30 days is a different way of writing that demands intense focus and the ability to push past obstacles and blocks that might appear along the way.

Since my novella, “End Of The Innocence” has peeked the interest of so many readers, I decided to write a follow-up story titled, “I Will Not Go Quietly.”

Nathan Lane Covington is a teen who has been through a lot in life including being the only witness to his high school principal’s suicide just months earlier.  His decision to return to St. Bernardino for his senior year holds promise with a new principal who does everything by the book, and teachers who know Lane’s history.  It doesn’t take long, however, before things start to go off the rails and staff and students alike begin to wonder if the school itself is cursed.

Closing in on the 40,000 word mark as I begin writing Chapter 16, I can assure you that there are many ways to get from the first word in the first chapter to the final period at the end of the last sentence in a novel.  NaNoWriMo is one of those ways.

Stay tuned for info on when you can download the eBook or purchase the paperback of “I Will Not Go Quietly” this December — just in time for Christmas gift-giving.  It’s guaranteed to be a breath-taking page turner.

Elyse