Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A to Z Challenge: N is for Nocturnal (and Pam Nowak and ...)

As I told one of my writer friends, the second half of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is a slippery slope.

This is where I let my mind wander, take a day off from blog hopping, don't stay two scheduled posts ahead, and then risk panic.

What if my visitors stop coming? What if I don't get more comments today than I did yesterday? What if I fail the challenge?

Well, I won't die, that's for sure. But I will be disappointed. So, I'll soldier on and finish the month without goofing off too much more than I already have.

Featured Author:  Pamela Nowak

Pam writes historical romance, and she does it so well that she wins awards. As a matter of fact, she's a finalist for a 2014 Colorado Book Award for genre fiction for her novel Changes.

From Pam's bio on the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Blog:

"Pam has a B.A. in history, has taught prison inmates, managed the Fort Yuma National Historic Site and run a homeless shelter. She was named the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year in 2010, chaired three conferences, and now serves as president. Pam and her life partner Ken live in Denver. Their combined families include six daughters and several grand-children. Together, they parent two dogs and a cat."

You can find out more about Pam and her novels at her website. She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Featured Book: ..........

Would you believe I couldn't think of a title I've read that starts with N? I couldn't believe it either. It's probably just a bad case of A to Z Brain Freeze.

Feel free to throw out a few suggestions.

Word of the Day:  Nocturnal

This is not a word that describes me. I start to fade around eight p.m. so I'm not good for much but watching a little television...mostly stuff that doesn't require concentration. I'm usually in bed before eleven.

I suppose I have to admit I'm not much of an early morning person either. I like mornings, but I want them to be quiet. No talking. Just reading the paper and drinking coffee.

What about you? Are you a night owl?


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - I must say, I'm definitely not a night owl. Sometimes I wish I were, but that's just not the way I'm made.

And about N books? There's Mike Befeler's Nursing Homes are Murder, coming out next month, or so I hear.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm not nocturnal anymore. New Year's Eve is such a challenge now.
Enthusiasm seems to wane in the middle of the Challenge, but so far most still seem excited. The world won't cave if we slack a little though.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I'm hoping for a second wind soon re the Challenge.

I'm definitely more of a morning person than a night person. I think it's the morning coffee that helps me be alert and creative. :)

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption
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The 2014 Blogging from A-Z Challenge

D Biswas said...

Yes, I'm nocturnal, especially when I have a good book!

Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2014, My Latest post

Twitter: @AprilA2Z

Rachna Chhabria said...

Yes, I am a night owl, especially when I am reading a murder mystery or a thriller.

Dean K Miller said...

I'll "nocturnalize" as long as it serves whatever purpose I feel needs serving.

A chilled but sunny morning to fly fish is always worth the early wake up.

My writing does okay either morning or night.

Empty on "N" reads as well. Guess we need to write one!

Patricia Stoltey said...

How could I not remember a Mike Befeler book? Thanks, Margot.

Alex, I haven't stayed up on New Year's Eve for years. We live in Mountain Time and watch the ball drop in Times Square on Eastern Time so I can still get to bed early.

I need a second wind, too, Madeline. I hope to get a few posts ahead today so I can relax.

Damyanti and Rachna, I don't dare try to read in bed anymore. I'd like to reinstate my early morning reading hour so I can get caught up on my TBR list.

Hi Dean -- I can see the early morning fishing -- that would awesome. Writing at night is something I cannot do. I get stupid when I'm tired.

Crystal Collier said...

I'm SUCH a night person. You know how everyone has their writing prime time? For me that starts about about 7 PM and runs until around 2 AM. I wish there was a way to rectify that around being a mommy and wife, but there really isn't. I just have to squeak in the writing where if fits around real life.

True Heroes from A to Z

Patricia Stoltey said...

I don't think I was ever to keep those kind of hours, Crystal. If I don't get my eight hours of sleep, I feel (and act) like a zombie. :D

Pat Garcia said...

That is so good to hear. I too am a morning person who likes her peace and quiet. I like writing in the mornings and usually I am not approachable before eleven a.m. As for the evening, I can deal with it because i try to take a nap around five and then get up and write and answer emails afterward.

Just dropping by from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

klahanie said...

Hi Patricia,

Nice feature on today's author. Perhaps you might think of a book at a later time.

I forgot what sleep was, so I'm not sure what kind of bird I am. Heck, I'm in every time zone but the one I live in.


Trisha F said...

Do you use Goodreads to keep track of books read/books you want to read? I personally love it, and relied on it entirely for this year's A to Z theme (as well as 2012's :)).

I think at this point of the A to Z, everyone is feeling fatigue. And of course it gets even worse by the end. But all we can do is keep soldiering on! :)

Rhonda Blackhurst said...

Used to be a night owl, but the past decade or so my 22-year-old son is impressed if I make it past 9:00. haha!

Yolanda Renee said...

I've become both because of my hubby's work schedule. It works, but I prefer the mornings!

pam2spicy said...

Hi Pat,
You are awesome! I have loved your posts and all the neat information and new book ideas. (For me to read, that is)Hang in there. I like to hit the sack around 9:00 but that is when my cats want play time. So I end up reading for a while. But for writing I need to lock myself at my desk in the mornings. After I feed the animals that is.