Doesn’t the initials for National Novel Writing Month make you think of Robin Williams as Mork saying, “Na-no, Na-no?”

Oh, you don’t?

Um . . . neither do I. 😉

But, yeah baby, I’m gearing up for this year’s NaNoWriMo. It’s great knowing how so many writers are working towards a goal at the same time. Who else is up for this year’s challenge? I still haven’t quite decided which book to work on, but I’m hoping one of them smacks me upside the head soon.

Good think there’s still another week until the start! And I’ve been taking advantage of this time to get caught up on paperwork and clean my dump of a house. Seriously. It’s bad, real bad.

And I’m trying to get caught up online, like by posting about the fantastic youth discussion group I was a part of at the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania a few weeks ago!

Moravian Book Shop

The town of Bethlehem is so charming! I have a deep love for historic, quaint Main Streets and this tops the charts. We’re even planning on visiting over the holidays to see it all decked out for Christmas.

Inside the Book Shop was just as charming! This is only one section–where they keep the children’s books. There’s other store areas that sell crafts and gifts, books, Moravian Stars and Christmas decorations, and a deli with two different lounge areas. Loved it! I can’t wait to spend more time there next time.

I did the youth discussion with the lovely Sarah Aronson, author of HEAD CASE, and the super-cool Barry Lyga, author of THE ASTONISHING ADVENTURES OF FANBOY AND GOTH GIRL and BOY TOY, who I carpooled with.

The store put together a display that put the biggest smile on my face! This was the first of their many youth discussions to come and the girls who attended were absolutely wonderful to talk to! We chatted about our novels, writing, our favorite books, and a bunch of other things.

Afterwards, we all had dinner at this very cool, very hip restaurant called Bethlehem Brew Works, where several of their dishes are enhanced with their own brewed beer. I do regret not trying the beer and cheese soup. The combination sounds questionable, but the gal from the Book Shop swears it’s great. Okay, I’m trying it next time, Stephanie!

But now it’s back to my monster to-do list. And hopefully a little Na-no, Na-no book inspiration?

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