11th consecutive nanowrimo win!

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_winnerI achieved the coveted 50K word count on Monday night, with only 48 words to spare… yikes.  My novel is not complete but I feel like it needs quite a bit more editing to get it to a coherent enough place to figure out an ending, therefore The Mist that Falls at Night is now a page under the Works in Progress tab.

While I would like to finish this still having some idea of what’s going on, I think I am going to sit on it a bit before trying to do some editing.  But that’s okay, because I have a lot of other things I want to work on, including a new edition of The Art Kids, an omnibus edition of the first three Wolf Point books, and finishing the second Wolf Point prequel novella.  I have a feeling I’ll be needing to make some New Year’s resolutions in order to get all this done!

nanowrimo 2016 progress update

I neglected to post here about my Nanowrimo novel for this year…

Lately I’ve found the Mandela Effect rather fascinating, and I wanted to write something that would incorporate it somehow.  Yet without a firm idea, I instead decide to create a creep-tastic cover that might inspire me.  I scrolled through the sample covers on Canva and found this one: The Mist That Falls At Night.  Well, the title might need a little tweaking, but for now it is the title of my work in progress!  I changed up the background photo (mostly so I wouldn’t have to pay for it) with this one from Pixabay, and voila:

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I’m really digging it, and although my story idea has so far not been as easy writing as I’m used to (especially considering I actually did some outlining!!), I think I’ll be able to go the distance with this one.  Last year was sort of a bust, since I ended up writing mostly a random assortment of fanfiction rather than the next Wolf Point novel, but I’m back on track this year.  So far I’m keeping up with the word count…

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It’s been a long time since my last post… Amazingly, I’ve been writing more than ever.  The caveat?  It’s been 98% fanfiction.  *sigh*

During Nanowrimo I attempted to get a start on a 4th book in the Wolf Point series – WIP Title: Fighters, from Misty’s POV – but the call to fanfic was too great, and I ended up working on several different fics and applying those word counts.  In other words, I’m a cheater.

I am hoping to get out an omnibus edition of the first 3 Wolf Point books, and possibly redesign the covers, but lately time has been a precious commodity… for writing fanfiction.  I don’t know what’s happened to me.  Hopefully I will return to writing original fiction soon – the fanfiction thing is just too much fun for me at the moment!

forgot to mention…

beast cover 2The Beast – a Wolf Point prequel novella – is out!

You can find it at Amazon for 99 cents, and free at Barnes & Noble.  Over at Smashwords you can download it in any file type for free.

The Beast is the origin story of Geo, the oldest known werewolf.  This is the first of a series of prequel novellas.

As Nanowrimo rapidly approaches, I’m torn about what I want to write.  I’d love to finish Scavengers before November 1st (highly unlikely), but I’m considering just using November to write/finish a number of projects.  Finish Scavengers, and start work on the next prequel novella, since I have about 30,000 words left to go before finishing Scavengers and the novella would be between 20-30,000 words.  That equals 50,000 words…

On the other hand, I could write a fourth book in the Wolf Point series, which I want to be from Misty’s point of view.

Or, I could write Wayward Ghosts, which is already a few chapters long, so kind of cheating.  Seems like unless I write Wolf Point #4, I’m going to be a Nano cheater this year. Decisions, decisions.

8th consecutive Nanowrimo win!

2013-Winner-Square-ButtonThat’s right, folks.  I won Nanowrimo, this time a scant half hour before Janina!  I finished on November 28th and while I made it past the 50,000 word finish line, I’ve still got a little work to do to actually finish the story.  And surprisingly, I still WANT to finish the story!

I mentioned before that I chose to do Forever Young Adult‘s cover story challenge, which means that I based my novel off someone’s invented description of Lauren Barnholdt’s The Thing About the Truth based solely on the cover.  Of course, I had to “zombie-fy” the cover:

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I was surprised that the story was as fun as it was to write.  Hopefully it’s as much fun to read!  I have posted the (slightly incomplete) draft up on Figment for your reading pleasure.

Glad it’s over so I can start on Christmas crafting, and also because I need to finish Dreamwalkers!

my Nanowrimo cover story

I haven’t posted in a while, mostly due to Halloween costume crunch time (pics coming soon!  I promise!), and most recently because of Nanowrimo.  But I want to share what I’m doing for Nanowrimo, because it’s slightly different than what I’ve done in past years.

This year, one of my favorite blogs, Forever Young Adult, has a Nanowrimo challenge.  One of their regular columns takes the covers of YA books (usually of the cheesy variety) and writes a summary of what they believe the book is about based solely on the cover.  So FYA challenged people to write a Nanowrimo novel based on one of these cover stories.

It was a tough decision, but I decided to go with The Thing About the Truth.  Not surprisingly it’s about zombies.  (A close second was Click to Subscribe… can’t wait to see if anyone is writing a novel described as “This high school re-imagining of The Human Centipede tells a horror story of harrowing survival and burgeoning romance between best friends who always have each other’s backs.”)

If any of you out there are also taking the FYA Nanowrimo Challenge, please add me as a writing buddy!

Thus far I am still ahead of the game… hopefully it stays that way!

I win!!

Crossed the finish line last night!  And the story is “complete” – there was no skipping to the end and writing an epilogue.  Well, a lot of the last couple of chapters is telling not showing, but I have high hopes for this one and I’m looking forward to editing.  I even kept writing after I saw the word counter at the bottom of the screen go over 50,000, so I have a grand total of 50,289 words!  Yeah, I know, it isn’t that much over (especially considering Janina’s 61,000+ words… grumble grumble).

It has been a few years since I’ve felt this positive about a Nanowrimo story after I’ve finished.  The Nostradamus Project, Return to Ravenwood Manor, and Cabin Fever were all sort of slapdash toward the end.  Ravenwood Manor wasn’t terrible, and I did complete the story, but it didn’t exactly turn out the way I’d envisioned at the beginning.  The other two… well, maybe someday I’ll go back to Cabin Fever.  That one I didn’t really “finish” – it’s still listed under my “works in progress.”

Soon I’ll be adding a page for Ghosts of Circus Past, which will include some of the research resources I used and a playlist!  You can read a little bit of the story on my Figment page – the first 3 chapters or so.