NaNoWriMo update #3

I won’t win NaNoWriMo this year.

I’m totally fine with that.

I’ve planned my story out a little differently to how I originally envisioned it, but finally things are making sense in my head. I’m estimating 10-15k should finish the story. Which will bring it to 35-40k.

I don’t believe in padding, and I won’t pad a story to meet an arbitrary deadline. NaNoWriMo serves its purpose by getting people to write and in the end, a finished novella is far more useful than an unfinished novel. I’ll actually be glad to finish this story over Thanksgiving so I can edit it, hand it over for the challenge it’s for and get back to some Serious Work.

I have two potential new titles for the Hearts On Fire novel, as that name is too generic in my opinion and I’m not happy with it. One title is Rainy Days, since rain plays a large part in the story. The other is Drive You Home, since getting a ride is how the affair begins. If you have opinions, please, let me know. I want this novel finished and out the door by the end of the year. I never thought I’d be sick of looking at one of my works but the line-by-line edit of this book is a muse-killer.

After that I get to clean up Written In The Snow and commission cover art. I’m hoping that novel won’t be so much of a pain to edit. The sci-fi comes so much easier to me than the contemporary. I know that’s not what a lot of readers want to hear but the muse is boss here, sorry.

One day I’d love to get a publisher so I can hand off some of these tasks and get better feedback, but I’ve heard some very scary stories in the last week or so that have made me swear to do some real research before ever signing anything with anyone, ever. Some days I’m reminded that I’m a real newbie in the writing/publishing world and I need to tread very carefully.

NaNoWriMo update #2

While I really want to get 50k in November, I feel like it may not happen. I have just over 12k, and we’re almost half way through November. While I can get 3k on a good writing day, obligations are eating up more and more of that time. Furniture deliveries. House repairs. Trying to sleep for my night job.

However, what’s most important to me is to get a finished story. And that the writing I’m doing feels right, which it does. I feel that The Heart Of The Sun is going to be good, and that, to me, is what matters. Even if I have to work into December to get a finished novel.

The reason I chose to participate in NaNo this year was because I’ve been having trouble getting around to writing, and I wanted something to give me a kick up the butt to get back to work on actual writing, as opposed to editing and other stuff. That, at least, has worked.

Don’t think I’m giving up, either! I have four days off later this month and I have cleared out all obligations. I intend to work my butt off. Most I’ve ever written in a day is 11k. Can I beat that? Let’s see!

Regardless of victory or failure, I’m happy to be working on a project that’s “just for fun”. After that, it’ll be back to the grind of editing hell!

NaNoWriMo update.

It’s Day One of NaNoWriMo, and I’m changing my novel idea already! I want to write something brighter and more hopeful. The Game is still floating around in my head, but it goes to dark places that I cannot follow right now.

I also owe a nice little group on Goodreads a challenge story. So I figured why not do that, and make everyone happy.

Now I actually have to get some words down on the page.

Review: The War At The End Of The World, by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane

The War at the End of the WorldThe War at the End of the World by Heidi Belleau

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I love historical fiction, especially fiction set around the Second World War. The War At The End Of The World is certainly an interesting concept, mixing historical with supernatural and it’s very well-written and researched. It was certainly an enjoyable read, even though supernatural stories are not usually my taste. I especially liked some of the vivid descriptions that really gave me a sense of time and place.

My complaints with the story center around the jumping between years. I would have rearranged the story to begin with Joseph’s childhood scene so the reader could get a better sense of the supernatural character, who he was and why he was so attached to Joseph by the time he saves his life the second time. I also would have liked to have known more about this character in general, how/why he existed and how it was possible for him to be reborn in the future (their connection, I guess?)

Still, I recommend The War At The End Of The World, especially as it is a free story as part of the Love Is Always Write event. It is a good introduction to what these two authors can do and I look forward to reading more of their stories in the future.