November 2015. The first year I participated in NaNoWriMo. Continue reading “Drifters Rising: NaNoWriMo Novel is Complete”
December heralds the end of the year. Resolution list from last January in hand, I review my results. Each year I identify one area for improvement. For me, a single resolution, made with intent, beats a collection of promises I won’t keep.
A song of the Farseen Chronicles. There are no plot spoilers in this story.
Valiant, Tempe’s brother, has been dead a long time. This is a song sung by the fae bards of a dragon made sword he received around the age of twenty. Dragons have the strongest magic of all creatures in the Farseen and anything they make shares at least some of that magic.
The leaves are changing and the air is cooler. Yep, it’s NaNoWriMo time. Another hectic November writing 50,000 words toward my next novel. It worked well for me last year and in early 2017, I will be publishing the finished novel (Cetus Landing, Book 1 in the Finding Earth series) of the book I drafted in the 2015 NaNoWriMo.
The premiss is that you write every day starting November 1st with the goal of having 50K words written in your novel by November 30th, that translates to 1,667 words a day. Note that 50K will equate to half a novel first draft for my Science Fiction and Fantasy worlds, but it’s great fun.
Many NaNoWriMo-ites speak of the virtues of caffeine and junk food while writing. Not so for me. I eat normal, health meals and get my seven hours of sleep. I schedule time (5 AM – 8 AM) every morning to write and will write at other times if possible. Last year, I had a day job and family to schedule writing time around. This year, I don’t have a day job to worry about, but I’ll stick to my writing time and still have time for family. 5 AM is when I write every day and it’s my most productive time.
During NaNoWriMo 2016, I will focus on the second book in my Finding Earth series, Pyxis. I will be creating another new world so I’ve got to get busy.
If you want to focus on a writing project during the month of November, join me at NaNoWriMo.
I just published my fourth novel, an achievement that is equal parts joy and doubt. Joy that I’ve grown as a writer with each book and made some wonderful friends along the way. Doubt that I’m not marketing the books very hard.
When I decided to publish my first fantasy series, I looked at the options and opted to do my own book covers. Why? Three reasons: Continue reading “Fantasy Art, Book Covers, and Me”
Many writers (me included) eventually find our characters in the woods, usually running at top speed or lost off trail. In the southeastern USA, your character might be able to swing through the tree tops (using kudzu vines), but otherwise they would need to stay on trails to maintain a lope, trot, run, sprint, or canter. Heck, in many spots you would need a machete to amble away from the trail.