IT’S HERE!!! I’ve been waiting so long and can barely believe November is here and it’s time to get to work! I’m both super excited and terrified and already a bit panicked. But one day at a time.
Last year, you may recall, I managed to win with 50,018 words. You read that right. I overachieved by 18 words! Yay. Me.
So because I managed to crush the 50,000 word goal (read heavy sarcasm here) I have decided to do two novels this year.
Yep, you read that right. Two. As in 100,000 words. I’m possibly insane.
But there is a reason for it. As many of you know, my full time job is as a servant to some dairy goats, and right now that full time job is just a part time job. Theoretically, it should take me 4 hours each day to meet that goal. Doable, as long as I focus. Also, I need hours to write, but can edit in small doses. So when my life gets crazy again, I want to have words to edit, not be needing to get words down on paper. Make sense? Does to me, so I’m going with it.
So here are my projects!
Believing in Magic
Anni is an extremely shy girl who has just been transferred to a new school for her senior year. To make it worse, it’s a boarding school, so there’s no getting away from it. Anni spends her first month scared of her own shadow–and of the popular Jarrett who keeps trying to talk to her–and having tea with the wife of one of the teachers, the only time she can relax. Eventually she becomes friends with fellow loner Erik.
Anni, Erik,and Jarrett are alone together one day and pulled into another world, one where one of them came from. In this world, magic is as normal to life as electricity. Jarrett begins training as a soldier, Anni as a Seer, and Erik as a magician. For two of them, life is good and fun, but for one, it’s hard and lonely. And that one will do anything to get home.
I’m aiming for this project to be mostly about character change, mainly Anni of course. But I also am going to try and write this with the romance at the forefront. I’m shaking in my boots (if I was wearing boots) just thinking about it!
The Funeral Ghoul
Cassie was born and raised on an island in the New England part of the US. It’s the type of town where everyone knows everything about everyone and no one locks their doors. But Cassie is counting down the days untils she graduated and can finally leave.
When she was eight, her mother died suddenly and at the funeral, her father suffered a psychotic break and has been hospitalized since then. Though she witnessed both events, she has no memory of them. Now, she sits at her mother’s grave and watches every funeral that takes place, trying to jog some memory of what happened. THis habit has earned her the unenviable nickname of Ghoul.
When a new girl moves to town, somehow Cassie finds herself with a friend. Billie is mourning the death of her brother, but still manages to worm her way into Cassie’s life. And it’s a good thing, because Cassie is going to need a friend. Because something evil has a grip on the idyllic town and both girls’ destinies are tied to it.
So this one, totally opposite of the other. Very little romance, takes place in this world, and is edging more towards horror than straight fantasy. We’ll see how it goes!
This turned out long…oh well! Hope everyone has a great November!
I had a crisis yesterday (31 October). I’m probably not the only one — maybe some of you went into melt-down mode when faced with the knowledge that NaNo was but one day away!
But my crisis wasn’t caused by dread or fear of NaNoWriMo. In fact, I’ve been almost like a kid waiting for Christmas these past months, I’ve so been looking forward to spinning a fresh yarn alongside tens of thousands of my fellow story-spinners!
Then my plans went a little topsy-turvy … for a good cause! I have the opportunity to publish last year’s NaNo novel in December. But to make it happen, I have at last admitted to my more ambitious slightly insane self who forgets about the need to sleep, I will need to WORK HARD all November, editing, finalising cover design choice, formatting and marketing. So while I shed a tear for my lost NaNo novel, I do nevertheless have a writing goal this month, AND it’s an exciting one. So — to make it official– for my Novel in November, I will be launching my next novel! Lots more juicy details about my journey to publication to come!