So I accidentally started reading my first NaNoWriMo novel yesterday.
A couple of clarifications here:
I’m not one of those people who as done NaNo forever and a day,
When I say “accidentally,” I don’t mean I fell in a hole and remarkably discovered my old manuscript in the mud, typed up and tied together with a ribbon.
So I’m workshopping short stories this week. I love workshops. I love the energy, the creative flow, the fresh perspectives you get from throwing writers together and saying “Go!” The problem, you ask? I’m kind of a horrible person. You see, nice, ordinary people would read the stories and say “Wow! You made a thing!Continue reading “The Sad Life of a Grammar Snob”
Book: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal Series: Sands of Arawiya, No. 1 Genre: YA (Arabian-inspired) Fantasy/Romance Content for the Sensitive Reader: Cold-blooded murder, violence in relationships, torture, war, genocide, battle sequences, seduction (via backstory), sexism, passionate kissing and contact, plenty of innuendo, mild language in various tongues, implied mind control. Frankly, I didn’tContinue reading “We Hunt the Flame (Book Review/Rant)”
I’m quite terrible at astronomy. Always have been. Even before I became a nearsighted creature from too many books and the sky went blurry-blurry. But I do love a sky full of stars. It doesn’t matter what their names are or what pattern they make in their dance, I just find the night beautiful. MaybeContinue reading “Midwinter Stars, Dune, and Ink…another writing update”
So it’s been a while! What with NaNoWriMo and my neglect of the Harry Potter Project, I haven’t posted a book review in some time. Never fear! I picked up The Castle Behind Thorns for a little light reading, swallowed it up within 24 hours, and now we’re back to the original purpose of thisContinue reading “Book Review No. 25: MG Fantasy Ahoy”
The end of NaNoWriMo 2020! Plus three days of not posting anything because I really needed sleep. Final stats? November 30th Word Count: 94,889 words Total Mugs of Tea: …frankly, I’ve lost count. Nights writing after midnight: Perhaps a better question would be how many nights I didn’t write past midnight. Which I still can’tContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Recap”
It’s November 29th. NaNoWriMo 2020 officially closes at midnight tomorrow. I am not ready for this. Not because I’m vastly behind on words–I’ve written my 50,000 and then some. What I’m not ready for is the end. Finishing the novel that keeps taking more and more twists and turns and muddying the plot so IContinue reading “NaNoWriMo: Preparing for the End”
Cue two o’clock in the morning me, typing away before crashing hard. Today was the day.
I won NaNoWriMo. For the third year running. Only this time it’s ten days early.
I should be celebrating. Throwing confetti in the air and treating myself to chocolate puddings.
It hasn’t quite registered in my brain, I think.
Writing Status? Unblocked. Beautifully unblocked. It’s terribly inconvenient. I realize I only say that because of how happy I am that my characters are talking to me again. But they always seem to choose the most inopportune times–before deadlines, when I don’t have paper, at 2:23 a.m. Sometimes they strike the lucky golden number ofContinue reading “Writing Update: September 27, 2020”