Skipping Ahead

Well, now it’s almost Christmas, and now it’s almost time to reminisce in time for New Year’s. NaNoWriMo is over and I’m sorry that I haven’t updated at least one more time, but I’ve kept putting it off and then stuff happened in life and now… I’ve written 32,330 words this NaNo which is about 2,000 more than last year. So while it wasn’t a complete success, I’m not disappointed.

savingdanvers1This year’s NaNo was mostly about fanfiction for me. Fanfiction and Supergirl (or Supergays, as I tend to lovingly call it). I’m neck-deep in the evolution of Alex Danvers’ character, I just love that tiny gay bean. And I’m so close to watching again from the beginning, just to be able to explore her more thoroughly. She’s one of the few aspects of tv that didn’t disappoint (so far) and I hope Supergirl will keep up the good work. I watched a lot of Arrow this year, some The Flash, the pilot of Legends of Tomorrow, but Supergirl is my favorite DC show to date. And I may have jumped the Marvel ship completely, because they don’t invest enough time or money in their female heroes (cancelling Agent Carter, seriously?).

I’m a fan, I tend to get invested. And it affects my writing as well. At the moment, writing fanfiction is a sanctuary, a safe place.

But, of course, I’m always trying to find my own characters and story lines. I’m currently thinking about another YA series I’d like to write. It’s post-apocalyptic stuff and I guess it fits well into current times, with political leaders showing how little they care about people… and I’m prone to seeing all the bad stuff and imagine how it all will end. Also, I love the genre. Aside from horror, it might be my favorite. I’m rereading Legend by Marie Lu and The Hunger Games series might be next.

Apart from that, I also started revisions on Halfway Home. It’s been lying around for a year now and Halfway Home.altcoming back to it is strange and wonderful. I still love the characters so much and I think it’s a great story. It’s all romance and fluff, but it makes me hopeful at the end of a year which saw little of that. I hope I’ll be able to finish it mid-January.

Today’s winter solstice – the shortest day of the year. I’ve been awake since three a.m., so it won’t really be a short day for me, but I like sitting and working when nobody else is awake and by 8 p.m. I’m usually pooped enough to go to bed. The next two weeks will see a lot of family time and food, but I hope I’ll get some work done – probably in the form of fanfiction. I haven’t decided on anything I want to write next year, but hopefully it will be more productive than 2016. Hopefully, it will be more of anything good than 2016.

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NaNoWriMo Update [1]

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So, how is everybody’s NaNo going? I’d really like to know and would be thrilled if you told me in the comments.

My own NaNo endeavor is going great so far. I’ve written every day, though I haven’t reached my daily requirements the last few days. I had a little bit of family time to do – doing it gladly, of course. But I’m still on track, ’cause I worked a little more intensively the first five days.

I finished project 2 – Courage – on Tuesday. I’m really glad how it turned out. It’s a Halloween story, so I’m late, but I guess it’s also good reading for any kind of November night when it’s raining and shadows look like critters you’d rather not have lurking in your apartment.

I’m especially proud of Courage, because it’s something I haven’t done before. I’m not talking about the supernatural part of it, I have done something like that before, though not with werewolves. My protagonist is transgender, and I used the singular they pronoun. It was a little confusing at first, but by the end I had gotten used to it and it went really well.

I haven’t gotten to editing it yet, but I hope I can do that next week, so you should be able to read Courage by the next weekend – hopefully.

Today, I finished project 3 – Halway Home. While I’m feeling good about Courage, I feel like dancing for having finished Halfway Home. It was a holiday project for last year, but it turned longer and now it’s a novel of almost 75k words. I’m really, really proud and happy. There’s still a lot of work to do, because it’s the first draft, but I’m looking forward to reading the whole thing for the first time – though there’ll be mistakes galore.

I hope to get it published, but that’s still far away.

So, two of five projects down. I’m thinking about starting another novel, actually, but haven’t decided for sure yet. I mean, it’s a great feeling when it’s finished, I just don’t want to fill too much onto my plate. Everything is so fragile, inspiration, time, motivation. But NaNo is certainly working for me this year.

I’m at 16k words, and I still have some words to write today. I hope you’re all doing great, but if not: Writing is hard. Any writing you do is magic. You’re awesome.

Okay, tell me how it’s going in the comments. And write, write, write!

I’m writing [4]

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Good morning, lovelies. As you can see by the picture above, I’m going a little overboard with the cover-making these days. This one is actually just a template, because it doesn’t fit Halfway Home at all.

That’s what I’m writing at now. I’ve finished my Halloween story Courage at about 15k which is mind-boggling for me. And now I’m at 71k with Halfway Home. Writing works at the moment and I couldn’t be happier. NaNo is giving me an additional push and I think I’ll be finishing Halfway Home at around 75k sometime next week.

It feels a little like magic, you know. Being able to write every day. The day after I’d finished Courage, I was like: meh! Don’t wanna write on a different story now! Wanna wallow in the feel of having finished a story and missing the characters! (Yes, that’s what it feels like.) But then I went on twitter and found NaNoWriMo sprints. And let me just say: these people are doing a hell of a job, giving you prompts to figure into your novel, cheerful, inspiring. So, I did some of those, just to get the feel of Halfway Home again. And it worked.

The next day, I could just work on it as if I’d never left. And it was a sexy love scene, too, and I hate writing those. Yesterday, I wasn’t really feeling it either, but I pushed myself through it. Somehow I’m working and somehow it doesn’t hurt at all.

You might wonder what I’m getting at with this. I’m not really sure myself. I’m using this platform as a writing diary of sorts (not to write every day, but to write about the experience). This is my experience at the moment. It’s the experience of why I love writing so much, because it can give you a feeling like nothing else can.

Having said that, I think I’d really like to thank my writing buddies, the fab peeps of NaNoWriMo, the coaches and sprint instructors, the authors who take the time for a pep talk, everybody involved in getting me going on that platform. I think NaNo is a great experience, and if you’ve never tried it maybe give it a go. It’s only the sixth, you can still jump on the moving train, sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo or wait till next year. (And yes, I’ve earned myself another badge with this paragraph, but I’m also feeling the thankful.)

I hope you’re writing. I hope you’re reading. I hope you love words. And I hope it all for you.

Later, lovelies.

Time for a cuppa and a romance

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Today is the perfect day for absolutely nothing – except for a cup of my favorite tea and a well-loved romance novel. I feel blah.

That is not to say that I didn’t do any writing today, but it felt awkward. It was a phone conversation, one of my favorite things to write usually, because the dialogue is so front and center. But what should have come out as a light, flirty scene became something awkwardly silly. And now I’m gonna forget about it until I’m doing the revisions.

My body’s begging me for some downtime, maybe a nap. My imagination wants to get fed fluffy romance. And I’m just gonna indulge them, ’cause really there is no good reason not to.

Well, until tomorrow and then it’s back to work.