December Blues

Am I really blue, or is this just this day’s feel? I’m not sure. I feel like the new year should begin already, so that I can make New Year’s Resolutions. This is not very productive, I know. But after-Xmas always feels like nowhere-land to me. I’m free-floating.

But that is no place, no state of mind to be in. So, let’s look forward, let’s think about all the great things that are gonna happen NEXT YEAR.

In writing: I’ve got three short stories I wanna write for submissions so far. I’ve already started on two and maybe that would be something good to do these last days of December, writing on them. One is a zombie-story. I actually enjoy writing something that is so very different. I remember before I read Cell by Stephen King, I was sure that there was no way to write a zombie-story. I guess I’ve come a long way. It always surprises me, the restrictions my logic brain puts on my imagination, and how my imagination just goes along with it until it is proven wrong. Gotta work on that.gale-zombiediaries

Resolution No. 1: Broaden Horizons.

The second short story is a love story that relates to writing/has a writer in it/is book related. I always criticize writers when they indulge in writing about writers, but I’ve done it in the past and will probably do it in the future. I’m doing it with this story. Why is it a bad thing? Because I feel it’s self-indulgent. I feel like nobody is quite as fascinated by writing and writers as writers are. But maybe I’m wrong. Gotta work on letting go of prejudices, of things I think I know, but just have a notion of.

Resolution No. 2: Be More Open-Minded, As Well As Open-Hearted

The third story is going to be a fairy tale of sorts. A new take on an old fairy tale. Mine will relate closely to that first short story, will be a sequel in a way. Fairy tales are in high command, a fad, a fashion. I like fairy tales, but I’m not going to use a Grimms’ tale or even Anderson. It will be a favorite, though. I’m gonna tell you all about it when I’m writing/have written it. The thing I’m especially happy about this and the first one, they’re genre works. They’ll both have a love story and a HEA/HFN (Happily Ever After/Happily For Now), but they’re genre fiction.

That’s something I actually wanna do more of. Taking a step back from romance and engage more with genres I haven’t written in yet. I wanna get my feet wet, try things out. That’s why I’m a writer, after all.

Resolution No. 3: Write Differently/Difference

sightlesseyesMy big project for 2016 will be The Sonnet Series. Come January, I’m gonna start with Sightless Eyes, a paranormal story of a girl seer. She discovers that her world is inhabited by supernatural creatures and that there’s a war going on, in secret. One of my inspirations for this were a couple of Shakespeare sonnets, hence the title(s). For this it’s sonnet 43.

Resolution No. 4: Read More Classics

There are probably more resolutions, there are always more resolutions, more things to do. But I guess these will help me with my writing, hopefully. There are also more projects, but I’ll tell you about them by and by. Who knows how much I’ll get done in 2016?

What are your resolutions, writing projects for next year? Tell me in the comments.

For now, I hope you’re enjoying the last days of 2015. Maybe you’re more inspired/motivated than I am. I hope so.

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NaNoWriMo Update [2015.4]

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NaNo is almost over, and unless I write 20k words tomorrow I have again failed it. I’m not disappointed, though. I’ve doubled last year’s word count and I’m still feeling inspired.

I finished a short story, I finished a novel, and I started a new fun project that will hopefully appear in an anthology next year (if I finish it and the publishers like it, I guess). So, I’ve done some of what I set out to do, and, hey, there’s still tomorrow.

I got more involved this year than last, which is a good thing. I did some NaNo word sprints with fun prompts and I added to my writing buddies, encouraging a few people. It felt good and it helped me too. I felt more cared for, inspired by the spirit of NaNo, you could say.

This year, I have found some platforms that help writers along. There’s NaNo, of course, but I recently discovered some others and I wanted to take the time to point you in their direction, since I like them.

IFightYou have already seen the covers I made; they’re, after all, all over my blog. I made them con Canva.com. It is not necessarily a platform for writers, but book covers are one of the template they offer. You can spend money there, or you can make covers for free. There are several other templates for your everyday life and maybe you check it out. I like the set up and it’s easy to use.

Another page, and one I trusted my latest short story with, is Tablo.io. Like Canva, it’s brought to us from Australia. It’s a platform where you can read stories, put up your own stories for the reading, but you can also publish with them if you think your work has progressed into that realm. They offer plenty of help, you can join groups of hopefuls like yourself, read and write fanfiction. Whatever you like. It’s also easy to use, and pretty to look at (the latter one may not be important to you, but it is to me).

Lastly, a page a reader on fanfic.net recommended (maybe she was working for them, I don’t know or care): Inkitt.com. It has much the same functions as tablo, but it also offers writing contests, not just for original fiction, but also fanfiction. I’ve started revising a story of mine for a fanfiction contest, and it’s a lot of fun to go back. I always get back to fanfiction, because I love it. This site helps to do something I should have done a long time ago: revising my fanfiction. Because I feel I’m better now and those stories should reflect that. Inkitt feel newer than tablo and shepromisedmelovemaybe some things haven’t yet fully developed, but it’s interesting to watch, maybe make some suggestions. And again, it looks pretty.

Maybe you have come across sites you’d like to share with me? I’m always looking for new platforms to spread my words from. Please, tell me in the comments. Also, tell me about your NaNo-experience. Did you win? Did you fail like me?

Remember, that failing at NaNo means you’ve tried what many people are too scared to even try. Writing is hard, but I’m sure you’ll try again. And you will succeed when you’re ready for it. Don’t be discouraged.

NaNoWriMo Update [2015.3]

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Well, here we are again. I have to confess that I haven’t been writing at all these last few days. I guess, I’m not as stalwart in ignoring distractions as I thought myself to be. There was some intent friends and family time involved, but also some ‘I’m a lazy chicken, not crossing the road’-time. Crossing the road, of course, being a metaphor for not writing (also: I’m not actually a chicken).

What have I done? I’m at 30,000+ words, which is twice as much as I’ve written for WriMo last year. And I’m still  determined to win it. I hope,  you’re getting along with your writing. Leave me a comment, let me know where you’re at.

I think I’ve mentioned to you that I’m writing a Zombie-story. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s pretty insane. Thinking about what kind of things might happen during a Zombie Apocalypse, the kind of character traits people show, the courage, the skill, a fight or fly attitude. People will still be differnt, and some might choose to fight, others might choose to hide.

I’ve really come to love writing the supernatural. If I’ve known it would be this much fun, I’d done it way before now. It’s a lot about choosing which myths and legends you put in, and which you’ll ignore. How does your Zombie look like? When does your werewolf change? Are a cross and holy water your vampire repellents, or is this just mysticism?

And then there are your humans who have to react to the news that these kind of creatures exist. They’re certainly made of tougher material than your run-of-the-mill protagonist. But not too tough, not beyond harm, or fault. Never that.

I enjoy myself a lot writing these days (not the last few, because I’ve done none, but before that and hopefully again later today). It’s not that late today. Maybe I’ll do some NaNoSprints to warm up. One more week of NaNo and just under 20k words to write. Wish me luck.

NaNoWriMo Update [2015.2]

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I guess a title change was in order, just so I don’t get too confused or confusing by using the same title too often (I might be planning to participate in NaNo years to come). That’s not the only change I made if you’ve seen my Home-page. Yes, it’s English only now, but I will add another page for my German Neuigkeiten.

That, however, has nothing to do with NaNo, I’m just a little more productive these days. But NaNo…it’s still going well, though I had two days of procrastination so far. It had a little to do with finishing Halfway Home. I don’t know what you do when you just finished a novel, but I usually take a couple of days to regroup, decide on a new project, let it all sink in.

This being NaNo, that wasn’t really possible. I had a hard time deciding what to do next. And, yes, I know I made that perfectly good list for the projects I wanted to write, but I’m kinda bad at following simple lists. I needed a new project.

So, because I had such a good time writing about werewolves (you can read Courage here and here now), I wanted to go back to the supernatural. And now I’m doing a zombie story. It’s for a submission call, so there are some directions to follow, but I have a good feeling about Gale: The Zombie Diaries. And, of course, I had to make a cover to go with it (you may have noticed the header looking a little different, I put up some covers of stories written, to be written, maybe never to be written who knows).

Yesterday was half-time NaNo and I reached my 25k words through sprints and some actual continual writing. The great thing about the NaNo sprints (you’re not familiar? it’s a twitter feed with great prompts and timed sprints @NaNoWordSprints) is that they go well with the diary style I’m writing. The prompts are so random and I get to write some additional diary entries using totally unrelated themes. It’s great.

So, NaNo is still a go at my house. How are you doing? Leave me a comment to let me know. Also: you’re awesome. Your writing is worth the effort. Go, writer, go!!!