NaNoWriMo Update [2015.2]

gale-zombiediaries

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!!!

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Free short story [2]

Halloween’s over, I know. But it took me a little longer to write this short story for my favorite holiday. Now, it’s finished and I want you all – if willing – to read it. For free!

What’s it about?

Dean Sutter is a hunter on the way to the small town Courage. A school bus full of couragehigh school students is on its way to Courage as well. Therein lies the problem for Dean, because Courage is a werewolf town.

While Dean is set on rescuing the teens from the wild beasts that come out at full moon, things are not quite as they seem. Confused, Dean turns toward the very creatures they’ve been fighting for seven years.

You might be confused by the ‘they’ve’ in that last sentence, at least at first sight. Yes, Dean is transgender and their preferred pronoun is the singular they. I guess it’s a little different from what you might have read so far, or maybe it’s just different from what you’ve read by me so far. It was a first for me, but Dean made their gender and pronoun quite clear to me early on. I couldn’t have written it any other way.

This said, I hope you’ll enjoy my little Halloween story. I put it up on wattpad and tablo.

Happy (belated) Halloween!