It’s that time, folks–the month before Nanowrimo. This year it’s going to be very different for me–the first Nano where I wasn’t in college, dealing with college stuff. Sure, I’ll be home, dealing with WORK stuff, but somehow I feel like that’s different. As an added bonus, I don’t have much of a social life here, so at least that won’t get in the way of my writing goals!
It is October 1st, and since I’m feeling on top of things at the moment I thought I would do a post about my goals for the blog, my writing, and things in general.
First of all, I kept a pretty consistent posting schedule last month–go me! (And, if you’ll notice, I purposely made it look like a zig-zag pattern on the calendar. It’s the little things, you know.) I’m going to try to keep that up this month, and maybe do a little more. This blog is one of the only things that make me feel like I’m really working towards my goal of being a writer, so I’m desperate to keep it alive any way I can. Some days it’s all I can do to put words to screen and hit that blue ‘publish’ button, but I’ll keep doing it, even if it kills me! (Which, I mean, it shouldn’t. Who ever heard of a blog killing someone?)
((No, really, that’s not rhetorical. If you’ve heard of that, please, link me below. I’m curious.))
That aside, I am making myself, and the universe, a solemn vow: no matter HOW TERRIBLE IT IS, I am going to FINISH THIS DAMN DRAFT OF LOG. Even if what I write is the utter nonsense of a madman writing at 3AM and fueled by Red Bull, it is GOING to be done. That way I will have no guilt at all shelving it for a month while I work on my Nano novel, and when I pick it up again to edit in December, I can still say I wrote a book within a year. All will be right with the world. That is, for anyone keeping track, literally LESS THAN A CHAPTER’S WORTH OF WORDS in 31 days. If I can’t manage that, well… I get the Cone of Shame, I guess.
(I do not like the Cone of Shame.)
Finally, I thought that I might give you guys a few hints/teasers about my Nano novel! 8D And you know how much I hate doing hints, due to my tinfoil-hat level of paranoia, so this is pretty big stuff. And although you might assume that my project for Nano is the second LOG book… You would be wrong. Nope, that would make too much sense, so instead I’m going to do something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.
For now, you can have the letters–the new book is TAC, tentatively titled (as usual,) and I am very excited about it. I say ‘new,’ but in reality it’s like LOG was–an idea that’s been fermenting in my brain awhile, then suddenly went PING and became a viable plot–so it’s a new-old idea. When the idea came about I assumed it would be YA, but with the invention of the newest oddball genre, New Adult, I’ve realized THAT is TAC’s genre, so it is a NA story, meaning the characters are around 19-25 years old, dealing with those fun problems on top of everything else.
The main character of TAC, Teagan, joins us as a post-Freshman-year college student, troubled by a scandal at school and resentful of pretty much everything in her life. (I know, she sounds like a peach doesn’t she?) However, when she returns home to Smuggler’s Cove for the summer, she’s greeted by a sister she hasn’t seen for two years, who brings with her a whole new host of problems: a dark and grumpy stranger-type, mysterious powers, and new revelations about what really happened to their parents.
It is, I suppose, a Paranormal story… but also kind of that realistic paranormal? URBAN FANTASY. Wow, that took awhile to remember. ANYWAY, I’m eager to begin, but only once I finish LOG–fingers crossed!
More on Nanowrimo and my preparations for it will come later in the month. In the meantime, I hope that you’re all doing well, and I’ll see you next post!