Nanowrimo’s Antique Magic

I couldn’t fit this in earlier because we’ve been busy, busy here, but I’ve successfully passed the 50k word mark in the rough draft of the forthcoming Antique Magic novel, Mourning Dove Locket. Winner-2014-Facebook-Profile *happy snoopy dance* What’s this “win” mean? Nothing, in the scheme of things, it just means I finished yet another …this year. In fact what it really means is I’ve written over 100,000 words since August! Yes, this August. Which actually means probably closer to 150k (or more) counting Changeling’s Crown and a few things you haven’t seen yet, for the entire year. No, I’m not kidding in the slightest. The other thing about MDL? The thing that is now the book was written not in 4 weeks, but three. I almost didn’t make the official count because there were a few days there when my hands/shoulder hurt so bad I couldn’t do much typing at all. This, my children, is the bane of modern writing. (Did you know even Tolkien was incapacitated this way, at times while writing Lord of the Rings?) In fact, there are still scenes in my notebook from those few days that haven’t made it into the manuscript file.

Yes, that’s right. That makes MDL even longer than its official count of 52k. God knows how long it will be when it’s finally finished. I don’t recommend this typing pace at all, mind you for a lot of reasons, many of which my friend Jo laid out here. With or without this prompt, I’m a born writer; once I was bitten by the bug, I have very rarely ever stopped. But yeah, I get scattered and sometimes I have to force myself to sit down and finish something rather than work on this shiny new thing here. A long, long time ago, I ran across a Behind the Music about I think it was GooGoo Dolls and the singer said that he had the same trouble with writing his songs. He called it working writer’s block.

Once I realized that, I went back to Isaac Asimov’s example and decided not to worry about it when I switched projects. It actually helps my plotting to beg off one story to work on another for a while. (Which, to my beta readers and editors, this is why I have a steady stream of manuscripts to send your way). So what does that all mean? It means, sleep means just an annoying break in my writing. So does eating, playing, social media, knitting, and blogging. ;) I’m a writer, I write, therefore I am. I’m not going to stress myself out about getting down a full manuscript tip to toe in one sitting. It doesn’t matter when a book is finished, just so long as it is. As for MDL, the first draft is not quite finished. maybe another few weeks of sitting down and typing might be needed.  Right now I’m taking a little break on it to revise and get another ready to go to my editors and beta readers. After that, the edits, revisions, and so forth on MDL will commence, but the book that consumed me and frustrated me this year is almost finito! What are Caitlin and co. getting up to this time? Oh, plenty more mysterious mischief! Stay tuned for more on its emergence from the nest…probably sometime in the coming year, if all goes well (*knocks on wood*).

For those of you that tried, but didn’t hit 50k, that’s fine too. You have more in your manuscript than you did before–and that too, is an accomplishment. Don’t walk away from it now. Keep writing until you hit the end and happy holidays.

Happy Winter Solstice and New #shortstory release

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Announcing, my new fantasy-esque short story, “The Gift of the Stag Maiden,”  has been released in the latest edition of Eternal Haunted Summer. “The Gift of the Stag Maiden” is the story of ancient tribal warrior chosen for a great honor…Will the goddess honor him? You’ll have to read to find out! If you’d like to take a peek at this free read you can see it here.

Also, my dear friend Jolene Dawe has a new story in this issue as well. Be on the look out for “A Song for A Goose”. I, myself, can’t wait to read this one! :)

And the full edition of this month’s zine contains many other fine tales and poems. The full issue is here. Enjoy and to all who celebrate…I wish you a merry Solstice!

 

A quick Nanowrimo update

Hey, so I intended to do this this year, but waffled a bit. I just finished a 55,000 word novel in a little over the last month (no, I’m not kidding and more on that within the next few months, as ever, depending on editing and rewrites), add to that the entire manuscript and rewrites that led to the release of Changeling’s Crown in June, plus short stories you may or may not have seen yet, and I’ve pretty much exceeded the 100,000 word mark by November 1st. So I wasn’t sure I was up for another 50k so soon. Between that and a family crisis, I don’t know how much more energy I have for writing hard between now and the end of the year (again, why did they pick a holiday-laden month for this festa? Oh well…). Caitlin, though, has had her say and I’ve been working hard-ish on the fourth installment of the series, (tentatively, [for the last three months so probably writ in stone] entitled Mourning Dove Locket.) I’m still working out where MDL falls in Caitlin’s year, but I know it falls after DRAWING DOWN THE SHADES, (of course) and the plot and where we’re going so it shouldn’t be too hard, except that I’ve got all this other going on. :( I don’t know if I’ll finish it by the end of November, but  at least I’ll have something more done on it than the whole last year.

Is 50,000 words in a month a good idea? Well, if you can’t do it any other way, maybe so. I have done it three times:  the first time topped out at 90,000 words of a mess that, five years later, I still can’t fix. The second time, it went pretty well, though 50k did not serve to finish the book and it still remains unfinished and unpublished. The third time, (this last time) I once again did it on my own and since I have not had time to revise and edit it, we shall see. But I will say I feel much better about it than I did the results of the first two attempts. Time will tell. My hope for MDL is just that I get enough of a manuscript finished that I feel like we’re finally getting somewhere with it. So, Antique Magic fans, stay tuned, the next installment is a-coming. :) And to those in Nano, this year, good luck and keep writing!

A brand new tour

I’m going on tour again…yes, another webtour. This one courtesy of Fire and Ice Book Tours, I’ll be visiting a whole new set of sites. We’re also featuring another giveaway so do follow along by checking out the following schedule.

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Master (past) Schedule.

And there’s a giveaway. One winner will win any title (ebook only) from my backlist. Enter through the Rafflecopter.

Do stop by! It should be fun. :) My thanks to Shelly–and Cherry Mischievous!–for setting this up for me.

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Past stops:
8/12 Fantastic Indie Author’s (Interview)
Stop 2 The Book Recluse (Review)

8/13 Literary Chanteuse
Stop 2 Teen Romance Books List
Stop 3 Memories in a Box

8/14 Peace Love and Writing

Stop 2 Coffee, Books, and Art (Guest Post)

8/15 Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

8/16 Underneath the Covers

8/18 Fiction Zeal (Guest Post)

8/19 Cryptic Reads (Review)

Stop 2 Book Skater

More books and about that vacation

As i said in a previous post or two I went on vacation last week, so didn’t get a whole lot of books like usual. I went to visit family and also got to tour the Lookout Mountain and Chickamauga battlefields in Tennessee. (Y’all saw the “ghost” right? It was the only one I *might* have seen. If there were more there, they were being gentlemen. (See why Caitlin loves her soldier ghost in the Antique Magic series, folks?) Anyway, the battlefield tour was so totally cool! :) I’ve been geeking out over the history of the two since then and reading whatever I can on it (slowpoke though I am about reading). Oh my gosh! It was so neat. Fear of heights, mainly forgotten. For a little while anyway. :) (Yes, I am a geek)

So these are what I got my hands on and am starting to poke through.

shermaninvadesjscalesSherman Invades Georgia by John R. Scales (who, yes, I went to the battlefield with so it is signed to me by the author! :)See that line above about geeking out at Lookout Mountain ;)).

Synopsis:

A longtime Special Forces officer with a Ph.D. in systems engineering presents a new perspective on one of the legendary campaigns of the Civil War, General William T. Sherman’s invasion of Georgia. Unlike most Civil War books that either treat individual battles and campaigns in a historical sense and give short shrift to planning, or study campaign planning with snippets from various campaigns to document specific features, General John Scales’s book takes advantage of modern planning techniques to fully examine what went into the Georgia campaign. He has limited the information in his book to that possessed by General Sherman at the time, as documented in his correspondence during the campaign and not in his after-the-fact reports and autobiography. Laid out in chapters that follow the format of an “estimate of the situation,” this book doesn’t simply recount the facts or attempt to provide a definitive history – other books do that – rather it offers a narrative of the campaign that illustrates a logical decision-making process as formulated in modern times. Published in cooperation with the Associations of the United States Army, the book serves two audiences: military professionals can use it for training purposes and Civil War buffs and interested laymen can gain a sense of the uncertainty that real commanders face by not having all the records of both sides at hand.

I also got: Union Soldier of the American Civil War (a Visual Reference) by Denis Hambucken and Chris Benedetto. (Yes, I bought a book about the North on the Southern battlefield’s store. Why, yes. I was blushing and ducking! But it’s for research,I swear!)

(Yes, I do kinda wish I’d gotten the companion Confederate Soldier of the American Civil War too). Are they suggesting story ideas? You bet. I’ve already got a WIP cooking. (*shh* If the muse hears me talking she’ll throw a  hissy fit). We’ll see what happens.

Faeries on parade! Otherwise known as a book tour.

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I hope you all had a good weekend. I did. :) I tried to do some reading but in the end, I ended up vegging out on the couch, watching Gandhi (it’s a good movie! :)). Hope I’ve stored up enough energy because…starting today, Changeling’s Crown is going on tour. That’s right. I have a Bewitching Book Tour scheduled. The stops for this tour are as follows (and I will update the list with direct links as they come in):

 

Today I am at:

The link for the Rafflecopter giveaway is here.

August 4 Interview and review
Ebook Escapes

 

August 4 Spotlight & review
Musings of the Book-a-holic Fairies, inc.

August 4 Spotlight

Share My Destiny

 

I hope to see you there! :)
Past events in the tour: