Or, The End Is Finally In Sight!
This year I’m writing the final novel in my Dark Caster series for National Novel Writing Month, and so far it’s going great. Maybe it’s that I’ve already written two other novels this year (Panacea and Spell of Vanishing) so I’m in the groove, but this year has been the easiest so far. I’m over 40K words and I haven’t even written the climax or resolution yet. I know I’m going to be able to finish the contest with no problems (barring emergencies–knock on wood).
I’m thrilled to get this final book finished and edited so I can share it with those of you who have been reading my Dark Caster series from the very beginning.
Or, My 1st 2 Weeks Of NaNo 2014
Current word count => 18,265.
I love November more than any other month. It’s the one month I get to wildly obsess about writing and be cheered for it. (I love my job!)
If you’ve ever thought of writing a novel, I encourage you to sketch out an idea next year and then take the NaNoWriMo challenge in 2015. You won’t regret it. Because even if you don’t meet the 50,000 words in 30 days goal, you will write much more than you would in a normal month.
Last year I wrote the final book in the Red Plague trilogy–Panacea.
This year I’m writing the final book in the Dark Caster series. (Title to be determined.) The cover below is from the first book in the series.
I work during the day and then am a mom and wife in the evenings. On top of that I write. What I learned right away is that I can’t procrastinate this month. Sometimes I wait to write until the time just “appears.” But that isn’t working right now. Not when I need a solid hour to complete 2000 words (my daily goal). With work, school, theater practice, violin lessons, dinner, etc., etc. I can’t squeeze in the time and go to sleep at a reasonable hour. So, I’m going to have to force myself to get up an hour early starting tomorrow morning, even though I’m not a morning person at all. But if I don’t get my word count in before I go to work I spend the entire day worrying about how to finish everything.
So, think of me bleary-eyed and pounding away on the keyboard tomorrow morning, slurping coffee by the quart as I try to do justice to Derek and Jessa’s story.
Thank goodness there’s December and National Editing Your Manuscript Month (If it doesn’t officially exist, it should!).
Or, Are You Prepared To Write?
My favorite time of the year is upon us. November is National Novel Writing Month, and if you’ve ever had an inkling to write a book, this is your chance. You’ll benefit from tons of support from the online site as well as participants in your community.
If you’re participating, please let me know. We’ll keep each other sane during the next thirty days or so. 🙂
Or, Your Last Day To Enter To Win!
This month I am giving away five copies of my zombie romance trilogy through GoodReads. Bonus–each paperback will be signed by me!
Link to GoodReads.
Back Cover Blurb:
The red plague has devastated the human race, turning billions of people into zombies with red eyes and an insatiable hunger for human flesh.
The 212R virus sweeps through the population so quickly a possible cure is left to rot. Seventeen-year-old Maya Solomon may be the only survivor who knows where it is. But to reach the lab in Raleigh, North Carolina she will have to outrun the infected boy tracking her every step and cross into a city swarming with monsters.
Or, Which Zombies Influenced The Red Plague Trilogy
The stories of risen dead originated in the voodoo religion, but they definitely got more fun when Hollywood took over. From the first zombie monster in 1932’s White Zombie to the decomposing walkers on The Walking Dead, zombies have always been my favorite movie monsters.
#4: Kyle from American Horror Story: Coven (2013-2014)
Kyle and Zoe had an instant attraction, but when he was killed the same night they met, what was a witch to do except piece him back together and raise him from the dead? He had a bumpy readjustment period, but with time Kyle learned to be (mostly) human again.
#3: Sophia from The Walking Dead (Current)
Technically, all my favorite characters on the show are zombies since they have the zombie virus inside them. But of all the turned walkers poor Sophia broke my heart the worst. I really wanted her to be okay and when she re-appeared I cried for her, Carol, and all of them.
#2: Freddie from Return of the Living Dead (1985)
This movie gave me nightmares, and it will always be my favorite horror film. The wiggling dog corpse. The tar monster in the basement. The cemetery literally coming to life. Not only is this movie crazy scary, but I was emotionally invested in Freddie being the good guy who would get a happy ending. Nope. Zombie.
#1: R from Warm Bodies (2013)
These characters, and countless others, inspired me to write my own zombie YA adventure, Elixir.
Or, Things That Inspired Elixir, Maya & Ben
I live in North Carolina and everything around me inspired locations and characters in the Red Plague Trilogy, but here are some things that made me stop and imagine the series in a new way.
Or, An Interview With A Fictional Character
Want to know more about the heroine of the Red Plague Trilogy? I put together a faux interview between Maya and her school newspaper. Enjoy!
Interviewer: This month’s Palmetto High School’s student spotlight is on Maya Solomon, 17, recent 1st place winner in the thousand meters sprint at the state track finals. Here are your five questions.
Q1: What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Maya: I have a twin brother named Mason. But nobody at Palmetto has ever met him. He doesn’t live with us anymore.
Q2: Who is your favorite teacher?
Maya: Mr. Reynolds the music teacher. He taught me a lot about songwriting and composing.
Q3: What is one thing you can’t live without?
Maya: My iPad. It has all my recordings on it, my favorite music, and pictures and videos of my family. I would be really upset if I lost it.
Q4: Who is the one person you can’t live without?
Maya: My dad. He’s a single parent now. Without him I’d be an orphan.
Q5: What are your plans for after high school?
Maya: I’m going to Meredith College where my mom used to teach (before she passed away) to study music and creative writing.