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Update on At Any Cost

img_4419I have some fun news regarding At Any Cost, the story that was planned to be a novella on the blog. In writing it for NaNoWriMo (or trying to, anyway), it looks like this is going to be a full-length novel!

So what does that mean? For starters, it’ll mean editing, formatting, and getting a spiffy cover that I didn’t slap together in Canva. There will also be an ultra-short preorder period where it will be $0.99 and I’ll be sure and let you know then.

Because y’all have stuck with me and put up with the fact that half the time I don’t talk about writing on here, I still plan on putting chapters up on the blog starting December 5th! There will be one chapter a week on Wednesdays right up until the book releases, but you’ll have to be sure and grab it at the sale price to read the ending. Like I said, fun! This is partially because the chapters are longer than the ones from Absence of Intellect, so by the time the book releases, you’ll have gotten to read a pretty good chunk of it and have an idea if you’re going to like it or not.

I hope you’ll enjoy the book and my weird little plan. This book has turned out to be a lot more interesting than I expected and my characters have a mind of their own, so I’m excited to have it out in the world as a full-length book.

Check back on December 5th for the first chapter!

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NaNoWriMo 2018: Week Three

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As hard as it is for me to admit, it looks like I’m not going to win NaNoWriMo this year. I wrote my last draft in record time – amusingly enough, I wrote 55,000 words in just under 30 days in October – and I guess I was a little burned out.

One of the many things I’ve learned is that being an indie genre writer is hard. More on that later, but I’m trying to not burn myself out entirely. After all, this is only my first year as an indie. The long and short of it is that I chose my mental health over NaNo, and while I am sad about not finishing, I will likely have about 20,000 words by the end of the month towards a brand new novel. More on that later too.

Hopefully I’ll have more than 20K at the end of the month, because I seem to be over my bump in the road and wrote quite a bit over the weekend. Just because I won’t finish doesn’t mean I won’t keep writing, and just having written something is more than some people have done! At least that’s what I tell myself when I see friends celebrating on Twitter. *uncomfortable laughter*

I’ve got kind of a cool announcement coming on Wednesday, so stay tuned!

NaNoWriMo 2018: Week Two

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This week has been a complete bust. I’m so far behind there’s surely no catching up and I’m about ready to just throw in the towel. I know that’s not in the spirit of NaNoWriMo but there’s been so much going on this month that I didn’t expect.

For one thing, the launch of A Christmas Reunion went far better than I had ever dreamed. I had to spend time dealing with that and reeling from the sudden spate of success that had visited me, but I was sure I would be able to catch up until I ended up getting a new job. Everyone can relate to things completely imploding when a new job is in the mix, but it was an amazing opportunity for me both personally and professionally and it will actually end up giving me more time to write!

There is an outside chance I could get at least halfway if I buckle down, but that means I should stop writing this post and start doing some word sprints. A lot of word sprints.

NaNoWriMo 2018: Week One

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I fully intended to write this post on Thursday so it could be posted on Friday, telling you all about how I’d triumphed over my deadlines and gotten so many words written. unfortunately, what actually happened was me being nervous about my race on Saturday and relieved about finishing my drafts and revisions that I sort of just passed out. Then on Saturday I went straight from work to Dallas for the races, and from there I didn’t get home until about 10, at which point I promptly crashed out and slept for about twelve hours. Hey, I ran 16 miles. But we’ll talk more about that later this week.

Yesterday I picked up my computer to try and get some words in, and discovered that I didn’t like how I began the story, how I had the main character acting, and the tone in general so I trashed it. Of course, then I started to panic because I was basically back to zero.

I remedied this by writing 4,000 words yesterday, which doesn’t put me near close enough to be caught up, but it’s a good start.

NaNoWriMo 2018: NaNostalgia

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It was cold, most likely because we lived closer to the mountains than Denver. I don’t remember if there was snow on the ground, but I do remember that we were tearing down the haunted house my clinic had put up to raise money for charity. I was tired because I’d stayed up for hours after the haunted house the night before doing the thing I loved the most. Writing.

That’s how my first NaNoWriMo started, at the stroke of midnight on November 1, 2002.

Memory is a weird thing for me. I’ll forget something I did five minutes ago but can remember the scent of the air in Louisville when I was walking through the Flatiron Crossing Christmas village to get to the theatre to watch the second Harry Potter movie again. I remember how much I loved school, I loved my clinic, I loved my husband. And at that time, I also loved NaNoWriMo.

The decision to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days was daunting, to say the least. The majority of what I’d written was fanfiction, and lots of it. My one attempt at a novel was fun but clumsy, but I’d grown since then and figured that even if it was terrible it would be something original.

Now, 16 years later, I have done NaNo plenty of times. I’ve won more often than not and I am confident I can write a novel in a month. I’ve published 3, about to be 4, books, I’ve had novellas in box sets, and I’ve had a book signing. I attribute this directly to NaNoWriMo, because without my very first novel I wouldn’t have known I could write one.

November 2018: let’s do this.

All Good Things

As of Wednesday, The Absence of Intellect is complete. I enjoyed writing it, and I also enjoyed sharing it here with you. I’ve re-edited it and will release October 30th for Kindle. It’ll be permafree, and I really hope you’ll download it so you can read it at your leisure all over again, or read the whole thing if you’ve missed any chapters.

So what’s next? Don’t you worry a bit, friends. Starting in December a new novella begins! At Any Cost is a little different in tone and features some morally grey main characters, but it’s still a love story in the end. I hope you’ll stay with me for the new story too!