Category Archives: Writing

Free Things Are Kind of Exciting

img_3861If you’ve been reading the pieces of Absence of Intellect that I’ve been posting on Wednesdays, I hope you’re enjoying the story! I’ve had an idea about it and I’m hoping you’ll enjoy that as well.

Once Absence is completed, I’m going to re-edit it and put it up on Amazon and in KU. It’ll be e-book only and permafree, so if you missed a chapter or just want to read the whole thing from the beginning, you’ll be able to own it and read it at your leisure. It’s going to be novella length, probably around 30-32K, and hopefully it’ll spark interest in my other books.

So far I’ve written 15 chapters and have 3 more to write, so it’ll be a couple of months before any of this happens but I’ll put all the news here so you’ll be the first to know when it does. I’ll likely release it around Christmas with no preorder, so no pesky waiting!

I hope you’ll keep reading the chapters of Absence as they’re posted, and give me your feedback on them. I’m looking forward to doing this and possibly started a new story after this one is concluded. I’ve got a bit of an idea sort of rolling around in my head that seems like it could be a good novella.

There’s always the possibility that I’ll get impatient and start updating twice a week or something like that, but we’ll see where this goes. Writing is a wild ride and sometimes all you can do is hold on and hope the brakes work.

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Camp NaNoWriMo, Week 4

It’s the final countdown (80’s synth sounds go here)!

I crushed it last weekend with a 5K day and a 3K day to put me over the top and into winner land. Unfortunately, since then I’ve kind of let the story languish. I really need to finish it, though. I have a book to edit, an entirely different book to write before November (!!!) and I really need to re-edit my Spring 2019 book.

I had a great weekend last weekend and while I won’t hit 40K, I still did the thing. I’ll write a debriefing on August 1st and hopefully have some fun news this week!

Camp NaNoWriMo Victory 2018

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Yesterday around 5:30 PM, I officially won the Camp NaNoWriMo July 2018 session. Cue the confetti and party hats, because I earned another year’s worth of winner’s flair. After my epic failure in April, I’m quite glad that this turned out well.

Even though I’ve officially won, I plan to keep going until my story is finished and updating my word count along the way until the end of the month. There’s no way I’ll make it to 50K in 8 days and I probably couldn’t stretch the story that far anyway – it’s looking more like a novella – but I might be able to get it to 40K with a little coaxing.

I’ll update with my now-customary Friday post at the end of the week, then a sort of debriefing on August 1st. Then, I’ll be in NaNo hibernation until November 1st at 12:00 AM. I can’t wait for the next big thing…NaNo Prep Season! Woo!

Camp NaNoWriMo, Week 3

Once upon a time I had an idea for a project. It didn’t pan out. Then I started writing a novella-thing, and it’s taken on a life of its own. That’s the way a NaNo month goes, and certainly the way mine has gone. Big surprise, my work never quite wants to go as planned. It’s obnoxious that way.

This week has been epic. I’m not only caught up, I’m way ahead of schedule. There have been a couple of days where I haven’t gotten much written, but I have made up for it on other days. And! I had a 5K day! 5034 Sunday, which was nothing short of a miracle. I’m hoping to get another 5K day this weekend, and I only have 9K left before I make my goal! I’m so excited!

My story won’t be complete at 30K, it seems. I’m obviously going to keep writing until the end of the month even after I win and see exactly how much I can do before I have to slide under the pile of edits again and work on a different project, and work on major plotting for yet another project. It’s too much for one woman to deal with at one time when I’m also running, working, and trying to watch every bad horror movie known to man. Netflix has a lot of them. I’m going to have to really work at it.

Camp NaNoWrimo, Week Two

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This week was so much better. Now that I’ve started writing Absence instead of forcing myself to edit, I’m flying through the words. Last night I hit 10K words and I’m planning on spending the weekend getting back on track. It’s such a relief, especially after not completing the April session of Camp, and I’m really enjoying writing it.

My very first NaNoWriMo was that was from the start. I loved the characters, partially because one of them was a character from my journal, and even though the story was terrible I had fun and showed myself that I could really write a whole novel in a month. I have every confidence that I’ll be able to finish in November. In fact, I’m looking forward to it.

I also started putting Absence on Wattpad and, unsurprisingly, it hasn’t gotten many reads. I don’t think I was really expecting anything else, as the majority of people who hang out on Wattpad are teens, but it’s there.

Now, back to Emily and Hunter!

Camp NaNoWrimo, Week One

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This week was an abject failure. I’m not ashamed to say it, we’ve all lived the struggle. Nothing seemed right this week and it was all just kind of off because of the holiday, craziness at work. Historically, when I get stressed I start writing fanfiction as a way to de-stress. Since my current two fandoms are Gotham and The Flash, nothing felt right again. I tried a writing prompt, big ol’ goose egg.

Then, inspiration struck.

As I posted yesterday, I started writing something that has so far flowed from my fingertips beautifully. I went to the Camp site, changed my project to a novella with a goal of 30K, and started The Absence of Intellect.

Currently, I’ve only got about 2000 words but I think I can get this finished by the end of the month! And as an added bonus, you’ll end up reading a complete novella for free. Everybody wins!

I also slapped together a little banner for Absence so the posts don’t look so plain. Please don’t make fun of it, I made it in about an hour and I am definitely not a graphic designer.

Onward!

Something New – The Absence of Intellect

Every now and again I need something to take my mind off a novel. As I’m sure any writer will tell you, the blank page can be terrifying. So can the prospect of editing, and if I was going to get anything done at all, I decided I needed to take a tiny break.

Enter The Absence of Intellect.

A while back I was doing the Yeah Write challenges, and while they weren’t chronological, there was a cohesive story to them. I’m going to do something similar here, only with an actual structure. I don’t know that I’ll ever make it into a book, but it’ll be something I can do to relax and hopefully you’ll like it as well.

I plan on releasing a new chapter/bit every Thursday, starting next week. It’s going to be a love story, of course, and SFW (though probably not a sweet romance). I’ll collect the chapters on a separate page as I post them so you can read the whole thing at once, if you like, and I may post it on Wattpad too.

That’s all the news I have for you today!