NaNoWriMo2016: winner!

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I took part in my second NaNoWriMo this November, hoping to get a big chunk of Sand and Bones drafted and I made it to 50,464 words! That makes me a winner. See above.  <grin>

I did NaNoWriMo in 2014 to draft The Archimedean Heart and it went really smoothly. This time, it was an absolute slog. The NaNoWriMo web site tracks your daily progress on a chart and  mine was pretty telling. A week of hitting the daily word count goal then plateauing out for a couple of weeks. This meant that I had a lot of catching up to do. The last week was intense. I wrote 4,000+ words on a couple of days and boy did I feel it. My neck and shoulders are still sore!

I still have to write another 20-30K words which means I’m aiming for a busy December.

Thirty Days Later for 99 cents?

The most recent anthology I edited, Thirty Days Later, is on sale for 99 cents right now! The publisher, Thinking Ink Press, is running the sale through September 6th.

If you’ve been holding off on getting Thirty Days Later, now’s your chance. The anthology has thirty stories featuring among other things a Sasquatch governors, cursed netsuke, and a mechanical heart.

The authors are all based in California and Washington, including alt-history great Harry Turtledove.

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Diversity in fiction is crucial in creating a society where everyone is seen, heard, and respected. How does an author know how to write about people different from oneself?

Empathy. It really boils down to empathy.

Brandon Taylor wrote a beautiful essay about this.

My favorite quote:

There can be no story without empathy. Our stories begin because we are able to enter the lives of other people.

Thank you, Mr. Taylor.

Winner CampNaNoWriMo 2016!

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I made my word count goal!

I didn’t aim really high for July but I did it: 9,000 words.

That included my mostly finished drafts of my stories for Some Time Later, the new Treehouse Writers/Thinking Ink Press anthology and a whole bunch of character sketches for my next novel Sand and Bones.

Speaking of which, I am well underway with plotting and planning Sand and Bones. I’ll get it written between now and the end of November (NaNoWriMo once again!). Hopefully it will be edited, revised, and published by next May.


Is it time for Camp NaNoWriMo already?!

Here I am on the eve of Camp NaNoWriMo and I am NOT ready for it. I’ve spent all of June researching book #2, Sand and Bones, but haven’t done a lot of actual plotting. I’ve learned a lot about the Bahamas in the early 20th century and a bit about Western Esotericism. I’ve done some highly questionable Google searches (global distribution of the Psilocybe mushroom for instance) and developed some fun, (mostly) biologically & historically correct tidbits. I’ve even got some character sketches and a meta-plot. But the scene by scene plan? Nope.

So I scaled back on my word count plan for July. I’m just not a pantser. I can’t convince myself that leaping into the abyss of novel creation will actually WORK for me. I am committed to finishing the prequel stories (for entry into the next Treehouse endeavor, Some Time Later: Exploring Alternate Empires) during Camp NaNo and I will get started on the novel but I’m not going to commit to a huge word count.

Oh and if any of my author friends would like to be in my Camp cabin, shoot me an email.

A successful book launch

Just back from a weekend of selling books (YES! I sold all my physical copies of The Archimedean Heart!), chatting with artists, authors, and musicians, listening to amazing live music (and dancing my feet off) and generally having the Best Time Ever at Clockwork Alchemy (the best Steampunk convention out there) so I’m exhausted!

Book launched. Time to start the next one. 🙂