I honestly wasn’t sure I could pull it off this month. Once I decided to set White as Snow aside and start over with something fresh, I had a hard time imagining myself pulling out 50,000 words in just about two weeks, but I did it!
I logged my novel this morning and my final word count for NaNoWriMo 2013 was 50,039. My novel is not finished yet, but I will continue working on it in conjunction with edits for Edgelanders, which I hope to have ready for publication by February (fingers crossed.)
I hope all my friends here who participated in NaNo this year are happy with where they ended, no matter what their word count. Taking the initiative to even do this wild and crazy novel in a month challenge is something to be proud of, and I hope you keep on writing once November is over.
I think it’s been taking me so long to post these chapters because I already know I am not happy with them. They will probably be chopped and diced and extensively re-written next month when I start edits, so a part of me feels like sharing them will just give you something that is going to be changed. I keep debating with myself over whether or not to keep posting them.
Anyway… Chapter Sixty-One after the jump Continue reading
Perched at the edge of the rooftop, Ginna felt bits of loose, broken stone crumbling from the ledge beneath her gloved fingertips. The city slept below; even the guards drowsed lazily at their posts, heads tilted against the walls, eyes closed as if they were simply taking a moment to listen to the world sleeping all around them.
A flutter of movement caught her eye on the left, a shadow within the shadows lurking in the alleyway behind Viceroy Albanus’s villa and she honed in on it, squinting and slightly cocking her head. Whatever it was, it was small, moving skillfully from shadow to shadow to remain unseen, and a flutter of panic moved through her.
Was it part of the test? Had her master brought in an outside street rat to do the same task he’d set upon her in order to see how far she was willing to go in order achieve success on her first major, solo job? Continue reading
I haven’t been as active with NaNoWriMo updates this year, and one of the reasons is because I haven’t been sharing my story as I write it this year the way I did last year. It’s probably best that I didn’t start sharing it because I wound up putting it on the back-burner anyway.
I am, however, considering sharing the intro for Invoking Shadow, which I mentioned the other day if you saw the post. I am really loving this story as it comes it, and I am excited to share it with you guys since most of you know Ginna in her first incarnation.
Is this something you guys might be interested in a peek at? I know it’s not fanfiction, but if you’re interested in reading it I’ll gladly throw up the intro. Just say the word.
I posted about this on my other site on Sunday, but I thought I’d post about it here as well, since I hope there are a few of you who might be a little bit excited about what I’m doing.
White as Snow was not working. I know exactly why, and at this point, despite putting almost 40,000 words to the page this month, I cannot fix it so it moves forward. This is the third time I’ve tried writing this novel, and the third time it just did not go the way I imagined it should go.
Frustrating? Totally! Because I was nearly done with NaNoWriMo. Continue reading
Lorelei came awake slowly, eyes blinking against the eerie illumination of bold orange lighting the interior of the tent. That light prodded at her eyelids and made her long to roll back over and sleep for a thousand years. How could it be morning already?
That was the problem with sleeping on the cold, hard ground in a tent in the middle of nowhere, though one might think all the time spent on the road and she’d have gotten used to it by now, but every time she tossed and turned in her bedroll, she felt like some spoiled princess in a fairy story that refused to sleep atop a pile of mattresses with a single pea lodged between the bottom two. Continue reading