The Great NaNoWriMenace


I am excited and proud to be taking part in NaNoWriMo again this year!

I’ve been doing NaNo since 2002 (!!!) when I was living in Colorado and doing my externship for my vet tech degree. I stumbled upon it while probably whining about something on Livejournal and thought it sounded kinda fun and terrifying at the same time.

My memories of that first NaNoWriMo are a little hazy but I still remember parts of it with amazing clarity. Writing on my lunch break, taking the weird little mini word processor I had everywhere so I could write a little whenever I was sitting still, calling for my husband to bring me another Coke so I didn’t have to get up and get one myself. It was cold already in Colorado and even though it’s not particularly cold now I’m still under a blanket because it feels right.

every year I feel a little more comfortable but I still have that same feeling of panic when I look at my word count and I’m not where I want to be. That first NaNo I completely pantsed it but now I usually work off some sort of an outline.

This year I’m working off an old outline and writing the second part of the Escape trilogy. A Couple of years ago I wrote the first part of Escape for NaNo and though a lot of stuff has been changed and rewritten, I have discovered the zest for it again that I had lost. More about what changed that for me later.

Saturday morning I was way behind on my novel but thanks to determination and word sprints (which didn’t even exist when I first started doing NaNo) I’m back up to par. Hopefully today I’ll be able to get my word count up enough to support a day or two of sad numbers. Work is hard, y’all.

An Update At Last!

Okay, so now that I’ve got some deadline stuff out of the way and returned to this website in a spectacular way (posting a couple of stories?), I feel like it’s a good time to empty the litter box.

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Booktrope has closed its doors so Drowned History will not be published after all. Thankfully we hadn’t started work on it so I wasn’t trapped in a contract like some of the other people I know. This means I’m free to try and publish it elsewhere if I feel like dealing with crushing rejection, which I currently do not.

Why? I have a good job that I like for the first time in a long time. I like the people I work with, I love my clients, and I’ve actually started smarting off to the management a little lately with good results. It’s really more of a career, since I’ve been working as a credentialed tech for almost 14 years, and I don’t expect to give up anytime soon. And since I’m not looking for an eject button, I can take my time looking into publishing or save up the money to publish it myself. It’s rather freeing!

However, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to be writing! In fact, I plan to be writing a great deal. As a matter of fact, I’m back at work on the Escape trilogy. I’ve made some pretty major changes to the characters and some of the story, so I’m probably going to remove it from Wattpad and resubmit it with new chapters. I was struggling with it for a bit and the changes are making me love it as much as when I first came up with the idea.

I’m also going to be working on adapting a screenplay for a gentleman I met through Booktrope. He based the screenplay on a book that was written by a family member and wanted it adapted into a novel, which is where I came in. I’m going to be working on an outline and sending it to him, then writing as much of the first draft as possible during NaNoWriMo season, so I’ll hopefully have that out of the way by the end of the year.

And of course, I’m going to be posting my weekly short stories for the 52 Week Short Story Challenge. Once that’s finished for the year, I may compile them into some sort of collection and sell them for a buck or so. I’ve always enjoyed writing prompts. They remind me of college!