Genuinely Lost Writing for the First Time

Nano’s been going great so far and the story is coming along well, too. It did try to rebel when I got too excited about the ending of a scene to focus on its beginning. But it’s all good now and we’re back on track. Up to a little over 8k now. First three chapters are up on Wattpad.

Out of fear for further bluescreens, I’ve been writing in Shaxpir and, until today, I loved it. The program structure fits my style well and feels very smooth. Yesterday, I forgot to export the document after I finished and today it won’t sync. That’s a whole chapter down the drain. Considering the state of my laptop, I don’t blame Shaxpir. Should I end up switching machines, after all, I’ll install it again. Until then, there are two chapter twos in the last document I exported. For NaNo purposes only. I wrote those words and I’m counting them, even if I have to rewrite them now.  I even remember most of what I wrote…

Ready For Camp NaNo

If I had any doubt about letting Mist and its universe go, the past two or so days got rid of those. After finishing Lost and Found, I spent a while building a skeleton for Camp NaNo and I haven’t been so excited to write something probably since the first version of What Lies Within.

Granted, not wanting to work too far ahead before the first, I’m only about 4k words in but, considering I was barely eeking out 200 words a day before that…

I didn’t dare set my Camp goal any higher than 15k because at the rate I was going even that would have been a stretch. I’ll leave it there for now. It’s not like  I have to stop writing the moment I hit that goal.

In case anyone cares to follow my progress, I’ll be posting chapters of Of Heroes and Magic Mishaps as I finish them here.

In other news Lost and Found is now available on Amazon. Other vendors are still updating their listings.

Add headingAs long as you don’t get lost, exploring caves is fun. Unfortunately, wannabe adventurer Sidr does get lost and ends up in a cavern deep underground. There he runs into a colony of weird creatures that don’t appreciate his presence. To make matters worse, the creatures’ battle cry brings down part of the ceiling, leaving Sidr with only one direction to go.
Can he find his way back to the surface before his lack of supplies catches up with him? And why is the ground shaking?
Find out in Lost and Found.

This is Why 10k Days are Bad for Me

Yes, I finished NaNoWriMo on day twelve but, it left me beyond drained. I spent almost a week puttering around at 100 to 200 words a day and am now slowly working my way back up. All in all, I’d probably be farther along with my project had I not pushed myself.

It’s not as bad as the 2014 hole, I guess. Back then, it took me almost six months to recover from my NaNo push.

It does set my schedule for the rest of the year, though. I’d thought of maybe squeezing Ash Manor IV and/or the rewrite of  No Such Thing into December but, I want to finish Mist before I even think of working on anything else. So, for now, my calendar is wiped off everything else.

Maybe next year, I’ll have learned my lesson…

Take That 50k

After two exhausting ~10k days, I hit 50k yesterday. I’m, of course, far from done with this rewrite but I’m taking today off and then I’ll continue at a far more comfortable pace for the rest of the month. Gonna have to see now which of the original scenes are salvageable enough to keep and copy them in.

Oddly enough, this is the first time I didn’t get hit by the 2nd week slump.

NaNoWriMo Day Four

Got almost 3k today. Broke my usual pattern though and skipped ahead to the final scenes. I just know that it’ll be completely useless when I get to that point, but today was one of those just-can’t-get-into-it days. Useless words are still better than no words.

The original version of this story featured a scene with two characters going completely off course to find some cinnamon. Wrote it with struck-out text, too because I never meant to keep it. Later on, it became the short story Cinnamon in John & Other Stories and it shattered that writer’s block.

NaNoWriMo Day Two

Got a far saner ~2k today. but the scenes leading up to the inciting incident ran a lot longer than I expected, so I’ve still got that ro look forwar to tomorrow.

On another note, I started Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker. I’d downloaded the provided draft version some time ago, but when I started reading, I felt as if I’d pirated it. So, I used the remainder of the coupon I had for the ebook. Either I’m weird or I’ve got too much money.