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What's Up Wednesday

Oct 22, 2014
This is my first What's Up Wednesday post. What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk.


I've been reading The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, as well as The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. They're both magical realism, and I'm quite enamored with them. The Snow Child is a perfect read for this time of year. It makes me want to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate. I can't wait for winter's first snow. And The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is quite strange in the best way and beautifully written.


I'm still working on my MG novel. I'm nearly at the finish line, about 10,000 more words to go. I ended up lowering my word count goal. My original goal was 45,000 words, but I don't think I'll have enough scenes to make it. 40,000 is a good enough endpoint for MG. Yesterday, I managed to write the first draft of my query. The day before, I wrote a rough synopsis for my NaNo novel. I'm so excited about NaNo. I hope to have my WiP finished by the 31st.


A while ago I made a WiP playlist. It's helped get me into the right frame of mind for drafting. I love listening to it before I open Word.  I read a post on fast drafting the other day that was pretty inspiring. What she said made a lot of sense. The longer I take to write a project, the more burned-out I feel. Since I tend to want to edit before the draft is finished, this method is perfect for me. Read the post.


Besides preparing for NaNo and drafting, nothing much. I've been catching up one some of my favorite shows on Hulu, as well as watching Parks and Recreation back-to-back on Netflix. My life has been pretty uneventful this month.

Thanks for stopping by you guys!

NaNoWriMo 2014

Oct 20, 2014
It's been a while since my last post. I wish I had a decent excuse, but I've been around. Here and there and on Tumblr mostly. I'm sorry if anyone was wondering where this blog had gone. Today, I'm reviving this old blog with my official NaNo Post. I've yet to win NaNoWriMo, but I love coming up with new ideas. The excitement of it is too alluring for me to sit out. This year I'm writing a middle grade contemporary called THE WASTELANDS.

Here's the synopsis:

What if a lonely twelve-year-old girl became the ruler of her own kingdom?

Twelve-year-old Elliot Jones loves history and RPG. When her parents are at work she spends her time on the message boards or reading up about regency life. However, her parents are away a lot and she does get lonely. Tragedy strikes at home when her best friend, her grandmother, suddenly passes away. Now, Elliot feels like she has no one to talk to who isn’t in a history book or on the Web. The kids in her neighborhood think she’s too different to hang out with. They call her all sorts of names. So Elliot takes refuge in her favorite place in the world, the woods behind her house. In the woods, she pretends to be the ruler of a great kingdom called The Wastelands. There she is loved by all. One day, while exploring, she comes across an old abandoned tree house—her own castle. In an attempt to make friends, she shows it to her next door neighbor, who tells his neighbor, who tells his neighbor. There’s only one rule to playing in the tree house, in The Wastelands, Elliot calls the shots. But as her social circle expands, and her kingdom grows, Elliot realizes that ruling isn’t as simple as her history books. And her crown has gotten too small for her head. 

I'm excited you guys. I hope I can have my WiP finished by the end of the month, so I can get started on this. The RPG element was inspired by Supernatural, Larp and the Real Girl. The title is a nod to my favorite anime, Howl's Moving Castle. I'll probably change it once I think of a better one.

Are you doing NaNo? What are you writing?