IWSG, ROW80, Basel Zoo, and the End of NaNo
First time in many weeks that I'm posting on my blog in real time, rather than a week or two in advance. I'm far behind in commenting, but hoping to visit you all soon!
First time ever not completing NaNoWriMo. I squeaked in at 20k short of the goal.
First time leaving the country and first time getting on a plane in about two years: I visited family this past weekend! First time I'd seen them in person in over two years! Very glad to have gotten back before borders started closing again.
First time celebrating Christmas in England -- cancelled. I'm looking now into refunding or extending all our train and hotel bookings. Sigh.
Some not firsts!
I'm participating in WRiTE Club again!
A new ROW80 update: Submit things! Send queries! Also, try the December writing exercise on the litforum.
Another set of photos: our second visit to Basel Zoo!
It's Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!
This month's optional question:
In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?
The awesome co-hosts for the December 1 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Diane Burton, Louise – Fundy Blue, Natalie Aguirre, and Jacqui Murray!
Action scenes worry me. And I'm always stressed that I'm not throwing enough rocks at my characters. I'm trying to think more and more often of "what's the worst that could happen?" then trying not to be afraid to write it.
There's delight in every other aspect! The rush of drafting, the excitement of discovering new characters and story links, the thrill of serendipitous findings in research, the satisfaction when plot elements come together with the inevitable fit of puzzle pieces, the glow of a well-turned phrase...
Don't forget the IWSG book club! Today's suggestion is to mention a book I'm excited about. There are so many! The new Diana Gabaldon, the new Kait Nolan, the new Ryan Bevan, the new Luke McCallin, and the new Monica Byrne!
I've read them all and I'd recommend them!
Which books are you excited about?