NaNoWriMo, IWSG Day, and OFMD
I mean, hello!
You know that feeling when you fall down a new rabbit hole?
That's my mind at the moment, having watched Our Flag Means Death and read some of the fiction based on the characters...
That is a very mild way of putting it.
The Flight of Time is complete!
This was my best NaNo ever. I reached 50k about two weeks in, I didn't have to struggle to meet the end of the month (adding in all my notes and speculations just to meet the word count), and I finished the entire novel before the end of the month (without leaving the ending or the epilogue for my future self to resolve)!
I think there were a few factors in my success:
2. I continued to type on my phone
3. I did the story problem-solving the month before, working out character names, backstories, arcs, all that sort of thing, so there were fewer rabbit holes during the writing stage.
4. I did NOT let myself get tempted by all the books I bought at the library book sale! (This is a first; I've never entirely ignored reading in favour of writing before.)
5. I continued to collect story inspiration images and songs for my playlist!
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Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!
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December 7 question - It's holiday time! Are the holidays a time to catch up or fall behind on writer goals?
The awesome co-hosts for the December 7 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Chemist Ken, Natalie Aguirre, Nancy Gideon, and Cathrina Constantine!
I've had both kinds of holidays, the kind where I want to Do All The Things (Plan To Straighten Out Entire Life During Weeklong Vacation Yields Mixed Results) and the kind where I want to sit in a corner and reread old favourites.
This year I'm hoping for a mix of both -- catching up on reading and knitting, while still editing both Larksong and The Flight of Time, to send them both to betas (I hope!) in January.
Our writers' shelf at home is filling up and it's so exciting!
My next two posts will run for two weeks each, and I also hope to catch up on comments!
Here's a brief snip of the start of The Flight of Time...
I travelled to Australia, because that was where my half-brothers had gone, but I didn’t find myself there, neither in the desert nor the bush.
I travelled to India and Cambodia and Thailand. Many of my friends had sought themselves in those lands, but I was not there, among the temples or across the rivers.
Then I travelled to Turkey, and there, amidst the mayhem of the traffic and the silent spaces during the calls to prayer, they could pronounce my name. They changed ph to f and dropped the final e, and I became Stefani, like the surname of that girl from that long-ago band from California.
I never did make it to California but lingered in Istanbul. A few of my friends had arrived before me, and I made new friends, some with names I couldn’t pronounce, and others who tripped on the syllables of my friends from abroad. Taylor became Tylore, for one. He was a distant relative–he grew up in England and I was raised in Switzerland–and we stayed in touch now that we each had a Turkish partner and lived in the same neighbourhood.
A bakery nestled between our buildings, so visits from my place to his were scented by cheese rolls in the mornings and chocolate-y confections in the evenings.
I thought I'd travelled far and wide, but it turned out I still had one unexpected journey to make.