Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Update for October

I love autumn, and this year has been more lovely than any I can remember.

Autumn is also one of my busiest seasons, between sewing Halloween costumes, teaching, beta reading for contests, and all the other sundry things that tend to fill up my plate. I love it, though. It is good to be employed with worthwhile things, especially if those things help other people.

Naturally, one can assume that's left me little time for writing, and that's correct. However, I have been able to squeeze in some profitable brainstorming sessions and planning. Everything is aimed at next month when I firmly plant my feet and say, "This is my month for writing!" (Of course, there are many every day things I can and won't ignore next month, but I won't be taking on any extra projects or assignments.)

I have four novels to work on:
Trefury: The Secrets of Callorin - and boy have I thought up some particularly chilling and great scenes for this one! I'm excited to get back to work and see how much I can iron out.

The Princess of the Winds - a NaNo project from last year that I need to fill in some gaps and do some refining with. This story is very dear to my heart and has been since I first came up with it as a child.

The Nivyd - This is the story I am drawn to every autumn because of the setting. I can't help myself; I have to work on it.

After a Rainbow - My very first novel that I wrote all the way through. I'm dusting it off, totally redoing it, and it should end up being a fun, yet not fluffy, MG. The first volume in a short series. My daughters pushed me to revisit this one. I had them draw up a list of things they looked forward to when choosing novels to read and when I through their lists I realized I had a story that contained most of those elements.

I haven't set a word count goal for NaNo. 50,000 is typical, but I've gone past it the last couple of times I've done it. I think it's safe to say I just want to get as much done as I can on all four. If I get stuck with one novel, I can jump to one of the others until I'm unstuck. That way I keep moving forward. I know a lot of people can't juggle stories like that, but I'm a weird duck. I can read multiple novels at the same time and never get them confused with each other either. The same goes for writing novels.

How about you? What are your NaNo plans/goals this year? Are you in the middle of working on a story that demands to be written? What is your favorite thing about autumn?