Ian D Scofield, Writer

Fantasy/Science Fiction/Thriller and Freelance

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What Happened To NaNoWriMo 2017?

As you may have noticed it has been dead silent since about halfway through NaNoWriMo 2017. It isn’t because I just gave up on my book. I got sick, sick enough to call out of work, which is unusual for me. I almost went to urgent care. Even though I returned to work, all I did was sleep and work.

For the first time, I didn’t finish NaNoWriMo. That being said, I took the month of December to complete a whole new draft of Shao Island (the name is going to change). Shao Island has long been a favorite of mine and I will be continuing to work on it this year.

NaNoWriMo 2018 will see some big changes to Shao Island as last year changed a good amount of it too.

In the last month or so I have created a short story based on Shao Island titled The Unwanted Shadow. I have been through a few edits on Scribophile for the first two sections and hope to submit it to a writing contest/journal/thingy. That is why it won’t appear on here for now.

Just today I submitted a flash fiction piece about Alyssa (one of the MC of Shao Island) seeing the magical city for the first time to a flash fiction world-building content on Scribophile. This will be coming up on here after the fifteenth or whenever voting finishes.

Shao Island is officially becoming Purple Fire. I needed to make a change to the series because not every story is happening on Shao Island itself. This will make book one Purple Fire Book One: Shao Island.

This is just an update for now. More content will be coming out shortly on the blog!

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017: Detective 139

There are 10 days left until the start of November, and you know what that means! NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is almost back. With that, I am doing some prep work to prepare myself for the difficulties of this month. Balancing two jobs and a 50,000 word manuscript.

Every November, novelists and writers from around the world take time out of their month to write at least 50,000 words. A short novel. If you complete all 50,000 words in one month, you win. While you might not win anything tangible, you win the ability to say you created something in one month. Something that means something to you. For several years now I have participated in this adventure and I have to say, it is one of the most enjoyable writing experiences I have ever had. So just like the past years, I am going to participate this year too.

This year I am writing a detective thriller type book that I have been thinking of and have tried writing a couple of times before. With the planning and the time limit, I believe that this time I can make it come to fruition. In case you didn’t get it, the title of the novel is Detective 139. The title comes from Detective Lincoln Thomas’s unit number. Want to know a little bit about the story?

During a gang drug bust, Detective Lincoln Thomas’s partner is shot and killed. Lincoln himself is severely injured. After performing a lateral transfer to the Washington State Troopers, his girlfriend leaving him, and dropping out of contact with all his old friends, Lincoln still isn’t completely recovered. A department mandated psychologist orders Lincoln to take a vacation. But vacation isn’t always crime free.

Trapped by the snow in the Sun Mountain hotel, when a murder happens, Lincoln is the only law enforcement officer around. Not just that, the woman murdered is a friend of a girl he met at the hotel bar the night before. Can Lincoln solve the crime or will there be more deaths? Will one of them be his own?

So join me as I put pen to paper (or in this case fingers to keys) in order to create Detective 139. I will be posting regular updates here on the book along with planning material and other information about my progress.

If you are looking for the NaNoWriMo website, you can find it here.  If you want to see the page for my novel in particular it is here.  But just remember, I can’t start writing until November.

New Theme and Revision Commitment

Hello!  For 2017 WordPress rolled out a new theme, Twenty-Seventeen.  I really liked the theme so I decided to switch over to it for now.  It creates a slightly less cluttered appearance to the site.  I am still looking to change a few things here and there to make it perfect so please bare with me if you can’t find something you are looking for.

Besides that, 2017 is here.  That means that I was finally able to join many others in making a revision commitment for my NaNoWriMo 2016 novel.  Shao Island Chapter 1 has been revised and there is already a comment on it.

I am working to create some revisions to it.  I have gotten several comments about how Chapter 1 was written and trying to decide how to handle it.  I’ll let you know when there is more available!

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