NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018

Last year I got sick during November and didn’t finish National Novel Writing Month. I did write a novel in December but that broke my NaNoWriMo win chain. But this year I am coming back for another. One lose isn’t a reason to stop the trend.

Today I filled out my NaNoWriMo 2018 profile. Have a look.

I am announcing my novel for 2018, Shao Island. If you have seen previous years you would be familiar with the story. Each time that I work on the story, I have learned more about the story.

I used a cover generator to come up with a mock cover for this year. Poster Wall is the name of the generator.

Here is the synopsis I have written so far: 

Something draws members of the mystical and magical community to a small island in the Pacific Northwest. Shao Island. When a new resident moves to the island with her parents, Cailin Alexander can’t help but to make friends despite a past of evil.

Something else comes to the island though. In hunt of something new resident Alyssa doesn’t even know she has. A secret her family has hidden from her. Now Cailin must protect the whole island from a sudden set of killings. Answers don’t come easy.

Keep tuned as I write for November and you will find out more as it comes. That is the beauty of National Novel Writing Month, I learn about the story as I write and create!

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!

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!

NaNoWriMo Printed Copies

As I mentioned before, I had the FedEx store print out two copies of Shao Island for me.  I have picked up both copies and they are great!  Way better than I expected.

My order was about 69 pages long, double sided.  I ordered both books to have a “antique” colored cover.  The cover color was not quite what I was expecting but it does differentiate the cover from the rest of the document, which, I guess was its purpose.

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