NaNoWriMo 2016 Finale

Hello Folks!  Late last night came a miraculous point.  I finished my novel for National Novel Writing Month 2016.  I finished with just over 50,000 words.

NaNoWriMo 2016 Winner's Certificate

This time around I feel like I have come to a solid ending for Shao Island.  I also feel that the story has a much more concrete plot.  That doesn’t mean it is over yet.  NaNoWriMo 2016 also comes with the option to make a revision pledge.  As soon as this is available I plan to do so.

I have ordered from FedEx store two bound copies of Shao Island.  I will keep one copy, unmarked to have as a reminder of NaNoWriMo 2016.  The other copy will be used to make edits and further revise my novel.

Lastly, I want to thank NaNoWriMo for hosting such a great event.  Every year I look forward to November because it is the one month that I feel forced to write in.  It is also an inspiring month.  I feel like it helps me be creative and let loose on the page.

Stay tuned because I have more posts coming about NaNoWriMo 2016.  These will include a spotlight on Novlr.org, the service I used to write this year’s novel, a review of the quality of the FedEx prints, revision updates, and more details about Shao Island.  I have been told that people really liked the original constant updates with samples from the original Shao Island and will do something similar as the days go on.

NaNoWriMo Day 21 Update

The Twins

Hello everyone!  Starting behind I was sure I was going to be behind until the end of the month.  So far since I have caught up I have been behind only once, and then only by less than a thousand words.  I am happy to say that the novel is coming along well.  Unlike past iterations of Shao Island, I have a concrete grasp of where the book will go.

Word Count: 35,166 Words

I have decided to give to you the whole first chapter, unedited.  This way you can get a feel for where the story starts.  You may recognize the beginning of the chapter from an earlier post.  Stay tuned as I may provide more content from the novel.

Keep Reading to read the first chapter of Shao Island.

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Writing Prompt #3: X Marks the Spot

Prompt taken from Writers Digest

You’re a pirate on a small pirate ship, that consists of only you, one other pirate and a captain. Recently you ransacked another ship and found a treasure map. After weeks of following it, you’ve finally found the island where “X” marks the spot. Write a scene where you find the buried treasure, only it’s not exactly the treasure you expected to find.


After many arduous weeks hunting for Captain Black Beard’s treasure we, the crew of the Swift, found the island indicated on the map.  Many people have tried to find his treasure but none have succeeded, maybe we will be the first.  As I look over at Captain Dan I notice that for the first time since we found the map he has a big smile on his face.  We have already made it further than any documented attempt on the treasure and the hunt was on.

Expertly Ronald Mcland, or as we liked to call him Trinket, piloted the small sailboat through a narrow space in a rock wall that seemed to protect the island and we got our first view of the island.  It looked like a tropical paradise including bright colored birds soaring above tall, lush trees.  Directly in front of our boat was shore of pristine sand.  The only sign of it ever having been disturbed was a small wood hut sitting just at the tree line.  Even from here I could tell it was overrun with plants and had not been used in a while.

Together, all three of us lowered the small rowboat over the side and then took turns climbing down into it.  The Captain sat in the back, I in the middle, and Trinket at the bow of the dingy.  Trinket placed a small wood carving of a four leaf clover on the front of the dingy as I started to row to shore.

“For luck.” He said when he caught me looking.  That’s why we call him Trinket, he always has some little trinket on him.

Once we got to shore following the map wasn’t hard.  We walked through a few of the trees and came out onto a point of land that overlooked the rock wall that protected the island.  The sun shown down from above and directly in front of us was was a patch of dirt that lay undisturbed by the grass and plants around it.

All three of us looked at each other.  I had to admit even I was excited even though I was just along for the ride.  The hunt is what I enjoyed not the end goal, that just helped me pay rent.  Trinket and I produced small shovels from on our belts and began to dig.

Thud.  An hour later our shovels hit a wood box and as we worked around the box with the shovels we unearthed a wooden treasure chest about two and a half feet long by a foot wide.  It was a little smaller than I was expecting but if it contained jewels it could still be worth plenty enough to make Captain Dan and Trinket happy for a long time.  And well stocked on trinkets too.

The Captain drew his sword and used it to pry the lock off the chest.  Kneeling down we all looked at each other and the Captain slowly opened the chest.  Only one thing lay inside.  A note and on it read:

Happiness is the best treasure in life.