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 2014 Finale

So November has had its ups and downs as far as writing is concerned.  There were days when I did no writing and there were days when I did double the writing.  Some days I knew what to write and other days I didn’t know what to write.

Early in the morning Sunday November 30th, 2014 I crossed that line.  The one that goes from 49,999 words to 50,000 words.  Once again I hath been crowned a victor of the pen… uhem I mean of the keyboard.

Winner-2014-Web-Banner

More on NaNoWriMo and Recent Signings

NaNoWriMo

As a follow up to the post announcing my completement of  NaNoWriMo I figured that I should include one last word count bar.

For this post I choose the slightly different style widget for a reason.  It may sound superficial and a little like bragging but complete NaNoWriMo and you will see what I mean.  This widget displays the red word WINNER.  Seeing that on your badge gives you an amazing feeling.  There is also now one replacing theparticipantbadge on the right side.  Also there is one at the bottom of the page for when the right side one is removed.  Congratulations to all of the other NaNo winners out there!

Recent Signings

In the last five days I have been  lucky enough to attend two amazing author’s signings.

Archer Mayor in Wellington. He signed my copy of his most recent book “For Ian- To a brighter future in blue – Archer Mayor”.

Believe it or not I had not planned to get a book signed by one of my favorite authors while in Vermont.  But since he was part of my inspiration for wanting to work there I was looking at his website as my Dad and I talked about him.  I happened to pull up his appearances page and there he was, in a town not 25 minutes from where I was.  Meeting him made an awesome trip perfect.

Jim Butcher’s signature was a little less personalized but still there 🙂 “To Ian – Jim Butcher”

Sorry Jim that you had to follow that other signing but you came after.  Your trip was planned though.  I had seen that you were coming to town the first day that you posted it on your blog.  Then as soon as tickets became available I got one.  The signing was great as was the Q&A.  P.S. I get to write a page on the overall experience for class credit.

 You need to tell yourself: You can do this, you can be a writer.

What would Harry Do?

(Referring to your dreams) You’ve got to make to make it yourself.

Over all both signings were great and it was nice to meet my two favorite authors!