Greetings from the cold North! December has come, and with NaNoWriMo in my rearview mirror, I am happily taking a break and focusing on Christmas preparations and getting back into the swing of this blog.
But back to November.
In My Life:
I visited San Antonio, ate authentic Texas barbecue, had a birthday (I’m loving 24), visited with friends and family near and far, ate authentic Mexican shrimp quesadillas, went on a road trip, drank flat whites, wrote in coffee shops with friends, played my bodhran, took long walks, wrote a book set in Wales with faery people, read a lot of Psalms and Hebrews, savored the rain (as opposed to the snow), played with horses, spent relaxing evenings with siblings, loved on little ones, watched new movies, schemed up new stories, sang my heart out, saw the longed-for publication of a book I love.
Read: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It wasn’t too bad, but epidemics/pandemics are really not my thing. So reread? Probably not. I did love the Chinese stuff though, especially the buns across the street. Best food in the world.
Kit Kennedy: Country Boy: by S.R. Crockett
The Color Project: by Sierra Abrams
War of Loyalties: by Schuyler McConkey
I had an absolute blast with all of you picking my NaNoWriMo project. Huge thanks to all of you who commented and voted. The Train to Belkuah won the poll, and I am proud to say I finished it, and I’m not unhappy with it, though it is still a rough first draft.
One of my sisters, whose literary taste I have the utmost respect for, read the rough draft all in one night and told me this:
“It’s so misty and mysterious and glamourous and folkish. The eerie whistles and the dusty flour and the snatches of Shakespeare dropped everywhere….”
Strong impressions are the aim of my first drafts, so #win.
This was my aesthetic and synopsis:
The Train to Belkuah//spec-fic//
First, fresh baked bread. Then let’s turn the world upside down.
When Zebedee Delray is abducted from his train car on the way to Cambridge, he thinks it is a terrible mistake, no more. Laid up with a broken arm, he is forced to stay in Wales at the home of his rescuer, an Indian baker who holds an odd sway over four young men who hang around the bakery too much to be a coincidence.
When he realizes that his cloudy memories of his abduction don’t match anything in this world, things get strange. But they swiftly turn dangerous when he realizes he is being followed, and that the bakery is a disguise for something much bigger….
What I’ve Been Listening To:
The Mission: May I recommend the tracks: The River, On Earth As it is in Heaven, Gabriel’s Oboe, Vita Nostra, and Miserere.
Jurassic Park: I have zero clue why. I’m not a huge John Williams fan. I started craving it in the last days of NaNoWriMo when my brain was dead from #words.
For the Cause by Keith and Kristyn Getty. The child’s choir version. ❤
How I Almost Lost NaNo:
This NaNoWriMo should have been the easiest one I have done. I had the entire story planned out. Chapter titles, descriptions of plot, everything. And if you know my style, that’s not usually how I work.
So I really I don’t know why I couldn’t get it written. Real life needed me. I had days where it was just work after rehearsal after life situation. And someone had an emergency over the holidays (not me) so that turned us all upside down.
In the end, I worked very hard for the last week of November, and made it. I have never lost, and the idea of losing on my easiest project yet made me more determined. I think I pulled about 34,000 in the last five days.
Also, I am super thankful for the people who helped me out. I have a good friend who covered for me one evening at a place where we both volunteer and then brought me coffee so I could have something while I wrote. Thanks, Lu. #friendgoals
December short story: Where writing is concerned I am making no goals for December. However, I have a Christmas short story I’ve been thinking about, and for recreation I may pull it out and play with it a little. It’s half portal fantasy, half romance, set in modern New York with Christmas lights, Handel’s Messiah, lattes, and Asian food.
War of Loyalties interview: I am going to be interviewing the author of War of Loyalties, Schuyler McConkey, right here on Friday morning. This is an interview you won’t want to miss. Plus, there will be a sweet giveaway!
Changes and such coming your way: I said a long time ago that was going to start rebranding The Herosinger, and is still going to happen. I am also working on some exciting things for all of you, including (hopefully) some publishing news on Crowning Heaven!
How was your November? Did anyone participate in NaNoWriMo? I’d love to hear how it went!
12 thoughts on “November Roundup/I Almost Lost NaNoWriMo/In Other Words, I’m Back”
I’m so glad that you were able to finish NaNo in spite of how crazy life was! And excited to see the new look! 💙
Yes! I certainly was too, and you were a great encouragement! I will be excited to share the new look, though there’s still a ways to go! 🙂
Wooow, what a month! That’s some serious living you’ve done, girl.
Three principal thoughts came to me as I read this post.
1. That NaNo screenshot is amazing. I don’t think I could do that even in my dreams.
2. I’m in love with the sound of your December short story. Portal fantasy, Handel’s Messiah, and Asian food in a Christmas romance? Put me on the waiting list for this one!
3. That absolutely phenomenal, stunning, genius description of Train to Belkuah…that one sister of yours really has a way with words, doesn’t she?
Glad you like it girl! I am hoping to have time to work on the NYC story soon. Once life calms down a little. 😉
“…that one sister of yours really has a way with words, doesn’t she?” You think?
What a month! Congratulations on persevering and winning NaNoWriMo! I love the sound of Train to Belkuah!! Also Happy Happy Birthday! It truly sounds like you’ve had a beautiful month… Many Christmas blessings!
Thank you, Joy! Merry Christmas to you too! Hope all is well with you? Have you finished/reached your uni break yet?
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Yes, thank you! 🙂 How are you? I have reached my uni break & have it till mid Feb. which is really special 🙂
Congrats on winning NaNoWriMo! How in the world did you manage to do it with the traveling and other things you did last month? As for The Train to Belkuah, I admit that I didn’t have a chance to vote for your project, but now that I’m reading about it, it sounds really interesting!
My November was pretty good. A little stressful in parts, but I can’t complain. And writing wise, I didn’t do NaNo, but I did submit some poems to an online literary journal… and I passed 60K on my new WIP last week! 🙂
Thank you! It certainly wasn’t easy (as my stats show!) but in the last week or so I used every snatch of spare time I could get and it added up.
Well I definitely understand and sympathize with life being a little stressful sometimes, but yay for submitting poems and hitting 60K! Those are fantastic accomplishments for a month! 😀
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Congratulations on finishing NaNoWriMo! That’s a feat that I have not yet been able to accomplish, so kudos to you!
I read Cinder (and then Scarlet!) this month for the first time, too. I really loved them (as in I would buy them and read them again!). And I also found myself craving the music from Jurassic Park this past month, too.
I hope someday we’ll be able to read The Train to Belkuah!
Thank you! I’m glad you liked Scarlet as well; I must admit I’ve been interested in getting my hands on it ever since I finished Cinder (but then NaNoWriMo got in the way). So it’s nice to hear a good recommendation.
Jurassic Park seems to scratch a certain musical itch I get now and then. It’s cool that you crave it too sometimes. 🙂
I hope you will be able to read The Train to Belkuah as well! It’s definitely on my list of books I hope to publish!