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Story on The Melting Potcast

This week’s episode of The Melting Potcast features a story written by me!

 

If you haven’t heard of the Potcast, it’s a fun podcast that features audio fiction, interviews, writing panels, madlibs, and a host of other cool stuff.  I’m excited to be on one of their episodes (and they did a great job recording the story.  It was so great to listen to!).

 

Check it out here:

http://www.themeltingpotcast.com/1/post/2016/09/episode-35-stoke-the-fire-prompt-8-a-little-seasoning.html

Publishing Updates

It’s been a busy 2016!  I have two things out in the world that you can purchase (and, in doing so, support me and my art going forward).

  • First, I compiled the Franco parody poetry into a book, and added some extra poetry that hasn’t been published online.  It’s $2.99 on Amazon, or you can read it for free with Kindle Unlimited.  Check out Directing Herbert West: A Book of Poetry Without James Franco here.
  • Second, I have an article out in the newly launched ONDER Magazine.  Onder Librum is a new publishing venture by none other than Ed Greenwood (creator of the Forgotten Realms) and I’m excited to work with them.  Expect more Onder stuff from me in the future.

That’s all for now.  More announcements to come, so stay tuned!

NaNoWriMo 2015 Retrospective

I did it, I won NaNoWriMo this year! I believe reflection is a part of good practice, so here it is, a look back on NaNoWriMo 2015.

First, let’s look at the numbers. I started writing on November 1st, and met my 50,000 word goal on the 28th. I continued to log my word count after that, but I’m just going to focus on the 28 days leading up to victory.

Par for a day in NaNoWriMo is 1667 words. Based on that, I made or exceeded par 22/28 days, or 79% of the time. I wrote 2000 words or more on 12 days, and one day I wrote more than double the par for that day. This was the last day, and I was pushing hard for the finish.

Most importantly, I had only 1 zero word day in those 28 days. That’s phenomenal. That means I was writing at least something 96% of the time. I had 3 days in which I wrote less than 1000 words, one of which was the zero word day. This leads me to believe that a 1000 word/day goal in general is reasonable for me.

Outside of the numbers, how did I feel? If you look, I had a solid wall of 2000+ word days in the beginning, which was very stressful but ultimately worth it. I really feel that I had to start out strong in order to get the momentum that carried me through the dreaded middle. The stress was worse at the beginning. Once I broke 25k everything got a lot easier. I don’t know if I just felt that it was an achievable goal once I was halfway there or if my body had gotten used to the stress, but after 25k everything clicked.

Interestingly enough, coming off NaNoWriMo, I set a goal of 1000 words a day for December to finish my first draft, and I had a hard time stopping at 1000. Even if I’d met my goal and was at a good stopping point, I felt a nagging feeling at the back of my head, like I had left important work undone. After a few days, I’ve settled into a comfortable 1000-1200 words per day, and I think that’s a good pace, especially around the holidays.

Overall, this was a success, and a process I think I’m going to emulate going forward. I’m just not the kind of person that can write a little here and a little there when it comes to a longer work. I need that short, sustained momentum to get the words on paper. To generate the clay I’m going to make my sculpture with. Plus, two months to a first draft is too tempting to pass up.

So, what’s next? I’m at 62,000 on the current draft, and based on where I am in the story, I think it’s going to come in at 70k. Then it’s going to need serious rewrites – I improv wrote this on a whim and major changes need to be made. Once I’m done adding material, I think we’ll be around 80-90k, a respectable length for a low-magic fantasy story. (I want to call this dark fantasy, or romance, or borderline horror, but I’m just not sure where it falls genre-wise yet).

And when it’s ready? I start sending it out. I’d like to sell this to trad publishers before I self publish (I have an urban fantasy series in my to-write queue that I think will make a nice self-publishing venture), but if I can’t in the traditional way, I may very well go the Kindle route.

In general, I don’t know what happened in the last two years, but something just clicked, and now I’m confident that I can write and publish a novel. 2016 is going to be a pretty bad-ass year, so stay tuned!

NaNoWriMo 2015

It’s November, and that means NaNoWriMo!  I’ll be keeping track of my word count in this post.  The goal is 50,000.  Let’s do this!

Day Word Count Total Word Count
November 1 2240 2240
November 2 2131 4371
November 3 2227 6598 10% complete!
November 4 2233 8831
November 5 2110 10941 20% complete!
November 6 437 11378
November 7 1352 12730
November 8 1843 14573
November 9 2052 16625 33% complete!
November 10 1905 18530
November 11 1520 20050 Officially part of the 20k club
November 12 2121 22171
November 13 0 22171
November 14 1937 24108
November 15 1794 25902 HALFWAY THERE!
November 16 1689 27591
November 17 2304 29895
November 18 1736 31631
November 19 805 32436
November 20 1695 34131 67% complete!
November 21 1818 35949 Broke 35k!
November 22 1737 37686
November 23 2576 40262 Less than 10k to go!
November 24 2301 42563
November 25 2093 44656
November 26 590 45246 Happy Thanksgiving!
November 27 1219 46465
November 28 3644 50109 A Winner is ME!
November 29 0 50109
November 30 1022 51131