Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
The moment you've been waiting for is finally here! Today is the day to unveil the synopsis for this Holiday season's upcoming title, Clara Frost!
I could talk about this book for a while (and I'm sure I will, come September and October), but I'll for now I'll put the sap aside and just say: thank you.
This series has done as well as it has thanks to wonderful readers like you, who support and enjoy my work. I'm happy to have fans that have followed and taken so many good things from this story. It makes me wonderfully happy to know that others have enjoyed Jack and Clara's journey just as much as I have.
But I said I wouldn't get sappy yet! So...here is the synopsis!
Lonely. Burdened. Forgotten--
As Christmas draws near, everything is about to change...
Dealing with the very real possibility of saying goodbye to Clara forever, Jack loses sight of the one thing she taught him to hold onto: hope. When he transforms into a Rogue, it's up to North, South, Holly, and Gertrude to bring him back to his true self before they set out on a new journey--
To find the elusive Death.
Meanwhile, Clara embarks on a journey of her own. Alone and without memories, she pieces together mirror shards representing Eclipse's past...and uncovers a shocking discovery that will challenge everything you think you know about the villain.
The past and present collide, and the truth is finally revealed in this heartfelt conclusion to the Snowflake Triplet series.
Death leads to life...and back again.
Clara Frost, available October 12th, 2017.
So, I hope you're as excited as I am! This last book is a true whirlwind.
As I said in my last post, I will be taking the summer off, and will officially return in September. I hope you all have a lovely, safe summer, and I will see you then!
Blog Tour Sign-up:
I will be hosting a Snowflake Triplet blog tour in September and October to celebrate the release. If you'd like to participate, it would be most appreciated. Sign-ups are below! Thank you!
-- A link to your blog
-- What type of post you may be interested in (interview, excerpt, etc.)
-- Whether Tuesday or Thursday works best for you
Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
I hope you've had a wonderful year so far, and have discovered many new things! The older I get, the more I appreciate discovery, and these months "off" have been a wonderful investment in my creativity and artistic future.
(...But, you may have noticed me lurking around just a little bit. Turns out I'm stubborn when it comes to taking a much-needed break. But I learned ((re-learned, really)) a few things from it...)
So, hello again, and welcome. Let's get this check-in post started!
How I'm Doing ~
First off, I'd like to say thank you to everyone who is reading this, and who has stuck with me through my writing journey. You're all wonderful, and I appreciate immensely the time you invest in my stories and my journey. *internet hugs*
So, as I said, these months off have been great. I've really been able to focus more on my writing and creating, and have even completed a few projects that were lagging a bit (yay!), and have a new forward motion that I'm very excited about.
I've really appreciated this time, but as I said above, I've also been a bit stubborn in doing what I needed to do to take care of myself and my work. I'm sure I'll talk about this more in a later post, but I'm really beginning to learn something important:
We have to be able to do things our own way.
I've said it before, I know, more times than I'd like to revisit. I (hope) I'm like everyone else in the fact that sometimes, it takes me a while to learn things. All too often we have to keep learning one thing over and over until it really sinks in, but we see something new each time.
I've talked a little bit about it before, but I have several medical issues. I'm not ready to delve into them with you yet, though I think the time is coming, but one of the things that I have trouble with is looking at a computer screen for too long.
This is one of the reasons I've gone back to handwriting first, and when I type I spend most of my time looking down at the keys, even though I can type without looking. It's hard to describe, but after a short amount of time, I just can't see the screen anymore -- or, I can see it, but I can't really. I probably should work in a different field, but I've always wanted to be a writer.
(Though sometimes being a writer means you can't describe things very well.)
This is just one of the permanent things I deal with, and I don't expect or want any sort of sympathy for it; it's helped me realize certain things about myself. These last few months especially, I've really come to see that I can't do everything like everyone else.
I've spent so much of my time trying to do things the "right" way, because I want to succeed. There are best practices in business, writing, and anything else. But what about when you can't adapt to those best practices, even if you want to?
These last few months have really made me realize how broken our society is in the fact that we don't let people adapt, or try to support them as they adapt. Everyone has something to bring to life, whether they can do things in the same method as everyone else or not, and I believe it's brave to try and break out of the mould we often find ourselves in (not that the mould is inherently bad, because it works very well for a lot of people).
So, I'm still learning. I'm getting there. But I want to take a few more months to really hammer down my best work rhythm for this time in my life. I'm already beginning to implement it.
In light of this, I have decided to take the summer off too, so I will officially be back in September, bringing new stories and new creativity. I'm very excited!
Which leads me to...
New And Upcoming Things ~
If you've popped in during my absence, you may have noticed some new things on the site.
GoFundMe Page ~
Thank you to everyone who visited my blog post: "Help Me Fund Creative Impact"!
I am running a GoFundMe page to help me purchase new electronics to use for my work. My ancient laptop has died, so I've been trying to write and edit off of an old mini tablet, which doesn't have very good capabilities for the digital art I would like to do.
If you would like to help me reach my goal, please check out my GoFundMe page. If you can't pledge, I totally understand, but if you would help me spread the word it would be most appreciated! Thank you!
2017 Year Photo ~
If you have yet to see it, visit my home page to check out the "Drawing of the Year" for 2017! Click on it, and you'll be taken to a page telling you a bit about the drawing and my inspiration for it.
Wattpad Stories ~
I have returned to Wattpad after a stint away, and have posted several stories there for you to enjoy. Some, like "The Ending" and "The Beauty of the Beast" are already available as free ebooks, but if you prefer the Wattpad reading style, you can read free there, too.
I have also posted a new Foxfire Chronicles story -- sort of a prequel -- in a new writing style. I wanted to give the Cell Phone Novel a try, and that's precisely what I did (for more info about the style, check out this site).
Check it out, and let me know what you think! I will be posting more work to Wattpad in the fall, starting September 19th, so please check back or follow my profile for further stories!
New Artwork In The Store ~
For World Book Day I crafted a new drawing showing what books mean to me.
You can find tees, notebooks, and more with this design at my RedBubble store.
There are also past designs available for purchase. Have fun and peruse!
And...Snowflake Triplet News! May 30th!
To end this post, I have one last exciting thing!
The final book in the Snowflake Triplet series will be released October 12th (my 7 year publishing anniversary!), and I'm extremely excited.
This final book was fun to write, and it's both crazy and exhilarating to know that I now have (or will soon have, published-wise) a completed series of books. I almost can't believe it!
I will be doing a blog tour in September/October to celebrate the release and reveal the cover (signups are below, if you would like to participate!), but on May 30th I will be revealing the synopsis for the final book!
Check back next Tuesday, May 30th, to see what secrets "Clara Frost" has to hold!
Thank you, everyone! Until then!
Blog Tour Signups ~
Would you like to be part of the Snowflake Triplet's final tour? Use the form below to signup!
- A link to your blog
- What kind of post you may be interested in (interview, excerpt, etc.)
- Whether Tuesday or Thursday works better for you
Thanks! (Please allow several weeks for reply.)
Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
I just wanted to pop back in and say that I hope you have a lovely summer! Be safe and do something fun! Read great books!
I will be back in the fall (September) with new releases and more. Here's a sneak peek:
~ New Wattpad chapters starting September 19th.
~ Clara Frost release on October 12th.
~ 7 Year Anniversary post.
~ and more!
If you're looking for some fun, writing themed things to do this summer, check out these events:
June: World Building June
July: Camp NaNoWriMo
Have a great time, everyone, and see you in September!
Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
I am visiting you from my sabbatical (which is going wonderfully, by the way; I've been able to complete a project, and am working towards adding to others, and it's been awesome to have this time). I wanted to share something with you that I've been thinking about for a while, and that is really important to me.
I'll admit it: I have a hard time asking for help. But, I also know that we all need help sometimes. And so I've been hard at work at starting a fund on GoFundMe for electronics for publishing and art.
I have plenty of plans set in place, and things I would like to do in the future to continue to inspire others, and help fellow artists. This campaign was originally for more than just this one thing, but for now I am narrowing my focus. Right now, this is my most pressing need.
I love sharing here on the blog, and writing my stories, and sharing my artwork. I love to help other writers and creatives, and to inspire my readers. Creativity, for me, is what I can give to others, what I want to share and spread to the world.
But I need your help. I can't do everything I hope to do without new materials, and most pressing right now is a new laptop (mine finally croaked at almost 10 years old, and I've been using an old tablet to try and write, edit, and so forth). I am also shooting for a new tablet, one I can use to create digital art, to make sharing with fans easier and quicker.
If you enjoy the posts here, and if you enjoy my books and art, please consider donating to help me get the equipment I need to continue to bring good stories, good inspiration, and smiles to others. And if you can't donate at this time, then please help me to spread the word. It would mean the world!
Here is the link: www.gofundme.com/CreativeImpact
Thank you so much! God bless! See you in May.
Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
Christmas is drawing ever nearer! I hope you're as excited and expectant as I am. I hope your day is one filled with love, appreciation, and good times with family and friends.
Also, a happy early New Year! 2017 is set to bring great things!
I will be taking a leave from my blog (and the internet) starting today...though there's more about that below.
First, though: thank you all again for traveling with me on my journey this year! I hope you are well and are looking forward to the New Year to come. Don't ever doubt that you're wonderful, and that there's something awesome in store for your life. Keep moving forward, and bringing new light to the world!
2017 Writing Goals ~
I've been thinking about my writing goals for 2017 -- I guess I should really say my creative goals.
My goals for 2016 were: to let my creativity lead me; to write some of the "weird" stories I had been planning; to say hello to old stories; to really just enjoy my writing process.
I think I've managed most of those this year, and I'm very proud. I still am learning and changing, but I'm not afraid of writing what needs to be written anymore, and taking my time on works. It's difficult sometimes, with our world that likes to rush, but I'm learning the importance of letting things be, and being with them.
My word for last year (if you're curious about words for the year, click here) was "forward", and that fit 2016 perfectly. I've discovered my word for 2017 is "cheers", and I'm excited to see what that means.
This next year, I really want to focus on giving things my all: writing, drawing, creating of every kind. There are plenty of new things I want to try, and I want to work at being more creative in implementing my ideas. I also want to reach out to my fellow readers and writers more, hopefully with some new ventures that are in store.
Which leads to...
2017 Sabbatical (Until The End Of May)
No, don't worry, I'm not taking a year off!
I like to take the first few months of the year and the summer "off" of the internet and my blog. It helps me to refresh and refocus, but with the work I've been doing and the things I've been noticing, I realize that this time I need more time.
I have a lot of things I am working on and am preparing for next year, and I need time in which to focus on them. I prefer the term "sabbatical" to "holiday", because it has a more spiritual context -- and so does my leave. I'm taking off to focus both on myself and my writing.
What is in store for 2017? I can't say too much yet, but I can say it's exciting. I'm working on some new projects, a work to query, a new avenue for Shadows of Past Pages, artwork, and more. All I can say is that it's worth the wait (promise!).
I will be taking off the blog through May 23rd, when I will be posting a check-in post to say hello and update all of you on how the year is fairing! I also hope to post the 2017 Drawing of the Year then. I'm not sure if I'll be taking the summer off too or not, but I will know by then.
Until May, I wish you all happy days, inspiration, and peace in your travels.
Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
I hope you're all enjoying your Holiday season. I'm excited for Christmas as always, and have been up to my ears in wrapping and gift-giving (not that I would have it any other way).
As the New Year (2017 already?!?) draws closer, I try to reflect, as always, on what made this year special. I am so blessed to have wonderful people in my life to walk with me on my journey, and I thank God for them every day.
I also thank Him for my journey, and the twists and turns it takes. If this year has made me think about anything, it's the need to be appreciative of our obstacles, because they only serve to make us stronger.
So...without further ado, I present: 2016 In Review!
This year I completed my first quarter of a century, and I've had many ups and downs, as has my family, but things are looking up and we are finding our way together.
I went back to writing on the computer after at least a year of writing solely by hand. For anyone struggling with writing, I definitely recommend notebooks for at least a little while. It really helped me reconnect with my stories and myself as a scribe.
My style has really changed this year, but I'm learning to embrace the change rather than be wary of it. Change is good, and it leads us to new places! Don't be afraid of your own, personal story!
Also, don't be afraid to speak out, or to try things that might sound crazy. You never know what those wacky ideas will bring you. My favorite innovators were known for trying weird ideas, and I want to be known for that, too.
Follow your heart, wherver it leads!
The first notable thing this year (as far as my writing and publishing life) was the rewriting of my website. I really enjoyed putting together the Story Vault, for readers to see some past ideas.
Back in early 2016 or late 2015, I joined an online writing group, and was able to learn quite a bit about inspiring other writers from the experience. This spawned my blog post "Christians, It's Okay To Write Fantasy", which I'm very proud of, and the message of which is very important to me.
As a side note to the blog post above, I also wrote a post entitled "Diverse Books: Writing About The Different Loves", another thing that is very important to me. Diversity is a wonderful thing, and I was happy to put the spotlight on this other aspect of it that doesn't seem to get enough light.
Next in my year was the posting of a free short story, "The Origin Of Tears", the first of a series of original fairy tales I have been working on. It was fun to write, and is quite special to me. If you haven't read it yet, please enjoy!
Possibly my biggest personal success for this year, in April I finished penning the rewrite of one of my most beloved stories, (now) entitled Shadows of Past Pages.
In a moment of truth, I realized that it was, in fact, the first full-length novel I had written in 3 years, and also the first I had typed in quite some time. I still can't get over how much I love this book...and don't worry, we haven't seen the last of it (for our review, or in real life!).
In May, I released the last book in my first completed series (yay!), entitled Beauty Beheld. This is a series of shorts retelling Beauty and the Beast, and I released the last book on National Teachers Day, in honor of my friend, who works so hard as a teacher to enrich the lives of kids (and who happens to love, love, love fairy tales).
For the summer, I took off the internet, as I typically do. But first I was able to do a writing workshop at Barnes and Noble for their first ever teen bookfest!
That was such a fun and thrilling event, and I met some wonderful budding writers. You never know how your inspiration or support will help someone!
Coming back in August, I wrote a little about working towards your own definition of success, not everyone else's -- and also about not comparing yourself to other (writers) -- two things I struggle with. I think that getting my feelings out has helped me in these areas, and hopefully helped someone else, too.
For those of you who were following (and thank you!), back in September I started posting chapters of Shadows of Past Pages here on my website for readers. I wanted to try something new, maybe a little bit crazy, and see how it worked.
Unfortunately, it didn't work exactly as I wanted, and I decided to go with another idea of mine instead. It's important to be flexible! In late September I wrote about how I wasn't giving up on my story -- and I'm not, as I'll tell you a bit more about next post (sneak peek: it's a secret). This time in my writing life has taught me to seek what I really want, even if it's a little crazy or seems impossible.
I've also learned that dreams change, and so we have to be aware of our own hearts and where we are being lead.
October was an extremely busy month for me, and full of amazing things!
Not only did I finish my first-ever Inktober with the amount of drawings I intended to do (you can see some here), but I also celebrated my 6th publishing anniversary!
Another special thank you to everyone who has supported, and continues to support, me. You're all amazing!
Also in October I released some NaNo Prep posts (with worksheets!), and published the next to last story in the Snowflake Triplet, The Tale of Wind and Winter!
I completed my first NaNoWriMo in several years, and posted a blog post about what I learned in the beginning of December.
Followed by a new Snowflake Triplet coloring page, and a Snowflake Triplet reading guide, the year is all wrapped and pretty like a Christmas present!
Thank you for journeying back through the year with me! It's been a long, learning year and I feel like I've come so far. Thank you all for walking the path with me, and sharing your thoughts! I'm excited for 2017!
Coming Thursday: Writing Goals For 2017, Merry
What has your year been like? What major changes have you made, and obstacles have you overcome? What excites you most about 2017?
So, recently I had a reader ask me which order the Snowflake Triplet books flow in. And while I've done my best to post the order on my affiliate sites, and here on my website, I thought it would be fun to go a little deeper into why the order is, well, the order.
Please enjoy the post, and don't forget to download your FREE copy of Clara Claus and The Christmas Wish! Happy Christmas!
Read #1: Clara Claus
Clara Claus is where the story really starts, and where you will be introduced into my world of Winter and Immortals.
Published originally in 2010 (paperback exclusive, at the time), Clara Claus was my first released book, and continues to be both a fan favorite, and an author favorite.
The cover was redesigned come 2012 (if I remember correctly), adding the hints of red and green.
Read #0.5 / #2: The Christmas Wish
A while back, I had a reader suggest the best way to begin the series is to read the first half of The Christmas Wish before Clara Claus, then the second half of TCW after.
While my favorite is reading CC first, I think this is also a good way to read the series, as the first half of TCW takes place before Clara Claus.
TCW was spawned from a mistake of mine: I forgot to tell Jack when Clara's birthday is! I knew I had to write about that.
Read #3: North of Perfect
North of Perfect is one of my favorite bits of the series, and it introduces the character Holly, who makes her first (official) appearance in The Tale of Wind and Winter.
This short was originally a paperback exclusive, contained in Clara Claus, but when I realized that Holly would become a big part of the last book in the series, Clara Frost, I knew I had to release it as an ebook, too, for my ebook-favoring readers to enjoy.
Read #4: Sugar Plum Dreams
Sugar Plum Dreams is a novella that tells the backstory of the Sugar Plum Fairy (and some other characters besides...like the "original" Jack Frost).
It also marks the first appearance of the series' villain, Eclipse.
SPD is an odd book, and not exactly what I was expecting to write, but I'm really happy to have penned it, especially since it introduced me to Eclipse. It mostly ties into the upcoming last book.
Read #5: Christmas In July
Christmas In July takes place before Clara Snow, and also includes Eclipse. It's a fun, sweet story, mostly centered on Jack and Clara.
This short was born from a happy accident. A friend of mine made a clay figurine of Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians, and accidentally baked it too long...giving Jack a tan.
I thought it was awesome, and wanted to write a story where my Jack unwilling got a tan, too.
Read #6: Clara Snow
The second (technical) book in the series, Clara Snow is one of the major turning points in the series.
This book was so much fun to write. Not only was I able to introduce new characters -- like South and Gertrude -- but I was able to focus some on my villain, Eclipse, and give Clara the chance to discover who she really is.
Clara Snow is possibly the absolute fan-favorite so far.
Read #7: North of Trial
The second of the North-centered shorts, North of Trial takes place directly after Clara Snow.
Holly returns! (I absolutely love Holly.)
This short was fun to write as a continuation, and to see more of how North reacts to the events in Clara Snow. Plus, it was nice to write about Holly again, and have her...well, you'll see when you read.
Let's just say she's spunky, and I like it.
Read #8: The Christmas Compass
The Christmas Compass is another novella in the series, and the (technical) third book. Taking place after Clara Snow, this story is an interesting one.
I wanted to tell a different story here, and delve into the "what could have been" by flipping the story. My original inspiration was another short I had intended to write for the series, detailing some of Jack's past.
This is also the story where we, the audience, discover Eclipse's endgame and what he's wanted all along...or do we?
Read #9: North of Dreams
The third and final North short, I think this one may be my favorite.
What can I say? It's simply a fun short. Holly appears again, and makes a mess as usual.
It's a nice, fun, light short before the events that are to come, and it has a romantic ring to it.
In short (haha): I really love this one.
Read #10: The Tale of Wind and Winter
This year's release, The Tale of Wind and Winter takes place after North of Dreams, and prior to Clara Frost.
This short was actually completely rewritten, and is very different from its first draft. It includes some elements, but originally it was just a short about how Holly meets South.
Now it's a story about family, and I'm very proud of it. It also includes some important (and fun) backstory on North and South.
Read #11: Shadows of Christmas Yet To Come
This is actually a free short I posted here on my website a few years ago.
Inspired by "A Christmas Carol" (though it has little in common), this short takes us back years before Jack met Clara. It's mainly about giving, and was also inspired by some of my childhood experiences.
I put this short as a "read after Wind and Winter", because you might pick up on more subtle hints if you read it following. Really, it can be read anywhere in the series, but I feel this is the best spot.
Read #12: The Christmas Angel
This short is another jouney into the past -- but this time it's Clara's father's past, telling a bit about how Clara's parents met.
This is, to date, the only short that has very little to do with the overarching plot, though it's a fun short, and it gives a little more backstory on Sebastian, Clara's father.
I enjoyed writing this short because it's more romantic, and I was able to write more about Clara's mom, who we see the least of in the series.
The forgotten pieces.
The remembered past.
The fluctuating future.
What do you do when you can't fight destiny?
The thrilling conclusion to the bestselling series!
HOLIDAY SEASON 2017
Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
I hope you're having a wonderful Holiday season, are enjoying the spirit of Christmas, and time with friends and family. I love this season so much, because it has a way of reminding us what is important in life.
I also love this season because the spirit of giving that it seems to bring out in everyone. I love giving gifts, and so...I have new gifts for you, my dear readers!
Last year I posted a free Snowflake Triplet coloring page, and this year I have another free page for you to enjoy! Coloring is stress-relieving and fun -- and of course, artistic!
Download and enjoy, and then if you'd like, share your masterpiece using the hashtag #SnowflakeTriplet. I'd love to see your design!
This year, I have another fun surprise, too!
If you're just starting the Snowflake Triplet series, you can download the first ebook FREE (links below), but now you can also download the first short story in the series, The Christmas Wish, FREE as well.
I had a reader suggest that the first part of the short should be read before Clara Claus (as it takes place right beforehand), and the second part after (ditto), which I think is a great idea. Please enjoy the short, and the first book!
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and an amazing Holiday season!
New: Get Your Free Copy of 'The Christmas Wish'
iBooks: iTunes (US) --- iTunes (UK) --- iTunes (Australia) --- iTunes (Canada) --- iTunes (France) --- iTunes (Germany) --- iTunes (Japan) --- iTunes (Italy) --- iTunes (Spain)
Amazon: US -- UK -- Australia -- Canada -- Germany -- France -- Italy -- Japan -- Spain
Get Your Free Copy Of 'Clara Claus'
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Amazon: US -- UK -- Australia -- Canada -- Germany -- France -- Italy -- Japan -- Spain
Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
I hope you had a wonderful NaNoWriMo, and a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrate (and a safe Black Friday weekend)!
My holiday was lovely, spent with family I hadn't seen in a little while. And, of course, the food was great. (And I unabashedly ate at least seven paleo pumpkin muffins, and was all the happier for it.)
Every year that I do NaNo, I try to write up a post about what I learned from the month of writing. So...here I am to present to you the "What I Learned From NaNoWriMo" post for 2016! Enjoy!
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I am happy to say that this is my first completed NaNoWriMo in the last three years (with 57,700, and a little over halfway completed project). In 2014 I didn't finish, and in 2015 I decided not to participate after a few days. And while it was good for me to sit out those years, I'm glad I gave the writing month another shot.
This NaNo was a bit eventful, with me starting one story and writing another. In the beginning I started off with the rewrite of Shadows of Past Memories, but then I decided to swap stories...and that meant catching up, since I didn't want to use the word count from story #1.
It was a bit of a feat, but I managed, and story #2 went really well! I learned so many things from it (and it's not even finished yet).
The biggest thing I learned from NaNo overall this year, though, was that word count really doesn't matter to me anymore.
Is it awesome to reach 50K? Of course. Is it a challenge to do it in a month? Definitely! But as a more seasoned writer (and it feels strange to be able to say that now), I'm not worried about getting a story out in a frenzy, or challenging myself for the 50K.
I've said this before, but there's a new layer to it now.
Before, I was trying not to worry about 50K and focus on the story...then I was focusing on the story...and this year, I was focusing on the story and actually taking my time.
NaNo has a way of making you rush. And while that works for a lot of writers -- write it fast, and then take your time editing -- I find that it doesn't really work for me. This month, I learned that I write best taking my time, and thinking through what I want the first go round.
Before, I used to do this in a different way: through plotting and planning. Now I plot and plan of course, but I also take my time directly in the middle of the story.
What does this look like? This month I discovered that it's good (for me) to backtrack and input new bits, to rewrite chapters if I'm not immediately satisfied with them, to wait a day or so until I have a clear picture of what I want to write (and it shows up!).
I'm halfway done, and it's not perfect, but it definitely feels more cohesive than it has in the past.
Will I still need to edit? Of course. Will I change things, rewrite? Of course. Editing is a powerful tool, but I've found by taking things slowly, I've been much more happy with my writing...and the process.
Would I have gotten to this point if I had never done NaNo the "normal" way -- written furiously, strove for 50K? Possibly, but not in the same way. I like the "fast" idea behind NaNo, because it really does help writers to get out of their way, though I still wish there was an emphasis on editing afterwards.
But I'm not new to the game anymore; I'm starting to realize that. It's strange when you get to the next stage.
I know how to write a novel. I know how to reach 50K. I know what type of characters I like, what my style is. It's not easy still, but that's because it's work -- it's always going to be work, but loving work.
I've gone to new places because of NaNo, and this year was no different. Now I can sit back, with my less fast style of writing -- editing in between, pausing for long moments, not worrying about how many words per day, so long as the story is told and I reach my deadline -- and enjoy the process even more.
What did you learn from NaNo this year? How did your month go?
A Snowflake Triplet Surprise
The Year In Review
Bonus: Songs That Inspired Me This Month
I love music, and here are some of the songs that helped me write this story (and inspired bits of it).
Firstly, I went to see Moana the day before Thanksgiving. I really loved it! I would definitely recommend the film. I could really relate to Moana, the music was wonderful, and there was a definite focus on characterization that hasn't been there in some recent Disney films. Thumbs way up!
(This song is a mild spoiler, so if you haven't seen it yet, well -- spoiler alert!)
One of the anime on my list on Netflix was Aldnoa.Zero, which I never got around to watching. This month, when I needed a break from writing, I gave it a try. It's...imperfect, but I enjoyed parts of it -- especially this ending/battle theme (the score in general, really).
I tried to find a (non-sped) version of the original, which is my favorite (I like how it has lyrics in Japanese, English, and German), but I couldn't due to liscensing. So here is AmaLee's version, which I also really love (also available on iTunes for purchase!).
Last but not east, the original opening theme for Owari No Seraph! I love vampire stories (and the story I happened to switch to was, surprise, a vampire tale, contrived quite a few years ago). I started the anime a few months back, but I really like the manga more, and read it this month as inspiration.
Another case of "I prefer the original", so I've included the (sorry, sped-up) original song, but AmaLee's is great too (I bought a copy, and you should, too!).
(Just to say, none of these videos are mine, obviously.)
Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
Happy November, and happy first day of NaNoWriMo 2016!
I'm not sure if I've said so yet, but I'm extremely excited for this year's NaNo!
I've had some debates, some back and forth about what I wanted to work on (it happens every year...), but I finally made my pledge!
This NaNo, I will be working on the second draft of Shadows of Past Pages, the (new) first book in the Foxfire Chronicles.
Originally, I had an idea for a companion book to the draft I wrote earlier on this year, but thanks to my wonderful writing friends helping me plot and giving me encouragement, I have decided to mesh the two ideas into one.
It should be very exciting!
Once I had my idea in place, I made the decision to craft a cover, too. I love doing covers for NaNo, because they really help me get into writing (and plus they're fun).
As inspiration for this cover, I looked at the covers of Japanese light novels (because my art is more manga style), and went through old sketches of my characters. I'm still working at perfecting the use of colored markers, and I even challenged myself to use some new markers for this project, but overall I like how it turned out.
I "messed up" in one place, but then it gave me an idea for the story. Here's a writing lesson (and a NaNo lesson, too): there aren't any real mistakes in art, only opportunities to be creative and to improve your skills. Spend NaNo improving and letting your imagination run!
Pop by my Twitter during NaNo to see how the novel is going! I'll be posting my word count, and talking a little bit about the new draft.
Best of luck with your NaNo project!
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