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!