NaNoWriMo (and queries)

November is here~ and it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Well, perhaps not the MOST wonderful but certainly an enjoyable time. Having finished up the last round of self-edits on my novel, I decided to do NaNoWriMo this year and I’m really excited about my story. It’s a nice break from fantasy as I dive into a paranormal gothic period piece. It’s a story I’ve been thinking of writing for a good five months but had to sideline since I was focused solely on my fantasy series (and getting it ready to submit).

I’ve never really written a ghost story before–or anything with a gothic background–and so far it’s been an interesting experience. I love writing a multitude of genres but I’ve been so deep into fantasy the past few years that I’ve really forgotten what it’s like to write something else for a change. It’s been fun to explore more of the writing world though and it’s definitely something I recommend. Try not to get set into one genre–try to explore them all! Or at least a reasonable amount of them (okay at the least try more than one). I really hope to finish it by the end of the month but we’ll see. So far I’ve been strangely busy (normally I’m not this busy). I think it’s just the after con hangover. Oh. I haven’t mentioned that yet but I plan to write a blog post on it (and if you follow my instagram you probably already know). I staffed/enjoyed an anime convention over Halloween weekend and it was such a great experience. I love conventions, but more on that at a later time.

Ah! I should probably also update you guys a little on book and writing stuff (since, you know, this blog was originally for book updates haha). So two things. The first is that I had a piece of flash fiction published in Splickety Publishing group’s magazine Havok (their Halloween edition). If you have time you should go read it! There’s a lot of other great authors featured in it as well and it’s a really fun issue. ┬áThe second this is that since editing is finished, I’ve looked into and compiled a list of agents to query for my book. All I need to do is finish writing all the queries and cross my fingers. It’ll probably take some time but I’m hopeful–you always have to be hopeful.

So that’s about it for now. This was a very short update! Is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo? I’d love to hear about it if so!

Don’t forget to seek out adventure!

xxx

 

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Writer Talk & Sake

You know what every good writer needs every once and a while? Another writer to talk to.

–And alcohol. Mostly the alcohol.

The other day I went on a nice excursion to the mall with my fellow writer friend and we enacted that terribly stereotypical and entirely accurate depiction of girls going shopping for fun. We did and we shopped a ton. I really┬ádon’t remember the last time I’ve shopped so much (mostly cause of the lack of money [yeah totally becoming that other stereotype of the broke author]). I normally go window shopping and this time I actually bought quite a few bits and pieces and spent most of the day shopping. Of course this was fine since I was supposed to be resting my wrist from typing anyway.

Anyway, so after shopping we decided to get some food to eat and talk about writing. We went to a Japanese restaurant we frequent and ordered a bunch of appetizers and one other we really needed: SAKE. Got ourselves a tiny bottle and started drinking it before our food even came. It’s probably not best to feed into the stereotype of the struggling writer always drinking but in this moment of weakness we definitely did.

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Over our drinks and food we had a nice talk about each other’s stories. We had a nice talk about what our favorite part of our books was. The funny thing was, though we could each pinpoint exactly what our favorite part in each other’s books, we honestly couldn’t figure out our favorite parts in our own work. Perhaps because we are too close to our writing to be able to pick anything that particularly stands out…

Still, I thought it odd we couldn’t find the best in our own work so I decided it should be our task (or homework if you wish) to think about our favorite part. I think it’s important that authors are able to distinguish the one moment in their own book that they liked the most–whether for description, dialogue, feeling, or action. It’s nice to be able to think “ah, that was good”. Creators of anything really need to be able to be humble as well as look at their own work and see what is great about it.

So, now you know my homework for the week. I’m going to think hard on what I believe my favorite to be. So for whoever is reading this, I task you with the same homework: What is your favorite part of something you’re working on?

Don’t forget to seek out adventure!

xxx