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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

NaNoWriMo is (finally) officially over!


Today, I validated DESTINY

Like last year, there was no actual word count validation necessary. BUT, even after I reached 50k and finished my WIP, there was no clear way to access my WINNER badges. I had to mess around with the notifications, which fellow writer Crystal-Rain Love told me about, before finding where I could downloaded my certificate, etc. 

Yay, I suppose. 😁

Anyway, here's what my November progress looked like:


Quite a steady rise to the finish line, right? 😀👍

Well, that's NaNoWriMo for another year. Hope you all had as much fun writing your novel as I did! I got so caught up in Destiny's story that I've already started a Revision List and plan to expand on what I have, plus change a few things. 

Like every NaNo project, I wrote this story for me, because Destiny's adventure is something I wanted to read. Something this persistent character deserved. And also, because I hope she'll find an audience one day.

Have a great week!


Wednesday, 18 November 2020

THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle

 

The Ballad of Black TomThe Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a novella I've had my eye on for a while because that cover is great. And today was the day I finally picked it up.

Charles Thomas Tester is a bit of a hustler and not much of a singer, though he carries a guitar case with him. He lives with his sick father in Harlem but often finds himself in other places across New York.

The day he delivers a strange book to a strange woman in Queens, Tom's life is never the same...

Okay, this is quite an interesting story and I enjoyed it for several reasons. It's well written, has some great characters, the sense of location is really cool, and the Lovecraftian angle is very interesting.

I thought Thomas Tester was such a fascinating character and I really enjoyed spending time with him. His story was a combination of sad and engaging, with a mix of mystery that kept me interested.

Unfortunately, the cop Malone wasn't any of these things. Actually, I was very disappointed when Part 2 started and it was in his POV. He was such a boring guy. I just didn't care about anything he had to say or do, so the second half of the novella failed the beginning.

I was glad it ended with Thomas and loved the last line. I just wish we'd gotten the chance to follow him from start to finish and experience some of the wonders that were skipped over.

It's an entertaining read.


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Monday, 16 November 2020

NaNoWriMo: Week Three

Hey! How are you today? Well, this week's NaNoWriMo post is quite close to the last one, right? I mean, I just posted last week's update yesterday. 😬

BUT, I finished my WIP today, so I thought I'd blog about it.

Yep. The first draft of DESTINY is finished, and I'm SO excited. Yay! 😁🎉

This is the 14th time I've won NaNoWriMo!

So, here's this week's word count:
  • Monday: 65,560 (added 2071w)

I actually reached the end of this first draft yesterday but because it was such a whirlwind of words and felt bare bones, I went back and re-read the last three chapters + epilogue.

Writing this story turned out to be a great and fun experience! It started out as a small horror idea featuring a character who's been renting space in my brain for several years now, and became something so much bigger. It features a love story I didn't expect, included a lot of supernatural goodness, and led to a very cool and unexpected adventure.

I'm really happy with Destiny's story. I just need to revise it and find a cool title. 😬

Well, there you have it. My NaNoWriMo 2020 WIP is done. I managed to write one more novel before the end of the year, and that's always awesome. 

I'm super excited right now and am looking forward to taking a mental break. And that includes some overdue reading time. 😁

Have an awesome week!

Sunday, 15 November 2020

NaNoWriMo: Week Two

Well, the second week of NaNoWriMo has come to an end, and I'm still very happy with my progress... because I reached the 50k-word target. Yay!! 😃🎉

That's right. I got to 50k in 12 days, which really isn't a surprise because I write fast first drafts quite often. Actually, I did the same thing back in August when I was writing my slasher novel

Meeting 50k is really cool but the story isn't done, so of course I'll keep writing until I reach The End.

Here's how this week's word count turned out:
  • Monday: 37,418 (added 2929w) 
  • Tuesday: 41,702 (added (4284w)
  • Wednesday: 46,027 (added 4325w)
  • Thursday: 50,350 (added 4323w)
  • Friday: 54,691 (added 4341w)
  • Saturday: 59,036w (added 4345w)
  • Sunday: 63,489w (added 4453w)

I love taking part in NaNo, but even more than that, I love writing a story that's been living inside my brain for this long. Especially when so much of what I expected has actually hit the page, along with a LOT of unexpected things. There are so many surprises popping up all over the place and I'm really looking forward to finding out where Destiny's adventure ends.

Like last week, I didn't have enough time to do any actual reading but we did squeeze in some yoga workouts, daily walks and quite a bit of watching. Even bought a whole bunch of books because there are just too many deals--both in eBooks and print. Oh, and I even (somehow) wrote a short story.

I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into a book or two when I finish this draft. But for now, I'm going to keep following this story until there's no more to tell...

Hope your WIP is going well too. 😊

Have an awesome week!

Sunday, 8 November 2020

NaNoWriMo: Week One

Well, the first week of NaNoWriMo is over and I'm really happy with my progress.

Since the 1st of November--which was actually last Sunday--I've spent the week getting stuck into my story. I'm having a great time writing my latest WIP because this character has been waiting for her shot at adventure for AGES

Here's how this week's word count turned out:
  • Sunday: 5,124w
  • Monday: 10,101 (added 4977w) 
  • Tuesday: 14,163 (added 4062w)
  • Wednesday: 18,268 (added 4105w)
  • Thursday: 22,349 (added 4081w)
  • Friday: 26,376 (added 4027w)
  • Saturday: 30,889 (added 4513w) 
  • Sunday: 34,489 (added 3600w)

As you can see, writing every single day has resulted in a great word count total. I'm probably on track to reach 50k by the end of next week (yay!), but I'm not sure if that'll also be the end of the story. 😬 

I have a feeling it's going to be longer. How long? I'm not sure yet. It's not important because I'll keep going until it's done. LOL.

A lot about this WIP is turning out exactly how I imagined it would. But there's even more stuff I didn't expect. Like the importance of several characters, and how they're reacting and/or interacting with my MC. Not to mention the unexpected emotional entanglements... I'm having a great time with this adventurous horror story, of the demonic (and monstrous) kind. 😈

Like usual, I'm getting so caught up in my own story that I haven't been able to read anything. It's not about finding the time, because we've still managed to squeeze in yoga, walking and watching. It's just that I'm totally wrapped up in my own story.

Well, that's it. That's my update for now.

Have a great week!!

 
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