A New Cover and a NaNoWriMo Update

Man, I don’t know if I’m going to make my Nano deadline. I’m at 42,000 words, which is nothing to sneeze at, but I have like 3 more days to write 8,000 words. Yarg. I’m still trucking, though, and I plan to continue trucking.

I redesigned the cover on my most recent release already. What can I say? I’m indecisive. This one was for Beneath Oceans of Sky.

On the left, we have the original. Rightie is the new one.

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I think the new one is more interesting. I don’t know how I feel about the green. I tinted it that color to make it more Christmassy. It originally looked like this.

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I still might use the gold color. I don’t know. I just really need someone who makes all the right decisions to follow me around all day and tell me what to do.

You might be asking yourself why I was working on a cover redesign when I should’ve been Nano writing. I worked on the cover when it wasn’t a good/quiet enough time in my house to write.

Now, I’m going to go write some more.

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On a Monday

Greetings, internetizens! NaNoWriMoing is going okay. Current word count is 30276. I’m still a bit behind. I’m hoping to make up some ground this weekend. I have 4 days off!! WOO!

This pleases me greatly.

There was this part of the story I was having trouble getting past. I didn’t do a good job of deciding what I wanted it to be beforehand. I did have my notes, but there was a kink in those, so I had to scrap about a page of them and work that part up from scratch.

The good part of having the notes is that I can see what doesn’t work in the story before I actually write that part of the book. It saves some story editing.

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The boy gave me this accurate button.

That’s all for now. Smell ya later.

Behold the Pretties! Canterbury Classics

Because what I needed was DEFINITELY more books. Ahem.

I bought these at the Costco. They are magnificent. I’m in love with them and hope to one day have the time to read every last one, except for the duplicate parts. A couple of stories appear in more than one of them.

Please excuse my horribly grainy photos. I think the camera on my phone may be getting tired. It doesn’t seem to be as cooperative as it used to be.

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Interior cover of the SciFi/Fantasy book

 

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They even have built-in ribbon bookmarks. Be still my heart!

The Lovecraft book is my favorite, of course. I actually had to buy that one twice. The boy pretty much claimed my first copy as his own. I tried to remind him it was borrowed but then he gave me the puppy dog eyes. What am I supposed to do, not give the kid a book?

 

 

 

NaNoWriMo Update

Day 13. I do not hate myself yet. Mood: optimistic.

The book is going pretty well, despite my various distractions. I need to move a little bit faster. Current word count is 19955. That puts me a smidge behind where I need to be, but I’m not overly worried. Here are my current stats as listed on the Nano website.

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In my Nano inbox (which I didn’t know I had until today), there was a peptalk from Dean Koontz (Everyone got it, not just me. Alas, Dean Koontz does not personally email me. Though he is welcome to do so at any time!). I hope he doesn’t mind if I steal a snippet from it.

“To get on with your career, don’t waste time responding to the naysayers. Don’t dwell on what they’ve said. Stay true to your vision. Instead of letting their negativism get you down and slow you down, adopt an ‘oh-yeah?’ attitude and double your effort; move faster into the future. The world is full of people who say it can’t be done. If everyone listened to them, we’d still live in caves—and there would be no such thing as books.”

I have to go write now. right now.

And, we’re working. We’re working.

The NaNoWriMo project continues. Current word count: 10,754.

I’ve been overly conscious of story pacing or maybe just paranoid about the pacing. I always feel like I’m either rushing or going too slow. Nothing feels quite right.

I am muddling through, though.

The distractions have been true and real. The pull of Destiny 2 is strong, but I’m doin’ okay! Somehow. Also, the husband distracts me with various house things. I think he’s secretly trying to sabotage me.

I would like to get a day or two ahead on the word count because I know, at some point, I’m going to miss a day, and that will be a bad situation.

 

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