NaNoWriMo 2017 – Prep Post #1

Publicly declaring goals is often not a good thing for me (no, really), but I do like making lists of things that I need/want to get done. This is that.

Things to get done before Nov. 1st:

  • Finish a draft of Wicked Witch, Retired. I’m talking a super rough draft. A NaNoWriMo level of quality of draft.
  • Finish reading/editing/formatting pass on Eric’s SUPErViLLaINS.
  • Read through my Abbott notes. Maybe have an idea for the third story.

And if you want to find me at the NaNo site, I’m katen.

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Writing Update, 10/11


Wicked Witch, Retired
Ended up spending all of last week on rewrites. Didn’t really intend for it to take that long, but that’s how it fell out between the last of the hard drive drama and not feeling well. This week, I’ve added words. The manuscript is over the 60K mark.

Abbott stories
Had a few days off of PHYSIC work and started reading through the first of the One Ahead stories, “The Case of the Sorrowful Seamstress.” Still haven’t decided whether I’m going to do anything special for NaNoWriMo. I’m firmly on the fence, but I *have* added my info to the NaNo page. Surprised that my first stab at Abbott was five years ago. What have I been doing with myself? (Don’t answer that…)

It’s Monday, What Are You… (10/2)

…Reading?

Slade House Dark Screams: Volume Eight The Overneath

I started Slade House last week, but then skipped over to The Ballad of Black Tom, which I finished. Not sure what I think, thus far. It’s…quirky. I’ve also been working my way through two short story ARCs. And I’ll probably read other assorted short stories. The October Reading Club is back, but started out with Lovecraft. *shrug*

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date!

…Doing?

Trying to get work done. Playing some frisbee. Basking in October-ness. The usual.

The data drive on my desktop took a dive Saturday night. I’ve recovered most of my important files, and I’ll have probably an attempt or two more to grab a few things, but it’s been an interruption of my usual routine. Eric ordered a ginormous replacement.

What Was I Doing?

Cat: Readathon
Tag: monday, magic, (artist)

Writing Update, 9/13

Progress (and other stuff)
Awww, two tweets from Wicked Witch, Retired about Hanna and Kelvaro. Who are not romantically entangled. Actually, this is something I’ve gone back and forth on. I don’t really want these two together. Hanna had a crush on Kelvaro, but that’s faded into friendship. Kelvaro isn’t interested, but appreciates Hanna as the generally smart, independent woman she is. But the writer/publisher part of me says, “Katherine, wouldn’t some romance in this book make it more marketable?” I suppose it might, but I’ve never been one to make things easy on myself.

Manuscript is back over 50K words. Our heroes are in the middle of a daring rescue.

What is This?
Wicked Witch, Retired is my current writing project. It is the sort-of sequel to a flash story I wrote, “Wicked Witch for Hire,” which is currently available in the anthology Bounded in a Nutshell.

#sunscribbles is a Twitter event hosted by @DragonspireUK . Every Sunday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.

#1lineWed is a Twitter event hosted by @RWAKissofDeath. Every Wednesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.

Writing Update, 9/6

Progress
The above is actually not from Wicked Witch, Retired, but from one of the David Abbott mysteries that are currently on my back burner. The #TerraTues theme was “magic,” but I haven’t yet used the word in WWR even though its genre is fantasy. Instead, the magical force in that universe is called “wunder.” A user of wunder like Agatha, my “wicked witch,” would be called a wunder worker. Progress-wise, I’m done with this half-draft’s rewrite and ready to add story again.

As for Mr. Abbott, I plan to set aside WWR in November and give the in-progress stories a NaNoWriMo treatment. But that’s the carrot urging me on finish a full WWR draft by then.

What is This?
Wicked Witch, Retired is my current writing project. It is the sort-of sequel to a flash story I wrote, “Wicked Witch for Hire,” which is currently available in the anthology Bounded in a Nutshell.

#TerraTues is a Twitter event hosted by @leighmlorien and @summerhwrites. Every Tuesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.

Writing Update, 8/30

I kind of fizzled out on everything last week. Summer is…hard. Even after living in Arizona for nearly 18 years, “back to school” and Halloween candy appearing in the stores just seems like a cruel joke when the forecast is a consistent 106+F for the foreseeable forever. I hate summer.

I’ve passed the one year mark on Wicked Witch, Retired. It doesn’t seem like I started this project that long ago. I’d like to have a full draft done by November. I’m going to have to work hard for that.

 

Writing Update, 8/16

Not much to report, honestly, other than chipping away at drafting and rewrites. And, surprisingly, this isn’t causing me anxiety or consternation. It’s simply part of the work I want to do. Yes, it’s sometimes difficult and sometimes, word-count-wise, there isn’t a lot to show at the end of the day, but I’m okay with that. Maybe I might even be enjoying my work.

Many years ago, a friend from my LiveJournal days sent me the following:

The Vintage Man by Hafiz