Tuesday, November 22, 2016

NaNoWriMo and Beyond

I exceeded the 50K goal last night, according to NaNoWriMo's official word count. I feel like it's a little bit off, as my Google Docs word count tells me I've written less. At any rate, I have turned so many circles in The Children of Mossy Hollow that I think it's safe to say that I'm in revisions at this point. That means the first draft is finally done.

It look a lot longer than I planned - four NaNoWriMos and a few writing camps. What makes me feel ok about dragging my heels is that I've had a lot to deal with since 2013, physically, emotionally, and otherwise. There is also the fact that my story involves a real life event in my own family history. It's about children who lose everything and are forced to start new lives away from the only home they've known. There is a lot of sentimental value in that. There were some sad moments, and those were hard to write. I also had to fill in a lot of blanks with fabrications of conversations and other happenings, and I desperately wanted to do the children justice for what they went through. It got to the point that I had dreams about the children. I have been writing stories since I was 8 years old, but I can say wholeheartedly that this has been a unique experience.

Revisions, I expect, will take as long as writing the first draft, if not longer. Then there is professional editing, formatting, book cover art, and all of the details that go into creating a novella. I don't know when I will be able to tackle those tasks, but I'll figure it out. I am not allowed to raise funds or even sell the book for profit when it's published due to SS restrictions. It will most likely be a charitable endeavor, or perhaps even free of charge. I'll keep you posted. At any rate, I look forward to sharing Annette, Odessa, Benjamin, Joseph, and Tilly with you in the future.

Thanks for cheering me on as I continue to write. NaNoWriMo ends on November 30, and I plan to add to the word count until the last day. My other writing projects still have a long way to go, and include a memoir (which will take years), a historical fantasy (The Kate Letters, 50% complete), a fiction drama about HKPP and adoption (Sisterly Love, about 20% complete), and a few short stories for both children and adults.

The plan is to move forward in December and 2017 with art projects. I have several that are awaiting completion, and I am constantly being inspired to learn new things. I am exhausted, but I am not about to let my supplies collect dust, so I intend to immerse myself in studies. Kandinsky is on the list, among others.

If you're in the U.S., have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
If you're not in the U.S., have a lovely rest of the week.

My body tells me it's time for my second nap. TTFN