NaNo 2018 Day 12, 13, 14


I wrote like 918 words on day 12.

I wrote ZERO words on day 13 and I didn’t feel bad at all because I was watching standup comedy and I had a beer.

Today’s word count: 1081

Projects: All of the Echoes


I also did a group word sprint on the nanowrimo site. Writing for an hour when you’re trying to write for an hour is hard.

I did not make my word count goal today or catch myself up to where I am “supposed” to be if I consistently made my word count but that’s okay BECAUSE 1) progress is happening and 2) I’m falling in love with my characters again!

I haven’t hated my characters at all but I haven’t been super excited to see them on the page in a long time.

And I can catch up, do all the catching up, this weekend.


NaNo 2018 Day 11


Word count: 4467 (Yes, I had a major brain wave today!)

Projects: All of the Echoes, a short story companion to Havoc’s Moon

Goals achieved/notes: I’m happy but I can’t make any coherent words to describe why. I haven’t had this good a day, meaning, all the words are good (for a first draft) and none of them were “I don’t know what to write, I don’t know what to write,” written over and over again.

I hope y’all had a great day too!

Total word count: 18536


NaNo 2018 Day 10


Word count: 2048

Project: All of the Echoes

Goals achieved/notes: I worked on a lot of structuring today, dividing what I had written over the last 10 days and organizing chapters out of all that mess. Also putting more flesh on those pieces to plug holes and make things make more sense. I confess I did do some editing and re-reading before I started writing the new words today but since this project has taken a massive direction shift I really needed to re-read and refresh myself so I could keep moving forward. I have to say that now that I made this project shift I am WAY more excited about my characters than I have been in a long time and the elements of the project that were the sequel to Past Life are really shaping up well. Even though I’m still behind on my word count I’m not too discouraged, only a little but not as much as I thought I would be. Because I’ve seriously been discouraged about not meeting my word count before.

I managed to write over 2000 words today and my goal is to write at least 3000 tomorrow so I can try to catch up. I think on day 15 we are supposed to have 25,000 words. Right now my total word count is:



NaNo 2018 Day 8, 9


(Day 8) Word count: 1300 something

Project: All of the Echoes

Goals achieved/notes: I realize I totally forgot to post all of my brain discoveries and word count yesterday. I didn’t do the dishes either. But I bought a new phone case and a new iPad case. And I discovered my cats have fleas. So there you go.

(Day 9, today): Word count: 816

Project: All of the Echoes (formerly known as The Morning Star)

Goals achieved/notes: did not reach my word count because I had to deal with the fleas.

Total word count: 12,021

I have a lot of catching up to do.

NaNo 2018 Day 7


Word count: 1207

Projects: The Morning Star which is no longer The Morning Star

Goals achieved/notes:

Now for something completely different. Before nanowrimo started I wanted to make progress on the sequel to my sci-fi novella, Past Life. Well, the sequel was not going well. So I threw the idea away (Not literally threw it away, I still have the draft file. Never throw anything away, copy and past into a different word doc but don’t throw anything away. You might need it later.) and started on something completely different. And by that I mean I’m now focusing on a completely different part of the universe. And I’m loving it.

But there’s a problem.

Past Life cannot exist on its own, it needs a sequel to complete it. Past Life is not a stand-alone book. That sequel no longer exists. Therefore Past Life is in a bit of a pickle.

So here’s what I’m going to do:

Firstly: I’ve taken Past Life out of circulation in most retail venues, however, you can still find it live on Prolific Works.

Secondly: I’m going to keep writing what I’ve started writing and if it turns out I don’t like it I will re-activate Past Life and life will resume as if nothing had happened and I will somehow figure out a way to make the sequel not suck.

But if it turns out I do like the new thing I’m doing…

Then I will re-launch Past Life. And it will be the thing that it was before PLUS all these new, cool things.

So that’s all I have for now. I’m super tired and I wanted to go to bed at 8 pm because it was raining all day and work, like yesterday was really tiring but I stayed awake and even thought I didn’t make my word count today I still wrote over 1000 words and I did the dishes AND I updated my blog so I’m totally winning right now even though I’m tired as fuck 🙂

Total word count: 9708

How are y’all doing?


NaNo 2018 Day 6


Word count: 0

Projects: projects are being reorganized and reprocessed.

Goals achieved/notes: so I’ve been trying to generate words for The Morning Star and it hasn’t been going very well, whereas Havoc’s Moon is doing very well. So after yesterday’s struggle to make my word count I spent all this morning before I went to work brainstorming and semi outlining and came to the conclusion that I am not happy with some things and I need to fix them before I can move on with The Morning Star. I might be relaunching Past Life. Which is why it’s not here on my fiction page anymore. If you are reading this in the future you will have no idea what I’m talking about. And then when I got home from work I was tired so I decided to read Frank Herbert’s Whipping Star and go to bed early.


Excerpt 1 from Nanowrimo 2018

Fiction, NaNoWriMo

Uncut, unedited word vomit from Nanowrimo 2018 Day 1!

Eerie. Effervescent. Rank. Imperceptible. E. E. Something else that starts with E. That about sums up the forest. It’s eerie. Especially in November when Raspberry mountain is showered with sleet. The sky is grey. The ground is grey. The ice coming out of the sky and cutting into the ground like tiny little death daggers is also grey.

I hoped Bunny was okay. Bunny didn’t do well in weird weather. Unfortunately, the weather in Arkansas was always weird. It could change from sunny to storming to LOOK OUT THERE’S A TORNADO before lunchtime. And the sun set increadibly early this time of year so it was also dark. It was a dark dusk pelted with ice and cold rain.

Cold rain that vaguely smelled like paper mill chemicals and electricity. And blood. Something under the human pollution smelled like the wet, rich heat of a ruptured liver. I didn’t know that rain could smell wetter than normal, cool how life works sometimes.