The insanity that is National Novel Writing Month has come to a close and I am very pleased to report that I WON!! I set out to write FIFTY THOUSAND words in 30 days and I did it. Final word count at the end was 50, 478 words. I now have a complete first draft of a story that has been lurking in my head since 1997. It feels good to finally have it out. It is, by no means, a complete story. There are holes in the plot you could drive a truck through, but it's only a first draft. Edits and rewrites will make the story complete, polished and publishable. Someday. In the meantime, I'm still riding the high of setting a very ambitious goal and achieving it on the first try. This exercise (NaNoWriMo) has been the kick in the pants I needed to get back on track with my writing.
My next project will be finishing the Urban Fantasy piece I've been working on since 2009. The first draft of that story took 10 weeks to complete. And, like every first draft I've ever written, it was complete crap. The second draft is proving to be a much better story, with cleaner writing, more interesting characters and a more plausible plot. I promise, there are no smegging vampires in it. But the Ducati-riding werewolf is quite a delicious creature. I can't wait for you to meet him.
I've been asked about the final installment of The Ouija Board story. That'll be up by the weekend. It's not the time of year for that sort of story, but I hate to leave a tale untold.
Until then, Happy Reading.