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Breaking Free (and a general update)

I know, I know. It’s been far too long since I posted anything here. In 2015, I had hand surgery and became asthmatic, both of which slowed me down a bit. I volunteered at three summer writing camps for grade school kids, which was super fun. I made a lot of progress editing my second novel and wrote several short stories and poems. I haven’t written much flash fiction since I stopped posting weekly, but I did write one piece recently, which was a lot of fun, so maybe I’ll get back into it. A few months ago, I took my first novel and started re-writing it, removing one of two POV characters entirely from the story (about 45% of the content) and switching from third person past tense to first person present tense. I’m only a few chapters in, but it’s interesting and fun so far, so I’m going to stick with it and see what happens.

The real reason I’m writing is that the latest anthology from Scripting Change, Breaking Free, is now available!

It includes a poem of mine.

Proceeds from the anthology will benefit Reach, an organization based in Massachusetts which supports domestic violence victims of all backgrounds and ages, while also increasing awareness in local communities.

The digital collection is available through:

The Scripting Change store
Smashwords (set your own price!)
Amazon in the US
Amazon in the UK
Amazon in Canada
Barnes and Noble

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First Page – Are You Hooked?

Miss Snark’s First Victim, Authoress, is currently hosting a first page critique for adult novels.

You can read the first page of my novel here and provide (much appreciated) feedback! Let me know if you’re hooked! Take a look at some of the other entries while you’re there!

Guidelines for critique can be found here.

Thank you for commenting!

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MCWC – The Mendocino Coast Writers Conference

I just got back from a fantastic trip to the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference in Fort Bragg (California). I participated in the novel workshop and received some wonderful feedback on the beginning of the novel I’m working on. I was inspired to really buckle down and get this novel ready to submit.

On Friday afternoon, I read a five-minute excerpt from a dystopic, science fiction short story that won first place in the conference participants short fiction contest. It was inspired by this piece of flash fiction I wrote last November, which is the way the story begins.

Marion (who writes awesome fantasy) summed up all the contest winners here.

If I met you at the conference and you’re reading this, thank you for stopping by! Please browse around and let me know what you think.

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NaNoWriMo Debrief

It’s December. NaNoWriMo is over. I didn’t “win,” but I wrote 22,675 words in November. There were many days I didn’t write due to family visiting, getting a head cold, etc. And one day I wrote over 4,000 words, the most I’ve ever written in one day. I do feel like I accomplished something. The encouragement from other NaNo-ers and the pressure were helpful, inspirational sparks.

The first draft of my second novel is now at 29,630 words. I recently passed what Larry Brooks calls the first pitch point (3/8 of the way through) in his book, Story Engineering. This point is where you show the antagonistic force, so things really start to get interesting. I’m excited about this, because I’m excited to continue writing until I finish this draft. NaNo helped me gain the momentum I needed to get this draft going.

Prior to November, I had been focused on editing my first novel and writing flash fiction and poetry. After a break, I’m now ready to start editing my first novel again with a new perspective that only time off (and lots of writing/planning another project) can give. My new plan is to intersperse working on the draft of my second novel with editing my first novel. I also plan to continue posting poetry and flash fiction to my blog on a regular basis. I have a pile of books to review too, so you can expect posts once or twice a week.

For those of you who participated in NaNoWriMo, I hope you got what you wanted out of it, even if, like me, you didn’t “win” this year. My experience met my expectations. How about yours? What were your expectations going in and did you meet them?

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Logline for my Second Novel

Instead of posting a #FridayFlash fiction piece this week, since today is the first day of NaNoWriMo, I’m presenting you with the logline I came up with this morning for my second novel (any thoughts/critique you have are most welcome):

Initial logline:

A lone vigilante vampire seeks a crime-fighting companion and is drawn to a fate-bender, but the fae have conflicting plans.

After John’s feedback (see comments below):

A lone vigilante vampire seeks a crime-fighting companion; drawn to a fate-bender, her troubles multiply when the fae intervene.

 

I started thinking about my second novel shortly after I finished NaNoWriMo two years ago, in December 2011. The idea for it actually developed out of a short piece I wrote for the fiction writing class I took at De Anza college that fall. Ideas for it have been percolating and jelling in my mind all this time. Characters have developed. Plot lines and subplots have formed. I’ve written a number of scenes from random places in the novel, and I’ve constructed a document with the rules of magic governing the universe. I don’t have an outline, other than some vague ideas, but I think I’m ready to jump into a first draft. For NaNo, I’ll only count words added to what I already have.

Best of luck to all you NaNo-ers! I’m skipping PIFG this month, but I’ll make up for it next month.  🙂

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