The Day Before NaNoWriMo

As I sit here writing this, there’s approximately eight hours until NaNoWriMo starts. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. I’ve found a lovely writer’s group that meets twice a week during November. I’m really excited to get to write with them and share the sweat, blood, tears, and words that is NaNo. And I’m not the only college student in the group, so I’ll have support and a sympathetic ear when it comes to doing NaNo on top of homework, studying, and prepping for the ever-looming finals.

Plus, this NaNo is going to be very interesting. Right now, I’ve got three separate ideas vying for attention, so unless I can choose one over the other two, I’ll be flipping through three novels this November. It’s kind of funny, actually, because I’ve been in an “edit-all-the-things” mood recently and now I’m in a “write-all-the-things” mood.

The good side of the “edit-all-the-things” mood is that Crystal is almost ready to go. All that’s needed is editing and that’ll happen in December, so with any luck, Crystal should be published sometime in January. And if it isn’t, nag me incessantly because I’ve procrastinated on publishing that book for far too long. Really, I have.

After Crystal, I plan on taking a short break from the Anayldrisian world. Homesick and Inheritance, books 3 and 4, are both written, but I need to mull over them for a while. Especially Homesick. Of all the books I’ve written, it’s the one that’s giving me the most grief. I’ll still be writing, don’t get me wrong, but I’ll mostly likely be finishing up Cursed, Unwanted Gods, and Destinies Collide. All written and in need of revising. So there’s definitely some fun things in my future. I *might* even post some excepts as I revise.

Oh, and one last thing. Because Crystal is coming out soon, I’d like some more reviews for Starling. If you’d like to review it, shoot me an email and I’ll give you a copy in exchange for an honest review. Offer’s open now until Crystal is published. And I’m considering also offering the same deal for Crystal, so definitely let me know if you’re interested in that too.

That’s all for now! Happy Nano’ing! 🙂

Trying New Things

This past week has been really interesting. I’ve done so many things, including trying out some new things.

-I’ve worked a lot on finishing up Crystal. Almost there! Almost! I’ve added a lot of new scenes and chapters and am fleshing out the back half, making that it seem like I didn’t rush events.

-I joined this website called Critique Circle. So far, I like it. I even put up a chapter to be critiqued. That starts on Wednesday, so I may be an emotional wreck this upcoming week. Or I may be the happiest person on the planet. More likely, I’ll be somewhere in between.

-I went to a local writing group. Given that I’m extremely shy, this was something big for me, but I had so much fun! The people were very welcoming and even though we chatted a great deal about unrelated things, we actually got a lot of writing done. Or in my case, revising. In three and a half hours, I got through revising two entire chapters, which is approximately 10,000 words. I was very proud of myself. I’m definitely going back.

-I made a list of what all I needed to do to get the rest of my WIP’s ready. …It’s a very long list. I’ve realized I have the habit of writing the story and not looking at it again for over a year. So, I have seven stories in various stages of completion. This summer’s goal is to focus on one at a time and get them done so I can start on a new project without feeling guilty about it.

-I signed up to help judge the first round of a writing contest. Really excited about that!

Added to all that is all the craziness that is life and job-searching, so I’ve been very busy! But it’s a good kind of busy.

I’ve also been debating on whether or not to keep this blog going, since I so very rarely update. And if I decide to keep it running, on what I would post. It’s a very hard decision since I don’t know what direction I’d even want to take this blog. Thoughts would be most appreciated.

Oh, that reminds me! Have you heard of Story Bundle? It’s this thing where you get a bundle of books and you get to pick the price. This month’s bundle is writing how-to’s. I haven’t read any of them, but they seem like they’d be helpful. 🙂

How has your writing been going? I’d love to hear about your current WIP’s. I’d even love to hear about your pubbed books. I love supporting fellow authors any way I can!

The Yellow Hoods Book 1 Review

The Yellow Hoods is a cute romp with a nice twist on a well-loved fairytale. Its main protagonist is Tee, a spunky 12 year old who likes to invent things with her grandpapa and go as fast as she can in her sail cart. Along with her friends, Elly and Richy, she goes on an adventure to save her grandpapa from the dreaded LeLoup, or the Wolf. Along the way, there was some nice character development for Tee. I especially liked the bit with the “lala’s.” I felt that it was well done.

The setting was well realized and the steampunk aspect fit right in believably. The best part was the grandpapa’s house, full of secrets and surprises. It was so well described that you could see it easily. Following that was the tree house on the mountains, complete with its own pulley system.

Interestingly, the book has aspects of a fairytale embedded within. Specifically, the three little pigs and little red riding hood. And it works, as the embedding was done quite cleverly. It took me a while to figure out that the Cochon brothers were the three little pigs, I have to admit. (Cochon literally meaning pigs)

The pace was just right and kept the pages turning.

And that ending! Definitely makes me want to read the next book!
4 out of 5 stars 😀

Good News :)

Hello there! I’ve been completely slacking on NaNo, but that’s okay, because guess what? THE NEW VERSION OF STARLING IS OUT! XD

If you already had it, or want a review copy, shoot me an email at ebthompson93_author@aol.com and tell me if you want a kindle or a nook copy.

Oh, and just because I’m slacking on NaNo doesn’t mean you can! Go forth and write! 🙂

NaNo 2014: Almost There!

Me again, checking in! Hello! Can you believe it’s week three of NaNo? Time has really just flown by! Not that this is a bad thing, but…I’ll miss NaNo when it’s over, ya know?

Anyways, my progress has been fairly consistent. I’m meeting my daily word count, give or take a thousand words. Some days I’ll write several thousand and some days I’ll only write several hundred. Such is the way of it. I’m still pretty happy with it, considering. Plus, as far as I’m concerned, any amount of writing is good.

Oh! And I have other news on the writing front!

Tomorrow, I am reuploading Starling. So if you haven’t read it yet, give it a chance! And if you have it already and want the new version, or would like a review copy, email me at ebthompson93_author@aol.com and tell me if you have a Kindle or a Nook. I’d love to know what you think! 🙂

How’s your NaNo/writing been going? What are you writing?

NaNo 2014: It Continues

Hello again! It’s just me, checking in. Can you believe November’s almost halfway over? I can’t. It’s just flown by!

The first few days were a bit of a challenge for me, I have to admit. I wasn’t meeting my word count. Or if I was, putting words on the paper was like pulling teeth. Either way, it was not fun. So, basically, I stopped writing. Which is bad bad bad.

Then one day, I was bored and started writing. But it wasn’t what I’d committed to writing in November. It was something new and different, an idea I’d found on my flash drive when searching for something else.

Working on this new story, my word count soared. I couldn’t stop writing. Now I’m way ahead of NaNo’s projected word count.

Why? How? What?

I asked myself the same thing.

Here’s what I came up with.

With my first story, a perfectly good story, I’d outlined the entire story. Extensively. But I am undeniably and unequivocally a pantser. I do not do well with outlines. The better outlined something is, the more I have to force myself to write. Forcing the writing is bad bad bad. When I started writing the second story, I knew nothing. I was basically discovering where the story wanted to take me, letting it unfold on its own. The story was in charge, not me. (Or so it thinks, haha) I could write the words because I didn’t know where I was going, I didn’t have a plan or an outline, and I could let myself discover the middle. (I had a vague idea of the ending.)

I was reading Derrick Jensen’s Walking on Water today (part writing book/part education/teaching) for a class and I found a quote that pretty much sums it up.

“I still had too much control… My best writing comes when I give up control, let the piece lead me where it will.”

The quote’s actually a bit longer than that, and perhaps I’ll post the whole thing another day, but I found that it perfectly summed up what I’d been feeling and what I’d been experiencing.

So that’s my NaNo so far. What’s yours been like? Meeting your word counts? Working on something new, exciting, and unexpected? Horror stories? Funny stories? Stories in general? Share them in the comments!

And good luck with the rest of NaNo! May the words be ever flowing from your pen! 🙂

NaNo 2014: It Begins

Well hello there! Guess what? It’s NOVEMBER! Do you know what that means? I know you do! IT’S NATIONAL NOVEMBER WRITING MONTH!!! XD

I’m crazy and gonna do it while in school. And by school, I mean college. So far, it’s working.

The first day, I didn’t get any words written, but that was okay, because I usually just outline where I want the story to go and I’d already done that. And besides, Saturday was crazy anyways.

I think I *might* have written 3,000 or so words that Sunday night, so I’d pretty much caught up on missing the first day.

Yesterday, I had an hour and a half bus ride, so I wrote lots and lots of words, completely catching up to where I needed to be. So that was good. 🙂

Today is one of those “do it all” days. Basically, I’m editing and writing while I have the chance. Oh, and I’m probably beta’ing too. (With hot chocolate of course, because IT’S COLD!)

I’ll check in later, with progress on all the things. And I’ll try to be better about posting. After all, it is NaNoWriMo.

How has your NaNo been going? What’cha writing? Got any helpful hints or tips? Let me know in the comments. Oh, and I’m ebthompson on NaNo, so come be my writing buddy! Because, really, the more the merrier!

Happy writing!