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NaNoWriMo 2015 Liveblog

NaNoWriMo 2015 Liveblog

This month I’m participating in NaNoWriMo. This is my fifth year doing the 30-day writing marathon. To the left you’ll find a daily calendar marking my progress. Below the related posts, you’ll find a liveblog that I’ll be updating throughout the month to talk about the experience.

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FINAL UPDATE

It’s done, though the draft isn’t complete. I’ll go back and revise book one more before I decide what note to end book two on. Thanks for the encouragement, internet!

NaNoWriMo 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015

Happy Halloween! All Hallow’s Read is fast approaching. Tomorrow night I will be busy with friends eating book-themed food and swapping spooky books while dressed as a gender-bent Harry Potter. Then on Sunday, I will be writing like a madwoman to get out in front of NaNoWriMo!

My username is Nimbuschick, so go add me as a Buddy (it’s case sensitive). You can also follow me on Twitter and participate in sprints with me from time-to-time.

thumbWhat will I be writing? Last year I wrote a ~65k word serial NA horror story that is in edits. It’s set in HP Lovecraft’s world at Miskatonic University, present day. The book, currently titled Tales from the Eldritch Ivy: Cult, will be released in episodes in 2016 (I hope). This year I’m getting started on the sequel.

thumbThe sequel follows Sebastian, a secondary character from the first book, who is still struggling to rationalize the events of the first novel. When Sebastian’s ex shows up, AWOL from the Marines, he gets wrapped up in yet another dangerous, mysterious plot, this time involving the Necronomicon.

I’ll see you on the other side of November when the second issue of the Olympia Heights comic is available in paper and ebook. You can read it here as a webcomic.

On the Horizon

On the Horizon

I’m writing now to let you guys know what to look out for. I have a few things on the horizon for the next few months. Here are a few of them.

Indie RECon

IRCLive Awards NomineeI was nominated for an Indie RECon award for “Most Heartbreaking Ending” for Olympia Heights: The Cult of Kronos. You can vote daily, so please do!

Link to vote: http://indiereconlive.com/?contestants=olympia-heights-the-cult-of-kronos-3

 

Website Relaunch

The first thing is a website relaunch. I wanted to talk about it now because I have other important things to announce at the redesign reveal. I know I changed the look of the site about eight months ago, but I need to do it again. You see, I was lured into this theme by pretty animated graphics, but it’s slow and clunky and not very responsive. I’ve found a new theme that I’m adapting to hopefully be how this site looks for the next few years. I’ll be getting together with Carly Strickland to shoot some images for it this Wednesday and in the next few weeks I’ll be getting everything together to hopefully relaunch around the end of the month.

The Heroes Launch

I’m launching a street team website when I launch the new amyleighstrickland.com. It’ll be explained thoroughly in a video I’ve already shot. Be patient. There will be swag.

Geek Gathering

At the end of September I’ll be appearing in Sheffield, AL at a con called “Geek Gathering.”

Lightning Rod

Early October will come with the launch of the Kickstarter for Lightning Rod, the first Olympia Heights comic. I’ll be doing events around that, including a Google Hangout on launch day. If you want to get an email when it launches, sign up at www.olympia-heights.com/comic

Fal-Con

A local group is organizing a con in Montevallo, AL in October. I’ll be there with the family at our company’s table as it’s right now the road from my house.

CONjuration Con

CONjuration is a Harry Potter convention organized by fans in Atalanta. I’ve just been accepted as a guest (yesterday) and will spend Halloween weekend there. I’ll be on panels and selling my books.

NaNoWriMo

November brings NaNoWriMo and a new project. This project has no title yet, but it will be a NA serial set in Arkham, Mass. I’ve been reading a lot of HP Lovecraft.

Royer Goldhawk 2

I’ve been editing the sequel to Rescue, OR Royer Goldhawk’s Remarkable Journal for a late fall release. Expect a cover reveal some time during NaNoWriMo.

So keep your eyes peeled for big changes and big announcements. Thanks for checking in!

The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing

The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing

ohposterkickKickstarter This!

The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing is back on Kickstarter. You can get some great rewards, whether you’re a writer or not. Olympia Heights fans- there are signed paperbacks and an exclusive poster. Take a look and see if you can help us in any way. Shares help, too!

Back it now!

Thanks for your support!

NaNoWriMo 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013

crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbI’m still deciding if I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo 2013. I guess I’ll know by the end of the week if I’m done with my Olympia Heights edits and ready to write again. I’ll be rebooting The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing on Kickstarter this coming month, so that will take a lot of my time. If I do it, I’ll be continuing a draft in progress. I started working on the second Royer Goldhawk novel (tentatively titled Escape OR, Major Bedloe’s Cold Iron War Machine) in August, but I’m still so early in that draft that I could easily add 50k words to it.

While I go back and forth on whether or not I’m going to do NaNoWriMo this year, I can offer some old articles to those of you who are participating.

In addition, from last year’s experience, I’d advise cutting yourself a little bit of slack. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with plotting every day what you then have to sit down a write, try writing every other day (3,334 words). Take one day to plot and the other to write. But don’t take more than one day off or you’ll fall terribly behind.

Here’s a link to my NaNo Profile for this year, just in case I decide to do it.

Tips to Making Your 1,667 Word-a-Day Goal: NaNoWriMo

Tips to Making Your 1,667 Word-a-Day Goal: NaNoWriMo

My longer-term readers will know that I lost NaNoWriMo last year because my book ran out of plot before 50,000 words and I don’t believe in fluffing up a book just to reach a word count. I ran out of plot well before NaNoWriMo ended, however, and posted a slew of blogs, wrote a research paper, and worked on my next book in the time frame, so realistically I wrote well over 50,000 words.

Perhaps you’re wondering why you should take advice from me. That’s a good question. I didn’t complete NaNoWriMo officially and I won’t have that M.Ed. in English LA until April. What I have done since 2010, is write, edit, and publish three novels, maintain a regular blog for over 18 months, earn most of a Masters degree, run an $8,000 Kickstarter for my mother-in-law’s art book, and help launch a handful of other projects for family and friends. My point in bragging about all of this is to let you know that I do know what it takes to see a project through. That is why I’ve made a video giving five tips to help you make it through NaNoWriMo 2012.

TLDR: This video will help you with NaNoWriMo. I know because I am very busy and still manage to get $#!@ done.

NaNoWriMo 2011 Digest

NaNoWriMo 2011 Digest

NaNoWriMo is approaching. Are you prepared? Check out some of my NaNoWriMo posts from last year while you plan and prepare.

8 Things to Do BEFORE NaNoWriMo Starts– What you need to do to prepare for success

In Defense of NaNoWriMo– An open letter to the writer of an infamous article from last season’s marathon. This might make you feel good about what you are about to attempt.

A Grateful Loser– A post about my 2011 “Failure”

NaNoWriMo Pyramid of Consumption– A guest blog I did last year. Humor.

I really don’t know what I plan to write. I’m finishing up the odes of my Blood of Athens draft right now, so hopefully I’ll be done in time to prepare a new project… What are you writing this year?

A Grateful Loser

A Grateful Loser

Hello, fellow NaNo-ers. I LOST NANOWRIMO! Hooray!

Why am I cheering? Why am I pleased about this? I’ll tell you why! I only lost because I ran out of plot.

I never really expected my story, which I think is called Perish, but that may change, to need the length of a standard novel. It’s really a novella. I had an idea that I was passionate about and I didn’t need 30 days to finish it. I needed about 23. And that’s Okay. Stories have natural ends. Pushing forward beyond these natural conclusions, just for word count, is a crime against good writing. Killing your pacing just to “fluff it out” is a travesty. I needed NaNoWriMo to be a 30 day deadline for draft 1, and I made that deadline. Success!

I got a lot of helpful ideas from other writers about “fluffing out” my word count, but when it came down to it, I decided that this wasn’t the point. At least not for me. I’ve written a book. You can buy it on Amazon (until December 10th it’s on Sale for 99¢). This was not about writing a book just to see if I could. This was not about writing to practice, because I write daily anyway. This was about setting a firm deadline and getting a project done. This was about having a product to edit and refine. In that way, I succeeded.

Adding extra “he saids” and using full names may be fun tricks, but are you really writing when you do that? It may be fun to write an alien invasion into my book, but it wasn’t needed. Remember, most NaNo-ers file their story away and remember fun times. I do intend to publish this. I’d be making more work for myself in editing if I added needless scenes and randomness. What did I do, before I gave up on 50k?

I fleshed out a couple of scenes that could have used more detail. That was nice, but only accounted for about 2k. I wrote a short story prequel for my antagonist. That was useful. I wrote the opening of the 3rd Olympia Heights Book. I wrote an afterwards. I wrote copy for the Say No to Sparkles site (coming soon). I didn’t have enough outlining or research to actually push forth with my planned writing projects, so I hit a wall when those were done. In the end I reached about 40k.

Another success for November was in inspiring my husband, Kyle. Kyle had previous conceptions about the conditions that he needed to write under. MYTH BUSTED! A deadline and a zombie wife typing away on the computer pushed him to write outside of his ideal conditions. It’s the best thing he’s ever written. He’s half-way through Mars-1, a really AMAZING sci-fi story that I can’t wait to see printed. We have plans for a Podio Book and I get to the do the female voices.

So recap– NaNoWriMo: I “Lost” and won at the same time. Congratulations to those who did win. Maybe next year I’ll plan a backup project. You live and you learn.

Did you win? Literally or figuratively?