• Contests,  NaNoWriMo,  Plotting,  wordcount,  Writing

    Another NaNo Victory!

    Last weekend I completed and won my third NaNoWriMo! This year was a bit (*cough, LOT) more of a roller-coaster than I remember the last two years being. I had a few zero wordcount writing days as well as two of my highest wordcount days ever–7300 and almost 9000 words. Whew! Yeah. I’m looking forward to finishing this novel, that has a working title of A Kingdom Between Us. It’s about a returning prince who is reclaiming his throne. He falls in love with…a maid. So, I’ve tried to add several twists to a couple of old tropes. I’m really excited about this story and so happy to be just…

  • Editing,  wordcount,  Writing

    Go Back to the Beginning

    This weekend I finished a round of deep edits on my second WIP. I’m not sure what the differences are between “deep edits” and “rewriting” but, for now, we’re calling it “deep edits.” And, as I’ve said on twitter, I have a whole new appreciation for editing. I thought I appreciated it, but it was a whole other thing to spend months (and months) editing scene after scene. The doing gave me a deeper understanding. Whew! Not that I’m done and ready to ship my story out. I’m going to go through it again (and again) until it’s polished, or as polished as I can get it. Somehow, by editing…

  • wordcount,  Writing

    Belated Blogiversary

    A little over a year ago I started my blog and wrote my first blog post. The actual date of my blogiversary is February 24th, but I was a lot under the weather, so delayed really marking the occasion on the blog until life slowed down. It hasn’t yet. Ha! But I did want to mark the occasion and reflect on this past year. In many ways I’d love to use this post to make an announcement, but that isn’t quite where I’m at with my writing. Sigh. Still, I think I’ve put off writing this post because I’d love for it to be about My Year of Kicking Ass…