Saturday, October 27, 2012

Nano Madness

If you know anything about the writing industry, then you'll already know that November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Basically the challenge is to write an entire novel in a month.
I'm going to come right out and say I've never done Nano before, not once in the whole eleven years I've been writing. Never even been tempted to take part in the grueling endurance that is the attempt of writing an entire book in thirty short days.
But all that has changed this year.
Those who follow this blog know that I've been lucky to get one post done a week over the past few months, due to a change in my home situation. This is also reflected in my writing time, which has become extremely limited. Luckily this isn't a permanent situation, otherwise my sanity would be at risk.
So because of this, I've done next to no writing in the last few weeks, and I'm really starting to notice it. My fingers are literally itching to get on a keyboard and bash out a few thousand words. And then people started talking about Nano. It got me thinking... yes, my writing time isn't what it used to be, but just maybe if I force myself onto the insane roller-coaster of Nano, I could take care of two issues at once; a) I'll actually be doing some writing, and b) I could (maybe) get Quantum finished (the second novel to my sci-fi romance Atrophy). It means I wouldn't even have to write an entire book, just 45,000 words, give or take... Which works out to 1500 words a day.
Once I would have said "totally do-able!" but these days I'm not so confident.
If you ask me today, I'd say yes, I think I do want to have a go at Nano, but I don't plan on posting targets or progress anywhere, since it could end up being a venture that gets abandoned very quickly. And who knows, by the time Thursday the 1st of November rolls around, I might have decided I can't be bothered anyway!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Just Finished Reading... Born To Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann

I've been a faithful Suzanne Brockmann reader for more years than I can remember. Personally, I don't think anyone writes a romantic suspense like her, and every time I pick up one of her books, I know I'm in for a page-turner I won't be able to put down.
So when I found out about her new series -- Fighting Destiny -- which is a story of her usual suspense, but with paranormal elements, to say I was excited would be a massive understatement.
This book has been out since March, but for various reasons, I didn't manage to get my hands on it until last week. Now, I told myself I was only going to read bits at a time. I was going to make it last. I wasn't going to sit up until the ridiculously early hours of the morning pushing through one more chapter while my eyes drooped.
Well, I might as well have said the earth was going to start rotating backwards.
And I am going to say that Born To Darkness was the best book I've read in years. And I don't say that lightly.
There was something about this book that felt fresh, and maybe it was simply because Brockmann was working on something new that excited her.
If you're a long time follower of this blog, you'll remember my disappointment in the last few Ghostwalker books Christine Feehan had written. These two books have a similar concept and I'll admit, the first few books in the Ghostwalker series were really good, I still have them and have re-read them a few times.
But Born To Darkness literally blows the Ghostwalkers out of the water.
I've stalked various websites, trying to get some gossip on when then next book might be coming out, but to no avail. All I know is that when it does come out, I'll be waiting very impatiently to see if book number two is as good as the first. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Progress and No Progress

The interruptions continued this week (suppose I should get used to it for the time being!) and I only wrote a measly 1500 words for the whole week. And even those were hard to come by. So not much progress on the writing front, and as I may have mentioned in my last post, I've given up on the idea of finishing another book before the end of the year.
But in other areas of my work, things are starting to happen! My agent is at last sending my Necrohunters manuscript out on submission. So for that reason it was a very exciting week. I know its probably going to be weeks, if not months before we hear anything, but my imagination was still running wild with who might offer for the book and what they might offer... though yes, there is always the chance no-one will offer, in which case it'll be back to the drawing board. Luckily I've sent my agent two other completed manuscripts, one a romantic suspense and the other my sci-fi romance Atrophy. Surely we will be able to sell at least one of them to get my new career off the ground?
I must say though, it is a bit weird (but weird in a good way) to have someone else doing the submitting on my behalf and getting the information second hand... since I'm a bit of a control freak at times, handing the reins over to someone else is a pretty big deal. But I know I'll get used to it pretty quickly, and I admit I'm really enjoying just being able to concentrate on my writing and not having to worry about where my next contract it coming from.
So that's what I'm off to do now (even though its Sunday). I'm going to write at least a couple of thousand words to make up for the lack of numbers earlier in the week.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Writer, Interrupted

I've spent the last few months working on a romantic suspense, which I sent to my agent a couple of weeks ago. After that, I fiddled with a few ideas, trying to decide what I was going to work on next. I like the idea of finishing another book before the end of the year, but due to some changes in my home situation, I don't know if that will be possible since as of this week, my writing time will be severely limited.
I toyed with the idea of fixing up another half-written romantic suspense I had sitting on my hard-drive from a few years ago, and even started editing it (oh man, does it need A Lot of editing!), but then I realized what I really felt like doing was going back to the second Atrophy book, tentatively titled Quantum. At 43,000 words, I need to write about another 50,000 to get the second book in my sci-fi romance series finished.
With my other books (hopefully, or likely to be) going out on submission pretty soon, depending on when I get a contract, I might be required to drop everything to do revisions on one of those books anyway. So I have to cut myself some slack and admit that just maybe I won't get another book finished by the end of the year, but its not like I haven't been doing any work!