Well, I did it! I got my first NaNoWriMo win! I wrote at least two thousand words a day for fifteen days straight before I practically collapsed from exhaustion and took a day off. I think the writing advice that one must write every day is absurd and dangerous. Writing is exhausting work since the mind is going non-stop while creating a novel.
I have learned so much about what kind of writer I am, from before the month of November and then even more so during it. NanOWriMo suits me well since I’m a drafter, meaning I write non stop until something is finished and then go back and edit. So, I’ve got 50,300 words of Vivian and the King and I passed the midpoint of my outline. I’m guessing the novel is about half complete, or maybe three-quarters complete. the first draft that is. Then I’ll go back and revise revise revise.
I’m in love with the story and the characters. They have taken me to places I never imagined when I began outlining and brainstorming the idea for Vivian and the King. I wasn’t sure if it would be a stand-alone novel or a series, and while I worked on it and worked out plot holes and problemes, I decided it will be a trilogy. I am so, so excited!
for those who followed my journey on Twitter and Facebook, you saw my excitement when I realized how to make it a trilogy. Presently, I’m a little too tired to convey that excitement here.
I crossed the finish line on Saturday while sprinting with someone I met on Twitter, after the virtual write-in I was expecting didn’t happen. What I mean by sprinting is, we agreed on a thirty minute sprint and set a timer. the point is to write write write and see how much you can write in thirty minutes. I did 1,300, which pushed me over the finish line. then I collapsed on the floor, sobbing. Not really, but I’m just slightly exhausted, ha!
I was keeping track of books I read this month but put no effort into working on this post. I read out of genre, meaning I stayed away from anything similar to Vivian and the King. I took today, the thirtieth, off of any sort of writing and forgot I wanted to fill in the details of this post after having gathered links yesterday. Oops! I am so cogfogged! Pardon the lack of details for most of these. You forgive me, right?
Ok, on to books.
*Eleven books this month*
99. “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte – narrated by Emma Messenger
Finished November 30
I can’t remember if I read this in high school but I really don’t think I did. I think I would have remembered it. I picked it up since one of my favorite authors, Lyndsay Faye, has a book out in March that’s a retelling of Jane Eyre called Jane Stele.
wow is Jane Eyre good! I had no idea what to expect going into it. I avoid publisher’s summaries whenever possible. The above linked version is super inexpensive since it’s a public domain work. The narration is wonderful. What a good book!
98. “Legend” (Legend book 1) by Marie Lu – narrated by Mariel Stern and Steven Kaplan
Finished November 25
My author friend on Twitter turned crack dealer I mean gift giver gifted me this book and it was so good except there are two more in the trilogy and I have to wait fore Audible credits to finish the trilogy and my dealer ahem Twitter pal keeps talking about the other books and OMG make it stop! I think she gets a cut from the publisher. Kidding, kidding.
Good book though. YA dystopia. Since I mentioned above that I read out of genre of my novel, you now know my novel is not a YA dystopia. Pay attention to the clue, folks. *wink wink*
97.“The Promise” by Robert Crais – narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Luke Daniels
Finished November 23
*Note I jotted while reading:
Close to current events.
by current events, I mean Paris. This book is the sequel to the bbook, suspect, which has a k9 officer. The follow-up definitely did not disappoint.
96. “All the Stars in the Sky” (Until the end of the World book 3) by Sarah Lyons Fleming – narrated by Julia Whelan
finished November 20
This is the third book in a trilogy so read on. OMG these books. So good! I mean so good! Zombies are not the worst thing about the zombie apocalypse. And the author is quite friendly on Twitter. I can’t wait for her next series. More zombies!
95. “And After” (Until the end of the World book 2) by Sarah Lyons Fleming – narrated by Julia Whelan
Finished November 18
Have someone to talk to when you read these books. I kept tweeting the author but I had to be spoiler free. Oh and have the tissues handy.
94. “Until the End of the World” (Until the End of the World book 1) by Sarah Lyons Fleming – narrated by Julia Whelan
Finished November 16
93. “So Long, Lollipops”(The free ‘Until the End of the World’ Novella) by Sarah Lyons Fleming – narrated by Julia Whelan
Finished November 13
Note I jotted after finishing:
I am so getting the rest of this series! How brilliant of Audible to give this one away for free. I’m hooked!
And I immediately went and got the rest of the series after listening to the preview of book one at the end of the novella. I picked up the free one because my fav Julia Whelan narrates. I needed more of her when Paris happened and she does the whole series.
92. “The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler – narrated by Ray Porter
Finished November 12
good book. I didn’t like it as much as I did “The Long Goodbye”. Good though.
91.“Blind” by Rachel Dewoskin narrated by Annalie Gernert d
Finished November 11
I’m supposed to be reviewing this for Disability in Kid Lit but I haven’t heard back from them. If my review goes live, I’ll link to it here.
I will say I don’t recommend the book unless you’re blind and want to laugh at the inaccurasies.
90. “the Golden City” (fourth Realm book 3) by John Twelve Hawks – narrated by Scott Brick
Finished November 8
*Note jotted while reading:
Total gut punch moment holy crap. Wow. Just wow.
*And then when gdone:
That quick note sums up my feelings on the trilogy. It was so good until the second half of the third book, and then nothing was resolved. Very disappointing.
89. “The Dark River” (fourth Realm book 2) by John Twelve Hawks – narrated by Scott Brick
finished November 4
Gulliver’s travels similarity.
I don’t remember why I jotted that note down. I didn’t even finish that book. For the review of the first book in this trilogy, it’s in last month’s post, the first heading level four.
So, have you narrowed it down to what genre Vivian and the King may be? Ha! Let’s play a game. I know people are still reading since I have hits in my stat counter. Leave me a comment and I’ll start talking about my novel if people are interested. 🙂