Once there was this princess. Although she wasn’t really a princess. She…

Once there was this princess. Although she wasn’t really a princess. She was heir to nothing but two Toyotas and terrible DNA. Really she was just a girl wearing a pretty dress because it propped up the fantasy that she had value. And a very well-meaning narrative constructed from the magic of repetition and worldview in order to explain her life told her, sly whisper on the moonlight, that if she was very strong, and very good, and very smart, and very kind and generous and compassionate to every person that she met, she would be loved, she would be happy, she would be safe.

Go into the forest, this whisper said. Through the brambles, the mud, the flies, the beasts with teeth who ate little girls like you for breakfast. Go to them and be kind. Be good. Be strong. Take their darkness, hold it high, carry it over the rushing rivers and up the mountains and be better. Always better. Best.

And you will be loved.

And you will be happy.

And you will be safe.

Nanowrimo – Here we Go!

I am participating in Nanowrimo (again) despite the fact that my track…

I am participating in Nanowrimo (again) despite the fact that my track record with Nano is NOT GOOD. My track record for finishing projects in general is terrible, as I tend to jump from idea to idea and never actually get to THE END on any. It’s a bad habit I am trying to break.

This year, though, I’m going into it with a hefty outline and a solid idea of what the story will be. I recently read 2k to 10k by Rachel Aaron (Goodreads | Amazon), after hearing a few people over at the Rocking Self-Publishing podcast recommend this book. It has some great tips for how to write more – basically, reduce the amount of time you waste not knowing where your story is going, or writing scenes you’ll later cut, and instead do planning ahead of time, so you know exactly where the story needs to go.

In my natural state, I am some amalgamation of Plotter and Pantser. If I just wing it, I never write anything, or just randomly write a bunch of kissing scenes with no context. But I also tend to get bored of the story if I outline too thoroughly, because in my mind, the story has already been told. Here. Read the outline. That’s how the story ends. K bye. But clearly, my current method could use some improvement. I’m trying to learn to outline/plan without taking the fun out of the story, and Nanowrimo will be a nice test run of how that is working.

Okay, but what are you writing??

I’m writing a fantasy romance novella tentatively called “Serving Her,” set in a world (Ellaster) where magic is used to fuel technology, gods and goddesses are real and interact with human beings, and some humans – who have been Touched by the gods – can communicate with magic itself.