Monthly Archives: October 2013

Where to now? It’s NaNo time :)

QuoteAfter finally getting to the end of editing RMT and letting it out into the world, I’ve been debating what to do for NaNoWriMo in 2013. Last year I worked on Outlanders during November, but as I already know I have quite a lot of work to do there, I fancy something short and sweet to give me a creative boost before I zoom off into the next big project of completing Ambrosia 3.
There are a couple of stand-alone novels I’ve been thinking about for a while – one is a contemporary romance with a twist, another is a modern gothic horror YA – they’ve both been trundling around my head over the past few months and I definitely want to get them written, but then I got ambushed a couple of weeks ago by this new idea 🙂 and I think this is what I’ll be doing for NaNo in 2013.

It started out just with a few images, an idea of a few of the characters and some witty banter – then BAM! I’m right into the thick of it: the plot has fleshed out quickly, I have the opening sequence and the last line of the book, with many of the scenes playing out in between. I know what will happen, then what comes next, who our hero is and why they are the way they are. So, as much as I would love to spend some concentrated time on Ambrosia I need a little break – and sometimes these things happen for a reason. So here’s to NaNo 2013 and Cirque du Nuit, my new adventure in writing 🙂

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Done!

“It was only recently, as I opened up to Cassie and saw something more, that I had begun to live. She had filled my hollow shell with life and awakened emotions in me that I thought were dead. Cassie was literally my life now. I turned my back on everything I had once been and walked out the door.”

This is one of my  favourite quotes from The Rainbow Maker’s Tale, it comes at the end of Chapter 19, but in many ways it sums up the book for me. Of the two of them, I think Balik changes the most from who he has been, and I really like this idea of him turning away from his old life and what it made him, and looking for a future with Cassie.

Well, aren’t I a little more cheesy and romantic beneath the surface than I would normally care to admit 🙂 Perhaps the reason for the nostalgia and emotion today is because I have finally, FINALLY finished RMT. Yes, the ARC feedback has been listened to (thank you!), the beta readers edits have been noted (thanks again!) and I have completed my full re-draft and edit from the scrappy printed edition that I have been carrying around with me since July.

Today the book has been delivered to the lovely chaps at Amazon – I’ve missed my little Kindle a lot these last few months as I’ve been living in book-silence whilst I tried to finish the writing, so I thought it would be a nice way to launch the book (with lots of freebie copies going out to people), and gives me an excuse to charge mine up again.

It will go out to other suppliers at the beginning of December, so if you’ve been waiting for it, it’ll be there soon 🙂 And, this will be me – doing a Balik – and turning my back on the Ambrosia Sequence for a while, as I’ve got something else bubbling away for my NaNo project this year. More detail to follow soon…

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Horrorfest is on now – check it out!

halloween-pumpkin2Horrorfest 2013 started this week at my other blog asidefromwriting.com – there are some great guest posts on horror writing, as well as some fun spooky short stories written especially for the event. New features go live daily, up to 31st October, so don’t miss out 🙂

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