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Writing Update – Cirque de la Nuit

I’ve not really posted much about writing the last few months, mainly that’s because I’ve been busy actually writing 🙂 bermuda-triangle

I’m very easily distracted you see and so if I don’t switch off from blogging or social media, when I get chance to sit down with my laptop, my time ends up getting lost in a black hole…or a bermuda triangle, in this case. (If I’m honest, it’s more like a bermuda dodecahedron if you include other time sponges like Game of Thrones box set marathons and reading for enjoyment!)

To bring us up to date, since the end of 2014 I’ve been focused on developing an idea I had for a stand-alone paranormal YA novel – Cirque de la Nuit. I’d originally tried it in 2013, for my NaNoWriMo project, but as you could see from my blog posts back then, I just couldn’t get the word count moving on it at that stage. By the end of last year, I was struggling a little with Outlanders – there are two more books in the series to do after this and it can get quite heavy, thinking two books ahead, when you’re trying to write just one. Anyway, I just got sat down one day and instead of going back to my Outlanders draft, I went into this other draft and started jotting down ideas and dialogue for a scene. Then another followed and another. I opened up iTunes and put my writing playlist together – matching the songs to the scenes as I saw them playing out in my head, like a movie.

As of two seconds ago, I’m currently at 19,731 words – 85 pages – I’m nearly there with the cover design and blurb…so watch this space for a reveal in the near future 🙂 Now I’m off to do some more writing!


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 🙂