Month: November 2013

I Wrote 50,000 Words – So Now What?

ImageYep – that’s right. I was a participant in National Novel Writing Month and I reached my 50,000 goal on November 24. I was never so happy to write the words THE END. There are a few reasons for that. First and foremost, I accomplished a huge goal by completing this. How many people can say they have done this? Over 300,000 people participated this year. For those that finished – awesome! And it’s just as awesome for those that didn’t. They have a start. I had outlined my NaNoWriMo novel in October. It started out based on the outline, but it changed quickly from a literary women’s novel to a paranormal book. I truly am a fly by the seat of my pants writer when it comes to first drafts! But that’s just it – I have a first draft of another novel! This means I have written FOUR books. I just can’t believe it! I have written The Jealousy Game, a romantic thriller, which is available on Amazon here. Next I wrote The Plan, (another thriller) which only my mother has a copy of and it shall remain that way unless I decide to rewrite it. It reads as a sort of sequel to The Jealousy Game. Third was last year’s NaNoWriMo novel, Pieces, (contemporary romance) and then my new NaNoWriMo novel, tentatively titled Things You See on the Side of the Road. (Paranormal)

So now what do I do? Another reason for being so happy to write the words THE END is because of the novel, Pieces. It went out to beta readers in September after I had written three drafts. In November I got the last of my feedback returned to me. It seems I have a great story, but a lot of work in front of me. I have to rework an entire story line and add many additional scenes for a main character to give him more likability. Now I can EDIT! I am excited and very overwhelmed to dive into this. I have some ideas of scenes I want to add, but writing over 2K a day in November really drained me. I think, too, that the Imposter Syndrome starts to take over and self-doubt sets in – which is shouldn’t. My goal is to release Pieces in 2014. Then I can finish the chick lit book I am writing and maybe start a rewrite of Things You See on the Side of the Road as well.

The other thing I am excited about is reading. I didn’t read much in November. I read Hopeless by Colleen Hoover which I loved. I also am reading Released by S.J. Pajonas and plan to finish that by Monday. In December I have taken a challenge to read only books that take place over the holidays, or have a holiday theme. I hope to finish 4 books in December. It’s not as much as I normally read in a month, but December is a busy month. I am very excited as well to read Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry, which releases in December. It’s not a holiday book, but I may squeeze it in 🙂

Overall, November was a great month. I am still a little shocked that I completed NaNoWriMo almost a week in advance of the finish line, and now can say I have written 4 books. I can’t wait until next November to do it again!

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“The End” – The Best 2 Words Written in November!

That’s right! With just over 50K, at 50,128 words, I have finished and won National Novel Writing Month for 2013. This is my fifth time participating and my third time winning! 

I had a ton of fun writing this year’s NaNo novel. Last year I wrote a Contemporary Erotic Romance, and this year it falls more on the lines of a Paranormal with some romance thrown in. I have a ton of adding and editing to do, which I will tackle in a few months.

When I participate in National Novel Writing Month, I have one goal – to get a 50K novel on paper. It has a beginning, a middle and an end. However, it has a ton of holes – I have been comparing it to Swiss Cheese – and needs a lot of work. I like to think of my NaNo month as a month to write a very extensive outline. I now have the basis of my novel, but I have a lot to fill in.

The genre I wrote in this time is unlike anything I have ever written before. It had aspects of a thriller in it, which it seems I can’t get away from. I think all of my writing will always have some sort of a thriller tone to it. But this time there is magic. I was scared and overwhelmed at the thought of writing with magic, but I did it anyway. 

If you read my book as it stands right now, you would see a lot of [INSERT DIFFERENT WORDS HERE]. I had no idea what I was doing, but wanted to go with it, so I just WROTE. That’s the point, right? Without any pre-planning, I just went with what was on my mind at the time. How does a character go insane? Well, listen to What Does the Fox Say a few times, and there you have it. So yes, those lyrics made an appearance in my book. 

I never took to heart the advice of “just write” as much as I did for this year’s NaNo. It was the best thing I could have ever done because I didn’t stress about it and I finished almost a week EARLY! Usually it is day 29 and I am pushing those last words to finish. 

As November wraps up, I plan on reading Released by S.J. Pajonas, and then enjoying Thanksgiving. In December, I take to reading all holiday books, and editing my other work in progress based on my beta reader notes.

For those of you that have completed NaNo, CONGRATS! For those of you still working toward finishing, YOU CAN DO IT! And for those that have written but will not write that 50,000th word in November, you’ve still written more than most people. Keep at it. 

You’ve been great, NaNo. Can’t wait to participate again next year.

Backward Compatible: Cover Reveal & Excerpt

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has been consuming me this month, so I have had a chance to blog. However, as I approach my 50K mark (almost there!), I am stopping to reveal the cover of Backward Compatible: A Geek Romance by Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark. This book sounds so exciting and I can’t wait for the December release!

I’ll save the cover after revealing a little bit of information about the book first.

Book Info:

Title: Backward Compatible

Author: Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark

Genre: Geek Romance

Blurb:

Not too long ago,

in a town that,

depending on your current location,

is either not super far

or actually quite close…

It is a time of chaotic hormones.

Two nerdy gents

home for winter break

have discovered a female gamer

at a midnight release.

 

During the break,

the gamer trio manages

to reveal the game’s secret boss,

a hidden enemy

with enough power to destroy

anything in its path.

 

Pursued by other gamers

who want to be the first

to beat this boss,

George and Katie race to level up,

and, in so doing, restore decency

and sexual activity to their personal galaxy…

Buy Links:

No links yet!! December 2013 release

Playlist: 

Link: http://hypster.com/create/playlist?playlist_id=6805166

Trailer:

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-0qwqxUYTw

And here is the awesome cover!!!!

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Here is an excerpt from the book:

“These graphics suck,” George says and I look back at the screen. We’re standing in the middle of the Estate, colorful orbs quivering ahead of us. We each have to choose our starting advantage. Waterfalls shimmer in the distance and the sunlight streams over multicolored stones in the courtyard.

“Amateurs,” Lanyon concurs. “I mean, they couldn’t have five waterfalls?”

“Your ironic wit is mind blowing, but choose your damn orbs,” I tell them. I consider. Magic, defense, offense, stealth, and charisma. I always go for magic as a black mage, but I wonder if a druid needs something else. Screw it. I need charisma in real life, too.

“Charisma?” Lanyon asks. “No one ever picks charisma.”

“We’re a party of a thief, druid, and a bard. We’re screwed regardless.”

“You two underestimate the mighty power of my lute,” George argues.

“Did you start with charisma?” Lanyon asks.

“Hell, no. I have charisma in spades. I started with stealth.”

“Great. A stealthy bard,” I sigh.

“She’s right,” Lanyon concedes. “We’re screwed.”

However, it actually isn’t bad at all at first. We power through the Estate and make it to the Yobanaria Dale with no resurrections and all at level ten. I’m impressed. George hasn’t actually fought anything, but he has some pretty awe-inspiring charm mastery already. I think I might have a serious crush. He seals the deal when he buffs my hailstorm spell without even being asked.

“Can you guys watch El Thiefelo? My mom wants me to eat supper,” Lanyon says.

“Yeah, we’ve got it,” I tell him. “The first boss is in the elven ruins anyway, so we should grind a bit. I think he’s a twelve.”

George and I explore the Dale, taking out bats and Joba spores. It’s fairly quiet, except for when we combo with his charms and my spells and he yells out, “Eat lute, bitch,” but it’s nice. We work well, almost inherently understanding each other. I’ve never been able to play this effectively with anyone. I try not to think about his eyes. Stupid boys, being cute and stuff.

By the time Lanyon comes back, we’re all at level 12, although Lanyon leveled up just by standing by a door while we played. Still, we are ready to take on Balsa the Proud. As a black mage, it took me about nine seconds. Trees don’t like fire. However, druids don’t have the same level of black magic and all elemental magic is weakened by the need to draw from the elements nearby. Sadly, trees seem to avoid storing fire runes in their villages. I expect this to be a little more challenging. It might even take fifteen seconds.

“First boss. Also known as the freebie bitch to sucker the young folks into a false sense of security,” Lanyon announces as he runs into the center of Balsa’s lair. The cinema plays and then, in a moment of pure absurdity, El Thiefelo is squished as Balsa steps on him.

“Can someone revive me?” Lanyon whines.

Dream Cast:

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About the Authors:

 Sarah Daltry:

Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She’s written works in various genres – romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn’t as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she’s been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships – romantic, familial, friendly – because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn’t matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future – human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah’s stories.

Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.

When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

She has written several books, most notably Bitter Fruits, an urban fantasy in the Eden’s Fall series, and the Flowering series, including Forget Me Not, Lily of the Valley, and Star of Bethlehem.

Pete Clark:

Pete Clark likes writing, animals, potato chips, and cheese. Midnight Riders is his first published novel, although he can also proudly say he finally finished Helix Crashing, the fantasy novel he has been working on for over a decade. In addition, he has written Across the Barren Landscape, a collection of linked Western short stories. He also writes plays, both dramatic and comedic.

When he is not writing, Pete tends to ignore everyone around him and obsess over sports.

Social Media Links:

Sarah’s Website: http://sarahdaltry.com

Pete’s Website: http://punchmyselfintheface.wordpress.com

Sarah’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SarahDaltryAuthor

Pete’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PeteClarkAuthor

Sarah’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/SarahDaltry

Pete’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/PeteClarkBooks

Top More than Ten:

Sarah’s Favorite Video Games:

  1. Borderlands 1 and 2
  2. Fallout 3
  3. Persona series
  4. Eternal Darkness
  5. Silent Hill series
  6. Final Fantasy series
  7. Skyrim
  8. Dragon Age series
  9. Mass Effect series
  10. Fable series
  11. Bioshock series
  12. Magic: The Gathering
  13. Perfect Dark
  14. Heavy Rain
  15. LA Noire
  16. Parasite Eve
  17. Catherine
  18. Zuma

Pete’s Favorite Video Games:

  1. Bioshock
  2. Resident Evil 4
  3. Uncharted 2
  4. Eternal Darkness
  5. Goldeneye
  6. Ms. Pac Man
  7. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  8. God of War III
  9. Dead Space
  10. Silent Hill 2
  11. Infamous 2
  12. Portal
  13. Defender
  14. Super Metroid
  15. Mass Effect
  16. Castlevania
  17. Call of Duty 4
  18. Dragon Warrior
  19. Perfect Dark
  20. Arkham Asylum
  21. Limbo
  22. Rogue Squadron 2
  23. Medieval
  24. Parasite Eve
  25. The Walking Dead
  26. Metal Gear Solid
  27. Team Fortress 2
  28. Kagero: Deception 2

Two NaNoWriMo Days Complete – What I’ve Learned

National Novel Writing Month isn’t new to me. This is my fifth year participating, and hoping I can pull out another win. I have won two times so far. One would think that I’d have this process down. 

This year, I thought I would try something I have never done. OUTLINE. So I did. I had a title and a concept I loved. The concept was based upon a previous blog post of a lost friendship. I wanted to follow the journey of the damaged friendship, and attempt to achieve closure in the meantime. I had six chapters outlined. Come November 1st, I was read to go.

November 1st arrived and I did great. I technically followed my outline as the first scene took place where I originally intended and the first incident was the same. The outline stopped there.

Now I am almost 7K in and my book is turning into a paranormal book with a touch of romance instead of a contemporary women’s fiction. This scares me as I have never written a book, or even short story, along these lines. Most of my work has a touch of a thriller aspect in it, so I may have to reroute to a thriller instead. That is probably doable.

At about the 10K mark in NaNoWriMo, I often hit a wall. I am stuck and not sure where to go. This is coming fast and I expect to hit it tomorrow. The nice thing is that I am already head of the game so I have time to freak out. However, I don’t plan on stopping my writing. The awesome thing about this competition is that it’s about word count and getting an idea on paper. It’s the shit draft. When I’m done, I’ll look at and think “What the hell did I just write?” When I won NaNoWriMo last year, I took six months to completely rewrite what I wrote. But it gave me a start!

I’m doing great with NaNoWriMo 2013 and having a blast. The online support from Twitter is AMAZING. I couldn’t ask for a better group of writers to be aligned with.

Enough of this, though. The moral is outlining is not for me. And why am I wasting words here? 🙂