I can’t believe it’s 16 days until Christmas. Wasn’t it just Thanksgiving? Needless to say, life’s been a bit chaotic and it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in my day.
Between writing, decorating the house for the holidays, and getting gifts bought, I’ve had very little down time and it’s been spent binge re-watching True Blood. I hate Bill Compton, and I’m all for Eric Northman – I could take an entire post about the show and my feelings, but I’ll spare you my rant-y feelings.
Let me backtrack a bit to NaNoWriMo – since I never got around to posting my final Weekly Wrap-Up for it.
I completed NaNoWriMo November 22, but didn’t finalize my win until the final day, and ended up with a little more than 55,000 words total. I haven’t really worked on that project since November ended. I jumped back into revisions/edits of my SF project and ended up replotting my Fantasy project. I realized that the climax of my fantasy project needed to actually be the end of the book.
Basically, my characters hijacked the story and my initial outline became voided very early on so I stopped looking at it, and just wrote whatever the characters decided to do. Now I have the first part of the book re-plotted and I’m going to start working on it, once I get a few more chapters revised/edited in my SF project.
I’ve talked before on this blog about how I’m not generally a plotter when it comes to writing, but for this story it’s definitely going to need an outline. But for now, I’m just letting the story pan out how it wants and then I’ll go from there.
I really enjoyed NaNo this year, and fell in love with the characters, the story and the world, and I will definitely be diving back into it soon. My characters genuinely surprised me, and my male main character ended up being WAY darker than I anticipated, but he’s dealt with a lot of crap, so it makes sense.
It felt so good to just create and get words on the page. For so long now I’ve been editing and revising different projects – mainly my SF – that purely creating, starting fresh felt amazing.
Writing aside, I’ve read one book since finishing Kingdom of Ash. I’ve started 4 others.
I’ll just put it out there, KoA was amazing, I need more, give me what happens after. I want all the happily ever afters for all the characters. I don’t plan on reviewing KoA. I don’t think I could accurately put into words what the book and the series as a whole meant to me. I’m also still a giant mess of emotions and denial that it was the last book, so there’s that.
I read Crimson Bite by Ben Alderson and Danielle Rose – I was fortunate enough to receive an early copy. It was an enjoyable, quick read that didn’t make me think about what I was reading. Overall, I liked it, and the ending made me want to read the second one – yay, for rapid release titles!
I’ve also started Sherwood by Meagan Spooner, Last of her Name by Jessica Khoury, Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Emily A. Duncan (author of Wicked Saints) convinced me to read the last one. Brigid Kemmerer convinced me to read the books the True Blood show is based off of. I’m not very far into any of these books, and it’s not that I’m not interested, or they aren’t good, it’s just that dreading book hangover bullshit. It’s probably why I’ve turned to True Blood – easy to get absorbed and lost in.
I also want to get back into reading Part of Your World by Liz Braswell – I just watched a stage performance of The Little Mermaid so of course I want to read that book.
And, I saw Anastasia (the touring cast) the other night, and Last of Her Name is basically Anastasia in space, so I want to read that as well. But nothing is truly holding my attention. It’s awful.
Though, Anastasia was amazing. I saw it back in 2016 before it hit Broadway, when it was still playing in Hartford CT. It was with the original cast, so watching it again, with the tour cast, I was a little nervous. It was just as amazing and as magical as it remembered it being, and now I need a live action movie. BUT I want Rasputin in the live action.
From a story telling perspective I wish a few things were different in both The Little Mermaid and Anastasia, I feel in both, the endings fall a little flat.
Bear with me a for a moment:
For The Little Mermaid – what I would want to for the live action would be basically the whole beginning of the stage production, and then the movie ending.
For Anastasia – I want Rasputin, and the ending of the movie. I’m still not a huge fan of Gleb’s character in the stage version, but if the live action had the stage version WITH Rasputin (there’s no reason to not have him, he’s too closely tied to the royal family for him not to be) but do the movie ending.
JUST GIVE ME THE SATISFACTION OF THE HAPPY ENDING THAT IS THE MOVIES. They just seem more climatic to me, the stakes higher, making the happy endings worth that much more.
Okay, I’m done ranting.
And I think that just about sums up what I’ve been doing, since I clearly haven’t been blogging.
Ah, one other thing.
I’m still most likely going to be pretty vacant on here for the rest of the year. Blogging has kind of burned me out, on top of all the writing, and right now, I want to focus on my WIPs, so that hopefully early next year I can start querying. I’m not going to say I’m not going to post and will try to at least post once a week. If not, then I’ll post when I have something I want to talk about or review.
As for the new year, I might drop down to posting two days a week, but I haven’t decided if they’ll be on set days, or just twice a week. I struggle to find things to post about when I’m not reading a lot. I’ve met some awesome people through blogging and writing, but right now, I really want to focus on finally (hopefully) getting my work out into the world. I think for so long I’ve been slightly terrified of people – other than friends and family – reading my work, but this past NaNo, I felt comfortable sharing bits, and the reactions those bits got boosted my confidence a bit. I know not everyone is going to like what I write, but that little confidence boost, I think it’s given me the drive, maybe the courage, to really work to get my stories out there. That’s why I’m focusing on my SF WIP, it’s the closest to being finished.
Phew. Even just writing that little bit made me a bit anxious.
Anyways! I’m going to either go read or more likely watch True Blood, until I’m ready to crawl into bed!