Post NaNo Slump…

I have no idea if everyone who does NaNoWriMo experiences this, but every time I do NaNo properly (as in writing every day and trying to concentrate on that one story) I find that in December I can’t focus on anything much…

I can write the odd word on my WIP,  work on a children’s book or do a crafting project, but it’s like I’ve lost any chance of actually concentrating for a decent length of time on one project. I jump from one thing to another and every time I spend too long on something, I get really really tired.

It happens every year without fail; but I’m not sure if it’s to do with my ASD; the SAD that rears it’s head at this time of year or just being plain tired.

It’s been hard for me to focus on writing this post… I feel like I’m falling asleep over the keyboard!

NaNoWriMo 2017 – Chamberlain’s Curse

As usual I am taking part in NaNoWriMo.
For those of you who have no idea of what that is, here’s the official explanation:

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

https://nanowrimo.org

It’s essentially a competition with yourself, but you can buddy up with other writers, inspire and encourage each other and take part in events – it all depends on how you like to work. For the last couple of years I have started the competition but been unable to finish anything. It’s been a rough time personally (as regular blog readers will know) and that has an irritating tendency to take away my focus and determination.

Anyhoo, this year I’m working on a standalone book set in the world of “The Heir of The Dragon” but set a few years after the events of that story, tentatively entitled “Chamberlain’s Curse”  Here’s the Blurb again:

Kai-Lynn Riordan loved Te Ling.

The day-time streets thronged with tourists that would pay her to tell their fortunes. The night-time streets crawled with people who needed her services as a Hunter.

Life was good.

The only drawback to Te Ling was that the only thing that you could rely on was that everything would change…

I’m posting the chapters each day on my Patreon Page; however,  only Patrons will be able to read them for the first 3 days.  The story is proceding nicely and I’ve been above the goal wordcount of 1667 words every day so far (it’s early days yet) so I’m fairly happy with myself at the moment.

I’m also going to reduce the price of “The Heir of The Dragon” for this month only, so if you haven’t read it yet (why not?) you’ll be able to pick up an e-book copy for £0.99 / $1.00!

 

You can buy a copy anywhere that sells e-books – but here are the main links:

or if you prefer a different format to Kindle, just pop over to Smashwords, where they have it available in all sorts… https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/421184

Happy Reading!!

September Summary: Publishing, Prose and Poetry

This was the month that The Tower and The Eye: A Beginning finally made it back onto the market!
It took me quite a while to get the story to how I wanted it and it wouldn’t have made it had it not been for the wonderful people in my Beta Reading Group, my two patrons and an Editor friend…
I’ve made a start on the re-write of Book Two – A Party at Castle Grof – and have also written a short story that will be put into the Quargard Chronicles. I’m in the middle of a second story for QC as well. Hopefully that one will be finished by the end of the week…

But because I love all my fans, I’m going to post the first short story in my Fan Group on Facebook for you to read! If you’re a Patron then you already have access to the new story on my patreon page and in the group. If you haven’t joined the Fan Group already, then just request an invite.

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I’ve also been working on a couple of Land Far Away projects, one for the Sketchbook Project and one of my WIP’s, currently titled “Fingle and Springle” (That’ll change when I get to the other end of it!) so I’ve been working on my poetry writing… it was this that inspired me to take part in a Poetry competition.

I wasn’t expecting to win anything – Poetry isn’t really my thing. I tend to stick to rhyming couplets and I don’t pay much attention to the meter or any of the technical aspects that true Poets agonise over.
The challenge was this:

This week you are asked to produce a Cinquain.

The cinquain, also known as a quintain or quintet, is a poem or stanza composed of five lines. 
Examples of cinquains can be found in many European languages, and the origin of the form dates back to medieval French poetry. The most common cinquains in English follow a rhyme scheme of ababb, abaab or abccb.

See link here: www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/cinquain-poetic-form

and the Subject was Regret… so I had a go.  This was the result.

Summer

As Summer comes to a graceful end,
Children prepare for the return to school,
Parents breathe out relief as they send;
Their offspring back to education’s rule,
Hoping that they don’t look the fool.

Teachers sigh for the freedom of Summer,
With no alarm clock ringing out the hour,
Laden down with lesson planned mummer,
Hoping that their students haven’t got dumber,
And that their efforts will show fruit and flower.

I don’t think I did to badly on the form, but I didn’t get the feel of Regret I was looking for! As I predicted I didn’t get even a single vote, but that doesn’t matter much to me. It was the challenge to my writing abilities that I did it for and it was definitely a challenge!

Next Month is the run up to NaNoWriMo. I’m still not certain exactly what I’ll be working on for it, so watch this space!