Michelle Rowen

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Status after November

The entries are starting to come in for my O Come All Ye Fangful short story contest! There’s still a couple weeks left to enter by December 15th! Whee!

Didn’t realize it had been so long since my last blog post! Time sure flies…

So… November happened. And now it’s over.

Nanowrimo happened. I got approx. 30,000 words on two different projects done, but not the required 50,000, alas. The problem with doing Nano when you write books for a living is that your schedule does not always lend itself to fast drafting during a specific month. I had to switch projects due to several reasons, thus I did not win this year. *boo hoo* Ideally Nano for me would be this coming January, when I anticipate doing at least 50K on my next urban fantasy Nightfall (the second book in the Nightshade duology). Possibly more.

What else did I do this November? Well, I wrote the synopsis for Nightfall that will need approval before I dive into the actual writing. I also wrote two different synopses and fifty pages on a spec YA project.

SPEC = not a book on contract. Sometimes the muse lands when it’s not really a good idea. Unless it is a good idea. And this one is. Dammit. And I wanna write it. However, I’m having a hard time finding my footing on this particular idea. It started its life as an adult paranormal novel that I wrote in full that didn’t go anywhere. But I love this idea and won’t let go of it until they pry it from my cold dead hands. :)

I find that I get fixated on certain ideas, like I just KNOW deep down inside that they’re viable and worth any extra effort I need to put into them. I’ve had two projects that haven’t taken off from day one, but I knew they were books I had to write. One was Demon Princess which went through a ton of drafts since it was a Nano book that needed a lot of work. The other was The Demon in Me, which started its life about three years ago as a very gritty urban fantasy that looks nothing like the light paranormal final version that will be out in May (other than the fact that the heroine is possessed by the hero). I refused to let go of the main idea that sparked these books and they both eventually sold. They’re also both about demons. I have no idea why my ideas are so biblical these days, considering I’m not exactly a mega religious person. Well, they aren’t biblical, per se, but they are about biblical subjects. You know what I mean.

Okay, other than the above, I also wrote 20K on my second Blaze, Stormy Weather. I want to get back to that no later than next week and will write it for the rest of the December. It’s fun. I need to backtrack a bit and nail down character motivation just a little bit better, but other than that I’m trying not to overthink it. Me? Overthink something? Ridiculous. *shifty eyes*

When I finish that one, it’ll mark the fourth book I’ve written this year. Wow, hard to believe. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you devote full time hours to it. The pages just start to add up. Well, everything else falls by the wayside, at least as far as my lengthy to do list is concerned, but the pages do add up!

Movies I’ve seen in November:

New Moon — loved it! But oddly gave me a Chinese food feeling. I was hungry again an hour after I watched it. Will need to watch again.

2012 — hated it! Found the massive destruction more upsetting than entertaining (who finds this sh*t entertaining??), and I wanted almost everybody except the geologist dude to die. John Cusack’s family was completely TSTL and I felt zero emotion at the key points. I left the theater wishing for my 3 hours back, but heard a woman in the washroom gushing to her friend about how awesome it was the second time she saw it. Different strokes, people. Vive la difference.

4 comments to “Status after November”

  1. RKCharron
     · November 30th, 2009 at 8:34 pm · Link

    Hi Michelle :)
    Thank you for the update post!
    Congratulations on all the writing work you are doing. You continue to inspire me.
    I thought 2012 was okay. Not great, not terrible, but meh. ID4 was better.
    All the best,

  2. Amy J
     · November 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm · Link

    I so want to enter the contest but I have never wrote a book before. I have a ton of ideas but I have been so scared to try and write something! So if I enter, there is no laughing allowed! LOL

  3. Laurie
     · December 1st, 2009 at 12:25 am · Link

    And this time, you’ll call before you do New Moon? ;)

  4. Tori
     · December 1st, 2009 at 3:18 pm · Link

    What do you consider to be a paranormal or fantasy element? I have an idea but I am not really sure it works with what you want. Should I ask you in an email?

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