NaNoWriMo 2019 and Catching up!

Hey! It’s been awhile and there’s a lot to catch up on. I’ve been keeping busy but I haven’t had much time to write, so I didn’t feel as if I had very much to say. Let me catch you up and if you have any questions for me, drop them in the comments!

First, as you must know: It’s November! That means another month of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I’ve committed to begin a new project this month and get at least 50K words written before December 1st, so this is currently taking up most of my focus and time. What project am I working on? Well, as I always like to begin something fresh for November’s NaNo, I’ve actually begun writing book two of the tentatively titled “Great Mage Hunt” trilogy. I know, I haven’t even begun the first round of edits on book one, so I’ve promised myself that once I get to 50K words on book two, I’ll have fulfilled my commitment to NaNo and then I can go back and focus on cleaning up book one. It’s an exciting story and one that I’m anxious to share, but it’s a bit more, ah, delicate than the Mage-Born books and I have to take care to tell it right.

In other news, I attended my first book fair as a seller last month! My fellow indie author and friend, D.P. Woolliscroft, invited me to share a table with him at the Doylestown Book Festival in Pennsylvania and as that’s only a paltry three hour drive, I decided to give it a shot. I’m a bit of an introvert, so putting myself out there was a little difficult, but I didn’t expect to have quite as much fun as I did! I met other independent authors of all genres, some fantasy authors I had only ever interacted with online and I was able to meet the estimable Josiah Bancroft of the Books of Babel. It’s such a beautiful series, full of unique characters and stunning prose. I simply cannot recommend the Books of Babel enough; if you like a steampunk-vibe with your fantasy, you need to give these marvelous books a try.

Let’s see, what else has been going on? I finished the rough draft of third for Reshi and Kestral adventure, but it needs to undergo a good deal of edits before it’s worthy of being called a book. We meet some interesting new characters in this book and tie in some hints from the anthology, so if you haven’t picked up your copy of the anthology yet, you may want to consider adding it to your Christmas list!

As to books I am currently reading, I had been meaning to begin Robin Hobb’s body of works for some time now and I’m delighted to announce that I have, in fact, begun reading the Farseer trilogy! Fantasy fans around the globe rave about these books and I am loving all the court intrigue mixed in around the magic and the animals. I’m only on book two, but it can be difficult to tear myself away from the page in order to focus on my own writing. I can’t wait to see where this elaborate story is going!

And so far, the biggest news and the greatest drag on my time: I’m moving! Yes, just recently I learned that my family would be moving from Long Island, NY to Texas of all places! It’s a big and exciting change, one that I am equal parts excited and nervous for. For starters, I am not going to miss New York’s winters (Brr!) but I will miss the places and people I have come to know here. Also, I don’t love all the packing that comes along with moving, but that, unfortunately, cannot be avoided. So my November is pretty busy, with starting a new novel, editing two others, reading a new series and preparing the household for to move. I will try to keep you informed of my writing progress, however as this move gets closer, I may fall into radio silence once again. But when everything is set up on the other end, I will be sure to let you all know!

Thank you for catching up with me. I’d be happy to chat about any of these topics or answer any questions in the comments.

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