A few updates and odd little things

Hey readers, for those of you who use Twitter, I’ve created an account to help publicize the blog. I will be using it to share my thoughts and bits of info that don’t make it into the blog. If you’re interested, check me out at:

https://twitter.com/kdanielsauthor?s=09

Let’s see what I can do with 140 characters or less.

I’ve finally concluded Deep Sleep and part 2 is available now right here on the blog. It has also been submitted to creepypasta.com where I hope it is received well.

On another note, NaNoWriMo is coming up, and fast, and I’m planning on participating again this year. Not sure what I’ll be working on, but I’ll share details here once it’s been decided.

Lastly, keep an eye out for the first chapter of my upcoming short story/novella, One Final Round: a horror story in five parts. Expect that to premiere around Halloween.

That’s all for now.

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NaNoWriMo has begun!

One thousand, nine hundred and seventeen. That’s how many words I’ve got so far. If I can manage to pull this off every day, I’ll actually make the 50,000 word mark by November 30th. Whether or not that’ll happen for sure… we’ll see.

I got up extra early this morning, made some coffee, and started typing. I’m usually a slow writer, as I tend to overthink my word choice on the first draft, but today I decided I’d just focus on the story and worry about the colorfulness (didn’t think that was a word until I typed it) of the language later. I was surprised how quickly ideas started coming out.

I’d had a very, very rough idea of where I wanted this story to go and what it’s characters would be, but I had no idea where to start. One of my issues with my main novel project – The Keeping of the Light – is that it starts somewhat slowly. There’s no huge action that takes places or an interesting event that sets things into motion – things just happen, there’s some foreshadowing here and there, people say stuff, small things occur, and then we later find out why.

I wanted to do something different for Everwander, so I spent most of my time this morning writing the prologue. As it stands right now, I’m actually very pleased with it. Now I hope I can make the rest of the novel just as engaging. As I think I’ve said before, I will not be posting any of this project until it has been finished. I want to retain some of the ability to make major edits if need be, without confusing any potential readers mid-progress. That being said, I’ll still take the time to post chapters of TKOTL here and there, as I’ve been doing thus far.

To those of you reading: thank you. To those of you writing: good luck. I may write more later, but now it’s time for me to get to work. Cheers.

A NaNoWriMo Update (novel announcement)

evrwndr-565x800It’s less than a week away, so I’ve decided to do some prepping. Very little, but it counts for something.

You can now find me on nanowrimo.org – my profile name is kdanielsauthor. If you are participating, feel free to add me as a writing buddy, or not! Whatever works in your favor. I’ve also announced my project – a fantasy adventure novel called… here it comes…

“Everwander”

I know! Basque in the glory of it’s over-the-top-cheesy-fantasyness. I’ve also decided on another thing, which, despite being very cool to me, won’t really affect the outcome of the story, although it may affect some of the content.

I’ve decided that Everwander will take place in the same universe as The Keeping of the Light (my current fantasy novel project). I’m doing this for three reasons: (1) It will allow me to show off parts of the universe which are not covered in TKOTL, including bits of magic and cultures that don’t get a lot of time in that novel, (2) I can explore other areas of the universe that have existed in my mind for years, but TKOTL doesn’t venture into, and (3) I can create a story mostly from scratch, without having to spend the first three weeks worldbuilding.

It may seem like a cop-out, or a cheat… and that’s because it kind of is. I only have a month to do this, and if I want to manage to reach 50,000 words by the end of the month I need to spend the least amount of time creating new concepts as possible. But, fear not. This story has virtually zero overlap with TKOTL. Everwander takes place about sixty years before the beginning of TKOTL, and in a different region of the world – a country west of Lhor. So in short – somewhat familiar ground, but in an unfamiliar context. This is probably evident in my rambling on, but I’m rather excited to get started. Happy writing.

I’m Entering NaNoWriMo

It’s that time of year. November is coming. The month of mustaches and and panicked, frantic novel writing. I’m participating in the latter. I’m going to write a novel in a month. Why. Why oh why do I do this to myself?

I’m already partway through the writing of two very large projects, so it’s safe to say that those will take somewhat of a back seat while I focus my efforts on my NaNoWriMo entry. I’m planning on writing a fantasy, but nothing as complex as The Keeping of the Light. Something straightforward, something fun, and something undoubtedly more lighthearted. An adventure story, like the ones I used to read in school.

I have zero plans. Mostly because I have no time to plan, but also because I want to see where my imagination takes me. Stories like TKOTL take so much time planning and preparing that by the time I start writing I sometimes forget what I had planned to do. I enjoy making a complex plot, and being able to include bits of foreshadowing and hints for the reader, but this will be an exercise in spontaneity. We’ll just see what happens! If I’m happy with the results, I’ll share it here.

Cheers.