Earlier this year I was asked to participate in a holiday Advent calendar of speculative fiction. Wow! My first invite like that! So I finished a story idea of healing and recovery but a different story about holiday gatherings being seed of a new hope.(and no, this is not a Star Wars reference)
Indie Author’s Advent Calendar
I know I’m nervous, and worried that my story (and my goofy extra) won’t show very well among the others. But the die is cast. Hope you enjoy this sampling of short fics as the holiday season heats up.
NaNo’s been rough this year. Real life interruptions have been far worse, and word caount much lower than other years. I have to work even more hours to make up that 1k I’ve been consistently lagging over all. Yesterday I forgot to stop and post my count. Today will look very impressive as it’s more than average.
Worse is that a pause to find the right word or phrase keeps threatening to become a full clock because I’m tired. This one’s gogint o be right up to the buzzer.
It’s been a frantic year, but here’s my fifth collection of short stories! During NaNo yet! It’s a challenge to carve any time out of the mad NaNo rush, but here it is.
Sometimes it’s after all seems lost that we see the real person…
Futures as cloudy as opals…
Despair grinds its victims into nothing unless they can seize any chance to escape its doom. The zombie apocalypse may arrive in the little things in a morning routine, without the screaming and running. Research and development is not just for the sciences, but also for ambitious young wizards on a budget. A veteran of a lunar civil war battle deals with forced retirement and traumatic memories.
Seizing the your future is not a guarantee in these stories, sometimes it’s only the beginning.
Necklace of Citrine
Necklace of Lapis
Necklace of Amber
Necklace of Garnet
Like many other people on the NaNo treadmill, I find there’s a pattern to my ups and downs during NaNo. I can’t say X will happen on the seventh day or I have to have a block every Sunday when I have a little more open time. My cycles vary much more on the particular project and the things in real life that get in the way. (Thank you, half grown dane!)
- Stage 1: Hesitancy – Is this the right idea? Did I do too little or too much prep, outlining, names, character summaries? This lasts only a day or so into November, but takes a LOT of October.
- Stage 2: Galloping – once I get started, it’s a full push forward. Not that I can do the ten hour sprints I did in ’07, but any slowdowns or stuck moments to fix a plot issue don’t even last over night. This usually lasts for at least a week and usually about a third of the month. As things are generally going well, it’s not too stressful.
- Stage 3: Bleh – This is when the writing has gotten harder, and I have outpaced my more detailed sections outline. I know where the story is supposed to end, but some smaller things added in stage 2 have made the transition to the end hard. This is when I get discouraged and depressed. I’ve discovered that this stage is shorter and easier if I’m doing fanfic,
- Stage 4: Home Stretch – The last few days of the month or when I pass 50k I’m either winding down because I finished my plot, or I’m pumping out summares and scenes to get me to the end.
I rotate between stage 2 and stage 3 for most of NaNo usually. Now this year I finally hit stage 3 on the 16th. Grabbing enough time to write has been an big issue, and the 2k a day has been worse this year. My project has promise, but I’m already tired.
Good luck to all the other NaNos too!