Sunday, November 20, 2011

NaNoWriMo Victory Blog

I have officially hit 50,012 words on my NaNoWriMo project for this year, and I finished their goal with 10 days to spare. I still have work outlined I want to finish on this book, but for now I'm going to enjoy my victory with a cup of coffee.

I would like to thank my sister, Stacy, James M. Bowers, Benjamin Martinson, the Terre Haute, Indiana NaNoWriMo group, many of my Facebook friends, for their support, and Author Anya Breton, for keeping me on my toes!

This year, I didn't follow the Nation Novel Writers Month rules. I wrote a third collection of short stories, instead of a novel. This means I will not qualify for validation on my NaNo book, but I participated this year to prove to myself I could do it, and I did it.

Previously, I had made it to 30,000 words on a novel, but then life got in the way. I have finished that novel and sent it out a few times. I even had it in the hands of an agent that turned out to be a piece of crap, but now my focus in on getting my second collection out.

At this time I'm still waiting on the final cover art for Cloud 8 and Other Stories, and I'm really liking many of the stories I turned out for the new book. I'm thinking about just releasing Cloud 8 as a separate novella, like I originally planned.

If I do that I will take the best stories from my unpublished 2nd and 3rd collections and make one great book. This will give me time to polish the stories that are not as strong and get a 2nd collection out much faster. It will also give me a book that is exactly what I want to produce that I can be 100% proud of.

I love Eclectic Collection, but a few of those stories feel gimmicky to me. They were my first stories, and a couple of them were just written as experiments and writing exercises in horror. I'd rather write my thriller or transgressive fiction. I don't think I (or many people) can offer much to tradition horror that hasn't already been done and re-imagined. The world doesn't need me to rewrite the original Halloween, The Walking Dead, Session 9, Silence of the Lambs, or American Psycho. They are already awesome. I have my stories to tell. I just hope people find them as disturbing and interesting.

Stay tuned for more details on what I actually release and details on the movie I've been asked to write a script for!