Tomorrow is the scariest night of the year–the day before a bunch of insane authors begin to write 50,000 words in 30 very short days to celebrate NaNoWriMo (and caffeine). I planned to be among them this year, even announcing my novel on the site and outlining my brainchild.
And then, school. I was hoping to be able to balance school and writing time enough to participate, but things are ramping up as we begin preparations for our final assignments. It only gets busier from here on out. 😉
My notes are so fully developed, that I’ve decided it’ll be safe enough to set them aside for next year. 😉
But I still have plans. *rubs hands together* Pretty cool ones, actually!
- School. 😉
- NaNoWriMo auxiliary extraordinaire. Since I have at least five local friends and numerous internet ones participating, I’m excited to help with brainstorming and word sprinting. 😉 And I also have a few siblings planning to attempt it, so I just might get to be a snack queen. 😀 ❤
- Releasing Christmas stories! I have three Christmas stories in the editing stages. One of them is brand, brand new, and I think you’ll like it. 😉 I’ll be putting out the call for reviewers soon (Lord willing!), so stay tuned. 😉
- Actual writing. It’s still a challenge for me to fit in writing (even if it’s less than 50k), but I’m aiming for something a little more attainable. 😉 My project? Finishing the first draft of “Legend”, a sequel to The Twin Arrows. This one follows a new cast of characters, but I promise some of your favorites will make appearances. 😉 It needs about 6k more words to be finished, so I’d appreciate your prayers!
Just for fun, here’s the Pinterest board. Have fun trying to figure out what’s going on! 😉
And maybe an excerpt, yes? (Warning: rough draft syndrome. It will be edited, I promise.)
Cutting his way through the fields, he walked briskly toward the back of the town where the woods met the mountain. A line of targets had been set up in a row. He drew his bow back and let the arrow loose all in one swift fluid motion. Before it even reached its mark, he had another ready, muscles taut and eyes narrowed.
His trainer would have rewarded him with a “well done” and move his target farther away for another try. Seth would have shot him a jealous look and stepped up his own game. They were all gone now. Fighting the rebels. Leaving behind the women, the children, the elderly, and Gavynn. The king’s army didn’t want a coward.
He left these thoughts behind him at the training ground and plunged into the woods. It was quiet here, and he matched his movements to the calm stillness around him. One foot in front of the other. Soft footsteps. Slight, cunning movements. A rustling sound caught his ears, and he ducked behind a tree.
A chipmunk raced by, near enough he could have reached out and tweaked its tail. It paused to scrabble at the base of the tree and to empty its cheek pockets into the hole. Covering them over with expert paws, it dashed away up the tree, leaving Gavynn alone again.
A smile came to his thoughts and showed itself briefly on his face. Even though he had missed the sunrise, this would be something to tell Farren. He settled in for the waiting, his body relaxed but his eyes alert, sweeping the area facing him. The light in the forest brightened to yellow, and a cool breeze tempted his eyes to drift shut.
He heard the beast before he saw it. His eyes sprang open to view a magnificent bull standing in perfect profile a few yards away. Closing his fingertips around the fletching of an arrow, he inched it out of the quiver and knocked it onto the string. It was in flight fractions of a second later, and he watched as it sped toward its mark true to his aim.
Now came the part he never liked. Throwing his bow over his shoulder, he stood up and walked over to his prize.
Caelan came into the barn just as he was hanging the meat. “Why didn’t you take me with you?”
“Can you shoot?” Gavynn looked at him. There was no use telling his friend the reasons he had left him behind.
“I’ll take you next time.”
So, anyway–these are my current plans. I’m learning to be flexible when God asks me to change them and enjoy every moment of it. 😉
What are your plans for November? Are you looking forward to a sequel to The Twin Arrows?