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NaNoWriMo 2019: A Continuation

I've spent the last week naming the rest of my characters in Becoming Family, and also casting them because that's what I do, and now I'm finally done, so I thought I'd share the casting, and also a brand new summary.
Natalie Rose thinks she's doing well enough with her life. She's got a good job and a decent apartment in New York City, and though life could be better, it could certainly be much worse.  When she discovers she's pregnant two months after a one-night stand, it's a considerable bump in the road. She knows nothing about the man she slept with beyond his first name - Nick - but she figures she can handle this well enough on her own, until she suddenly loses her job, and consequently, her apartment.  Desperate now, with no one to turn to, she takes what money she has left and leaves the city, heading north to a small town in upstate New York to find the father she's never met, a lawyer named Graham Elliot.  Graham is understandably surpr…

NaNoWriMo 2019: Becoming Family

After taking a couple days to come up with a summary and agonizing over a temporary title I liked well enough to actually use, I'm finally ready to reveal my NaNo project for this year, and upcoming novel. (Title is almost certain to change, character names could also change, but the plot is what it is.)

Becoming Family

Life is unpredictable.

Maggie Foster finds this out the hard way when she discovers she's pregnant after a one-night stand. She's unable to contact the man she slept with, not knowing anything about him besides his first name - Nick - but figures she can handle it well enough on her own.

Until she loses her job.

And then her apartment.

Desperate, with no one else to turn to, she uses the money she has left to travel to a small town in upstate New York, in search of the father she's never met.

Life is unpredictable.

Graham Elliott is familiar with the concept, his own life having taken many strange turns over the years, but he's still unprepared for the youn…

It's almost NaNo season

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for those unaware) is fast approaching, and I've been pondering if I wanted to do it this year, and what I would write if I did.

The first two years I did it, I won, and those fruitful months produced the first 50,000 words of The Only One in 2014, and then Crimson Hollow Book 1 in 2015. I tried it again last year for Crimson Hollow Book 2, but unfortunately did not hit the 50,000 word goal.

This year, I figured I would try to do Crimson Hollow Book 2 again, but I've written it in bits and pieces already, and I'm afraid that it's too... broken up to try to get 50,000 words done in a month, so instead I'm doing something completely new, and something I haven't yet talked about on here, at least not in any kind of detail, even though it's an idea I've had for several years now.

My hope is that it will go like The Only One did, which I was able to get done fairly fast and easy; it only took about six months altogeth…

20 years

Earlier today I had a bit of a realization: this year marks 20 years that I've been writing. I'm 33 now, so we're talking well over half my life.

I've never shied away from talking about how I started out writing fanfiction, and when I started writing, it was during spring break of seventh grade. So March-ish of 1999. This was during the heyday of boy bands and the 90's pop craze, and I was, unashamedly, a Backstreet Boys girl. A friend of mine introduced me to the idea of fanfiction, and my little middle school brain just seized that and ran away with it.

My first fandom was, of course, Backstreet Boys RPF (real person fic). It was all very cringey and not very good, but I kept at it, because it was fun (writing fanfiction was a lot more fun and rewarding back in those days, I will admit). The more I wrote, the better it got, and at some point in high school I shifted to writing AU (alternate universe) fic. It was still Backstreet Boys fic, but the guys were more …

Anniversary Post: The Only One

This past Saturday, August 24, was the four year anniversary of the publication of The Only One. I meant to make a post, and then, in usual me fashion, totally forgot. (In my defense, that was the day my mom came back from Colorado and I was focused on cleaning up the house, lol.) But here I am now.

The idea for the book (referred to as TOO for the rest of this post) came from one of my favorite Tumblr games, which was to have someone give you a handful of actors as your cast, you'd put your music on shuffle, and make up a fake movie based on the first song that came up. A friend gave me Dianna Agron, Darren Criss, and Billie Piper, and the song that came up was Jon McLaughlin's "Things That You Say" (title came from the line "tell me you're in love, I'm the only one, go on and lie to me with all the things that you say").

And in looking for the poster I made just now, I did not realize that TOO as an idea was as old as it was: I came up with it in …

Music + Writing

I've been listening to my Lifehouse playlist on Spotify lately, and I'm on an album that gives me a lot of feelings about my first original writing project because it came out while I was knee-deep in that project, and it got me to wondering about how other authors relate music to their writing.

I'm not much of an actual playlist person (all of my playlists on Spotify are literally just one playlist for each favorite artist with all of their albums so I can listen to them all back to back lol), I can't write to music with lyrics because I get too distracted by the lyrics, but I have a lot of songs that relate to my various original works. The entirety of Snow Patrol's Fallen Empires album is essentially the soundtrack for The Only One (the song "New York" especially) while "This Love" by Taylor Swift is what I would want Richard and Piper's theme to be if it were to ever become a movie. No Safe Place/Finding Home Again have songs from severa…

It's been... too long

I haven't posted here since February. Oi. Sadly, I haven't done much writing since then either. I've been so focused on getting my client's book finished that my own writing has fallen by the wayside, and now I've gotten out of the habit.

Fortunately, I think the end is very near on my client's book, and I'm hoping to get back to working on Crimson Hollow full force here soon. I'll have two weeks to myself in mid-October, and I'm really hoping the time alone could prove to be productive. I'll also be traveling to Colorado again over Thanksgiving, and driving back home with my mom, and maybe that time will also be fruitful, especially if I can find my flow again before then.

I keep forgetting to do a sale on The Only One, and I also keep forgetting that I want to publish a little novella in the No Safe Place/Finding Home Again 'verse. Maybe my memory will return to me soon too, lol.

My carpal tunnel has been bad in my arms and hands lately, w…