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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 …