After the midnight showing of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part 1″ (which was AMAZING) and then the “Evening of Scribbling Recklessly” (a 7pm – 7am write-a-thon), my sleep schedule has been out of whack.
Combine this with the recent cold front…and you have an immune system that decided to shut down.
And then there was Thanksgiving…
…As a result, I did not blog last week, and I apologize.
However, being mostly bedridden did wonders for my NaNo novel.
A couple of weeks ago, I accepted the fact that writing two novels was simply not going to happen. I resigned myself to just finishing “Mouse Games” — and that’s nothing to scoff at. A 75 thousand word novel in 30 days while juggling family and school is an amazing feat. A feat, I’m proud to say, I accomplished sometime at 3am on Saturday morning.
That’s right, I won my second NaNoWriMo.
Last year, I finished and abysmally horrible YA fantasy at 56 thousand words. And while I’m still proud of that, in the past year I’ve learned that 56 thousand words is not a full-length novel. It’s more of a novella. A full novel is somewhere between 65 and 100 thousand words (with big fantasies being upwards of 100 thousand). This year I wrote out of “element” I tried a contemporary romance — not fantastical beasts, no magic — just real-life.
And at 78, 602 words, “Mouse Games” — a humorous contemporary romance about a young woman looking for love online — is finished.
And it’s no where near as rough as last year’s story. Sure, it’s a bit rough around the edges and a few scenes could use a bit of polishing, but the majority of the novel is there. I’ll shelf the project for December (from here on out I’m all about Christmas knitting and reading for Book-Addicts) and in January, I’ll revisit the story for revisions.
I’ll be needing some beta readers — so if it sounds like something you’d be interested in, please let me know!