NaNoWriMo 2015: the first six days

Welp, I’m done.

The first draft of Crystals & Communications, the 9th novella in the GreenSky series, is finished. It’s standing at 32,762 words with 14 chapters, and as I tend to add things into later drafts, that’s perfect.

This was my original prompt for myself, which has turned into my blurb until I write a better one:

A figure, sitting at a desk. There’s a spark-light overhead; the glass is slightly warped, and it sends odd twists of light across the room. The figure has one headphone on and their chin resting on their hand. The other is holding a pencil, resting on a sheet of paper. They’re listening. Waiting for messages to come through.

Communication. Morse code. Voice. Sending messages down the wires, under the sea, through the mountains; across the continent, the distance, the ages; from person to person, from mind to mind, from heart to heart.

I’m now going to leave the draft; I have to let it settle before I go back to it as a second draft, mostly because I’ve written it so fast. However, this doesn’t mean the end of NaNo for me. I’m still aiming for the 50,000 words, and as I’m over halfway there I actually have a chance this year!

I was debating which book to work on next. I had originally intended to work on Book 6, Desert Sands & Silence, as it really needs finishing – and then 9 took over my imagination. I was thinking this morning and did intend to work on Book 6 again, but Golden Trust (Book 8) has sort of taken over my brain in the same way…so I think I’ll let it win!

“And you’ll get a new leg.”

Haller’s chin jutted. “Nope.”

The bureaucrat’s expression solidified. “It’ll be better.”

“I like mine.”

The man made a mark on the form. “You’re getting one anyway. Any other questions?”

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.