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5 Happy Things: October 2017

Five things that are making me happy in October…

1.I started watching Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I like it! I’m doing my Kate thing of watching with something else on (I find TV and films – and audiobooks, incidentally – stressful, even though I do like watching some things, so that’s the best way) and so far, it’s amusing. We’re only three episodes in but I’m planning on carrying on.

2.I’ve created my NaNo novel – I’m doing The Thief & The Seer. Wheeee!

3.Autumn colours. I’ve been getting out for walks every day, and seeing the trees change has been beautiful. I really need to start up my Instagram photos again…

4.Trello. ORGANISATION! I’ve made a board for my writing, and I’ve got one for my editing etc as well. While I do have a spreadsheet of submissions, it’s nice to be able to see what is in progress and needs to be worked on, and the dates.

5.Tidying. I’m moving house, and there’s something very satisfying about being able to organise! I have ridiculous amounts of shelving that’s empty, just for me (happy librarian!) and I’m currently packing my books up, planning where they’re going to go, thinking about storage and organisation….there’s definitely a reason why I gravitated towards libraries!

So that’s me for October for the moment – I’m moving on Wednesday so I should remember to do a post, but if I don’t, it’s because I’m filling a van with boxes and trying to ensure that the cat isn’t amongst them…

Ok, it’s a Series

I’ve been thinking about The Necromancer’s Charm (my 1920’s necromacy mafia thing) that started off as a novel and then went to two and maybe three.

I’m trying to turn it into four.

What the hell, brain?

But I started scribbling a few more formal ideas, and titling stuff. And I realised that I had “The Vigilante” and “The Queen” and “The War” and…well, it looks like I might have enough overarching plotline and romance to be able to keep a running thread.

I also started trying to plot out the books in terms of the problem they’re solving. I want three main problems in each book; one necromancy (as the main character is a necromancer), one political, and one romantic. Obviously there are going to be other problems in there, and at the moment, I think I’m going to overlap some of the problems – just so you have to keep reading!

I’m actually plotting these books! It’s scary, but it’s going to be great.

I also randomly messaged Adrian with the following. Luckily he knows I’m insane!

“Idea for my vigilante character. Real life she fights crime. Secret life, she’s a reporter. This is going to be fun!”

Planning for NaNo 2017

I’m going to write The Thief & The Seer for NaNoWriMo 2017!

I think the name’s officially changed back…I was considering “As Old As My Eyes” or heart or soul, but whenever I talk about it, it’s become “Thief & Seer” so I may as well stick with that. Plus, it tells you what the novel’s about!

My reason for picking Thief & Seer over The Necromancer’s Charm (which is my 1920’s urban fantasy) is that I want to set them in the same world, although NC is about 400 years later. So, I need the world. While I have some ideas for NC, I don’t really know too much about the world that it’s set in yet, so….

I get to write Thief & Seer to find out!

I’ve got the characters, and a basic plot. Beyond that, I think it’s a perfect NaNo novel – I can incorporate a lot of the prompts if I need to, hit people with shovels, go off on tangents…my aim is really to get a complete novel by the end of November, and then I can build the world out from that.

That does mean I need to aim for more than 50k during NaNo, though. 70k is 2300 ish words a day.

Hmmm.

This could be fun!

 

A cozy chair and a crime-solving ferret

I’m currently putting together a short story for submission to Death By Cupcake by Elm Books

Imagine yourself in your favorite chair. There’s a cat in your lap, a fire in the fireplace, and on the little table at your elbow, your favorite hot drink. The book in your hand is a cozy.

A cozy is a mystery, which, of course, means a tale of crime and intrigue. Often that crime is murder. But although the circumstances surrounding the crime can be ugly, that ugliness—as well as any attendant sex, violence, or cruelty–takes place offstage. Instead, the crime is treated as a puzzle, and the sleuth, a charming amateur, is the hero.

Many cozies take place in small, pleasant towns. Many have female sleuths. Quite a few are organized around themes, such as crafts, hobbies, food, or pets. If your mystery has a recipe or a crime-solving ferret, it’s a cozy, and we’d like to see it.

It just caught my imagination, and I think I can get a story based in my current world! I’ve found that it’s a really good way to play with my concepts – No Man’s Land came out of a short, and I do like letting things just run without needing to plot for an entire novella (or novel). So far I’m going down the murder mystery route, although I’m currently lacking a motive. I’m sure one will turn up!

I’ve got a secret door, a scandalous kilt, a necromancer, a mafia don, a murder (obviously), and some other little things that I’m not going to spill quite yet…although no ferret, yet. But I think it’s going to be fun!

Amsterdam views and the heart of a story

We’re leaving the ‘Dam today, on a plane and train and automobile journey. I’ve spent the last few days writing on a gorgeous balcony, with a view over the rooftops…not bad, eh? In between walking and eating and chatting with my sister, of course.

I’ve had a few ideas while I’ve been here, but I’m finding it hard. I’ve had odd bits; land canals, segregated societies, rebellious ideals. Bits that are interesting, yes. But my story just isn’t coming together. It doesn’t yet have a heart; it has a lot of little bubbles and images and ideas, but no thread. No soul. The heart of a story is the story you want to tell – and while I have some of the world, I don’t yet know whose story I’m telling.

It almost feels like writer’s block, except it’s not quite. I have ideas, they just won’t….knit. My thriller hasn’t got any further, either. I can’t find a story I want to tell there.

Anyway. I’m leaving it for the time being; working on other projects (editing, business, coding, work). I’m home this evening and then back to work, busy this weekend…so life goes on. We’ll see if the ideas do knit themselves together in the next few weeks!