Nanowrimo Prep

It’s November! For me, fall means pumpkiny foods, Halloween (the best day of the year) and Nanowrimo. I get this really happy, expectant feeling when Nanowrimo is around the corner. Before I start writing my November novel, I like to think about all the amazing things this novel could turn into. And then I actually start writing and that feeling goes out the door, replaced with a daily panic about writing my allotted words.

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This year, I’ll be writing a novel based on a short story I wrote awhile ago called It’s Not Safe Below. This was actually my first published story, and as a result, my most beloved. I feel like there’s more to the world and more to the story, so I’m going to take a stab at living in that world for a month and seeing what happens. Turning this story into a novel also has the added benefit of providing me with a framework I can build upon rather than starting from scratch. Given that it’s only a few days until November 1, I can’t really afford to invent a whole new world and set of ideas and still write a novel next month.

This will be my 4th year as a Nanowrimo participant. I haven’t failed to reach my 50k word goal any of the past years, so 4th year, here I come!

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Publication Day – The Moon’s Wife

At long last, my short story “The Moon’s Wife” is up at Toasted Cake as a podcast. This story was inspired by my trip to China last year. My brother and I hiked up to Moon Hill, located outside Yangshuo in southern China. Here’s me standing in front of it with my flower-bedecked hat.

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Yay, go give it a listen! Easier than reading!

The world can be anything

One of my favorite things about writing is transforming seemingly mundane things I come across in the world into something new and amazing inside a story. For example:

A palm frond on the sidewalk = a story about a library on a spaceship

A polaroid = a story about a fake Mars where they keep the final belongings of people in space

A painting of a tree = a story about people who live in trees in an alternate world that exists above our own

Moon Hill in China = a story about a secret world that exists inside Moon Hill in China (this one is a little more literal)

And, after a long submission dry-spell, I finally submitted a new story this morning! It’s just a drabble (exactly 100 words), but it has helped me get back into the rhythm of writing. I’m working on a longer short story as well that I hope to submit by the end of this week.