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Writing News: NaNoWriMo 2016

 

That’s right, you’re hearing it here first (unless you follow me on Twitter.) I’ve signed up for National Novel Writing Month for the first time every. (Hurray!)

Because this is a writing contest and technically Book Three has been written before (it’s just very dismembered and in need of much repair,) I will not be working on it for NaNoWriMo. Instead, I’m going to be taking on an entirely new project that has been simmering for some months.

As you may know, I’m a “plantser.” I don’t really plot and I don’t really fly by the skin of my teeth, but I do a bit of both. This is a rare instance where I’ve actually a pre-written synopsis of the story. It’s not an outline, but it is. Sort of. A disorganized organization type of outline, my favorite. I don’t do that very often, or ever, so that was a sign that this project needs to get off the ground.

 

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It all starts with a blank page.

 

What is this project, you ask? It’s a fantasy with hints of mystery and horror. Set in a non-Western inspired  civilization, it has a loose comparison to 1001 Arabian Knights with a female protagonist relying on her wits to get her through unexpected situations. Unlike Sharaezade, however; my protagonist will be up against forces she doesn’t fully understand.

What does this mean for my other projects such as Book Three and The Hunted? Well, The Hunted will continue to get updated through November, perhaps once or twice. I’ll be starting on Book Three once NaNoWriMo is over, so December or January. My goal is to have it out by the end of 2017, as that will be the 20 year anniversary of its inception.

If you’re also participating in NaNoWriMo you can find me as RR Willica (shocking, I know!) I’ll be leaving updates on the blog with my progress.

Thank you for reading! Please feel free to leave a comment.

 

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Autumn 2016: Writing Update

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Summer is finally over! I know some people love summer but it’s too hot for me. Now for my favorite season: Fall!

With my favorite television shows starting, I’m looking to once again discuss storytelling in the mass media by blogging on some of my favorite shows. I’m hoping to do this for The Walking Dead and maybe even Jane the Virgin to look at things from a different perspective. I’ll also be continuing with my serialized story The Hunted and more world building, characterization, and storytelling techniques as I go.

As for my books, Darkness Falling: Soldiers and Slaves is nearing the end of more edits after feedback received. I’ll be announcing the completion and relaunch once it’s completed. Once that’s done, Shadow of the Seeker will receive a similar process just for good measure. Book three of the trilogy should still be expected in 2017, but the exact time is going into To Be Announced mode for now.

I’ll also be doing book reviews again once I’m able.

I’ll see you next week!

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Success! “Your Book is Now Available on the Kindle Store!”

Happy Halloween!

Today is not only my favorite holiday, it’s now the day that my lifelong dream of publishing a novel has come true. It’s especially wonderful because I’ve made this journey with a story that I began when the idea of becoming published was almost as unrealistic as being chosen to be a professional athlete or movie star.

Darkness Falling: Soldiers and Slaves

Available Now for Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

I’ve learned a lot in the past few months. I’ve learned how to publish an eBook, about images and fonts, and about marketing and branding. Most importantly, however; I’ve learned that it’s not too late and to not give up on myself.

Thank you to everyone who follows my blog and keep chasing your dreams!

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Cover and Title Reveal

Today is an exciting day! I’m revealing the cover for my debut novel, along with a synopsis.

Without further ado….

Darkness Falling (Book 1)

For over one thousand years the Empire of Sa’Toret-Ekar has sought to conquer the world, but the foundation of their civilization is starting to crumble. When a slave girl makes a bid to escape the abusive heir to the Emperor’s throne, she finds help from one of the Empire’s own soldiers. Together they seek only their own freedom, not knowing they may have a greater role to play in transforming their world.

Cover art concept design is by Allex Styers.

Barring unforeseen delays, I will be publishing on either Saturday the 24th or Saturday the 31st of October.

As always, thank you for reading!