Nanowrimo Day 1 and 2

If you don’t know, National Novel Writing Month kicked off today, starting the 30 day stretch to hit 50,000 words for a novel. The days are broken into smaller goals of 1,667 words.

I want to get back to writing. I want to get my projects finished. Even if they’re not perfect, I want to be proud of what I did. So I’m participating in NaNoWriMo with the hopes that focusing away from the projects I’ve been stuck on forever and getting used to writing on a schedule will help me move past this rut I’m in.

So my novel for this month is called House Party, Descensio. It’s a suspense/fantasy/comedy. Or so I’m planning. But as it’s for fun, I can do whatever I want.

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So I’ve spent about the same amount of time making the ridiculous cover as I did writing today, but hey, any progress is progress.

I also started a new job today. And the election is tomorrow, for us Americans. I must say, I CANNOT wait until this election is over and done with so I can stop seeing so many political ads. The worst is when I’m running at the gym and each TV has a different political attack ad on. Like, can someone who knows about the history of politics tell me if there was ever a time when presidents used their own merits as campaign points, not just the shortcomings of the opponents?

But I digress. Writing is going okay, but it’s only day two. Hopefully I can keep a steady habit for the next 28!

November 1st word count: 1694
November 2nd word count: 2993

Let me know in the comments if you’re also doing NaNoWriMo this month! What’s your motivation, and have you participated before?

I sold my first book!

So, I’m sort of an official author even though my book isn’t for sale until September 1st. Allow me to explain…

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If you notice (which I didn’t until I got my proof copy), I spelled Charlotte with three Ts. I facepalmed and posted a picture to Imgur, basically saying “I’m a shithead, look at this.”

An hour later, someone messaged Charlotte Cyprus on Facebook. They said that they saw the typo and read the excerpt (available here if you’re interested) and were really looking forward to buying the book. They also said that they wanted a copy of the book with the typo on it. (I mean, if I do become super famous that will be worth a lot of money… but I doubt that that is going to happen.)

I set up a Paypal account and asked for $10. She sent the $10. I went on Createspace, reuploaded my files, and bought a proof copy that was shipped directly to her. The only thing that comes with the proof copy is a slip saying what is in the package, so it doesn’t have any sensitive information in it. She still has to receive the book and I still have to wait for Paypal to clear the payment (they hold it for reasons, I dunno), but when that happens I’ll have made $1.74 on my first book. Soon I’ll be rolling in the cash.

So yeah, basically the weirdest first sale ever. Also the most legit one, because it was just a stranger who saw my book and liked it, I didn’t know this woman and it wasn’t a friend or anything. I think this might be a good sign on how my book will do when it’s actually available for sale.

Until then, I’ll just sit here celebrating, because go me!

Sometimes plans don’t work out.

I got the proof copy of Kiss of The Fey today. I was excited… but then I wasn’t.

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You might not be able to tell, but the font looks bad up close. It looks even worse on the back, but there’s nothing I can do about it because the stock image I used for it was only so big. I can’t make it bigger to make the cover into a higher quality image. So I’m going back to the original candle stock image I had and am using that.

Sigh. Whatever. I want to to look good, even if it isn’t as flashy. I just want to get everything ready and formatted. I’m annoyed because I had at least twenty people who promised to read it and give me feedback and I’ve had one person read almost to the end of the first chapter and she basically said that she hated my main character’s name. I’m releasing it September 1st whether or not I get actual feedback on it, so if everyone says it sucks in reviews I’ll just make the changes and release a second edition, I guess. I don’t know. (Official cover is over on my author blog.)

A Game of Madness

I had a lot of free time, okay?

I had a lot of free time, okay?

May be the title of my untitled novella I’m working on. It will be eventually turned into a novel and hopefully I’ll be as proud of it as I am of Kiss of the Fey (Woman of Fire, Man of Ice). I’m hoping to write it for Camp Nanowrimo in April. My goal is 20,000 words in April. If I finish the novella in that time (because it doesn’t have to be long, I’m basically using it as an outline because that worked really well for Kiss of the Fey) I’ll just start on the novel.

I’m still working on editing Kiss of the Fey. Like, I ignored it all spring break. In my defense I’ve been feeling like poo.

Here is the shitty description I currently have for the camp nano page:

Wren has worked on a farm all her life, working the land of a Lord of Iborek.  After a late frost kills their crops, Wren’s family finds themselves unable to pay their Lord his dues. To save her younger sister, Wren allows the guards to deliver her to the castle and learns that her fate is to be the plaything of Lord Acton. That is, until she meets Acton’s brother.

Wren doesn’t know how the king has allowed such evil to continue or how the other girls in the castle are so contented with their fate. After a late-night encounter with a ghost and when Wren starts to hear voices, the once-steady farm girl must question if she’s going mad.

But eh. I’m excited for it. Even though school is going to kick my butt.

Also, everyone should listen to this.