October is halfway gone, which means there’s less than TWO WEEKS until NaNoWrimo. I’ve been participating in some form or another since high school, so November is always fun for me.
That being said, the last time I won was in 2011, when I finished the first draft of my never-going-to-see-the-light-of-day-without-heeeeeaaaavy-rewriting gaslight fantasy/dystopian book about a girl picked to be a human sacrifice and the boy chosen to kill her. In 2012, I used NaNo to jump start my first draft of A Magic Dark and Bright. Last year, I used NaNo to dive into my first round of AMD&B revisions.
THIS year, AMD&B is in the query trenches. I’m going to be honest with you–querying is rough. And illuminating. And encouraging and heartbreaking all at once. I’ve actually stopped querying for now, and come December, I’m planning on going through (yet another) round of revisions with it. I love this book. I’m proud of this book. And I want this book to be read.
Since I finished AMD&B in April, I’ve been working very slowly on my Circus Book. It’s totally different from anything I’ve ever written before. For a while, I was frustrated with the pace, but now I’ve realized that this is going to be a slow book. This book may take me years. And I’ve made my peace with that. Dead Man’s Hand is a big, complicated story–and it’s going to take time. It’s not the type of book I can race through in November. It’s not the type of book I WANT to race through.
So. I’m going to take a mini-break and work on something TOTALLY NEW for NaNo. Something a little silly, a little spooky, and a little sexy. Something that’s pure fun. And so I’ll be writing the NA paranormal mystery-ish thing that’s been bouncing around my head since May. Right now, it’s called LIKE DROPS OF MOONLIGHT. I made a pretend cover (because that’s what you do during NaNo), and I’ve whipped up a short synopsis:
21-year old Holly Levant just had the worst month her of her life: the playhouse she worked for went out of business, making her just another unemployed fine arts major; her beloved Nana passed away; and Colin, her longtime (and only) boyfriend, dumped her in order to become a priest. So when she finds out that she’s inherited her Nana’s crumbling Victorian mansion in the small town of Moonlight Lake–and enough money to complete renovations necessary to turn it into a bed and breakfast–she jumps at the chance to start over. But Nana’s money comes with a catch: Holly must live in the house for one year, or the house and grounds will be donated to the town.
Holly expects to spend the year up to her nose in paint and sawdust. She doesn’t expect to find her handsome new neighbor, former college football star-turned baker, Beau Evers, climbing through her bedroom window on her first night in town. And she definitely doesn’t expect to be drawn into the center of a missing-persons case. Never mind the fact that someone–or something–seems to be sabotaging her renovations at every turn. Someone who seems to want Holly gone, no matter the cost.
With Beau by her side, Holly uncovers the history hidden within her house’s walls. And as Holly falls in love with Moonlight Lake and a certain pie-delivering gentleman, she learns that every town has secrets.
And in some towns, those secrets can kill.
I’ve also made a pinboard:
I’m SO excited to to get writing. Are you doing NaNo? Be sure to add me as a buddy! (And I want to hear ALL ABOUT your project!!)