It’s that time of year again

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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:

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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:

Follow Jenny Perinovic’s board NaNoWriMo 2014: Like Drops of Moonlight on Pinterest.

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!!)

What’s Up Wednesday No. 2

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So my bestie Sarah Kettles has been really awesome about writing her WuW posts every week, and I decided to get back on the train. :) (I mean, I’ve only done one of these before, so it’s not like it’s much of a TRAIN. But still. Back on it.) So. Without further ado…

 

WHAT I’M READING

I just finished THE CRIMSON CAMPAIGN by Brian McClellan, and I’m still reading THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME by Heather Marie.  Two very different books, but both are (slash were) awesome! :)

WHAT I’M WRITING

I’ve pretty much stalled on the Circus Book over the last week. I know I need to make more forward progress, but these silly plot bunnies keep jumping out at me! I need to find a way to work consistently, or else this book will NEVER be finished. I don’t want to abandon it, because I’m SO happy with what I have right now. I just wish my progress was a bit faster.

I’m also plotting a murder mystery/thriller set in a small seaside town, so that’s been fun, too! Right now there’s no magic (GASP SHOCK) but knowing me, that won’t be the case for forever.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME

When I was drafting A MAGIC DARK & BRIGHT (the book I’m currently querying), I wrote most consistently when I was waking up at 5AM. Sooo. Maybe I need to do that again? The hardest part about that is actually getting out of bed! It’s SO DARK at 5AM. But that’s also part of the reason why I get so much done–at 5AM, there are no distractions.  I’m going to try it tomorrow-wish me luck.

WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO

PitMad was yesterday! That was awesome–I ended up with several requests and saw SO many pitches that I want to read RIGHT NOW. It’s so inspiring!

I’ve also been designing my little heart out–my freelance workload has been HEAVY lately. (Maybe that’s why I haven’t been able to write so much?) The latest cover I designed, for Danielle Ellison’s STORM, was revealed this week:

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I also designed some bookplates for Lisa Maxwell this week! I’m pretty partial to them–you can learn how to score one of your own on her blog!

It’s been a while…

…since I last checked in to say how things were going. This summer was pretty crazy, life- and writing-wise. I was lucky enough to go on three trips–a week on the Outer Banks with my in-laws, five days in Scotland with my best friends for Sarah Kettles‘ wedding, and a week in Hilton Head with my mom, sister, sister-in-law, tiny baby niece, and sister’s best friend. (Needless to say, I have no vacation days left!) I also ended up with a terrible stomach bug in the beginning of the summer, and then pretty awful allergies-turned-bronchitis a few weeks ago, so my sick days are pretty much decimated, too. I’m looking forward to the fall and having some more stability in my life!

To make up for my radio silence, here are some pictures from Scotland to make up for it:

(You can see loads more on my Flickr!)

I’ve also been deep in the query trenches all summer! I didn’t expect how mentally–or creatively–draining querying would be. I don’t have much to report on the querying front–I’m still waiting patiently–and in the meantime, I’ve been making (slow) progress on Dead Man’s Hand (aka CircusBook). I’m just about to hit 20k! I’m hoping to be done by November. I’ve also scribbled down ideas for a zillion other projects, including a YA contemp/mystery/thriller-esque thing, and a NA steampunk retelling of Treasure Island (which I’m co-writing with my dear friend Shannon.)

As for my plans for fall–I’m looking forward to writing, spending lazy afternoons with my wonderfully patient husband, and cheering for my Buckeyes.

What’s new with you??