Winning #Nanowrimo 2014


Yesterday, at 10pm, I hit the 50,000 words mark, thus winning Nanowrimo 2014 – with three days to spare!
This year I was talking it far more seriously, as at the start I had to overcome a serious bout of writer’s block – and finish the first draft “The Withering Flame” as soon as possible. Since I started out with 30k already written on Nov 1, that means the full manuscript, at 80,000, is now pretty much completed!

nanoIt was quite an odyssey this month, as you can see from the chart above. A few days after a good start, the poor performance crept in. Half-way through, I was more than 4000 words behind – almost three full days of writing.

The Withering FlameBy the end of last week, I caught a flu – which was luckier than it sounds, as fever makes me write faster. That surge of wordcount the last four days – that’s 38 degrees speaking 🙂 Not sure about the quality, but then that’s what first drafts – and Nanowrimo manuscripts – are like.

I give myself two days of rest now – and start revising the draft on Sunday. Barring any unforeseen accidents, I foresee “The Withering Flame” to be ready sometime early next year. Stay tuned!

October News: NaNoWriMo, Smashwords… and BOOK 6 incoming (eventually)!

It’s been a while since I wrote something about my books – over a month, in fact; and even longer since I mentioned “The Year of the Dragon” series. But, here it comes:

The sixth book of “The Year of the Dragon” series will be called “The Withering Flame”. We have a new cover artist once again this time – Anndr Kusuriuri. The cover is awesome, if I do say so myself (and a bit spoilerish, if you can figure out what’s going on in the picture!).The Withering Flame

Now, there’s a bit of a setback with the book. It really should have been ready for this Christmas, but I’m afraid that won’t happen – and there’s nobody to blame but myself. I’m just recovering from a bout of severe writer’s block, which lasted far longer than these things should for a professional author. It’s been over a month since I last put the finger to the keyboard; I’m finally back on track, though, and roughly half-way through the first draft.

Participant-2014-Square-ButtonWhich brings me to another piece of news – I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo again this year, hoping to finish the first draft by the end of November. You can keep up with my progress – and cheer me up! – here. I’ll be counting words from whatever I have written by Nov 1st, so I may “lose” if I assume the book is big enough, but having a deadline may keep me from falling back into the writer’s block’s sweet embrace.smashwords

Final bit of news – there’s yet another distribution channel for the first five books: Smashwords. Like on Kobo, you can get the “Shadow…” for free there, and the rest of the books are priced the same as elsewhere.

Back in Paperback

Year of the DragonAfter a brief hiatus while we were fixing some of the formatting issues discovered since launch, “The Year of the Dragon, 1-4” is now again available on Amazon and Createspace on paperback.

I’ve also added all my paperbacks to Createspace’s Expanded Distribution, which means it should be available to buy from other outlets, such as Barnes&Noble online store in a short while – I’ll add links to the sidebar as soon as they appear.

Don’t forget, it’s also enrolled in Amazon’s KindleMatch program, which means if that if you shell out on the paperback, you’ll be able to download the Kindle version of the book for a mere $1.99

In related news, it’s day 12 of NanoWrimo and I’m managing to keep up with the daily wordcount quota, so hopefully the first draft of “The Chrysanthemum Seal” will be ready long before Christmas!

In non-related non-news, I’m recently mildly obsessed with the British comedian and musician Matt Berry. Do search him out on a music media of your choice; his pastiches of 1970s rock are utterly brilliant and, like all good pastiche, virtually indistinguishable from homage.

NaNoWriMo 2013

2013-Participant-Facebook-Profile Since I’m already writing the 5th book of The Year of the Dragon saga, “The Chrysanthemum Seal”, and I’m on a self-imposed schedule anyway, I figured I might as well do the NaNoWriMo this year, for the first time.

Most of you probably know what National Novel Writing Month is, and if you don’t – it’s that thing where you have to write 50,000 words in one month (of one novel) to “win” (a bucket of self-esteem and a virtual pat on the back :). It’s a big thing now, with sponsorships, meetings, discussion panels etc. etc. and it’s starting tomorrow.

The part I’m interested in is the word count tool itself. I’ve got ca. 12k words of the first draft already, and I need way more than 50,000 words to get even close to how long I want the finished book to be (the usual 80,000+ words per volume); it would be nice to finish the first draft by the end of the year. Perhaps NaNoWriMo will be that little extra motivation needed to do just that.

You can find me here, if you’d like to add me as a buddy. I’ll try to post updates there as often as possible.