NaNoWriMo Prep

It’s almost time for the great writer sojourn that is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50K words in one month resulting in the first draft of a new novel. The most I’ve ever written in a month was last November, ending the competition at almost 30K words. I WILL make my goal this year. Confidence is half the battle, right?

Now, 50K words does not an adult, or YA, novel make. I’ve decided to continue with Gabriella and Periwinkle instead of starting a new project. It’s technically cheating, I suppose. Yet, the extra 50K words into the already 15K project will not complete the entire novel. Close, but no dragon egg. (Who wants a cigar anymore for getting something correct? I want a baby dragon.)

With my extra time…(I’m sorry. I had to take a break and drink some water. That last statement was so ludicrous, I could not stop laughing.) Anywho, I’ve signed up to be a mentor as a youth consultant on the middle grade version of NaNoWriMo for my Girl Scout community. It appears we will have a small turn out, but it has to start somewhere. I might open it up to the whole Council next year to get more girls involved. It’s no fun for the girls if it’s only a couple of them. A dozen or two would be a nice healthy number.

I’m going to change up this last part and tell you what I am reading now instead of book recommendations. At first, I tried to tag books that I have read and enjoyed, which also connected with the theme of the current blog. That is becoming more and more difficult. From now on, I will tell you what I’m currently reading, including my impressions and a link to the Amazon reviews if you want more details.

Right now, I am reading The Golden Queen by David Farland. I have the electronic version of this novel due to a Humble Bundle purchase. I began a few books from that bundle, which I will not name, and could not get through the first few pages. Farland has kept my attention, though much of that is through my perplexity at his setting. He introduces us to a typical, medieval fantasy world with magic and talking bears. Then you meet a priest, an actual Catholic priest, rosary beads and all. Next enters portals to other worlds and science fiction weaponry along with genetic engineering. This mix of fantasy and science fiction and real world keeps me on my toes. I’m not sure I’m comfortable with it. But I’m a bit in love with Gallen, the protagonist, and completely invested in the journey of Farland’s characters. I can’t wait to see where it ends.

The Golden Queen

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