#IWSG #Writing Life: Here We Are, December Already

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Our tree-mostly decorated by my son.

 

Question of the month is: what are your writing goals for December? 

 

November is over, and the tree is up! Now, it’s time to think about Christmas shopping. Yeah, I know, I’m late in starting, but that’s how I roll…every single year!

 

Well, NaNoWriMo has ended and I finished just shy of 14k. I am a bit disappointed that it wasn’t way higher, but progress is progress, right? I set another goal for the story I started with this and that is to reach 75k (or if the story feels complete before that) by Feb. 1st, 2019.  This I believe is a reasonable goal.

 

From there I plan to set it aside for a few weeks to work on other projects. I hope to go back to it around March/April and begin the editing/revision phase. After this I’d like to see about gathering a few Beta readers to help me make the story even better.  My goal is to have as polished a manuscript as possible by the end of 2019. Around this time, I may even attempt to take part in the Pitch Wars.

 

What about you?  What are your writing goals for December? I love to hear them!

 

***IWSG stands for Insecured Writer’s Support Group.  Want to know more? Click here.

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#NaNoWriMo: Midpoint

 

 

November is already half over–can you believe it?

And what’s even crazier is that one week from today is Thanksgiving!

Heck, I haven’t gotten a turkey yet much less planned a menu for it.  I’ll work on it over the coming weekend…maybe.

I’ve been writing away on a story for NaNoWriMo currently sitting at about 7,200 words for the month. Yeah, the word count is quite low provided that I didn’t start until the 5th day. I’ve set up a goal tracker for this novel that by February 1st 2019 to have written a total of 75,000 words. This will be more realistic, but that won’t stop me from trying to get as many words done for November as I can. At that point (after November 30th), I plan to go back to writing my other projects.

So, what is this story I’m currently writing?

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Brief synopsis:

Nyssa Mann found herself in a zombie apocalypse that claimed everyone she cared for.  In search for a safe haven, she met a stranger who promised just that only to be tricked into a fantastical world where she will face a new kind of terror.

There are currently eight chapters up on Wattpad if you’d like to follow along Nyssa’s adventures. I’ve been trying to write about one new chapter per day. At the moment, a total of 30 chapters are slated for the completion of this book (possibly there will be additional chapters).  This may also be Book One in a series or saga for the overall story but for now I’m taking this one day at a time.

What about you? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? If not, are you currently working on a writing project? I’d like to hear about it!  🙂

 

#Writing Just For the Heck Of It

I’ve had a story idea knocking around in my head for a few years, and this past week I’ve decided to act strictly on impulse and just start writing about it.  Maybe I’m inspired because it’s October, and it’s Halloween season.  Who knows.  I’ve always been fascinated by the supernaturals including vampires and werewolves. For the past few years, I’ve watched movies like Daybreakers, The Twilight Saga, and the Underworld series as well as television series such as Teen Wolf (MTV’s version) and Van Helsing (SYFY’s version).

Now, by utilizing Wattpad, I’ve started my own version called, Bloodlust.

This will be a work-in-progress, and there will probably be at least two or three parts to the story broken up into novella-sized books.  If I can complete this story, and if the storyline is interesting and unique enough, I just might consider either self-pubbing it, or go the traditional route.

We’ll see.

I’ve put together a brief teaser trailer for the story:

 

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#Story Saturday: Ghosts?

 

*Author’s Note: This story is actually based on a true personal experience.

 

Ghosts?

 

 

if you don’t believe in them, you probably won’t believe my story 

As a young girl around the age of five or six 

I woke up near dawn and saw 

two shadows coming down the hallway 

Two men 

one was tall with an afro who pushed 

a wheelchair of another man 

I watched as they moved across the wall 

but no physical forms materialized 

Frightened, I flung the covers over my head 

and in the next moment 

hands pawed and groped at me  

There I lied as still as possible  

’till the sun rose 

I never told my parents since they’d just 

say it’s my imagination 

Even to this day, I often wonder if those men 

were either ghosts 

or  

the dreaded shadow people 

Guess I may never know

#FlashFiction #Story Tuesday: Dark Possession

 

 

Dark Possession

 

There was a place my mother once told me about.  Forbidden for any to enter.
The locals refused to speak of it.
In this forest, the sunlight never reached the ground.
Forever enveloped in an impenetrable fog.
The same ground where a boy was rumored to dwell in
Spirit? Demon? Or perhaps undead?
My best friend made a dare. A dare I could not refuse.
I won, but really I lost.
As my best friend never left the forest
where it claimed another soul
Now, they are
one and same.

 

Final #Poll For the Best Surname

Yesterday I posted a poll trying to figure out which surname to choose as a pen-name for a story I’m currently writing.

Several have responded.  Thank you!

I have made a minor adjustment though to C.W. that I originally was considering to C.J. – Cory (instead of Corinne) Jordan.

With the changes in mind, I need your help one more time.

 

 

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#Poll: Need Your Help With a Name!

I’m creating a new pen-name for myself.

Why?

I am currently working on a web-novel, and would like to do so under another name (since it’s in a genre I don’t normally write).  If interested, I could post more info at a later date.

What I have so far is C.W. (short for Corinne Winnie – which is short for Edwin). I need help in deciding what the surname (last name) should be; and that is where YOU come in!

This is what I have:

A Soul’s Exodus

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As I lie in the white bed, in a white room, I close my eyes to try and ignore the sounds of machines that surround me.

Home is where I prefer to be.

A place where golden fields ruled the landscape.

Where my body is constantly caressed by the light Northwest breeze, opening my senses to all that nature has to offer.

A place where peace and calm reign.

This is my earthly heaven.

But, there’s another calling to me from beyond this physical realm.

Just as beautiful and serene.

I’m struggling to accept the finality of leaving this home for another.

Am I so bound to this world which makes it difficult to want to move on?

Will it hurt to let go?

The blipping sounds of the machinery are beginning to fade…

                                                                                          …until all I hear are the songs of doves.