To NaNo or Not to NaNo.

The above gif is an accurate demonstration of how I’m feeling–and National Novel Writing Month hasn’t even started yet. The last five years I’ve successfully taken part in NaNoWriMo, though I think one year I didn’t quite hit 50k, but I didn’t finish the story so I consider it a win.

Ivy, Alicia, After the Scrum, The Caretaker, and One Last Heist all started life as NaNoWriMo stories.

Now, I’ll be honest. NaNo makes me lose my mind. At no other time of the year would I even attempt 50k in a month, but it’s a challenge I always find impossible to refuse.

When I started thinking about this year, I’d initially decided not to participate. My deadlines have gotten all messed up and I didn’t know if I’d have a book to work on in November.  My year has been fairly busy with writing a novella trilogy and writing a novel. But for all the chaos, I do genuinely love particpating in NaNo.

I’ll be cheating this year. My novel is going to wind up being around 80 or 90k, so my goal for November is 50k. That’s my NaNo goal, even though technically the story won’t be finished quite yet.

If I hit 50k, I’m considering it a win.

I’ll be exhausted, but a winner.

Are you taking part in NaNo this year?

 

Happy New Year.

Here’s to 2018. Let’s hope it’s a far better year than 2017 turned out to be.

Happy New Year!

My publishing and writing year are stacking up to be quite busy, which makes me scared and happy at the same time.

As it stands, I hope to write:

  • a cozy/cottage mystery gay romance novella trilogy
  • a holiday standalone novel
  • start a new gay romance series featuring EMT

And what’s on schedule to be published through Hot Tree this year?

  • The Lion Tamer (Sin Bin Novel)
  • The Blacksmith (Novella)
  • Haka Ever After (Sin Bin Short – the last of the series)
  • One Last Heist (Standalone Novel)
  • Three as yet untitled novellas. Series title: Grasmere Cottage Mystery Trilogy

What are your goals for this year?

If you’re a writer, do you have word count goals or just goals for the novels you want to pen?

If you’re a reader, do you have a certain number of books you’d like to have read by the end of the year?