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New Connections and the NanNo Thing

I was not as enthusiastic about MileHiCon this year for a couple admittedly ego-centric reasons, and because I was tired and had had such a wonderful and unique Sirens experience. But I'd made commitments, and so I went.

Thank. Goodness.

At the SFWA meeting, I in-person connected with Nathan Lowell--a wonderful indie writer I'd communicated with online, and waved to once at another local con. We chatted until needing to run off to respective panels, then met up again for whiskey in the afternoon. Eventually we were joined by three other writers--indie writers!--from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and I much enjoyed the three-ish hours we all spent together sharing experiences and encouraging more connections. There were dog stories, too, which makes everything more wonderful.

So now I'm looking at connecting with Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, joining their indie publishing group, and picking brains about audio books and the like. And I'm looking at enjoying it.

(That last bit is important, you see, because I've determined life is too short to deal much and long with assholes. Yes, this limits my opportunities. Yes, I'm fine with that.)

Next year, I won't be at MileHiCon, though. It's the same weekend as Sirens. So I did spend some time convincing the folks I met they'd like to check out Sirens. :-)

As for NaNo... I've mentioned elsewhere I'm not doing the "real" NaNoWriMo. Truly, signing up on yet another website, proving my wordcount, and so on does not appeal to me. Besides, I'm starting with a pile of already-written material that will be shuffled in with newly written material, and methinks that's not in the NaNo rules. But for the first time ever, the month of November is one during which I can give writing more time and focus because I do not have children at home, holidays with family do not require extensive travel, and my son's early December birthday doesn't require much planning. Thus I'm doing the nose-grindstone thing for thirty days.

So this is what the next Desert Rising book looks like this morning:


Most of that will end up trashed or set aside for another novel, since it was first written years ago. Today's task is to shuffle through those piles and pull out all the pieces I might want to use going forward, to integrate those pieces with the existing multiple-viewpoint outline, and translate those pieces onto the Magic Index Cards that will permit me to write the novel.

In other news, I'll be making three frittatas and homemade caramel for apple-dipping so we can have a Halloween family dinner + trick-or-treat this evening.


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Oct. 31st, 2016 06:36 pm (UTC)
That indie talent and support pool sounds awesome.
Oct. 31st, 2016 07:43 pm (UTC)
Yes! I was so jazzed to connect with them. I've a local indie writer friend who has been after me to join for months, and now I see why.
Oct. 31st, 2016 06:38 pm (UTC)
methinks that's not in the NaNo rules

The rules say you can have as many notes as you would like, but not a line of prose. Which has always seemed... somewhat silly to me.

I love the energy of NaNo, and I've made great friends through it, but I don't think I will attempt 50K in a month ever again - I've never managed it; and it doesn't work for me.

I wish I could get to Sirens, but that'll have to wait a few years.
Oct. 31st, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, NanNo is set up for the kind of writer I am not. Nothing wrong with it, but it just isn't me, and it doesn't fit where my project lists and goals are right now.

Years ago, I could pull off 50K a month, no sweat. These days, I've the same amount of time available as I did back then, but haven't been able to hit the numbers. I'm experimenting with how to structure my days and writing time to see if it'll make a difference.

I would love for you to come to Sirens, but completely understand the limitations. I wouldn't be able to commit to attending were it not in my backyard.
Oct. 31st, 2016 08:51 pm (UTC)
I struggle to think that fast - and I noticed that when I wrote lots and lots on Nano (still not 50K) my writing flattened: I wrote scenes that would flow easily, and avoid anything that I struggled with or that made me uncomfortable. Which meant pleasant, shallow scenes that didn't really need to be in the book - and that was counterproductive.

Also, I am trying to finish my current novel (and struggling because I have no mental template for it's arc), and after that I'd like to finish something else... story beginnings I do have more than enough.
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Oct. 31st, 2016 07:47 pm (UTC)
I would have loved to see you! (If you haven't already, check the DMs on Twitter cuz we'll be looking to plot a get-together again...)

BUT! I'm pretty sure Nathan is set to attend the con in Colorado Springs this January (I can't remember what it's called...) so maybe we can plan a meet-up down that direction!
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