Well, it was a rather harrowing Nanowrimo. I struggled every day of the month to keep up on the word count. Usually I don’t have much trouble with Nanowrimo, but MAAV apparently decided it was going to challenge me for every word. I’ve hit 50K, and I’m pleased to be a Nanowrimo winner, but the novel is a mess. It’s going to take a couple of months to sort out, but I’m still hopeful of making a June release date for the book. At least I can be proud of myself for sticking it out this year instead of switching novels when it get hard.
One thing that might change that is ironically if I find my muse for the books. I’ve decided if I ever find my groove while writing MAAV, I’ve decided I plan to ride it as long as I can and draft OHAV (book 3) until it floats away again. So I hope for that, and I believe Nanowrimo even has a camp in March, which I might try redrafting whatever I need for that.
In a moment of un-Oregonian-ness I bought myself a new umbrella. In general, the “real” Oregonians don’t use them. Usually the rain is more mist or drizzle on and off, plus they’re awkward and annoying. Umbrellas are for foreigners, and by foreigners, I mean people who are not from Oregon or Washington (the state). You wear a waterproof coat and just dash from the car to the store and back again. If hiking, you button up your coat and put up the hood and get only reasonably damp.
But, I want to keep up with my walk all winter long, and I hate having my head all bundled up in my waterproof coat, it makes me itchy. Plus, despite being out in the middle of nowhere, my walk is wide and paved, keeping my feet dry (if it were an actual mountain trail, I wouldn’t bother and plan to just get wet feet as well as the rest of me). So, not getting soaked on my walk won out over my Oregon pride.
I’m the one crazy lady for miles, just me and my umbrella in the middle of nowhere… I haven’t yet run into a park ranger for a while, but they’re the only people I ever see out there, with their hoods of their waterproof jackets up like true Oregonians, as they ride their small cart/car thingy through the drizzle to pick up the trash at Starvation Creek. I can hardly wait to bump into them, while I walk along twirling my splendid, and very large umbrella.
Now that Nano is over, I’m taking a short break from MAAV and focusing on getting Disaster out! I’m hoping to release on December 12th, in both hard copy and kindle. I’m going to try out select for a couple months so I can try out the free promotion feature, but when I do giveaways I’ll have epub versions available too, as soon as I figure out my formatting. I’ve gotten a bit rusty in the year since I did ASFV, and so I have to relearn my html all over again. Ah well.