In Which I Ramble On About My Latest WIP (a.k.a. What I’m Writing for NaNo)

(None of these photos are mine, excepting the wattle picture. That one is, and you can’t steal it, even though it’s amazing).

Yesterday, Celeste did a post introducing her NaNoWriMo project, and since I promised to introduce my own project about two weeks ago, I decided I’d snitch some of her questions and introduce it! I also added a few questions of my own. I also have sore wrists, so this introduction is going to be short.

Without further ado, I present…

Wattle Fire.

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The colours clash a bit in this one, but oh well.

What’s the basic plot?

The basic plot follows three characters: Yilla–a clan girl from the open plains near a mountain ranges, High-Praise–a princess married at a young age to the king of Traumlant, and Courageous–the said king. Basically, it’s about politics, monarchy and Yilla trying to save the world by educating the rather ignorant king and queen on the ways, language and cultures of their people. It’s also involves touring the country, and dragons, and bushrangers and a weird, eclectic blend of historical fashions and periods and inventions.  Continue reading

Beta Readers Wanted! + Writing Updates for the First Time In Months!

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Guys, remember how I’ve mentioned 300+ times that I’ve been editing The Stars Fill Infinity? Well, guess what! This week, on 18th July, I finished the second draft! It was an awesome feeling, and I’m glad to have (hopefully) the major edits done.

And of course, in honour of this, I’m putting a call out to find some awesome beta readers who would like to take on the task of reading through my novel and pointing out every single inconsistency and grammatical mistake.

So, here’s some particulars:

  • I’ll be sending out the document on August 1st, so you’ll have nine days to sign up using the form I’ll link below.
  • From August 1st, you’ll have until September 30th to read it and return the document + answers to questions that I’ll give you. That means you’ve got two months 😀
  • The Stars Fill Infinity is 100k long, appropriate for ages 14+, and a dystopian YA retelling of Les Miserables. Here’s the blurb 😀
  • A storm is brewing in the air, disrupting the fragile peace.

    Chessy Verde has lived a lonely life, with only her adopted father for company, ever since her sister ran away, breaking Chessy’s heart. But she has secrets of her own, secrets that involve sneaking out at night to care for the poverty-stricken of the town, against her father’s wishes.

    Then a fiery, charismatic young man, calling himself Justice Rift, arrives in town, bringing with him talk of revolution. The young people of the town, including Chessy, find themselves drawn to him—and the cause he is willing to lay his life down for.

    But when Chessy makes a foolish decision in defence of someone she loves, she puts herself on the radar of a deadly and determined law officer and finds herself asking hard questions. She is willing to die, but is she willing to forgive? She is willing to sacrifice everything, but she is willing to show mercy to those who have hurt her most?

  • I’m looking for about ten readers (though I’ve already secured a few). If you can’t commit to the deadline though, don’t worry, they’re will be plenty of other opportunities to beta read for me 🙂
  • If you’re interested, sign up here

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Hello, I am not Dead and I have an Announcement!

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Hello, People!

As the title implies, I’m not dead. I know I’ve missed a few posts, but my excuse is that I’ve been busy (sooo tired at the moment!) and I’ve also been trying to write a novel on top of that. Actually, I wrote a novel on top of that, all 94,000 words of it. And I’m editing my novelette/novella thing, so…

I am exhausted, so today’s post is going to be pretty short. (Also, not my main announcement, but another announcement I have is that, for the foreseeable future, I’m going back to one post a week, rather than two).

Okay, my announcement!

Next month, on May 11, I’ll be celebrating my 1-Year Blogiversary! And since it’s the done thing around the blogosphere to do a Q+A Post when celebrating blogiversaries, I thought I’d do one as well (nope, you aren’t getting a vlog out of me any time yet, sorry. Maybe next year).

Which means that I need questions! So, it’s up to you to ask away. Anything you want–writing, reading, blogging, or personal (but not too personal, you know. That’d be awkward).

If you have any questions, feel free to comment them below, I’ll collect them and answer them all on May 11!

So, how have you guys been? How did Camp NaNo go for you? Tell me a bit about your life at the moment!

How Goes Camp NaNo? 50k + Snippets!

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How goes Camp NaNoWriMo for you? Has it been a good month or a bad one? So far, for me, it’s been a pretty good Camp because on Monday 16th I reached 50k, which was my goal for the month!

So today, I’m going to briefly update you on how my Camp NaNo novel (When Infinity is Empty, which you can read about here) is going!

I started a day late this month, on the 2nd instead of the 1st, because the first was not only a Sunday but Easter Sunday, so it felt a bit wrong. Anyway, that doesn’t seem to have impacted the story a lot. It was so much fun on that Monday just to plunge into this story (which I’ve been planning since New Years Day) and to immerse myself again in the world that I basically solely lived in last November. It’s been amazing to go back and visit Chessy, to expand her world and to deepen the relationships she has with the lucky few who managed to survive the last novel. I’ve also loved introducing the new characters, in particular the Caelans, Dr Alexander Manly and Zac Stoner. And I’m setting everything up for the third book too, which is really exciting 😀 (This third book is going to be epic). Continue reading