Thursday, November 24, 2011

Another Year, Another Win

It's official, I have hit the lovely 50K words and won NanoWrimo.  It feels great, but something happened this time that never has before.  Not only did I finish on the 19th (wow!)  but I found myself going long.  The story is not over, and the end is nowhere in sight at 50k.  I guess I finally found a subject matter that inspires me to go on and on.  I found myself feeling very spiritual as I was writing about my main character who was being taught the principles of the way.  How amazing, to combine my writing with spirituality seems like an automatic win for me.  I'm not sure how marketable this book will be, but I don't care because it helped me get to a really good place.

The challenge of writing a thesis and a novel in the same month helped me feel like I can do anything.  I hope I can maintain this positive feeling, and staying with the Tao, I know is the way. 

Other happenings include: finally getting moved in enough to park both vehicles in the garage, hosting turkey day at my new house, and sipping tea by my working fireplace.  Pretty content right now.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November Has Come

It's that time of year again.  Time for National Novel Writing Month where authors scramble to write 50,000 words in 30 days.  I am participating again this year, even though I am also working on writing a thesis for my Masters degree (Raving, I am, stark raving mad!!)  What makes this year different is that this year I decided to do Taoist theme to the book (see the revelation post below).  I love the idea of exploring my own spirituality while my character explores hers.

I decided to not make the references blatant, meaning that nowhere in the book will it talk about the Tao.  Instead, the sages in my book will refer to it as the Myst.  I do this for a few reasons. 
1. It gives me more room for fantasy aspects I would like to add in.
2. My personal interpretation of the greatest book ever written will not be called into question
3. I feel like it makes the concept more accessible to the massess.

Wish me luck!!