Tuesday, December 1, 2020

December wrap up & IWSG

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How are we in December already? On one hand, it feels like the year has flown by, and on the other, it seems like a whole lot of nothing happened. Probably because it was all canceled.

2020 the year of CANCELED

Let's hope 2021 is more eventful. In good ways.

So let's see, wrapping up 2020:

I'm mostly booked for events all through 2021 so hey, other than obsessively checking my calendar to make sure I'm not missing anything, I'm all set there.

Bound in Blue: Book 3 of the Narvan is being held over to 2021 for publishing since I was not able to get out and promote Book 2. Book 4 is still slated for Fall of 2021.

Everyone in my house has remained generally healthy.

Cover art for Spindelkin is 3/4 done.

I miss talking to readers but the majority of the few shows I was able to do went really well. So overall, I'm going to call sales successful on that front.

I co-wrote a book, which was an interesting and new experience. That should be out in 2021 as well. 

Which also brings us to this month's IWSG question: Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why? 

Definitely! I write all year, but November is my dedicated pound out a lot of words month, thanks to NaNoWriMo.

This year I participated in my 15th year of National Novel Writing Month and had my earliest win ever on day 17.  Why? Because I retired as ML last year so I could just sit back and write instead of wrangling writers and hosting events all month. I also didn't have any book-selling events all month. = lots more time to write.

This November, I wrapped up the first draft of The Minor Years: A Narvan novel and the first draft of Spindelkin, a YA fairy tale. Both books were about halfway done at the beginning of the month, so it feels good to have fully finished drafts to dive into editing in the new year.

I also broke my 60K in a month word record with 75K.

How was your 2020?



  1. For a "whole lot of nothing" it sounds like you still got a lot accomplished! Good going on NaNo. Writing for me is a slower and more measured process, I've never been able to pound out words at that sustained rate.

    1. I've accomplished a lot on the writing front, but not so much in other areas. Figure I might as well pour on the words now because when real life returns I won't have near as much time on my hands.

  2. Wow, it sounds like you're accomplishing a lot! I also just crossed over the 60k mark, and hope it continues. Have a great Holiday!

  3. Congratulations on a super-productive November! I wish you happy writing and happy holidays in December. I only reached 42K this November, but I'm counting it as a win, considering how distractible I was.

  4. Wow! You got a lot done in 2020. I missed all those events that got cancelled. Congrats on NaNo and the 75k mark. You've been a writing fiend.


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