"You're too young to know what love is. You don't love me. You're infatuated with me." -- Sir Aric, The Prince's Knight

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Newsletter

I've decided to switch this to a more monthly thing since I just don't have the time to post once a week. We'll see how well I do with this structure.

Well now that December is here, NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) is over. I squeaked by with just a little over 50,000 total words, split between two novellas--I say squeaked because according to my word counter I ended with 50,001 words. Whew! And I couldn't really write more because I completed both stories and didn't want to add anything else just to pad my numbers. I was working on my word goal right up until about 6:30 Central Time on Nov. 30th though, so it wasn't like I ended up with a whole lot of extra time.

Here's what I've got planned for the month writing wise and also what I used NaNo to work on:

Tied to a Demon
I started this novella before November rolled around so the first chapter was written beforehand. It ended at a little over 25,000 words and is a paranormal romance with a fantasy setting. Shanna is a witch who has trouble completing even the simplest spell correctly. So it really shouldn't come as a surprise when she tries to conjure an imp and gets the demon Alecandros instead.

This novella is done, but I'll be spending December polishing it up and getting it ready for submission to my publisher. I find that it's a lot more helpful if I set goals and then do all I can to stick to them.

Personal Protection
This is also a fantasy novel, but it doesn't have any paranormal elements to it. It's still a romance, actually my first stab at m/m romance. After receiving a crippling injury in battle, Aric finds himself transferred to a more laid-back position, guarding the crown prince, Matthew. Aric thinks Matthew is a royal pain, until he gets to know him.

If all goes well I should be working on revisions for this one in January, and judging by how the first book ends, it will probably have a second one to follow. There's a bit of a cliffhanger there.

I'm really focusing on my writing right now to get some projects finished up, so with any luck I'll have more books out there in the near future.

Thanks for reading and happy holidays!