NaNoWriMo, Weirdness, and Earrings

I want to write a weird book.

There, I said it. I have plenty of irons in the fire already, but I have this irresistible urge to write a completely unconventional novel filled with all that is strange and wonderful. I’ve been letting go of my inner censor on my short fiction, but very much stick to convention when it comes to novel-length works. I can’t understand why I keep doing this, but it’s ingrained in my brain for some reason.

And that got me thinking. There’s finally a bit of chill in the air as fall descends upon us and that can only mean one thing: NaNoWriMo! I participated three years ago, and I plan on participating again this year. And this time, I’m going weird.

And this time, I’m going to try to use all of the wonderful things I’ve learned this past year about short stories and how to pour myself into them. This time, I want to write a novel I care about. Thus far, I’ve yet to accomplish that feat.

No clues on characters or plot just yet, but I’ll keep it in ┬áthe back of my mind as I rework a few old short stories throughout October. I’m also thinking about starting a Tumblr account to log my NaNoWriMo efforts specifically. What do you all think? And perhaps I’ll just post recaps or summaries of the journey here? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

On a final note, as I construct my steampunk-o-riffic costume for Halloween, I promised I’d keep you up to date on my purchases and findings. The pic at the top is of my earrings. Got them on Etsy from a very talented seller. Pretty cool, eh?

Short Story Published and General Updatery

I’ve been remiss in my blogging duties. For that, I apologize. However, I’m pretty excited to report that my short story, The Girl Who Had Six Fingers was accepted by Apex Magazine for their October issue. You can go read it right now. Really. I’ll wait.

Just when I get discouraged, something happens to turn everything around. My latest WIP still blows, but hey, I’m published people! I want to thank Cat Valente for finding my story worthy of the great pages of Apex. It’s an amazing feeling to have someone with her talent think I don’t suck. Again, thank you.

Since I last posted, I’ve gotten nearly to the end of my pretty much untitled fantasy novel. It lacks an end at this point because I need to jet back to the beginning and fix some continuity things. Without the fixes, the end won’t be clear, so for my own sanity, this is what I have to do. Not ideal, but it’s the only way I see this book ever getting done.

Halloween’s coming up and that makes me unbelievably excited. It’s the best time of year. Our apartment is decorated with assorted gravestones, Spookytown houses, pirate gear and a Halloween tree. But my favorite decorations are these super cute silhouettes from Jo-Ann’s. They’re shaped like rats and they dot the baseboards in mid-scurry. Now all we need is a chill in the air. If you read the news, I’m sure you heard that last Monday we had record heat at 113 degrees in Los Angeles. Doesn’t exactly scream, “Welcome to Autumn,” does it? My costume is slowly arriving. Hubby and I are going to a costume ball this year and we’ll be decked out in steampunk gear. I’m pretty excited to sport some seriously awesome boots. I got them on clearance for half their normal price, but it looks like they’re not available anymore. On a side note, I’m addicted to Etsy. Really, it’s a dangerous temptation for a person with limited cash and never-ending want for the shiny.┬áThis post sounds like I’m trying to sell you stuff. I just really love Halloween, folks and want to share my finds.

That’s pretty much it for now. More posts coming shortly as I delve into a few writing issues. I’ve always got some of those. Also, expect some Halloween costume updates. Not sure if you care about that, but it’s fun.

Until next time. And thanks to all who take a moment to read my short story.