Halfway through the month already ... EEEP. Why is this year going by so fast?
I thought it was high time for a NaNo update! ELEGY is still going strong. It's been really fun switching between the storyline in 1880 and the storyline in 2012. It definitely keeps things new and fresh.
My favorite scene to write recently was the one where Henri (son of the wealthy Parisian gentleman) breaks into Ralph's secret cellar lair. Ralph was rescued by the gentleman from a horrible life in the circus, and his interests are a little... odd for a ten-year-old. I really liked discovering that creepy part of the chateau right alongside Henri.
I'm doing a LOT of backstory dumping, though. It'll have to be pruned out during revisions, but right now, I gotta keep going in the interest of word count.
I'm happy to say that I am participating in WriteOnCon for the first time! If you are serious about your writing (and by serious, I mean you want to shape your story into the best it can be, compose a kick-ass query letter, and get your work in front of fellow authors and ninja agents) there's no better place to get free critique and advice. I wish I'd joined sooner!
PPP's query letter is up on the chopping block, so feel free to go critique/comment/make fun of me. Everyone has been SO nice, supportive, and welcoming, and the best part is that I will have an ultra-polished pitch to send out to agents when I get back to querying! I've put it on hold to focus on Camp NaNoWriMo, but when I dive back in, I know I'll be in even better form.
Are you participating in Camp NaNo or WriteOnCon?
P.S. Remember to cast your vote for Round 7 of WRiTE Club! It's getting harder and harder to make decisions... the talent this time around is INCREDIBLE.
FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS (FOTL) (Novel, YA Epic Fantasy) An exiled princess searches for the five elements she needs to win the allegiance of the dragons and reclaim her kingdom from the grasp of an evil empress.
ANCHOR ISLAND (Novel, YA Romance) A romantic comedy about a girl who gets a second chance to win her first love when her mom marries into the wealthy summer community of Anchor Island.
SEAWALL (Novel, YA Fantasy/Paranormal) Fate brings Noah back to his estranged father's seaside home, where he encounters the legend of the dark mermaids who seem to be targeting his family.
GARDENSPELL (Novel, Upper MG Fantasy) After the witch who cursed her family dies, Freesia must defy the king's non-magic laws to venture into the Witchlands and break the spell.