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News on the writing front -- some good, some not so good.
I'll start with the not-so-good first. The epilogue to Glory and Honor is going to take longer than I thought. Reason being that I got three-quarters of the way through it and decided to discard it and start fresh. I can normally manage about an update a week if I put my mind to it, but it's not going to happen this time around, I'm afraid.
I really DON'T want to start over on the epilogue, to be honest. I like what I've written so far, and it has some great moments in it. And I do enjoy writing Glory, and want to leave the door open for writing possible further adventures with her and the other characters in this sub-universe.
But at the same time, it feels hypocritical of me to end this story on a sequel hook when I really hate it when published authors do the same in their books. The epilogue, as it stands now, injects a plot point that hasn't even been touched on in the official story, and given that I griped about one of my favorite series, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, doing the same thing in its third volume... well, somehow that feels wrong.
Maybe what I'll do is write and post the "real" epilogue, then put the rejected version in my scraps or something for people to read if they want to. Or the rejected epilogue could serve as the beginning of a possible third story. We'll see what people's reactions are when I share...
The better writing news -- NaNoWriMo is happening again.
For those of you going "Wait, isn't NaNoWriMo in November?", the organization that promotes and supports the fall NaNo also sponsors Camp NaNoWriMo -- spring and summer versions of the event that are more flexible and give writers a goal to shoot for in other months of the year. Not only do people not have to worry about the holidays interfering with their writing time, but you can pick your own word count to shoot for instead of the usual 50K word count. So you can set yourself a lower goal if you feel you need to... or get ambitious and set your mark higher. And unlike the normal NaNo, Camp NaNo seems to also welcome non-novel participants. Want to write a screenplay or short-story collection instead of a novel? Go nuts!
Spring Camp NaNo starts in April, and I'm hoping to actually be able to FINISH something this time around. If I'm going to fulfill my New Year's resolution of having something publishable written by the end of the year, now's a good time to get started...
Art Feature -- MORE art of some of my favorite books
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Wool by Hugh Howey