16 November, 2014

NaNoWriMo check in

I'm a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short.

NaNoWriMo this year has been my best to date. I reached the 50K word goal by day 10, and since then I've been slowing my progress as I work towards the ending of this novel.

I think I told you folks last time that I'm working on my Queen of Seasons quintet, which has been sitting untapped and unfinished on my computer for nearly five years. I never had the proper motivation to work on it before, and the last time I did Camp NaNoWriMo, I just couldn't bring myself to start it (which, sadly, resulted in me abandoning the quintet again).

This time, though, I've made leaps of progress. I've gone back and added in the character who wasn't there the first time, reorganized scenes, trimmed some down, wrote entirely new ones, and rewrote some characters' personalities. I even made a delightfully malicious choice by having the fear dearg continue its masquerade as a toddler for more than just the opening scenes. Seriously, the fear dearg's become what I now dub Crowning Character of Nope for all the creepiness he instills.

Which brings me to another point: I haven't told you all much about the Queen of Seasons quintet. Well, the premise is that the Celtic god Lleu Llaw Gyffes has died, but his power survived through his human servant, thus allowing him to live on. When Lleu Llaw Gyffes is finally, officially, reborn, he comes back as a woman named Jennifer Murray. Now that Jennifer's returned, all of faerie wants her power before she can realize her own potential.

I'd love to tell more, but I think that would be oversharing. I'll just say that once I get it all wrote up, it will definitely be worth it. Anyway, I'd love to stay longer and chat, but I'm burning NaNo daylight. I'll be back at the end of the month with more updates.

See you then, folks! :)

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Ash Litton

Ash Litton is a writer and lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and all things fictional. She is the author of Thoroughbred, Evening Hallow, Comeuppance, and Cabover Cabaret, and works on other Appalachian Dream Tales between her ongoing novel projects. She's also written No Diet, No Surgery, No Sweat, an ebook chronicling her weight-loss journey.

When she's not writing, she's drawing, and when she's not doing either of those, she's dreaming up new projects to work on. Born and raised in rural West Virginia, Ash has always wondered what things lay hidden in the hills around her. She attended West Virginia University, where she studied the English language before returning home to her family in rural West Virginia.