Monday Musings: NaNoWriMo is Finished & I won!

I can’t believe it!  I actually was able to write a 50,000 word novel in less than 30 days!  I kicked NaNoWriMo’s butt!  Ok, well not exactly since there were several days I didn’t write anything, but I still persevered and made it through 30 days of crazy noveling.  My novel is still quite rough, but at least I now have something I can work with to make it better.  To give a short synopsis, my novel is about a girl who moves to a small Tennessee town and discovers she has a deep rooted connection to it.  It’s sort of like The Crucible meets The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane meets Gallows Hill meets a typical ghost story.  People always say write what you know, and ever since I was little I was fascinated with the supernatural.  I was the one who was addicted to the R.L. Stine Fear Street series and the Christopher Pike books in junior high.  I loved anything about the Salem Witch Trials after reading The Crucible in high school.  I remember writing a short story in junior high and I wrote it about a lake where people were haunted and then died.  Morbid, I know.  But I promise I’m not a weird, recluse-type of person.  To look at me you would have zero inkling that I loved books, movies, and TV shows about the supernatural.  I would have liked to have written a chick-lit sort of book or a good funny romance, but honestly, I don’t know how to write that stuff.  So, for National Novel Writing Month, I wrote what I knew–ghosts.  I think the book is a good read.  Once I get through editing over 50,000 words and 256 pages, I will probably be the typical first-time novelist who self-publishes it only to be struck down by the hardest critics, but hey, if one person enjoys my book, then I’ll be happy.  I’ll try to keep you updated on my editing of the novel, and if it ever does happen to be published you all will be some of the first to know.

Now, on to the business of books.  I can now start reading and reviewing again!  Yay!!! I’m about half way finished with On Writing by Stephen King, so that will probably be one of the first I review.  I’ve also got a few books by up and coming authors that I will be reviewing at their request.  One is Being Light by Helen Smith.   It looks to be a good book, and I’m anxious to get started on it.  So, be watching for new review posts and of course I’ll get back with my reviews of other things as well as my “Whats in Your Bag?” posts that seem to be enjoyable.  So, I hope everyone has a good end of November, and I’ll see you in December!

Happy Reading!