Finding the Time to Write (or how I didn’t manage to do NaNoWriMo this year)

This year has been ridiculous. By ridiculous I mean that it’s been so jam packed with stuff that it’s almost been overwhelming.

Frontier Defiant, Book 3 in my Frontier Trilogy (Hague Publishing) was published on August 26th. That meant that during most of the year prior to that, I was editing, polishing, and proofreading it in some form or other.

At the same time I was finishing off the manuscript of a new fantasy, and starting the second book of that series, while also dabbling in the puddles of a science fiction story I’ve been working on for a while.

And writing the odd short story. While doing a musical. And working. And sitting on several committees.

By the time the end of the year rolled around, I’d decided to do NaNoWriMo so that I would put some concerted time into the second book of the fantasy trilogy. Things began well, and I put several days of good word counts into the story, while mentally restructuring the whole book in my mind.

The restructuring is something I’m not particularly concerned about as I do tend to have revelations part way through the first drafts. I just like to get all the words down, and then fix it. But then life happened.

My last post (Singing Her Home) explains some of that. Add to that two speaking engagements, a twenty-first birthday, a conservatorium concert or two (choir singing for me), a garage sale, and moving the eldest two thousand kilometres away next week, and you have some idea what happened to November.  There was also work.

So I’ve ended up writing about 4,500 words instead of the 50,000 or so I was planning on. That would have taken me about a quarter of the way through the third book of the fantasy trilogy. Sigh….

Oh well.

In other news, the Frontier Trilogy has suddenly experienced a massive spike in sales. At this point I’m putting it down to the completion of the trilogy. Whatever it is, I have no problems with it at all – so if you’re one of those readers who’s recently purchased it, then thank you. Thank you very much!


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