I wasn't supposed to blog in the month of November. And now look at me! I didn't even make it past November 1st. This does not bode well.
But see, I realized after I posted on Monday that I'd agreed to do a workshop over at Ink in the Book, which runs all the way to February. And then, my awesome revising peeps from NaNoRevMo last year decided to do it again this year, and even though I'm not really revising, I couldn't bear the idea of being left out. Most of the action will take place on our Facebook page, but I had to at least post my goals for the month. This way you can all hold me accountable. Yay!
My original goal was to finish my YA Urban Fantasy set in Russia by December. And I was doing good up until Saturday, when a shiny new idea showed up out of the blue and said, "HEY! You, with the eye bags, you don't have enough going on in your life. WRITE ME, B*TCH!" (What can I say, she's a bossy little idea.) So I started writing on Sunday, and today, 5 days later, I have 15,000 words. Now I have an official novel to enter into NaNoWriMo, and Russia Book is on the back burner for now. But at this rate, I plan to finish at least one of these novels by Thanksgiving, because I'm going to Paris for Turkey Day and I don't want to be stressing.
And just because I like the bossy little idea, I'll tell you a little bit about it. It's a YA Contemporary, something I swore I'd never write because I'm in love with all things fantasy at the moment. But you know what? It's refreshing to write a story I feel like I know, because I don't have to create an entire fantasy rule book in the process. My main character, Dorothy, is very familiar, and the plot has sort of written itself. The working title is "Reinventing Dorothy Weil," and it's about a girl who decides to deal with her severe social anxiety by pretending to be someone else.
I hope to be revising in December (assuming I stay on track and I can get my core betas to read quickly for me). In the meantime, I'll probably ask my NaNoRevMo friends to help out with my query and anything else revision-ready before the month is over.
So I'm sorry I lied to all of you. I'll try to be good and resist the blogging. But what can I say? It's kind of a habit.