After a few days of rest (and way too much TV), I think I’m ready to get back into my usual routine. The semester will end in 3 weeks, which means I have papers to grade. I’m also giving a final exam, for the first time in several years. It’s take-home (I really detest the panicked atmosphere of an exam room during a timed test), and the students have had the questions for a month. They’re even allowed to talk with each other, as long as they cite their discussion partners in a bibliography. They’d better do well!
The good news: I won NaNoWriMo! (Remember, winning only means writing at least 50K words during the month of November; every NaNoWriMo-er can be a winner.)
As you can see in my NaNo widget, I made it past 51,000 words before Thanksgiving, which meant I could take it easy for the holiday, but I didn’t. Instead, I moved to the next steps: editing and getting feedback. I deleted the rubbish (I realize that’s a subjective assessment — there’s probably plenty more rubbish that I can’t see), and sent it out to my writing group members. They’re reading now, and I feel a bit like a college applicant waiting for the letters that will decide my future. With their feedback, I’ll start another round of revisions/edits, and then move into the query process. This new book is another fantasy, with dragons but no magicians. You can find out a bit more about it under the “My books” page above.
The better news: I have the energy to start my historical epic. “Start” may, perhaps, be misleading. For last year’s NaNo I wrote a first draft and found myself mired in historical minutiae. The going was slow and painful, and I was happy to set it aside. After this past summer’s travels, however, I’m ready to leap back into it. I’ll read more YA historical fiction, taking notes on how other authors mix plot and history.
And now I really must grade those papers!