Joining NaNoWriMo has been a tradition for me every month since I discovered it in 2013. Except for the first year, I have yet to win again. Each year I enthusiastically push forward but I’m sorry if I’m a bit low key today. I’m joining NaNoWriMo again this year, and as usual I’m hoping to win or even finish the first draft, however I’m not feeling joyful. The book I’ll be writing is a memoir and it’s not a fun book, but I feel that I’ll go crazy if I don’t write it. Writing this memoir will be a kind of therapy too, who knows, things might be so much better afterward.
As you all know (if you're an FB friend or been following me on my fan page for update), I practically haven't made any progress my WIPs lately. But lucky for me, I have a pile of finished manuscript to edit.
But of course, self-editing is never good enough, especially if you will not be sharing it for free. So imagine how happy I was when my first fantasy novel from Fumes Variola got accepted into Radish Editorial Program? I think I dance around our living room. To top it off, even though I have no idea who my editor is, I'm personally glad to have her or him edit my work. The editor is good at catching embarrassing errors.
CLICK HERE to start reading now on Radish app.
It’s November! And anyone who is into it knows what that means. It’s the popular Novel Writing month!
NaNoWriMo’s tagline this year makes me want to write a sci-fi once again, but the only Sci-fi story I have in mind is impossible right now. That's because an important person that we have been waiting for so long is coming to be with us very soon (sorry, but I want to keep the details and his identity a mystery for now). And due to that, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to finish a 50k novel in just 30 days. I have so much preparation to do before and after his arrival.
And those who knows my circumstances, friends (both online and offline) and my family are cheering me for tackling this beautiful handicap. Yes, this November will be a true challenge, but I’ll face it head on because when I win it...
I’ll be bragging about the rest of the years. :D
And to make sure that I’ll have something to brag about, I'll be writing two short stories and one novella this November 2016
1. #Heistclub: The Flame Squad 2: Shadow Prince (10k) - Crime, Romance
2. Just a Dream (5k) - Fantasy, Romance, Short Story
3. Summer Child: Natsuko (35K)- YA Contemporary, Romance, Crime
That’s 50k in total so even if I’m not lucky enough to finish all the stories and win; I’m sure I’m bound to finish at least the first story. That’s still an achievement, right?
So are you doing writing for this too? Add me as one of your writing buddies, and I’ll do the same. I find this event so fun the year will now feel incomplete if I don’t participate.
Now please excuse me, I’ll go grab my “NaNo Rebel” badge before facing one of my Chapter 1 ^_^
P.S: If you're curious about my progress, visit my website's landing page from time to time.
No one seems to say care about it lately, but there is still some reaction whenever I mention the genre of most of my books.
"New adult? As in stories with lots of sex, club party, and drugs?"
My answer is the same each time. "No, of course not!"
It’s been on my mind for a while now but I never really put a time to write about what I'm writing. Today, I’m in mood talk about it.
If I were to tell about my writing, I'd say that I write steamy love stories, not erotica. I can’t stress this enough whenever I toughen up and contact contemporary and NA reviewers. I know there’s a little difference between the two, but that small distinction makes a big difference for me.
Forgive me if I’m wrong, but based on what I heard and read around, I get the impression before that most readers think that New-Adult is almost equal to stories filled with sex. Well, I don't deny that, because NA is all about young people who just became “legal” and they probably want to experiment a lot and well, sex might be a bit dominant. In the society we lived in, that’s what most people have denied from the most as they grow up, after all. However, I brand a many of the books I release as NA because of the main characters’ age. The heroines are usually between 18 up to 25 years old, and the heroes 19 and up, the time when they are generally become independent from their parents.
To quote one of RT Book Reviews' post:
“…If a novel's driving force is the sex between the hero and heroine, or if sex is somehow the central theme of the novel, you'd call it erotica — or "erotic romance" or "erotic thriller" or whatever subgenre you'd like it to be…”
The central theme of my books are the conflicts and emotions between the characters. But of course, the fact remain that sex is also a type of emotion. Still, sex isn’t what keep my stories going, which is for me what erotica story does. I’ll take one of my newest re-released contemporary books, What Took You So Long. Some readers to think that it will be full of sex because of Milky’s decision, but no, it’s not. If a reader bought the book expecting to see Luke and Milky banging each other on every chapter, they might be disappointed.
Check the “extended version” of about me to read more about my writing and about me of course.
This is where I talk about the challenges I’m facing as a writer. I will be sharing book excerpts, giveaways, personal events and well, anything about my writing.