NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. Are you ready? I’m pleased to share that I will participate in NaNoWriMo for the first time since 2020. Unfortunately, the event doesn’t always line up with the writing schedule. I am doing NaNoWriMo this year because I will make time for writing.
Welcome to Another Edition of Unprocessed Thoughts
Yes, I’m still slaving away on book 1 of the Ash series. The revisions are going great, and I can already see where book 2 is going. The plot is fresh in my mind, and NaNoWriMo 2022 is right here. It’s a perfect storm that I can use to keep the momentum going for the story.
Crystal Moths: Ash Series Book One
For you lovely readers? That means the dark urban fantasy series is growing. I’m still aiming to get book one out for next year with a potential early Patreon access, chapter by chapter.
Crystal Moths is in great shape, and I’ll have more about it to come early in 2023. Right now, the story has revisions I’m applying. The interior photo illustrations and cover art are coming along too. They’re still in the conceptual phase, which will define the artwork for the entire series. The title, Crystal Moths and Ash for the series is a work in progress. I have more research to do on the genre and will be taking votes from you, wonderful people.
For now, the working title stays as is. Book 1 is shaping to be the largest novel I have written.
The series is a flagship for the entire Macrocosm universe, housing the fantastic past, horrific present, and cosmic-dread future. As it is now, there are loose connections seen in the novels. They’re clarified more in the short story collections, Into the Macrocosm and Beyond the Macrocosm. The wiki also helps.
All of that changes with Crystal Moths: Ash Series Book 1. The Macrocosm connections will be clear as day. If you haven’t read the one-sentence pitch before, check it out below.
Crystal Moths One Sentence Synopsis
Lola, a fugitive after exposing the law’s connection to the notorious Crystal Moths, has her life and family destroyed, igniting her need for revenge and plunging her into a forgotten old world of greed, legend, and mythology.
Make Time for Writing Now
NaNoWriMo can be a challenge. We’re reaching the end of the year, and the world is open. Schedules are packed as we tried to jam in as much as possible, playing catch-up from 2020 and 2021.
Time management is key when you need to make time for writing. If you plan on participating in NaNoWriMo 2022, I’ve previously written handy resources for you on the blog. These are good tips and tricks you can apply beyond November.
Tips on How to Make Time for Writing
- Time Management for Writing
- Guard Your Time
- Distractions and Time Management for Writing
- All Writing Posts
In addition, I have a few NaNoWriMo-specific blog posts that can help you prepare for the impending November first date.
I preach about time management a lot on the blog and have written plenty of posts on the craft of writing, as shown above. It seems pointless to repeat myself since those articles still stand. If you have questions or some insight into making time, do let me know in the comments.
I’ll Make Time for Writing
The great migration west has been a success. I am beyond thankful that September was a quiet month for freelance graphic design. It gave me time to settle into the new province, learn the neighbourhood, and get into a new routine.
The wheels are in motion. Already I am providing estimates for potential projects. Existing clients are coming back with some new work needed for the holidays. The former state of limbo dwindles, and it’s time to buckle in for the escalating yearly crunch. Still, I’ll make time for writing. I hope you do too. Add me on NaNoWriMo.
Beer Note: Strange Fellows Brewing Beldame
Like last month, I’ve tried so many beers I keep forgetting to take a photo of them. So, here’s another good Strange Fellows Brewing ale. The Beldame is a German Pilsner I frequently have on Fridays to finish the week. It’s light, refreshing, bitter taste, and not foggy. The beer is quite effective at quenching a growing thirst from the week.