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NaNoWriMo Day 6

NaNoWriMo Day 6

Some comments thus far:

  • I this story is darker than its predecessor in this series. I half-expected it to be so, however. 😉
  • This morning I passed the 10k mark. I hope to make 12k by this evening.
  • I wouldn’t be making the progress that I am without Chris Fox’s book 5,000 Words Per Hour. Actually, I probably woudn’t have participated this year had I not adopted this writing method. It has more than doubled my productivity thus far.
  • I have procrastinated other things though—namely housework, and editing Prophecy Revealed. I need to get on that.
  • Unlike previous attempts at nano I am not including filler, and am trying to actually write A GOOD STORY. That’s half the challenge after all. I Remember, Wishful Thinking turned out to be a Novella after I cut out all the filler I inserted during Nano (the only year I’d actually won). 😉
  • NaNoWriMo helps me to take my writing seriously; keeping it top priority and it’s the first thing I do when I get up in the morning (after making coffee of course 😉 ).
  • I plan to blaze ahead this week, so that Thanksgiving weekend I can award myself a “day off” when family is in town, etc.

For those of you who would like to buddy me or follow my progress my name on NaNoWriMo’s official site is Karen_Crumley. http://nanowrimo.org/participants/karen_crumley/


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Wishful Thinking ~ Free Dates

In honor of the release of the second book in the Daughters of Oberia series, I’m offering Wishful Thinking FOR FREE Today through Friday.  It will also be free on the 22nd-23rd.

Future dates to be anounced soon!

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Writing ADHD (part 1)

I think I have a rare condition known as writers ADHD. Or, simply put “too many good story ideas, to little time.” I tend to have difficulty staying on one project at a time…I kind of bounce around a lot.

For instance, I will be working on something for a while, and then get revisited by the Muse, and have to write some new story ASAP while it’s still fresh in my head. For this reason, a lot of my stories wind up on the back burner…sometimes indefinitely.

I’m try to remedy this situation. What works best for me is to create a spreadsheet with charts for all my current projects.
Divide it up into 2-3 tiers, creating deadlines for “top tier” projects as well as (hopeful) release dates. I find putting that kind of pressure on myself keeps me focused. LOL

Second tier: Older first drafts I really should finish. This tier also includes all the first drafts that I finished and left on the “pre-revision back burner” for far too long…

Third tier: all those new idea brainstorms I have.

So now, I jot down those ideas I get struck by and label them as “future projects.” Then, I go back to my First-tier WIP’s.

Well, that’s just how I get myself off of this “too many projects” never ending treadmill. Feel free to share your own!

~K. Crumley

Disclaimer: This post is in no way meant to offend those who suffer from ADHD, or their families.

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Character Connections: Xandria Etherwood

Character Name: Xandria Etherwood
Nickname: Xandy
Age: 19 (at the beginning of the series)
Featured in: Daughters of Oberia Trilogy
Wishful Thinking (book I)
Charmed Lives (book II)
Fates of the Fallen (book III)
Also appeared in: The serialized novella A Dangerous Realm, published in Mermaid’s Point ezine ( Publication has since folded).

Xandria Etherwood never felt at home on the Outer Realm. Oberia was where she belonged. But when she was just a toddler, her father decided to dedicate his life to making mere “wingless” children’s dreams come true, the way he could for his own Faerie daughters.

Xandy and her sisters had to grow up amoungst these “wingless” children, to to school with them and try to blend in. Her mother was concerned with what would happen if they stood out too much, if they were too abnormal in the eyes of others. Alannah Etherwood’s darkest fear was of what would happen if it was discovered that they were Faeries. One more reason why Xandria felt they were better off at home, in their own realm of Oberia.

Xandy’s two older sisters Maevis and Fiona had even married two wingless men. Both marriages ended in disaster! The deaths of both men cast suspicions on the sisters–as it seemed in both cases faerie magic might have been the cause.

These incidents only strengthened Xandy’s opinion that they didn’t belong in the Outer Realm. In addition to that, a faerie cannot live long in a world void of magical energy.
The Yasminea flowers that grow abundantly in their homeworld can sustain them, but only for a short while. The Etherwood sisters keep the flora handy, in case they fall victim to the Sickness that their parents had died from.

In Wishful Thinking Xandria stands up for Maevis against their treacherous and deceitful Aunts. She also accepts her own destiny.

In Charmed Lives Xandy realizes that destiny comes with a high price, as she is plagued by prophetic nightmares of an unknown assassin…a traitor in her midst.

Little known fact: A fourth way thorugh my first draft, I almost omitted the character Xandria entirely. But, then I was filled with new inspiration regarding her attitude and character. So, I revised and revamped her, and made her more centric to the plot of Wishful Thinking and the trilogy as a whole.

Read more about Xandria Etherwood and her sisters in
Wishful Thinking, Book 1 of the Daughters of Oberia Trilogy.


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Author AdvenTours Giveaway!

Wishful Thinking and many other great books are part of February’s giveaway at Author AdvenTours!

You can enter to win a $40 Amazon gift card.

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