It’s October! The absolute best month of the year, and with it, a new website!
My old website was rather static and difficult to update, so I decided to revamp the entire thing with the help of Jaime from PureNyx Designs for better functionality and easy customization. There’s not much more to this site than the old one, but I now have a proper blog again, which means more regular updates than once a month and I can actually write longer updates than before. So yay that. Plus, if I ever decide to add more pages, I can do that pretty easily (a collection of doodles and maps from the Chroniker City series? interesting trivia? an FAQ? who knows! the possibilities are endless!). Anyway, each of my books now has an individual page, where you can read the full back cover copy and find links to online sellers, and eventually, I hope to add a few more tidbits to those pages, like my favorite quotes from the books, high-profile reviews (if I get them), and other things related to each book.
I’ve been steadily plugging away at Dark Lord in Training this past month, with three new chapters up on Wattpad. It’s coming along nicely, though not as quickly as I would like. Since I’m not plotting in advance, I get stuck a lot, which means I often spend a week or two just figuring out what the hell is going to happen next, and then when I do, I write three or four chapters before I get stuck again. So, fits and starts, but making progress. I’m a little over halfway done with the first draft, I think.
I had planned to start working on another novel in September, but that just did not happen. Between getting our bathroom remodeled, working on Renaissance Faire costumes, and a lot more traveling than I expected, I didn’t get to work on much more than Dark Lord in Training. But now that it’s October, with NaNoWriMo just around the corner, I’m trying to organize my thoughts around my Persian-inspired fantasy novel, The Wizard’s Heart. I have decided to rewrite it from memory rather than try to revise the previous draft. There’s just too much I need to fix, and it will be easier and quicker to rewrite the damn thing than try to fix what’s already there. And after tirelessly editing The Guild Conspiracy earlier this year, I would much rather start with a fresh draft than edit another 125,000 word beast of a novel. Now, I just need to come up with a game plan for how I’m going to rewrite it, and hopefully I can get started on that soon.