At 12:18 CST this morning I crossed the 40k line on The Heckmasters - Wystan. That was my goal for Camp NaNoWriMo, even though I didn't start out writing that MS. I got waylaid by the Heckmaster brothers, damn their beautiful hides.
But I'm so glad I did. Let's discuss why camp worked for me in April on today's TFF.
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3) You may be wondering what's different about this trilogy than the stuff in the L&L series. I mean, there are monsters. Magic. Darkness. Sex. People who are seemingly human, yet aren't. There's not steampunk. Nary a trace. It's just (said with confidence like this is a thing) paranormal historical romance. It's not one of those 'oh, my gracious, the heroine sees dead people!' haint (haint is a hillbilly word for ghost. Just roll with it) stories. Y'know her dead great-great-grandmother is haunting her and come to find out she's really reincarnated to meet her lost in war great-great-grandfather and relive history or whatever. One of those. No, this is a Hi, welcome to city right next to the gates of Hell kind of story in old-timey times. Where your neighbors are things coughed up by the Pit (which is the portal to Hell) and for all you know, they might try to kill you. Yeah, it's that kind of story. And it's weird. I seem to excel at weird.
4) Because of the nature of this book (weirdness), it wrote extremely fast. I started with pretty much nothing and ended up with 40k. The dialogue is hilarious (if you're me), the characters are mysterious and enchanting (if you're me), and you're never going to guess what's going on with heroine for the next book (because it took me by surprise and I was writing the damn thing). I've pantsed the entire thing. And it worked. I just have 20k left to write. On Facebook, I told everyone that pantsing is an adventure. You bet your lily white it is and sometimes it's even a happy fun time adventure. My husband asked what that means and I said it's an adventure that's not scary and no one gets killed or ends up stranded on the side of the road rethinking their decisions and pretty much their whole life.
5) I managed to break a word count of 100,000 words because of Jano earlier in the year, finishing The Convict & the Cattleman, that L&L novel I stuck in the back of my flash drive (something had to replace C&C), and this book. It's April. The 4th month. And I already surpassed 100k. Damn, that feels good.
So go, be, do. Edit, write, chill. Happy Friday, kids!