This month is Camp NaNoWriMo, the April writing challenge. Unlike NaNoWriMo in November, you can set your own word count goal and keep track of that on the site, and you get to join a virtual cabin of other writers.
This time I’m in a cabin with some of my JukePop pals which is super cool. It’s a bit like a virtual writing group.
I’m working on a novel that takes place in the world of my novella Conviction. It’s set around 10 years before Iliya’s trial and revolves around the Keeper, Cornelius Rowenheall. The scope of it is a lot broader than Conviction, and it has multiple viewpoint characters (one of them will, hopefully, reappear in the sequel to Conviction someday) who tell the story of the Keeper and a national crisis that arises in the country Gerania. I’m really enjoying being back in that world and exploring some of the things that I haven’t had the opportunity to do before.
If you’re a regular here, you’ll know that I’ve muttered something about launching a new serial novel on JukePop for a few months. Guess what! It’s finally here!
My new serial is called Focal Point. I actually wrote the first draft years ago and have been wanting to do something more with it. It’s a bit different from anything else you might have read by me so far, and I’m pretty excited about publishing it. The first chapter is online now I’ll be updating biweekly (at least to begin with) on Thursdays – starting tomorrow.
Here’s the blurb:
Sean considers himself a pretty normal guy. His biggest problems include making ends meet as a freelance photographer, his mother’s obsession over a picture he once took of a puppy, choosing the best wine for a double date, and his perfect boyfriend’s brain surgeon uncle who hates Sean for no apparent reason.
Well, that is until Sean’s whole world starts cracking at the seams. Only, no one else seems to be noticing, and Sean is known to have an overly active imagination. But what’s lurking in the darkness underneath the fabric of reality?
Literary fiction with a supernatural twist.
I hope you’ll check it out. And please, do let me know what you think! Tell your friends if you like it. Tell your enemies if you don’t. Ahem … Well, seriously, a serial really does depend on support from its readers.
And on the subject of my jumping from magical fantasyland to contemporary Copenhagen, here’s a question for readers and writers alike: Do you usually stick to certain genres, or do you read/write across them? Are there some genres that you absolutely would not dream of touching, or does it depend on the execution rather than the genre?
The holidays are upon us, so happy Solstice, Hannukah, Christmas, New Year and whatever else is happening around this time of year to you all!
Thank you to all of you who participated in the survey in my last post. It was great to see what you’d like me to work on next. The poll is still open, by the way, if you haven’t voted and want to.
So far, a sequel to Aconitum is in the lead, followed by a three-way tie between a sequel to Conviction, Sparks and The Secret of Stillwater. One more vote for the Keeper, Cornelius Rowenheall, and his story will be tied with those as well. It’s great to see that you’re curious about what happens next to the characters you already know and fantastic that you’re also interested in new projects. I’m definitely giving some serious thoughts to all of those and am at least 25K words into the first draft of a couple of them.
Well, happy holidays again to everybody! Here is a drawing of Iliya and Hector to celebrate: