October 14, 2015

So who's up for writing 50,000 words in a month? I am most certainly going to give it a shot again this November. This will be my third try at Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month for all you non-writers) and maybe, with the right planning, I just might make it 50k mark this year. I've come close in recent years, but it's still a major challenge for this slow writer.


Just a little something I've been planning, tentatively titled Suite Revenge. Edwardian England. Magic. Murder. Class struggles... yeah, the research for this hasn't been random at all. So here's the blurb:

"Chambermaid and amateur sleuth, Elsie Ellison starts work at London’s finest hotel with the hope that her position will be the next step in solving the mystery of her mother’s disappearance. But when an esteemed lady of high society is most inconveniently found murdered in her suite, the staff and the hotel's discerning occupants are all thrown into chaos as they are caught up in the investigation. For Elsie, nothing could be more thrilling than to witness a real intrigue first hand. That is until magic appears to be the killer's weapon of choice — and Elsie was the last person to see the deceased alive.

In Edwardian England, nothing could be more vulgar to the old guard nobility than magic, nothing except perhaps electricity. Constable, Arthur Mulloy knows this fact all too well. Magicians are barely tolerated outside of Lower London, and he and his superior officer are in pursuit of a rogue one until their attention is drawn to a high society murder at none other than the Pemberton Hotel. While the Yard would like the case closed quickly and quietly, it seems the murderer has a message for the upper classes: magic is here to stay; make way or be prepared to suffer the consequences."


When I'm not working on revising I Wish I May, I'm working on a familiar piece of Fantasy with my critique group that's much darker than my usual fare, titled Mordant. You may have read a snippit of it I wrote for a contest last year. I haven't been able to get the girl with the poison kiss out of my head since, so she's getting her own novel.

The First Paragraph:

"Each step of my determined trudge through the shin-deep, reeking mud is met with a wretched squelch and all I can think is that I hope this Oracle is worth my ruined boots. My movement, which has been torturously slow, has come to a full stop as I must pull my leg loose from a particularly soft patch of earth. With a good tug, my foot breaks the suction and the pocket collapses, spraying my face with sludge. It is no matter, though at times like these I resent my heightened Fey senses. I tuck the loosened strands of coal black hair into my braid and set my gaze ahead. Amid the muck and mire, the jagged outline of a castle ruin rises from the swamps of the shadow realm. The end of my journey is near."

There you have it! She's dark and twisty in all the best ways and is ready to wreak some havoc on those who cursed her. It have quite a lot going on at the moment, but I couldn't be more excited to bring these stories and characters to life!

Will any of you guys be taking up the torch with me to write 50k words this November? What are you doing to get ready?

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  1. Oooh I want to read this thing. *grabby hands*

  2. Wow, these both sound amazing! If I saw those on a published book, I'd be reading them for sure. I'm doing NaNo for the first time this year, I have a brand new and shiny idea that I've plotted out a bit, but I haven't really made my intentions public yet... I've never tried writing this much in such a short time, but we'll see how that goes!
    The best of luck with your novel(s) and hope to see you on the other side. ;)

    1. THANK YOU! Good luck doing nano for the first time! I'm always hesitant to tell people, mainly because I will want to back out halfway through! I feel like advertising actually forces me to go through with it! You should add me as a writing buddy! I'm "welldonedarling" on Nano!

  3. Yay for NaNo! The blurb for Suite Revenge sounds so awesome! It is definitely a book I would pick up at the book store.

  4. GAH THESE BOTH SOUND FABULOUS. I mean, the blurbs in themselves are irresistible enough, but your covers look SO PRO and basically these should be in bookshelves at once. All the best in NaNo -- I'm trying to write a witchy urban fantasy myself, so we can cheer each other on :D

    1. THANK YOU FOR THIS COMMENT!! I always make cover for novels as I start to get inspired. It's part of my process;) YAY for Nano! This witchy urban fantasy sounds amazing!! I'll definitely be cheering you on!

  5. I love your covers and your Nano project sounds interesting and so does Mordant. I'll be working on a sequel to the boon I wrote last Nano. it involves mermaids, friendship and a girl struggling to accept her heritage. Best of luck to you this year and I'm cheering you on towards that 50k!

    1. Thank you!! Good luck with Nano to you too... I think! Or good luck continuing on with your sequel! Heck yes, mermaids! Keep me posted on how you're doing!

  6. Your Nano project sounds awesome--I love fantasy with historical-inspired settings that aren't medieval, and when you mix that up with a murder, I'm very curious about what life for an Edwardian chamber maid would be like. Good luck!

    1. Thanks!! Me too, but that's probably kind of obvious! I usually don't write in any era prior to plumbing (if I can help it). I just like to imagine my characters smells nice. No one smelled nice in the middle ages.

      I'm still researching servant life in the Edwardian era. There isn't much I can find on hotel servants, but the consensus seems to be that a hotel was run similarly to a big house! Anyways, if you can't tell, I'm excited to get started!


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