Hey all, Dani here.
Well, it’s that time once again. Camp NaNoWriMo is upon us. If you’ve been with me here for a few months, you might be thinking, ‘hey, didn’t you do Camp NaNoWriMo in April?’ and you would certainly be right. Camp NaNoWriMo holds two sessions each year: April and July, and I participate in both sessions, plus the original NaNoWriMo in November.
What that means is that I write a lot of words in just three months of the year.Sadly I can’t even keep up half that writing pace the rest of the year. Especially in April and November I let other hobbies and activities pile up: my DVR queue usually gets quite full, my TBR pile grows at alarmingly fast rates, and I tend to miss out on the company of my non-writer friends. So in the non-NaNo months I try to catch up on all of that.
And this time around I have even more to balance because I’ve started to get quite active on Instagram (specifically in the area commonly referred to as Bookstagram) and I’ve been posting more to this blog. So for the rest of this week I am trying to pre-write as many blog posts as I can, and I’m trying to hold a few photo shoots with my books so I don’t have to worry as much about figuring out what to put up on Instagram.
Oh, and did I mention that I have to cut my July Camp NaNo session short? Yeah, I have to reach my writing goal by July 28th, because from the 29th-31st I will be at Wizard World Ohio Comic Con.
This just might be the most hectic Camp session I’ve ever participated in. I’ll get through it…somehow.
I guess I should probably share just a little bit about my writing project for the month of July. I’m taking a little break from my Project Death series and world and focusing on this science fantasy I’ve been planning and somewhat writing for almost a year now. In fact, I have the first two chapters posted on my Facebook page.
It’s called Tale of Blood and Mourning, and it is the first book in my Courts and Guilds series. Right now I have four books planned out and each follows a different set of characters, though several main characters appear as side characters in other novels. The four books should complete the story arc I have in my mind, but if another storyline crops up and is interesting enough, I could expand the series farther.
I have done quite a bit of planning and world-building for this series so far, more than I have any other novel before. I bought books on world-building, on language creation, on fantasy cartography…all so I could try and make this series as epic as possible. Now, I’m not an artist so when I reach a certain point for editing the first book, I have a friend who is an artist and I have hired her to make a more professional version.
Still…I might as well share what I have for the world map so far.
Oh, and here is my working summary for the first book:
Dax Ko’Vale has a problem. The beloved princess of the Lesark family has been taken and he is to lead the rescue mission. Unfortunately that brings him face-to-face with a woman who could jeopardize everything.
Lemley Thiel has been hired by the royal family several times to eliminate enemies of the realm. But when her friend Alaina is taken, Lem has no intention of abiding by her Court’s edicts during the rescue mission. If that means her death because of unsanctioned assassinations then she can accept that.
When the soldier and the assassin see each other again it dredges up old memories and hidden feelings. Giving in to either could be what unites them…or it could be the distraction that costs them everything.
Happy Writing to everyone who is participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this July!