As you may have guessed NaNo (as I had so predicted) was a no-go...or, I should more accurately state, a no-finish for me. And frustratingly enough, even after the great start I feel I've gotten on my first (dun-dun-dun!) novel the holidays and the aftermath have flown by and nary a word has been written. *grumbles*
I have done some work on my 'tentative' story outline, though. So, that's good news. Even if the word count hasn't been increasing I still take comfort in the fact that some of the middle bits are becoming far more solidified in my head. I'm certainly always game for my characters surprising me (and trust me, they usually do!) but I'm definitely not a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants writing type of girl. I do like some semblance of order and plot progression.
I have high hopes for the coming weekend. It will be quiet and relaxing and give me plenty of time to continue beating my novel into submission. (Christmas shopping?? Surly that can be put off for one more week....) ;)
On another note, praise needs to be given where praise is due...
As a writer who only has short fiction published to date, and a new writer at that, I have found it hard to get the word out about my work simply because very few review sites are willing to review short stories. It's the way the cookie crumbles I suppose, but....no more! I was so excited when I saw that Tam from Tam's Reads, and Jenre, who reviews for Reviews by Jessewave and Three Dollar Bill Reviews, have teamed-up and created Brief Encounters -- a review blog dedicated solely to m/m short stories. Bravo!!
I really do think this blog will fill a very distinct void in m/m reviews. Stop by and check it out.
Wish me luck getting back into the groove of writing this weekend!