Well, it’s been a long time. It’s nice to see you. I see you’ve grown a beard and some serious pit hair. Been partaking of Movember/No-Shave-November, have you? I did, too, to a degree. Hairy legs keep you warmer, I’ve found. Entirely appropriate, given how freaking cold it’s started to be here in Florence. Even the locals are complaining about how cold it is for the time of year, which means it’s only going to get colder when the real frosty months of January and February arrive. Joy. Anyway. Big news, guys!
THAT’S RIGHT. I WON. My final word count was 55,515!!!!!
To be honest, the whole process of writing 50,000 words in 30 days wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be. There are numerous reasons for this, of course: lack of classwork and homework to congest my time, short work days to allow for more productive writing hours, a novelling style particularly suited for fast turn-around. A lot of what surrounded the writing of VENUS certainly worked in our favor. I think, now, I can give a fairly appropriate summary of what I think the book is about, but given how quickly I wrote it and how haphazard my approach was, it could very well change as I begin my editing process. I also can’t be bothered to figure out how to put together a real summary, one for pitching purposes in query letters, until I can definitely say that I’m done with my draft.
However, I can say, though, that this is something a false memoir, a collection of thoughts and memories of one Dr. Evelyn (surname pending) on the course of her life, from earliest childhood to the day of her death, compiled by a student she tutored over the summers after she retired. The novel follows her experiences in a world where faeries and their kin are considered vermin, until one day they aren’t. Revolution and its leader, Gladiatrix, quite literally fall into Evelyn’s dorm room, and the world changes from there.
It was quite an experience writing this. I did my best to keep on task, was even ahead for a long long time as I mentioned a while ago, and the feeling of accomplishment when I clicked the “Validate Your Novel” button on the official NaNoWriMo website was probably one of the best I’ve feel in a while. I liked to think, for years now, that I could write a novel, or a series, but having only managed short stories (long ones, mind you), the actual saving of a document with over 50,000 words in it is pretty awesome. Of course, various institutions have different categorizations for novel length, so this is probably yet another novella to put under my belt, but it’s damn long, okay? Congratulate me. XD I do want to try adding on another 20,000 words before thinking about querying, though. For an urban fantasy novel, one that I’d like to aim at an older audience, it is on the short side.
On the less-fantastical side of my life, work has taken a turn for the productive in my case. The library of my university has needed cataloguing for a while, and we’ve elected to use an electronic database system rather than a physical paper catalogue. This does, unfortunately, mean that I have to enter every single title into the online system. I’m about one week into the project, and one whole case has been finished. I think my coworkers are a little surprised with how quickly I’ve been making my way through the whole room, but there are six cases and I think that the director wants them all finished by the time the spring semester rolls around? As far as I’m concerned, I’m not working quickly enough!
Be that as it may, there’s been an unexpected upside to going through every single book in this little library. I’ve started making a list of texts that might be useful in papers I could write or just interesting books that I’d like to read at some point. I really do need to refresh on my Plato and Aristotle, seeing as the last time I read those was in freshman year of college, and it’s been proved by every single (semi) stable government on the planet that some of their principles have been implemented successfully, no? I also found the Communist Manifesto and a series of treatises written by Lenin, not to mention loads of women’s studies and psychology texts. Can’t forget the Penguin Dictionary of Symbols, either, because symbolism is AWESOME, even though it’s largely reader-created.
Anyway, I should get back to work, since I’m taking up valuable cataloguing time by writing to you fools. I do want to say that you will be getting regular updates from me again, now that NaNo is over. I plan on painting a cover for VENUS, though, so hopefully I’ll have some photos of that at some point soon. Gotta go buy paints. Hope all is well, wherever you happen to be, and that everyone’s keeping warm—inside and out—during this holiday season! Talk to you soon~~