I’m not ready for Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’m going for it anyway. I’ve given myself a target of 30K again, but I doubt I’ll stick to one project. I’ve been wavering for weeks and I’m no closer to a decision, even though I wrote 4K words of notes today. These are the projects I’ll be working on.
I’m going to have another crack at DeMobbed. I love the story, but I think because it’s so far away in terms of a release date—I have nine books in line before this one—it doesn’t seem so urgent. I would like to add about 10K to this one, just to move it on a bit. It’s at 40K right now after I slashed it in half for being too waffly and too smutty—who knew that was a thing? I have plans for a sequel brewing too, with a tonne of notes. Planning the sequel has helped me figure out where the first one needs to go and how it needs to end. You can read some first draft scenes from DeMobbed here. My Pinterest board for this project can be found here.
No Good Comes
So, I’m gonna sound like a loon, but the notes I made today are for a sequel to No Good Comes, which will actually help me a little bit with characterisation because this new series—yes, I’ve finally decided it will be a series—will feature the same characters all the way through, but focus on different relationships, not necessarily romantic ones. The first book is now called No Good Comes: When You Dig Up the Dead. You can read some first draft scenes here. My Pinterest board for this project can be found here.
For the first time, I have a couple of short stories in mind, one may even extend to a novella depending on where it takes me. Both are based on the same lore as all the other books and contain backstories.
The Lion and the Wolf
The short story is about a bloodborn vampire whose presence is first felt in book 3 of NTSR and a vaewolf we meet in book 4. It’s about a rescue that goes wrong because it feels like imprisonment rather than freedom. It’s about a love that was never given a chance. It’s about a man with dirty hands who wants the man he loves to stay clean. It’s about a lion and a wolf. I’m hoping to finish this, however long it ends up being.
Title to be confirmed. Currently referring to it as Puddles (which sounds like a circus dog)
The potential novella is about a well-demon running amok in the foggy streets of Victorian London, and archangels, Uriel and Bel, who investigate the shady shenanigans plaguing the city. Essentially, it’s a Holmes and Watson style piece with a touch of farce and an avalanche of gruesome in the shape of a Scottish duke called James Stewart, who features in book 3 of NTSR. It came to me when I woke up with this line in my head: The gentleman fell off the roof of the carriage into the jaws of a puddle. I’m hoping for at least 5K.
I finished the new scenes and rewrites of Moonstruck Consent, book 4 of NTSR during the April camp as planned. I’ve just started the edits for book 5, Legacies Unmasked, which has had a zillion rewrites and makes me want to throw it out the window—even though it doesn’t even exist in physical format. I literally want to print it out just so I can throw it out. Therefore, I’ll be limiting myself to one scene per day while I’m doing camp, and because I’m cutting it—which I’ll definitely enjoy—there will be no words to add to my count.
Good luck to all of you signed up to the July camp. Have fun!