NaNoWriMo Is Here … But Should I Care?

Note: head over to Goodreads to enter my giveaway for one of ten print copies of The Redemption of Erâth: Exile!

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Tomorrow marks the first day of November, and with the cold air, shorter days and leafless trees comes something of a writer’s festivity: NaNoWriMo.

National Novel Writing Month has been an ongoing tradition for many writers now for almost twenty years; starting in 1999, the goal is to inspire those of us who have always dreamed of writing to turn that dream into a reality. Over the course of thirty days, thousands of people across the globe will attempt to write a 50,000-word novel, averaging 1,667 words a day. Those who complete it will ‘win’ NaNoWriMo, which of course ultimately means nothing but feels great.

The Redemption of Erâth started, as some of you know, as a NaNoWriMo project five years ago in 2011, when I spent the month writing the history and backstory to the series that is now going into its third book. It was an exercise in self-discipline, late nights and overconsumption of caffeine, but it resulted in something that I could proudly call my own: The History of Erâth, a novella-length tale spanning the millennia since the creation of the world of Erâth.

I haven’t participated in NaNoWriMo again since; between my day job and writing the full-length (100,000+-word) novels that make up the actual series of The Redemption of Erâth, I simply haven’t had the time. Also, I often get very depressed around this time of year.

But this year, I feel like I need to take a break. A change of pace. I’ve been working on the third book in the series, Ancients and Death, for over a year now, and although it’s nearing its conclusion, I really want to turn my hand to something slightly different.

The question is, what? Will I actually achieve something that will be worth reading? Or will I have wasted a month of precious creative time writing nothing important at all?

The greatest temptation is to do nothing, of course; finish off the last few chapters of Ancients and Death and move on to the editing phase. I really want to get the damn book finished. But there’s a part of me that wants to delve again into the rich history of Erâth—a project I thought of some time ago is to recount some of the legends and myths of Erâth in a Silmarillion-style compendium of short stories.

There’s also a story that came to me in a dream one night—a mind-bending, hallucinogenic dark story called The Girl Who Killed Herself in Apartment 615. I don’t really know much more about it than that, but it was a very vivid dream and the story sounds cool.

Or I could go off the deep end and write something entirely unrelated to anything I’ve ever written before. Sci-fi, or horror, or an erotic thriller (I hear these especially sell well).

I know what I think I’d like to do, but I’m curious—what would you, my readers, like to see every day throughout the month of November? What would intrigue you the most? Let me know in the comments!

Ancients and Death, Continuation

Good evening!

I just wanted to update you all on the state of Ancients and Death, the third book of the Redemption of Erâth series. It was a real struggle to get through the past few chapters, and 19 and 20 in particular were a definite challenge. Thankfully, they’re done and dusted, and I can (for the moment) put them behind me.

So now it’s onward with the final part of the book: chapters 21 through 25. Chapter 21, A Retracing of Steps, is going much more smoothly, and I think a large part of this is to do with the fact that, after two entire books set in a medieval-esque fantasy world, I’m just more comfortable with that setting. The parts of this book that deal with Brandyé, in the technologically advanced, steampunk-ish world of the Ancients, has been really hard to wrap my head around and tell it in a way that doesn’t seem completely out of place with the rest of the story.

Of course, I’ll still have to revisit these troublesome chapters during the editing process, but at least they’re written, and I don’t have to write them again!

I’ll be publishing chapter 20 this coming week, and hopefully chapter 21 will be complete by then. I’m really pushing to have this third book finished before December, so I can move forward with editing, and hopefully plan for a springtime launch of the book itself.

In the meantime, you can grab yourself a copy of the second book, Exile, over at my Goodreads giveaway, or by downloading it from Amazon or iBooks for just $3.99. The first book is also available, of course, for $3.99 as well on Amazon and iBooks.

If you’ve been keeping up with the sporadic posts of Ancients and Death, what do you think of the switch between the advanced ‘ancients’ storyline and the more fantasy-style Elven storyline? Does it work? Let me know in the comments!

Latest Review!

Checking Amazon today (as I often do), I discovered The Redemption of Erâth: Consolation has garnered another review—five stars this time! The review is reprinted below:

“A rich and evocative high fantasy novel about a boy who, unlike in Faust, is always willing good but keeps doing evil. Brandye is orphaned as a baby and raised by his grandfather, one of the few who has ever ventured outside the land of Consolation. Brandye finds he doesn’t fit in amongst the others in his village, and is distressed by the oppression of the ruling family. However, when he joins a group to fight against them, things go badly. The novel breaks off just as things might be about to take a turn, although whether for the better or the worse is left for the next book to reveal.

The world- and mood-building are excellent, and set the somber tone for the book. This is not a quick read, but it is a detailed and atmospheric one, and Brandye’s encounters with the enormous wolves that stalk him both in his dreams and in real life are quite spine-chilling! An intriguing beginning to a promising high fantasy series, and well worth checking out by readers who enjoy psychological fiction.”

★★★★★