Say When

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So, I quietly did Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I thought maybe without the fanfare of announcing I was doing it and worrying about write-ins and taking part in the community (although all those things are great, and a wonderful part of the experience of NaNoWriMo) I would be more focused on the writing and less on talking about it. It seems to a have worked.

What did I work on? The sequel to Revenants Abroad, tentatively titled The Age of Revenants. Is it finished? Hardly. Let’s call it a good start. It’s about as rough as you’d expect 50,000 words cranked out in haste over 30 days to be. But that’s all right, I needed to get some ideas down, and why not put them towards the goal? A couple of things are kind of going off on tangents so may get revised out later, or possibly saved for something else. But I’m pleased that I was able to get this much done. And let me tell you, it was not easy. It’s one reason I’ve been very quiet on Twitter over the last month. And I really had to make a push during the last weekend. So apologies for any crankiness. It’s an insane way to get some writing done, but I feel like I have no choice these days. Would that I could quit the dayjob and just write. I’m so close to handing in my notice I can’t even tell you.

It felt good to get some of this stuff down, but it seems like the more I write, the more ideas I get. I’ve become better about grabbing a pen and paper when I get those lines just as I’m drifting off to sleep, which seems to happen more and more. I suspect I’m not unique in this.

Now to finish RA, get a cover, and get it up at Amazon. I’ve decided to self-pub via KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) as agents seem unanimous in their distaste for vampire stories these days. I think there’s still a market, so am taking it upon myself to publish it and see what happens. As I told my dear friend Bunny this morning, I’m taking steel wool to the last few pages, finishing up edits (caught a couple of doozy typos), then I’ll need to get a cover created, and maybe a couple more beta readers, and hopefully have it up for sale before the end of the summer. I have to be done with this so I can move on to the next one. I just haven’t figured out when to say “when.”


12 thoughts on “Say When

    • D. D. Syrdal says:

      Thank you 🙂 There are a couple of new characters that I really love, and want to explore more. I’ve written the backstory for one, but need to develop the other more, just so I know him better.


  1. N. E. White says:

    Congrats on completing 50,000 words! I thought about participating, but then I had a lot of travel obligations this month and abandoned the idea. I’m glad it worked for you. And good to hear RA is near completion. Good luck with the self-publishing. 🙂


    • D. D. Syrdal says:

      Thank you, m’dear! It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment decision, which is how these things often happen in my life. I thought if I kept it quiet and went down in flames again at least I wouldn’t have to do it publicly.

      There’s always NaNoWriMo in November… 😉 I know that’s a tough month for a lot of people with Thanksgiving in there. Even if you’re not traveling to see family, you still sort of lose a couple days for the holiday (I always do the cooking at my house). Then the day after I’m too wiped out to think.


  2. Eric Syrdal says:

    Best of luck, DD. You are working very hard and I hope you get what you are shooting for.

    I envy you in your abillity to have stuck with the same story for so long and continue to strive to see it to completion. I hope to be able to do that one day.



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