Blog Entry #3: Fragments, Stages, and Trials

So I have to say, reading the physical copy of your own work is a surreal experience. Even the third time doing so, it almost feels like seeing the work of someone else. I may not remember every line, every word, every sentence, which makes editing all the more daunting a process.

My goal is to have Third Trial published before Halloween. That would mark the anniversary of First Fragment, and settle my (unrealistic) goal of publishing three books in one year. After that my aim is to work on a special collected edition of the first two books, and to settle firmly into NaNoWriMo and write the first 100,000 words of the fourth book in November.

I was talking to a coworker today on how much things have changed in one year. Before publishing First Fragment, all of this still felt like sort of a pipe dream. Sometimes it still doesn't feel real, even when I see reviews or receive compliments and critiques. By far the most rewarding aspect of writing this series has been the feedback from other creators, most notably those who have been inspired to continue on their own projects or have seen something of themselves in my works. I really appreciate those of you who have told me about your own projects, and I'm always willing to talk to anyone about their writing or creative aspirations.

Anyways, NaNoWriMo is soon, and anyone needing the motivation to write should hop on board. It's a great idea and a great community and it can be a really fun experience that will motivate you and fast-track the first bit of any novel you are working on.