Well, it was bound to happen. I am easily writing my 1,000 words plus every single day, but most of it is not going into the novel. On top of that, it is a much bigger story than the NaNoWriMo’s 50,000 words, so I will not even be able to make last year’s excuse that I finished the novel in November. Magical Miss Morgan comes in at 40,000 plus, but I finished the first draft last November by Mark Twain’s birthday on the 30th. (I should wish Sam Clemens a happy 180th birthday, by the way. He and I were born the same month.) When the Captain Came Calling is only at 20,000 plus at the moment, but it will probably end up in the neighborhood of 70 to 80 thousand. It is just that much bigger of a tale.
This is not an actual cover, just a mock-up using a colored-pencil piece that I created to illustrate the story. Here is another picture in the series that helps create a main character… Valerie Clarke is the girl above. Mary Philips (based on my own sister) is the girl below.
So, the shameful truth is, I will go bust on NaNoWriMo this month. My November novel will not be even half way done. Shame on me. But you can benefit still from my laziness. I also spent time watching some of my favorite crap on YouTube. So I will share another bit of the cream of the crap that you really ought to see if you haven’t already.
I have finished all but December in my goal of blog posting every day of 2015. So I can point to that accomplishment to offset the failure of NaNoWriMo. 4,114 visitors to date have viewed things 8,602 times this year. There were also 933 comments made, although about half of those are my replies. I am slowly gaining something I never thought I could achieve, a readership who actually does more than just look at the pictures. I used to write for nobody. I used to keep it in my closet and my desk drawer at school. Now, as a published author, I have hopes that my work will outlive the bonfire that my wife will make to clean out my closet to make more room for her shoes when I am dead. I just can’t say that this month did a lot to help that cause.