Sooo, remember that serial short story, Girls, Spies, and Other Things the Faeries Stole, about my snarky boy Sean and the twelve dancing girls and the snow queen?
Wellll, it’s back! Ish.
The first two parts were inspired in part by prompts from Fairy Tale Central, about The Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Snow Queen. Both parts I posted here on this blog awhile back — Part 1 was in October 2019, and Part 2 was in January 2020. Since then, I’ve written three more installments, finishing that main arc, and I’m super excited to share them with you all!
Along with a cover I made! (Thanks to the magic of Unsplash, Krita, Canva, and sibling help.)
They new episodes aren’t based on prompts, and are simply carrying on from the first two parts to see how Sean and Riel get out of this, or if they do. XD
So I’m posting all five episodes over there — which means if you’ve already read the first two, you have to wait a smiiidge longer to find out what happens until I get those posted and can get to the new episodes.
But if you’re new, or if you read them but want a quick refresher (both parts have been slightly updated/edited, but the basic story is the same), I hope you’ll enjoy popping over to my Wattpad and reading them!
Well, I haven’t blogged regularly at ALL in quite awhile, but I wanted to post a wrapup of my writerly accomplishments this last year, if only so I’ll be able to look back on it one day.
It was definitely a slow year of writing, for me. I have difficulty writing when I’m stressed, so between that and spending a good deal of extra time on my copyediting business, the words were rather fewer than usual. But at least some writing happened!
2020 WRITING (ISH) ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Total words written: 76,160 (not my usual 100K+ but ah well)
53K of Tare/Kedran’s Wood books (starting book 3 for NaNo plus some edits on book 2)
12K of Operation Foxtail
11K on short stories — The Secret Piano (hopefully coming soon to a newsletter?), and three serial episodes of Girls, Spies, and Other Things the Faeries Stole. (I had written the first episode in 2019. The second was posted last January. So I have two more written, and one more planned, which would total 5 episodes. I hope to share them on here when I get the chance!)
I also did some plotting and editing on various works, including making some exciting breakthroughs in various books!
I didn’t have home internet for the last 8 months of the year so any blogging that actually got done . . . I’ll take it. 😛
I also focused more on my Instagram in this last year, largely due to said issue of a lack of internet aside from my phone. I can’t really blog on my phone but I can Instagram on it, sooo…
285 Bookstagram posts (daily posts aside from a couple of hiatus months and breaks when I got busy)
Hit 800 followers
I finally did more with themes, even seasonal ones (which was fun) — and aaall the flowers!
Finally made a Linktree and some highlights. XD *is almost getting the hang of this Instagramming thing*
Words copyedited or beta-read in 2020: 2.9 million words
Novels/novellas copyedited: 15
Short stories copyedited: 11
Beta projects (for friends etc.): 8
(Curious to know more about my freelance copyediting? Info is here! :))
Writing journal pages: 136
Won my 11th NaNoWriMo and 20th Camp NaNo (actually did two camp sessions this year)
Attended Hutchmoot: Homebound online (delightful), as well as a one-day writing conference in January, and read 6 books on writing
Sketched my character Teague
Was “in print” for the second time (I mean, just like the first time, it was a private bindup collection for authors of the Modern Bard blog stories, so it’s not like it’s… available? But it was still neat to see A Night in the Life of Glassman printed in a real book, personal collection though it may be!)
Set new word-sprinting records during November
Got a new laptop (after 9 years of writing adventures with my first laptop)
So there is a brief (?) look at my 2020 in writing! Although the wordcount was less than I’d hoped, and I didn’t finish any novels (two-thirds into both Operation Foxtail and Kedran’s Wood 3), it still wasn’t a bad writing year, apparently. I’m quite happy with a lot of these things. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed that! Thanks for reading — and let me know if there’s a writing-ish accomplishment you’re proud of from last year!
So. I’m writing the third book in my modern fantasy Kedran’s Wood series, so that I can hang out with Tare (my fave) and the Chess Club and have a hopefully chill/fun November for once!
1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?
Wow, it’s been so long . . . Well, I guess since it’s book 3, it would be because of starting a random modern fantasy back in April 2012 . . . which then had more spinoff ideas. I don’t remember the original spark for this one off hand, but origianaly it was going to be the sequel to book one, to be the adventures the Chess Club and Tare had the next summer, after The Owl of Kedran’s Wood. But then a snowy Christmas short story crept between them, eventually becoming a massive novel (145K words; please send help), so book three this one became! But the idea of the Chess Club and Tare on vacation has long been a fun one for me, and various things from the first two books and other Tare backstory stuff are leading up to this book. I’m excited. ^_^
2. Share a blurb (or just an overall summary if you’d prefer)!
The Shadow of Kedran’s Wood (Kedran’s Wood, #3)
Road trip from Kedran’s Wood!
All the Chess Club wants is a fun vacation at the cabin Robin found them for the summer. All Tare wants is — well, probably for the Chess Club to stay out of trouble. (Saving teens, as well as the world all the time, gets exhausting.)
They find more than they bargained for with agents, a sinister secret lurking in the pine woods, a new side to Tare’s past, and of course McAllistair Mansion — which, let’s face it, is cooler than a cabin.
A storm is coming for the Chess Club and Tare.
So much for a quiet vacation . . .
3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?
Still set in a vague/undisclosed part of modern-day America, but this time since the Chess Club road tripped away from their hometown, I have some new settings to play with. Pine woods and a cabin and a cool mansion and . . . other . . . things. I’m excited because, while I adore Kedran’s Wood itself, this gives me some new settings/dynamics I can play with — and Tare has an unexpected connection to this place too, so I’m going to have loads of fun with that! *cackles*
4. Tell us about your protagonist(s).
Meet the cast!
Tare – 20 years old – black hair – Enigmatic monster-fighting, black-leather-wearing guy and also my favorite character I’ve ever written
Lavender – 17 – blonde – Shy, softhearted, heart of the Chess Club
Baz – 17 – brown hair – Happy-go-lucky, fun-loving prankster and pun king
Ivy – 18 – red hair – Feisty, no-nonsense, go-get-’em Chess Club member
Adrian – 19 – blond hair – Easy-going, laid back guy, very protective of the Chess Club
Mr. Larch – 32 – brown hair – head of the Chess Club, dry and reserved, voice of reason
Robin Larch – 26 – light hair – Mr. Larch’s sister, enthusiastic, planning The Perfect Vacation
Arielle Everglade – 20 – long black hair – Appeared briefly in book 2, now shows up mysteriously (spoilers, sweetie)
Roderick Hendricks – 29 – dark brown hair – British, lawyer, basically an awkward penguin, lives at McAllistair Mansion, permanently anxious about Tare (not that we can blame anyone for being anxious about Tare)
5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?
Um. Spoilers? But there mayyy be a group and it mayyy be connected with villains of earlier book(s) and there is also a return of a side antagonist-ish or two . . . it’s complicated.
6. What excites you the most about this novel?
That it’s a new book with Tare and the Chess Club! I finished a novella with them last December, and while I’ve fiddled with things since, I haven’t actively been writing a KW book in ages (a.k.a. all this year!) and I’m excited to start this one. Also, I mean, it’s going to be a blast with Chess Club vacation and new characters and Tare being done with everything and yeah. 😀
7. Is this going to be a series? standalone? something else?
Well, it’s in a series . . . book 3 of 3! :O Sort of . . . I currently have an “official” trilogy of novels in the series, but also (either written or planned) 4 short stories, 2 novellas, a sort-of-for-fun alternate-ish novel that doesn’t really count, and a spinoff novel that also spins off of some other books I have. Not to mention sometimes my short story ideas turn into novels, and I have ideas for new adventures occasionally . . . (So there’s 10 . . . or, well, 11 . . . currently. But kind of just 3. XD I’ve drafted 2 novels, 2 short stories, and a novella so far.) BUT I still think of these three being the main books, so in that sense I’m starting on the last “official” (currently) Tare and Chess Club book. But I’m so excited because I felt like I’d never get this far! XD
8. Are you plotting? pantsing? plansting?
Hooopefully plotting? I haven’t done a lot yet but I do like to have an idea of how things will go. I have tons of it in my head already, and some basic notes/lists/snippets. I always mean to plot more for NaNo than I usually get around to, resulting in some flailing around, and with Tare and co. you never know when something might dash out of outline plans, so . . . call it a mix?
9. Name a few unique elements about this story.
Um. Mansion + secret agents (ish) + modern fantasy + British penguin lawyer (he’s not actually a penguin but he’s basically an awkward penguin, more or less) + Tare Doing Things + Chess Club shenanigans + road trip + camping + Tare backstory info (bwahaha) + I’m also planning a cameo of a character from one of my non-KW books. 😀 I don’t know how unique any of that is, but I’m looking forward to it!
10. Share some fun “extras” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).
I’m drawing a blank on this since I don’t have a playlist yet (oh, help) and haven’t really made any fun things . . . Sooo, here, have my ancient KW series Pinterest board which I haven’t messed with in ages but should have some inspiration stuff for all the books, including this one!
Talk to me! ^_^
And there we are! Do join in on the linkup if you’re writing anything for NaNo, or just, you know, writing! (Find me on NaNo here!) And let me know what you think of this? I know I’ve been very absent from blogging, sorry! *hides face* I’m looking forward to hopefully starting writing this in November, and I wish you luck if you’re writing as well! Thanks for reading! ^_^
Li’l dragon sketch. Accurate representation of me waiting for bookmail.
Oh, hi, everyone! I’m back but also not back. XD
So, technically I ought to have been back from my blogging hiatus two weeks ago . . . but I’m not sure how often I’ll manage to blog since I suddenly find myself without home internet. And until that changes, it’s just a lot harder to keep up with blogging and all the social media on my very limited phone. *winces*
I feel a bit too scattered to do a proper Ishness post, so this is a less structured/complete-feeling post . . .
But I did have a lovely hiatus in May! Some things I did:
Having fun with a book about drawing dragons. Hadn’t sketched in years and really enjoyed this.
read a fair bit
drew some dragons
played Settlers of Catan
started a weekly-ish Star Wars re-watch
had a refreshing break from some online stuff (not realizing until later in May that this would go on rather longer than I’d planned)
had the chance to copyedit for some amazing authors ❤
generally kept busy
Speaking of books I copyedited . . . shoutout to two books releasing later this month: Jenelle Leanne Schmidt’s upcoming novel An Echo of the Fae (June 21), and Midnight for a Curse by E.J. Kitchens (June 25)! I adored both books and y’all should totally check them out! 🙂
I did keep up with a bit of writing early in May, following my successful April Camp NaNo. Though not in the way I’d hoped . . .
See, I had plans of continuing to write Operation Foxtail, but got derailed by Tare’s series wanting some attention/snippets/editing, and also by brainstorming possible new Glassman ideas.
And, mostly, working on a fantasy short story, The Secret Piano. I’m greatly enjoying that and should probably share it someday . . . if I ever finish it. *collapses*
Cover (for fun) of my fantasy short story WIP, The Secret Piano. ^_^
Current plan is to finish that as well as some some tweakings for KW2 (because Tare is still interested in me working on that).
And then to see what I can do about wrangling all the plot threads and notes and things that need to happen for the last third (hopefully??) of Operation Foxtail.
If I can get that together somehow, I’m hoping I can make some progress on that again for July Camp. (Never mind how busy I’m going to be. Leave me to my delusions. *cough*)
Snippets (because I haven’t shared any in ages)
I stared, transfixed by the music which twined around me and planted me where I stood. The boy played on for a few more moments until his gaze drifted up and snagged on me standing there to the side. The notes jarred and jangled to a startled halt, and silence crashed around us like a brick falling on the keys or on my heart.
I imagined Thomas reading the letter. I imagined it sitting on his nightstand, him looking over at it sometimes. I imagined him burning it.
Perhaps it had never reached him at all. Did Thomas even get letters? I imagined a servant throwing it away. I imagined it lost, languishing indefinitely in a stack of letters to his father.
(The Secret Piano, WIP)
“I’m just doing what you’d do.”
Tare’s voice was flinty. “You don’t know anything about me.”
“Maybe not now, but I did once.”
Tare narrowed his eyes. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
(The Shadow of Kedran’s Wood, KW3, future WIP)
Anyway . . .
The Bookstagram addiction is real
Anyway, despite my planned good intentions of returning to regular blogging in June, I will probably be as sporadic on blogging as I have been (sorry!), but maybe I’ll get a few posts in here and there . . . And if I am behind on social media or emails or something, I sincerely apologize! Blame it on my vanishing internet. *shifty eyes*