1 more sleep!

 

Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life – Wayne Dyer

NaNoWriMo is in the air. I can smell it. The buzz, the excitement and… the realization that I am diving into this panster style after all. I swear I just promised myself after my last round of revision never to write without an outline again. Will I ever learn?

No.

I’m tossing between a few ideas I that have been stewing for the past two years. I don’t know if I should work on something completely new or just write various scenes and short stories relating to my current WIP so I can develop it into a potential series. There are so many more scenes I want to write and so many more character arcs I want to explore.At the same time though I am craving a new world, new creatures and a different POV.

I guess in true panster style I will find out tomorrow what exactly I’m going to do as I procrastinate my way over to the keyboard.

November will be a crazy busy month for me between edits, wedding planning, indie little acting gigs and of course NaNo – not to mention turning up to my actual job, where I masquerade in the legal world pretending to be ‘serious’. I must say though, I am really looking forward to the adrenaline that will get me through to the end! Which brings me to the question, why do people do drugs when there is NaNo? I don’t understand.

The first NaNoCreature will be unveiled tomorrow on Finding My Creature –  be excited. You all probably know her because she is a prolific blogger who may or may not have a British accent 🙂 I will also be guest posting so keep an eye out for me.

I would love to add you as my NaNo buddy, so comment below with you username and feel free to add the weirdo that is findingmycreature.

Love and light,

Anushka xx

 

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It feels a lot like giving blood and not stopping

The process of rewriting is enjoyable, because you’re not in that existential panic when you don’t have a novel at all –  Rose Tremain

Lavendula Lavender farmIt has officially been a little over one week since I finished my revision. It’s hard to comprehend that something I have been working on for so long has been completed. Yes, there is still a little bit of tidying up to do, a touch up here and there and conflict needing to be raised in places I know is lacking, but in essence I practically have a completed novel in my possession with a beginning, middle and end. The story is kind of cohesive too, a pleasant bonus. Did I mention I have an ending? I never write my endings for some reason. I wonder why? Oh that’s right, I love to procrastinate.

I celebrated this wonderful milestone drinking the wine I have been craving, making the most of the sunshine I missed out on being cooped indoors and seeing my friends who I love for not forgetting I am alive. Oh and I also ate ice cream, lavender to be exact. Who knew that flavor existed? Oh the things you try on a lavender farm. I have to say though, despite the ice-cream overdose, lavender champagne is heavenly. I should have just stuck to that.Lavendula Lavender farm

As I speak I have just received edits from a freelance editor who has been looking over my work in the past week. I felt like I needed some feedback from a professional, in particular, from someone who would not be worried to hurt my feelings. Deciding to use a freelance editor is one of the best decisions I have ever made.I’ll post about my experience after the crazed month that is NaNoWriMo draws to an end.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, Finding My Creature is thrilled to be hosting a featured NaNoCreature every Thursday as well as two wonderful guest bloggers on the 5th and 19th of November. How deliciously exciting! So do swing by during your procrastination breaks. It will be inspiring sneak-peek into the minds, and caves, of other writers.

Anyways, I’m off to relish in my new-found freedom until NaNo begins. Which leaves me with less than two days.

Until then, I suppose I can go make the most of this sunny day which so happens to be my birthday. Last year I went bungee jumping in Whistler to jolt my muse awake. This year I will be pouring over my edits in a little cafe. Bliss.

Love and light,

Anushka xx

 

 

 

Harper Voyager Accepting Unagented Manuscripts for Two Weeks

For those of you have manuscripts ready for the world to see I thought this might be of interest.

http://harpervoyagerbooks.com/2012/10/01/the-submission-portal-is-now-open/

Love and light,

Anushka xx

Revision Milestone

13,423 words.

Muse, Needs. Wine. 

Brain. Needs. Chocolate.

That’s all I am capable of saying right now.

x

10 things that go through my mind during revision

  1. Maybe I should take a nap now
  2. Coffee break sounds good *conveniently forget I am detoxing*
  3. I will go to the gym… tomorrow
  4. One more scene
  5. Everything I write is rubbish
  6. It’s dinner and I’m still wearing my pyjamas
  7. Maybe I should take a break and eat some more food
  8. I have already eaten all of my food…yesterday
  9. I am going to clean the house
  10. I  am going to have a nap then clean the house

Sound familiar? Anything to add?

Happy revising everyone!

Love and light,

Anushka xx

NaNoWriMo Guest Post Update

Hello lovely creatures!

I  just wanted to clarity a few things for my NaNoCreature segment I’m running in November where writer’s and NaNo Participants are invited to be a part of findingmycreature.

So just to recap there are two ways you can be a guest.

Option 1: You can be a featured NaNoCreature. The requirements for this is that you must be signed up for NaNoWriMo this November and have an active blog. When I mean active I do not necessarily mean post every day just proof that you are someway connected and committed to establishing a sense of community.

If you are interested in participating register your interest to findingmycreature [at] gmail [dot] com with a link to your blog.  I will email you a list of interview questions which you email back to me once completed.

Option 2: You can do a NaNoCreature Guest Post that related to writing. You do not have to be participating in NaNoWriMo . If you were interested in this option email me with a suggested topic and submit it to me by October 25th at the latest with a minimum of two pictures with links back to its original source. The same requirement of having an active blog applies.

Thank you to the wonderful creatures that have showed interest and gotten in touch with me. For those of you who are worried about the time factor keep in mind that I would like all posts submitted to me by October 25th. I’ll allocate you a day your NaNoCreature interview/post will be published and let you know.

If there is anything I missed or something you are still unsure about feel free to email me or ask me in the comments below.

Happy writing, revising and planning everyone!

Love and light,

Anushka xx

Related links:

NaNO Guest Post – Calling on NaNoCreatures