It is 53 minutes before the official start of NaNoWriMo for me – the National Novel Writing Month – where, across the world, hundreds of thousands of writers challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel in under 30 days. And up until 53 minutes before the start of it I wasn’t interested in participating. Now, with no preparation, I am going to do it.
For me this isn’t a difficult challenge due to my writing speed – 1,666 words per day is low on my scale. The difficultly would be making it a final draft in that time – with no preparatory material.
So that is what I am doing – a “Papa Hemingway” realist challenge no less – I am going to write 50,000 words of a fictional story of an Iraqi War Vet – the events will be based on my experiences and my friends’ experiences but nothing is planned out. I’m going to test my ability to write “Iceberg Theory” and my ability to follow Hemingway’s famous axiom: “All good writers are the best liars.”
It can take up to a week for a book to appear on Amazon, but in the meantime you can purchase “Firedancer” via the publisher’s direct “estore” – follow this link, the Kindle and Paperback versions are also linked on the left sidebar:
This is my second book on createspace so I should have known this. Do not let Amazon reformat your document into PDF for you, even though they recommend it. Get a good program for converting and do it yourself.
It took me three tries to get a PDF that wasn’t missing a word or cutting off a letter and finally I just formatted it myself. Amazon doesn’t like it but it will be far superior to what they wanted. A day or two more for the print edition….
The print edition of “Firedancer (Book I of The Serpent’s Song)” had a simple typo in it that will require about a two day process to be fixed. In the meantime, however, the Kindle version of the full edition of “Firedancer” is now live.
For those that use the Kindle Lending Library it is available to be lent out. Otherwise it is $6.99 – the Print Edition will be $10.99.
It should be ~2 days or so before I have confirmation that the proof is acceptable. My target has been reached: “Firedancer” was started as a commission by my 11 year-old daughter in July and four months, and 80,000 words, later it has come to life.
The process has been wonderful – I have fleshed out much of the world of “Lilith” (a more adult novel) and have created characters and a story that will arc over a series, henceforth entitled “The Serpent’s Song”, that I am eager to continue on.
According to my handy-dandy Kindle application I am exactly 60% done with proofing the final draft of “Firedancer” – I hope to have it done by the end of the month as originally planned. Stay tuned for more!
Thousands of years ago, in what is now called The Middle East, there existed a grand civilization of men and women, warriors and slaves, savages and priests, wizards and witches. Named after its first king, the Empire of Urnamu stretched from the modern-day Persian Gulf to Baghdad and flourished in the fertile crescent of the land history calls Mesopotamia. In this primordial world humanity harnessed stone, copper, and bronze to build beautiful cities, craft exquisite artwork, and smith weapons and armor.
Emyni duma Duseg is the thirteen-year-old daughter of Duseg the Mudbaker, a craftsman of fine bricks, who lives outside of the majestic Urnamu capital of Nun-Ki. After sickness took Emyni’s mother from their family, her father is forced to raise the young girl on his own. But Emyni hides a secret, a powerful secret, that her father warns could get her taken away from him forever: she is a “Firedancer” – a child born with unfathomable magickal power – a power she desperately tries to hide to keep the family together.