Thursday, October 19, 2017

Link issues

In case anyone tried, I had a small issue with the link to my official website. It has now been fixed!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Talks and Tips for NaNo Success - Participation

Once a week, I will be posting tips and pep talks for NaNoWriMo success.Since that will be my main focus for the next month and a bit. These articles were originally written for me to share with the other writers in my region, but I figured that it couldn't hurt to share them with all of you. 
I thought I’d also give you a little background about my history with NaNoWriMo
This is my 10th NaNoWriMo. Over the years I’ve managed to complete anywhere from just barely over 50K to well over 100K words during the month of November. There are years where I have planned novels in intricate detail and years where I have received my writing prompts on October 31 at noon. I’ve run the gamut of NaNoWriMo experiences which is why I want to share those experiences with you. 

First post is below. 



Participation is Success 
I didn’t find the forums until my second year into NaNoWriMo.
I signed up for the first time on October 28. Somehow, I managed to make my 50K. That first year, the closest thing I got to interaction with other participating writers was the two friends from an online discussion group who had encouraged me to “give it a shot”. I was stubborn. I had never really tried to write a novel before, but it was a dream that I had had for a long time. So I pushed through to just over 52K.
I was overjoyed that I had written so much and disappointed when I realized that I had no idea what I was doing when it came to writing a novel. I never finished the story which was my whole goal for even trying this crazy thing in the first place.
So why did I come back?
Well, I got that email that told me that there was more to NaNoWriMo than just writing. Great, I thought, maybe someone can help me figure out where I went wrong last year. So, I homed myself to the Alberta::Elsewhere region and was introduced to a new side of NaNoWriMo.
I enjoyed it even more this time. I didn’t finish the novel again, but I had really just winged the entire thing. That year, I got just over 56K words.
The next year, I was more involved on the forums, I attended my first write-in and did word wars online. I wrote about 120K words that year. And I have never looked back. Other than the year I ran out of story before hitting 50K, that first year was the least amount of words I have ever written for NaNoWriMo.
I am not a fast typer. Ask anyone who has ever attended a write-in with me. My numbers per word war or sprint tend to be on the lower end of the spectrum.
For many people, that interaction helps them to be accountable for their words. Not just to the friends and family that they have told about NaNoWriMo, but to others who are going through the same struggle that they are. People that you can be competitive with, if that’s your thing, people who can help you puzzle out difficult parts of your story when you get stuck, people who can inspire, cheer and celebrate the victories with you.
Now, as an ML with a more than full-time job, it is the interaction with others that keeps the words coming. If it wasn’t for word wars and write-ins there would have been many years that I would have failed completely. I would estimate that about 75% or more of the words I write (typically 65K+ most years) happens at an online or in-person write-in.
Over the years, I have made some of the most incredible friends from around the globe that encourage me to continue to challenge myself and grow in my writing.
And maybe, if you’re reading this, you have discovered or are discovering the same thing. Involvement and participation, not just the writing, are one of the biggest keys to success! Besides, NaNoWriMo has never been about winning or losing - it’s about enjoying the creative process.

Monday, October 9, 2017

One step closer

Unless my incredible, amazing editor determines otherwise, I think I can now say the chapters that she asked me to add to Feathers & Fae are done.
Now all I have to do is give them a good personal editing and ship them off to her. With any luck I'll be sending then off to TOR early in 2018. Don't hold me to that though, you know how us authors are.
And of course, another NaNoWriMo approaches. This means a new WIP has been planned. I'm very excited to see if it turns out as good as I'm hoping it will.
I'm going back to my roots on this one. It's a dark fantasy with a horribly tortured protagonist.  
Working title is 'Blessings of the Damned'.
"Sometimes the only difference between a hero and a villain is what side of the line you're standing on.
There was a time when his name was something whispered with fear and awe; a time when he was one of the most powerful men to walk the earth, but that was long ago. Yet still, people feared him though he did little to justify that fear. He kept to himself and lived a quiet, simple life. Until one day, a young girl from a faraway land knocked on his door and asked of him a favour.
She asked him to kill her."



Monday, August 28, 2017

A Long Overdue Update

Sometimes in life things go slant-wise. This seems to be one of those years.

I went on vacation and when I came back I went right into working 13 hrs a day, five days a week. Needless to say, my writing got pushed aside a bit. Okay, maybe a lot.

I am still working on adding those new chapters my editor asked for. At this point, she has even stopped asking me when they will be finished. It's been that bad. And then my best friend got married which made me very happy. Incredibly happy, but that meant some of those few moments of free time were dedicated to helping out with wedding stuff.

So that's been my life. Not much writing, lots of work, lots of things to do, but it hasn't been all that bad.

I am really hoping to get back to writing soon, but in the meantime I took a few minutes to put up a new website. http://www.crystallkirkham.com (Just a note that the redirect to the current site hasn't updated to IE yet. So if that's what you use, this is where it redirects to: https://crystallkirkham.wixsite.com/author).

So, fingers crossed, let's hope I get Feathers and Fae finished this year.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Update on Feathers & Fae

Well my dear readers, you may not get your hands on Feathers & Fae in March like I had been planning. At pressure from my editor I shall be submitting this novel to Tor Publishing withing the next couple of months.

So while I do not have anything brand new to offer you in March, as soon as Feathers & Fae is off my desk, I shall be busting my butt to get another novel up and ready to go! Wish me luck in this new endeavor. I shall keep you all updated.

For all you know, you may be seeing my name in the bookstores by next year. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Editing. Editing. Editing.

Feathers & Fae is into one of the final revision stages. I've been so focused on editing that I nearly forgot to update my blog!

There was so much I had planned to write, but editing has consumed my life! I'm actually posting this from my phone in bed. Sorry guys!

I'll update you more later! For now, I sleep!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

For Updatesake

I have been absolutely consumed with editing Feathers and Fae tonight. It's late. I have to be up in a few hours do you're not getting much.

If ask goes well maybe this book will be available for pre-order prior to the summer. No promises though. I still haven't heard back from my beta readers yet.

I'll keep you updated if course.