Up until the end of May, 2015 was a good year for the most part. June 1 came and everything changed. I won’t go into boring details about what happened but there were three fronts of attack on my happiness and security that left me with no will to write. No will to do anything really except sit on the sofa and watch television shows marathon style on Netflix. I went for my go to feel good shows. The shows that gave me comfort. Not used to despair and the helpless feeling that plagued me, I wanted shows that would pick me up, dust me off and tell me things would get better.
During my marathons, of which there were many, we discovered Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Great show with awesome writing, it made me laugh out loud more than once. I needed that. I went back to old favourites like Charmed and Friends. But the one that helped the most was starting Supernatural from the beginning. The Winchester boys always make me smile. And eye candy always makes me feel better. Plus those guys never give up even when things are bleak. Posts to always keep fighting from Jared Padalecki’s Facebook page ticked by on my news feed as I got reacquainted with the Winchester brothers. I love what he’s doing to bring awareness to depression and help those affected by it.
I had big plans for June and July. Plans to get tons of words written, stories finished, stories published. But life happened and robbed me of the desire to do anything. In those two months I might have written 1500 words. I had to explain to people who were waiting for stories why I couldn’t meet their deadlines. I’m behind on just about everything even commenting on this blog.
Things are looking up. I received good news two weeks ago and I cried for half an hour because I forgot what it was like to feel that moment of happiness. The depression is lifting. I’m lucky in that the wave of depression that hit me was brought on by short term events. Lots of people suffer much longer and to greater degrees than I did. I’m still not ready to go back into the office. Working from home these past two months has been a huge help for me. But I know it can’t go on like this indefinitely. Eventually my employer will want to see me at my desk working away.
Because life happens when you least expect it I’m planning for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) now. Despite being derailed for two months I’m determined to get back on track even though I’m woefully behind. I have a new writing schedule that I know I can stick to if I put my mind to it. As always with NaNoWriMo the plan is to clear the decks for November.
To prepare for November I’ll need to get my writing obligations done early. I have monthly deadlines for some projects so I have to get November and December stories done by October. Once that is done I can concentrate on NaNoWriMo. My goal for this year is a complete 80,000 word novel. I just have to figure out what novel to work on. And I need to figure it out soon. I’m starting a world building class on Saturday so I can hammer out details. The key for me to winning NaNoWriMo is planning. Since story ideas drop in all the time I have a large pool to draw from. Which story to work on though?
I love them all and will eventually work on all of them. Assuming my dystopian trilogy is complete by October like I intend, which one of theses would you work on for NaNoWriMo?
1. Book 2 in an urban fantasy suspense series where Book 1 is done.
2. An erotic thriller involving a stalker
3. A serial killer plaguing the art community
4. A serial killer with their heart in the right place
5. A thriller set in the future about a government conspiracy
6. A thriller set in the future about genetic weapons
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A road trip goes wrong for a group of friends trying to help one of them get over a break up. They find an inn where the mirrors are cursed and they realize they don’t know each other as well as they thought they did.
A road trip without a plan sounded like a good idea when Lena and her friends hit the road. A mini vacation and support for Steve, recently dumped, have the friends travelling through small towns and back roads. After hours of driving in the heat in a cramped car they’re all ready for something to eat and a good night’s rest. Reflections Inn looks perfect for the group of friends. A little run down, it hides a supernatural horror.