Beautiful Skies

We had quite the storm go over us today, complete with lighting, thunder, winds, rains and the power blinking out. At the end of it came a gorgeous full double rainbow. It was too big to take a picture of with the camera in one single shot, so I put together a composite. The colors were a lot brighter than what the camera captured. Even the purples on one edge and the deep red on the other showed up in the colors. Usually I don’t see that.

Full Rainbow Composite

Tonight was a night for skies. Looking in the other direction revealed a fantastic sunset.

Sunset Clouds

Makes me want to paint. 🙂

Winner!

On day 11 at about 10pm, I reached 50033 words. The writing didn’t stop however! Before midnight, the count had grown to 51661. The novel “The Phoenix Eggs” is really shaping up. The climax is within sight and the characters are finding themselves in rather a big pickle.

Perfect! (not for the characters, but you know what I mean)

JulNoWriMo has been a lot of fun. They doubled their participation numbers compared to last year and there are already 10 winners (I was the 11th). Also, quite a few writers from Forward Motion are also participating. We’ve been encouraging each other in the FM chat most nights, helping all of us do a little better than we would have if alone.

I’ll definitely be able to finish the book this month. As if knowing the time for the November Nano is approaching, my muse has thrown several ideas at me about the other books I’ll be writing. The idea folder just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Back to the words!

Novels, and more Novels

I won NaNoEdMo with 74.5 hours. That was good enough to place 7th on the final list of editors. Whee! The time really helped whip “The String Weavers into shape.

I continued with the momentum gained. As of the middle of May the book is completely finished. I’m really happy the way it turned out, and it feels so wonderful to have such a big project finished. I came up with the concept for the book in late September of 2007, wrote the first draft for Nanowrimo 2007, and finished editing in May of 2009. A little more than 1 1/2 years. I’m thrilled to be under the 2-year mark.

Now to see if I can keep up the momentum! I have three one-off books that are in no way apart of a series in the planning stages. The plan is to have them ready for writing for Nano of 2009. So far I’m on track for that goal. However, that is a few months away and I don’t want to stop writing. So, I’ve taken the sequel to “The String Weavers”, which is a called “The Phoenix Eggs” and written for Nanowrimo 2008, and have started a complete rewrite. I’m using JulNoWriMo to help out on that project.

JulNoWriMo is run by a different group of people than Nanowrimo but inspired by the same concept. 50k of words from July 1st to July 31. Because of the extra day in the month the minimum wordcount per day is 1613 compared to 1667 for Nanowrimo. So far I’m on track, and I’m pleased at how “The Phoenix Eggs” is coming along.

After July, it’ll be time to focus on Nanowrimo 2009.

Onwards and Upwards!