Category: Monstrous World

Mid-Month NaNoWriMo Check In

Posted November 18, 2020 by Kelly Apple in Monstrous World, Writing / 0 Comments

After a looooong creative dry spell (seriously, my friends, the end of 2019 and most of 2020 can eat a bag of dicks for crapping on my creativity like it did), I decided to do what I needed to do to shake myself out of it.

So I signed up for NaNoWriMo (that’s Nation Novel Writing Month for those of us who don’t obsessively roll around in all things writing – you can find me here, if you’re so inclined.). Basically, I set out to write a novel (or the equivalent of one) in the month of November. Normally a person attempts to write 50K words in the month. I set my goal at 30K. Which translates to three-ish parts of a serialized novel.

Why 30K? Because it broke down to 1K a day. And 1K sounds doable to me. Especially when you’ve written minimal to nothing for most of the year.

1K? Yes. I can do that. Almost 2K a day? That…didn’t feel like I could work it into my schedule. And I didn’t want to fail myself out before I even started.

FYI, baby steps are still steps, people. Don’t ever let someone tell you you have to make big strides to get somewhere. All the big things in life are made up of little things. It might take me longer to reach the end, but I will get there. And I (hopefully) won’t sabotage myself along the way by getting down on myself for NOT hitting that bigger daily goal.

So where does that put me now? As of the writing of this blog post, I’ve crossed the 20K threshold on words for November. I’d started writing Wild at Heart (Lon and Ivy’s story in the Monstrous World series) before starting NaNo, so this puts me toward the middle/end of part 4 of the series.

The kicker, while I’d originally planned this to be an eight part series, it miiiiight be a little longer. Then again, it might not. I feel like there’s still a fair amount of story to tell and I’m almost at what I thought was the halfway point. As an aside, that really doesn’t mean anything because there’s a lot of word-ground left for me to play with and the story might surprise me with how it comes together. Then again, maybe this will end up being a super long story. WE’LL SEE!

(As another totally random aside, I am honestly amazed by authors who are all “Hey! I’m writing this book right this moment and I 100% know it will be finished in 2 weeks and you’ll have it in your hands on this specific date.” Like, whoa. WHOA. That’s some sort of black magic right there.)

To make a long story even longer, November has been good to me. I’ve got a chunk of writing under my belt over the first half of the month and I’m feeling good on where things are heading.

FYI, I’m tentatively eyeballing Wild at Heart as a Spring 2021 release. I have a book or two (or three) waiting in the wings for early 2021 and spring gives me plenty of time to finish writing, get edits done, and work on covers (GAH! Covers! I WILL NOT LET YOU DEFEAT ME!) without feeling rushed.

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Out Now: Rock and Road

Posted October 29, 2019 by Kelly Apple in Heart of Stone, Monstrous World / 0 Comments
Out Now: Rock and Road

OHMIGOSH! It’s here! It’s LIVE! Part 3 of the Heart of Stone series is AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION! *collapses* This installment took a teeeeeeny bit longer to get out than I expected it to take and it had nothing to do with the book itself, but rather my real life which somehow got INSANELY busy […]

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Feature Friday – Forgotten Monsters: The Lost and Found Collection

Posted September 13, 2019 by Kelly Apple in Forgotten Monsters, Monstrous World / 0 Comments
Feature Friday – Forgotten Monsters: The Lost and Found Collection

Since we’re rolling in monsters right now (Hellllllllo, Vane and Cin!), I figured revisiting the Forgotten Monsters would be kinda cool. A Will ‘o Wisp, a Kraken, a Nightmare, and a Siren. (Teaser: You might meet supernaturals from one or more of these species in Heart of Stone. In other words, now’s a GREAT time […]

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Looking Back On August

Posted September 2, 2019 by Kelly Apple in Monstrous World, Writing / 0 Comments
Looking Back On August

Another month gone by and YESSSSS Heart of Stone is done! Definitely done. Part one is edited. The cover has been completed. Now I just need to format and upload and you’ll have Vane and Cin’s story in all it’s wildly sexy glory! (and since I’m writing this on Sunday, if I manage to find […]

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Looking Back on July

Posted July 31, 2019 by Kelly Apple in Monstrous World, Writing / 0 Comments
Looking Back on July

July was a Camp NaNo month and it turned out to be a goooooood writing month, guys. SO GOOD. In a nutshell, I’m well into writing the final part of Heart of Stone and I’m digging the twists and turns Vane and Cin are taking on their road tripping journey to reconnect with Vane’s family. […]

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Looking Back on June

Posted July 1, 2019 by Kelly Apple in Monstrous World, Writing / 2 Comments
Looking Back on June

OH LOOK! Another month has gone by. HOW UNEXPECTED. Ha. Right. So anyway. June has flown and I got THINGS DONE. For real. The first book in the Monstrous World series is well under way (I’m nearly at the halfway point as of the writing of this post) and that’s FANTASTIC. Vane and Cin are […]

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