NaNo Update #5: Finishing Her Up!

finishing her up!

First of all, before I begin this last NaNo update … can we give a round of applause to my insta-graphic format? *a couple people clap* *everyone gives me a weird look* *I go hide in a cave and live out the rest of my days as a hermit*

Really, though. It was so easy to just change the text in the circle and the background image to another Scotland picture. #NaNoLifeSavers*

After this update, we’ll return to our normal posting schedule. Throughout December, there are going to be some fun posts. For a while, we’ll have all Christmas-themed, which is gonna be tons of fun.

*I should totally remember this and write a list of #NaNoLifeSavers next year.

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NaNo Update #4: Almost There!

almost there

Guess what? I hit 40,000 yesterday! *cue cheering* Only 10K to go! Well … until I hit my goal. After that, I’ll probably have another 10K of writing until the book is finished … maybe more!

I feel like I’m not very far into the book yet. I’m officially on point 19 out of 38. So … almost twenty points to go. So technically I could get up to 80,000.

However, I don’t think I will. I think I’ll end up skimming over a good half of the points or reassembling scenes as the story progresses. And, of course, revisions will take out a big chunk in the end.

Enter this post.

Update #3 + We Need You Questions! (again)

Update 3 + We Need Questions Again!

Happy Wednesday, people reading this post (even if you’re not reading it on Wednesday)!

Yes, this is another post that’s getting out a wee bit late. Well, if you’re not in Pacific time (which most people I know online aren’t for whatever reason). Here, it’s not that late. (Or at least I don’t think so; any time before eleven is early morning to me …)

We’re halfway through the months of November … but I haven’t reached halfway with my novel.

Nope, I’m not behind (I actually have 28,631 – haven’t written yet today, though), but I don’t feel that I’ve reached the midpoint of my novel. I … guess it’s gonna be a bit longer? No problem there. 🙂

READ ON, MA HOMIES

NaNo2017: My Last-Minute Prep and the First Few Days

Copy of Beyond Her Calling, characters

Wow, can you believe it’s already day four?! NaNoWriMo is flying by! I mean, four out of thirty isn’t much (only about 13%), but it’s still several days which I’ve spent writing like a maniac.

But, before I start talking about my (amazing) NaNo progress, let’s talk about my last minute prep.

Really all my prep was last minute. I didn’t start outlining until early October, and then I put it off and put it off until … I did most of it a week before NaNo, quite a chunk of it on October 31st!

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Flowers, Part 3

flowers1

Well, ladies and gents, it’s time for part three of my fantastical short story, Flowers. Are you excited? No? Well … I am. *pouts* I can’t believe you don’t like my book …

Oh, you were just teasing? *wipes brow* Whew. I was worried for a minute that you all secretly hating me and were pity-following me.

Have you ever pity-followed someone? I haven’t. I follow the people whose posts I want to read. What kind of sick human being are you!?

Okay, back on subject. You can read Parts 1 and 2 here. If you haven’t, head over and do so!

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January 2017 Spotlight: Yet Another Peek into the Workings of At Her Fingertips

Spotlights

Another spotlight is upon us, and today I’m going to veer into uncharted waters with a discussion about The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Book 3: At Her Fingertips.

What? you say. You’ve posted thousands of excerpts and quotes and made us read through post upon post about every stage of your outlining and writing process!

I know, I know! But I’ve been focusing on other projects throughout December and January, so it’s time to return to the book which critics (well, my friend Bay Ray) are calling “Kellyn Roth’s best work yet.” (though probably with more spelling errors and exclamation points, knowing Bay …)

Though I guess there technically aren’t any uncharted waters here.

Well. Let’s see if I can’t give you some new information without spoilers.

For At Her Fingertips, anyway; there will probably be spoilers for The Dressmaker’s Secret. After all, we’re talking the third book in the series and it would be almost impossible not to … so yep.

Beware of TDS spoilers! Even though there are spoilers for TDS in almost every post now. What can I say? You need to read it! 😉

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Flowers, Parts One and Two

The moment you’ve all been waiting for, my darlings, is at hand! That’s right! Parts One and Two of Flowers, my short story sequel to The Lady of the Vineyard, is coming to you … right here … right now!

Okay, so maybe none of you actually want to read this story. Whatever. Comment and say you liked it anyway!


flowers1Part One

 Judy Kee was sitting at the top of the stairs, watching the door attentively. She wasn’t allowed to go outside and potentially muss up her clothes, as Granny was sure she would (despite her love for her granddaughter, she didn’t think her perfect), but Judy was quite ready to jump up at any second, her ears perked, alert for the slightest sound of her father’s car.

She ran her hand through her strawberry-blonde hair, bumping the blue ribbon to the side. She had managed to keep her dress relatively unwrinkled, though, and her shoes weren’t scuffed, so Granny’s campaign for a nice-looking little girl was succeeding at least partially.

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NaNoWriMo 2016, Update #5

Guess what?

Winner

That’s right! I currently have 53,462 words. However, I made my goal (50,000) on the 25th. How many more words do I expect to get before November’s up? Well, at most I expect to reach 60,000 … but even that would be a stretch.

I think I have that much material story-wise … but I might not finish At Her Fingertips this month. I might write ‘The End’ sometime in the first week of December. But, in my opinion, that’s a worse-case scenario. 😉

 

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Update #2

The first five times (yes, five!) times I wrote the title, I wrote ‘NaNoWriMo 2016 Updated #2.’ Consider yourself updated. *sports reference* *confirmation of points received*

Yep. My fingers type with no regard to my brain sometimes …

Back to our regularly scheduled programming, my word count has now reached 28o46 words. Some days I write more, some days I write less, but that’s approximately 2000 every day.

Since I only wanted to write 1700 a day, I’m a little ahead, which is fantastic, as in past years I struggled to get out enough to make 40000 in a month, while at this rate, I could get 60000, assuming I had that much content (which I don’t, really). But the end of the month is gonna be busy, so it’s good that I’m somewhat ahead.

If you want to know more than that about words and days, find it out here, at my stats on the adult NaNoWriMo.

Because I’m kind of in a hurry, that’s all for today, guys. Yeah, it was lame, but … okay, I have no excuse … comment?! 😉

Quote-of-the-Update

“Oh, Alice, don’t say that!” Cassie said, shaking off her somewhat dark mood and smiling mischievously. “After all, she’s intimate with the Ashfields. We mustn’t talk badly about anyone who’s intimate with the Ashfields.”

“No, we mustn’t,” Alice said playfully. “Why, the sky would likely fall!”

“The Thames would flood!”

“The earth would quake!”

“The dogs would howl!”

Thoughts on the quote? Are you reaching your NaNoWriMo goal? Or are you enjoying watching everyone else try to produce ridiculous amounts of words every day, eating popcorn, and laughing quietly to yourself?

~Kellyn Roth

September Character Studies: Celebrations

L.pngYou may not have noticed, but I was too busy to do last month’s character study, so I’m doing it today. 🙂

There are ten questions here. You can also find them on Morgan Dusky’s amazing blog, Studies in Character. Remember to check them out and perhaps do them yourself!

The theme this month is ‘celebrations & parties’ (as you can see by Morgan’s amazing new graphic).

I’m interviewing Alice Knight as an eighteen-year-old from At Her Fingertips. As I’m working on developing her (and her fellow main-ish characters) this week, filling out these questions was really great (and a lot of fun!).

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