Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Because I am Insane

I am really looking forward to this year's NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November. My plan is to work on my Austenesque novel Attempting Elizabeth which I am expanding from the short story I wrote last year. I am currently doing some serious actual planning and plotting for it, which is so unlike me.

But here is the thing. I've been editing for weeks. And now I am planning something I won't be actually writing until November. That's eight weeks away! What is a girl to do? A girl who is itching to get some real, actual writing in?

Apparently what I am doing is writing a completely different novel! Yes sirree Bob! This week I started the sequel to Awake. Don't worry, they are stand-alone, you will definitely get a resolution to Awake . . . no waiting for months for the next book to come out after being left dangling off a huge plot-precipice. I hate that.

So, what is it about? I can't tell you much other than that it is a redux of Beauty and the Beast. Love! It's been done a lot. It's been done really well (especially well by Robin McKinley, not once but twice for goodness sake!), but I am hopeful that my story will add something new and fun to the grand tradition of La Belle et La BĂȘte.

That may be aiming a bit high, let's just say I hope it's really fun to read!

So, I write my booty off until NaNoWriMo and then I guess I take a break from Beauty and work on Austen . . . OR I could finish Beauty and the Beast before then . . . it only means writing 11,250 words a week.

No problem.


I would love to finish the rough draft by November first. It would be brilliant. But I am not going to throw myself off a cliff if I don't. After all, I'm only 7,000 words in. I'm having fun though!

While I can't tell you anything about my plot (hint: there is a beauty in it . . . and maybe a beast), I can share with you these amazing photos! Did you know that Drew Barrymore did a Beauty and the Beast spread a few years ago for Vanity Fair? I am dying over these dresses. Aren't they so pretty? You really must see them all!


  1. I love your new story!! However, in the interest of your sanity *cough* I vote for completing half of it before NaNo and finishing it up afterward. Or even doing a NaNo length rough-rough draft of 50K or so that you then can fill in later.

    Because sanity is important, or so I have been told.

  2. Sanity is overrated.


    I'd be happy with a 50k word MS by November!

  3. Oh, oh! Another Beauty & Beaster! I knew I loved you ;o) hehe

    I love that even though we're both Austen nuts, we're fairy tale girls too...and we're writing BOTH! Also, one of these days, like, after I finish FairyJane.01, I'm going to write a really awesome contemp Indie Jane novel! :oD

  4. Rebecca - How is FairyJane coming? So excited to read it! B&B scares me cause it's been SO done, but I am having fun!

  5. Ruh Roh! I left you dangling on a plot precipice.

    I can't wait to read all your stuff. Hurry hurry! WRITE!

    Ps. I'm more insane. Writing 12,500 words a week right now. NUTS!

  6. Jennifer - You're crazy! And I am writing . . . it's all that editing that takes so long, tee hee ;)

  7. Um...FairyJane needs to lock herself away somewhere and not come out until there's a massive amount of text written, LOL!

  8. That photo is gorgeous! Have fun with one of the most beautiful fairy tales Of All Time. (Said the Fairy Tale Fanatic!)

  9. I am a bit intimidated by the fact that it seems to be everyone's favorite! Eeek!


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