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This was my first year participating in NaNoWriMo (Nation Novel Writing Month). I’d heard rumors of it for years, and kind of knew what it was–kind of. When other writers began prepping for it mid-October, my interest was piqued, and I asked around. I was sent to this website: https://nanowrimo.org/ . After reading the provided information, I decided to go ahead and sign up, and do my best to write 50,000 words in a month!

I knew just the story I would write: “The Dragon Girl.” It was a story that has been on my mind for thirteen years, and though I’d written bits and pieces of it, I had never sat down to put the whole story to paper. It is the origin story of Cassandra “Cassie” Moon (previously featured in “Where the Heart Is”). Cassie has been my favorite original character since I was thirteen, and much of her story was developed on dragnix.net, though a good bit was finalized with the help of my best friend in college. Many of my friends and family first met and know Cassie through my WIP (work in progress) “Forged,” but there she is firmly established in who she is and what she is meant to do. “The Dragon Girl” takes her back to that beginning time and how she learns that who she thought she was is not who she is. It’s fun to write, after having worked with the developed Cassie for so long in “Forged.”

Unfortunately, I didn’t complete the NaNoWriMo goal. There are so many reasons why I didn’t “win” the challenge. I had a very difficult student at my school that drained me, I had to plan and organize my sister’s baby shower, and the last three days of November I got a fever. “The Dragon Girl” ended November with 45,053 words, and the story is only halfway finished.

BUT

That’s 45k I didn’t have before.

AND

I have no intention of stopping just because I didn’t reach a deadline. I can’t leave a story halfway finished! Halfway means it’s just getting good, and Cassie is about to meet Zantin. I love Zantin! And I have two friends reading each chapter as I write them, and they both would be upset if I just stopped. Maybe the pressure of needing to write 1,667 words a day was too much for me. Maybe now that I don’t have that pressure, I will be able to write 5k a day (sometimes pressure works like that). Plus, Christmas break is coming up (YAY!), so I’ll have a full week off from work to write. If we’re lucky, “The Dragon Girl” will be ready for editing come 2018.

As a special treat, I am planning on publishing the first chapter of “The Dragon Girl” here on Monday (12/4/2017). If you would like a glimpse of what I’ve been working on, feel free to pop back here and check it out.

See you then!

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