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I’ve been wanting to participate in NaNoWriMo for a couple of years now, but I haven’t had a second to spare. I know a lot of people say that, and the usual response is, “You have to MAKE time!”, but sometimes there truly isn’t any time to make. I’ve felt happy for the people who participated, enjoyed watching their journeys and hearing how exciting and stressful (the good kind) it is, but I also kept feeling that tug of “when am I going to get to do this?” So this year, I finally put aside everything else, turned down some opportunities, and am participating! YAY!

Baking tests have been done. I'm now ready to write.
Baking tests have been done. I’m now ready to write.

I’m all set with a novel idea (pun intended) and I can’t wait to get started. I’ve already begun making some notes in a gorgeous, inspirational notebook I’m sure you’ll see on Twitter soon. I’ve started a Pinterest board that has inspirations and historically accurate bits and bobs from the Victorian era I’ll need. I’ll reveal the official title of the book in the next couple of days as well as a working cover (if that’s not a real thing, it will be now). Scrivener is set up with some character information and scene ideas ready and waiting. Research books have been acquired. An entire writing getaway weekend has been planned. I’m really into this.
In case you’re a fellow NaNoWriMo-ist, connect with me and let’s be writing buddies! My name on there is simply Christie Stratos, no unusual screen name, no weird spacing. I’m looking forward to meeting some new writing peeps.
I’ll be blogging about my experience as well as regularly tweeting (@ChristieStratos), so keep in touch there too.
**If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, check it out here and join in the fun!**


    • MM Jaye

    • 6 years ago

    Congrats, Christie! I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to host you in a WIP interview after the NaNoWriMo experience. I want to join too, but my reason is to just squeeze 10-15k words out of me to finish Fate Captured, the novella I was supposed to have finished in September! Being a working mom of a preschooler, makes it next to impossible…
    Good luck!

    1. Thanks so much, MM Jaye! Now I’ll just have to decide whether to do my WIP interview for you with a picture of my getaway writing house or my usual spot at home – maybe I could do both? I hope your plan works out for Fate Captured. Once the world reads Fate Accompli they’ll be craving more!

  1. Ooo that’s so exciting!! Good luck and I’m already looking forward to the release of your book!! 😀

    1. Thanks so much, Daisy! That gives me even more motivation to get it done!

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