Actually now a little ahead, in fact.
Not that I have a problem with finishing things or anything, but my NaNo this year consists of two separate stories. Of the second and larger one, I currently have four chapters and a separate short story on the go all at once. Although to be fair, one of the chapters is on the theory that when I get bored it's more fun to write sex. There's also a dead body still to be found in one, possibly an attempted murder in another, general horror at a character's poor decisions (and a character's initiation) in the third (which is also involving sexn and the fun of being called dominus in bed, which I didn't expect one character to enjoy so much) and another murder and cursing (not figuratively) to build up to in the fourth. The short story is about avenging further murders.
Will I get any of these finished by the 1st December?
...actually being on target for NaNoWriMo.
Only another 3,000 words to go!
You've gotta marvel at someone who can't even spell their own web address correctly.
Not only did I lose the PSD file for the cover, and the original textures, and the font...
I also managed to lose the entire book. I'd done a brief, brief edit on it a few months ago and mashed some of the chapters together and decided I hated the sight of it again.
That's the one I lost. Luckily I'd been procrastinating and used Scrivener to turn it into an EPUB (note to self: don't do that again; Scrivener sticks an unbelievable amount of crap into the code) so I managed to find that at least, cleaned out the mess, added in the new cover (and new title, which is predictably awful), remade it and re-converted it into MOBI.
This post is acronym hell.
ANYWAY. So that's everything uploaded, I think. Just in time for #BuyNothingDay, which is apparently a thing now. So there you go. A whole bunch of awful gay romance novels for free, what more could you want?
Well, quite a lot, actually...
For future reference, self: the font is Gentium Basic.
The cover itself is fucking cursed and you're better off not writing about it further in case Chrome crashes again and you lose all your writing again.
I own a copy of the Oxford Latin Mini Dictionary — because why not. Flippancy aside, it's handy in many ways, not least because I'm finally writing the story about the Roman soldier that's been in my head for ages and it's handy for finding quick cognomen for side characters.
But one thing's always confused me about it: in the pronunciation guide, there's this weird little section.
Does that leave anyone else a little bit confused? Not just me?
It's taken me over a year to realise why this is so weird.
You see, the thing is, in the UK southerners speak with a different accent to northerners. Well, all regions speak with different accents to one another, but there's something southerners do in particular: they elongate certain vowels (barth instead of bath, for example) and they do something particularly weird with their Us. It's most noticeable in words like butter, which seems to come out from southern mouths like "batter," only not quite as harshly as if they're talking about a cricketer.
And clearly the only people who would ever be interested in speaking Latin (according to Oxford University Press) ... are southerners.
I'm half-tempted to send them an email about it where all short 'a's in the email are replaced by 'u's and we'll see how they like it.
If I sound like I'm implying southerners are a totally different breed to northerners... I guess I pretty much am.
Don't worry, it works both ways; they treat anyone north of Watford Gap like they're an alien species too. As a reminder: the Midlands is not the North, it's the middle.
Way, way back in the dim recesses of ... 2014, was it? When I stupidly thought writing was a great thing to try to sell, anyway ... I started out by releasing a book free on Cyber Monday. I figured that everyone spends so much money on these big-sale days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday that people deserved a little freebie now and then.
And of course it was a roaring success! Oh, wait, no, that wasn't me. Nah, it was a dismal failure, I think it was downloaded maybe 8 times and no one said a word about it even after they downloaded it. 'Cause people only download stuff 'cause it's free, not because they actually want it.
I know I'm guilty of it.
Well I tried it the next year too, and got maybe 10 downloads and total silence.
Annnnnd 2016 was shit in many, many ways and did a fantastic job of exacerbating the rampaging depression, and I don't remember much of 2017 other than it was a bit like 2018, but older.
So I figured that this year maybe I'll do it again. I don't know why. Apparently I'm a fucking glutton for punishment, who knows. But basically everything that's even moderately finished is now free for a bit, even all the shit that's totally unedited. (Me, procrastinating NaNoWriMo? Never.) It might even get me off my arse enough to finish a couple of the other semi-unfinished things, since NNWM is going so spectacularly well this year that I'm writing two stories at once. What's a couple more to the list?
(That said I've been wanting to finish writing about Maddeson for a while, because he's irritating me now.)
Let's marvel at the futility of both the season and this, eh?
Asexual, aromantic, and transmasc non-binary. No, I have no idea how I ended up writing romance either.