Monday, November 25, 2013

NaNoWriMo Complete!

Yes, oh yes, I have completed the required 50,000 word first draft of a novel in the month of November.  Here is the beautimus winner badge.

What was the novel? Oh, I hear some of you out there saying, "It better be Dark Till Dawn!" Well, it isn't. I almost didn't do the NaNoWriMo this year because I was so committed to hurrying up with DTD, but in the end, I knew I would regret it. DTD is a harder book to write and I'm taking much more time with it.

I still don't have an editor since the one I want is booked for the next 5 months at least.  I'm pretty sure some of you—if I base it on your emails—are not in the mood to wait that long. So, I'm taking my time and trying to do a good job so I don't irritate you.

What I did write was a new book called "Lulu 394". 

It's a stand alone book, not a series.  I hope to launch that one after DTD.  If you're curious, here is the first draft synopsis.

"Earth's Seed project may be the only truly altruistic endeavor ever carried out by humanity. Lulu Whelkins is one of the hundreds of young scientists chosen for it but almost every human on the planet will get to ride along. At least their DNA will. Self-replicating spacecraft carrying the blueprints for Earth's life will travel the stars and slowly seek planets that are empty and waiting to be transformed. It might take a million years for each one, but what is time to a machine?

The only problem is that it doesn't work without a human in the loop. Lulu is chosen to be a "Loaded Strand", one of the few who will be reborn, over and over, as a "Load" into a new body and aid the machines in the ways that only humans can.

Lulu wakes to find everything as it should be. Her mission sets are clear and the other loads planned are people she likes. The planet is raw and beautiful and bare...perfect. Small changes around the ship are the only things that mar the perfection. A string a numbers etched behind a door, an arrow pointed the wrong way on a bulkhead. In deciphering the puzzle of these small changes, Lulu finds out more than she ever wanted to know about Seed and herself."


  1. Sounds like an excellent story to me. Don't let anyone pressure you into rushing either tale. Take as much time as you need to be happy they are done right. I admire your talent, imagination and skill.

    1. Thanks! I'm back working on Silo 49 now. So glad you are liking the books.