A year ago, I would have never believed that I would have one novel finished. In September 2009, I finished writing the first draft to THE PHOENIX PROPHETESS. Six months ago, I would have said that sure, I might can finish a novel, but I'll never be able to write one in a month. Now, I am just seven chapters away from finishing my NaNo novel VIRTUOSO in one month. I am completely amazed by it, and I don't think there is any looking back either. Now that I know I can do it, there doesn't seem to be much stopping me.
Of course, I've realized that I have a hard time summing up a story in just one book. Yssa's story in THE PHOENIX PROPHETESS must be told in a trilogy (PROPHETESS, SORCERESS, QUEEN). VIRTUOSO couldn't even manage to be a single book all its own. My NaNo novel has been branched off into the Riverwood Trilogy: VIRTUOSO (Nadia's story), DOCTOR (Derek's story), and PERCUSSIONIST (Marcus's story). Of the Riverwood Trilogy, each book will continue the story from a different character's point of view. The only book that comes close to being completely on its own is MOONLIGHT MURDERS, but the Liam O'Hare detective novel could turn into a series of its own. But, the main thing is that I know I can do it because I've done it before.
My goal for the rest of November is to finish up the last seven chapters of VIRTUOSO. I would like to have them finished on Sunday, November 22 before my week's vacation, but we'll have to see. I do plan to have it finished at least by November 25, right before Thanksgiving. I figure with seven chapters left that I will have at least 15,000-30,000 more words to write before the end of the month, making the novel between 65,000-80,000 words, which will be a great chunk of words that I can go back to and do my rewrites/edits in the months to come.
On a side note, I sent out "Hounded" again, but it was rejected. The editor stated that the story was too 'cutesy' for his taste. *shrugs* I didn't know murder and abductions could be "cutesy" but oh, well. I have more short stories to send out after this month ends and even more to write.
Also, keep watching my blog, website, and general updates for more information about my writing. "Io Saturnalia" will be out in a couple weeks, and I'll give more details then for how to purchase the story.