Sunday, August 3, 2014

Stories from Camp #Nanowrimo

August is here. We're back from Camp #Nanowrimo. Overall, I consider camp a success. I wrote over 35,000 words in the upcoming Dime Store Novel, Louisiana Snowflake. John wrote 7800 words in the Dime Store Novel with a working title of The Reaper.

Where does Louisiana Snowflake fit in the series? It takes place in 1905. It's the story where the worlds of Mama Cats, Dylan Worth, and Duncan O'Malley begin to converge. We recommend that you read the following books before you read Louisiana Snowflake:

When will Louisiana Snowflake be released? The story takes place in winter, so a winter release is appropriate. Our goal is to release it in December -- just in time for a last minute Christmas gift.

Here is a short excerpt from Louisiana Snowflake.

In the Ice Realm
Faltor lay on his belly, letting the soft snow tickle his tummy. The cold didn’t bother him anymore, not after all these eons. He scratched at the snow drift and watched it sift gently down to cover the streets of New York. A child stuck out her tongue to catch a flake. She laughed and turned in circles, trying to catch another. Her mother laughed too and leaned down to kiss her on the top of her head. Their laughter makes it bearable.
When he had mastered the ice crystals so long ago, he took his time crafting each snowflake, making sure it was unique before he sent it sailing down to earth. Before long, he realized it didn’t matter. Snow was magical to children and even some adults.  Now he created heaps of snow, shaving it with his claws from the huge crystals that made up his prison. There was a time when he wondered if he could shave enough of the crystal away that he could break free and find Shyla. He didn’t like to think back on old days and how he lost Shyla, and so he didn’t. Instead, he focused on the laughter and the children.
Sometimes he would get so excited by their laughter that he would romp through the snow, sending more snow sailing down to earth than he intended. Occasionally, a wind would catch his snow, sending it swirling and drifting in dangerous gusts. He knew that was the doing of his son Khrou-ach, the reason for their banishment. At those times, he could hardly believe that he had once loved his willful child, even supported him in the beginning.

Faltor put the thought out of his head and gently pawed at the snow drift, sending down a little more snow to gently cover the cobblestones of Hell’s Kitchen. Three boys ran and slid on the snow, letting out joyous whoops of laughter. Their joy filled Faltor’s heart and he began to run through the drifts, sending snow sailing up around him and falling at a faster pace toward the laughing boys.
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Where does The Reaper fit into the series? John took a leap forward. The Reaper takes place some time after High Rollers. It's a story that features Regan Worth. It's really in its infancy, so there is no release date set. However, John is having fun writing in Regan's persona. Usually that's my job.

Was Camp worth it? Definitely. Not only do we have two new stories well underway, we also met some new people who also have wonderful stories to tell around the campfire.