#NaNoWriMo is over

The busiest writing month of my entire life is over; what happens next?

Those of you who keep up with me on Facebook will know that I have successfully completed the National Novel Writing Month challenge.  It was hard, but thanks to a rather bare working schedule, it was easier for me than for most other people.

Now, of course, the question is: what do I do now?  Unfortunately, I have very little energy left to write new material for the website (which is why this week’s post is being uploaded on a Sunday).  I do have another DeLongue mystery, a novella of about thirty thousand words for which I am currently looking for a publisher.

As for the novel I have just finished, that will be left to ‘mature in the wood’, as an old writer used to say, laying his first draft in a desk drawer, to be looked at only after a number of weeks – or perhaps months.  Mine will be ‘maturing in the hard drive’, but the theory is much the same.

What’s it about?  It’s a fantasy story, set in a heavily-wooded area of the second discovered continent of Eormen.  It follows Yadiste – a violent and remorseless rogue, and a victim of childhood abuse – and his partner-in-crime Roheline, the woman with the plan.

Although Yadiste is more than happy to swing his hammers in any direction Roheline tells him to, blood-sprays and the wailing of maimed victims are not what this novel is about.  In this novel, I ask if it is ever truly possible to leave the past behind you.  I ask: what is the importance of doing the ‘right’ thing?  And is it actually worth it?

If you happen to be a publisher, or to know a publisher…sample chapters will be available from February.

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