Turtle Island

Since Aliens and Cowboys is finally coming to an end (I think?) I’ve just been struggling with writing the ending. I know what I want the ending to do, I’m just having troubles putting it into the proper words.

I do still have my block distraction project, which is The Runes of Elsewhere, but even that series is at a bit of a crossroad in my mind. So I’ve been brainstorming about new story ideas.

I’ve already got a Christmas story planned for next NaNoWriMo, so I’m thinking the logical choice would be to actually write Turtle Island… the first decent story I ever wrote. Unfortunately it was back when there wasn’t computers, so it’s lost forever.

Since I still know the premise behind the story, I’ve been doing some plot development and I think it would make for a nice stand-alone story and I can easily turn it into a sort of origin story for the Aliens and Cowboys series as it’ll take place about 20 years prior to the events in The Cowboy and the Aliens.

I won’t even start to write this until Aliens and Cowboys is finished, then it will become my block distraction project for The Runes of Elsewhere.

Creative Writing Class

To further my writing (and maybe figure out what the hell I’m doing) I enrolled myself in Creative Writing Level 1 and Level 2 through Mount Royal University’s Continuing Education program. Level 1 started in October and ran into December, then Level 2 started in January and just ended.

For the program we needed to define our Work In Progress for the class. Aliens & Cowboys was too far along to use for the class as there’s far too much history for anyone new to understand, so I decided to use my block distraction project, The Runes of Elsewhere for the course.

I got a lot of good feedback on my writing and have already made numerous changes to what was originally released to my patrons.

NaNoWriMo 2022

After the success of Witches and Werewolves that I wrote for the NaNoWriMo 2021 contest, I’ve decided maybe I’ll try it once again, only this time I’ll have the characters and plot sorted out beforehand.

I’ve also decided that I’m going to make it a Christmas story and it’s going to tie into my Runes of Elsewhere series, which I will continue to write once I complete Aliens and Cowboys.

I still haven’t decided on a name for this story yet, I was thinking something about Elf on the Shelf, but everything about that is copyrighted to the n-th degree.

In the simplest summary, an elf helping Santa on his Christmas Eve deliveries gets betrayed and stranded on a farm without communication or magic. It’s her mission to try and return to the North Pole, find out who betrayed her and try to get justice for doing her wrong. Anyone got any ideas for a title?

NaNoWriMo 2021

Witches & Werewolves is a story I wrote during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). It was more or less just to prove to my creative writing class that I could do it. It was definitely difficult to meet the 50,000 words in 30 days target, but I managed to do it.

Most writers that participate in NaNoWriMo do all their plotting and planning in the months leading up to November, they even have sessions to help with this process… but not me!

I happened to watch a movie with my daughters on Halloween day when one of them asked, “What would happen if the werewolf only turned human on the full moon?”

Good question! It got me thinking and I don’t think a reverse werewolf story like this has been written before. So after thinking about it until November 5, I decided I had enough ideas to write a story.

I joined NaNoWriMo, almost a week late, and STILL managed to hit the target… albeit around 11:30pm on November 30th (50,320 words!)! Then December and January were editing and revisions and today the book is available.

It was a fun little story and is already popular on SOL. Check it out!