NaNoWriMo 2015 update

Like hundreds of thousands of people around the globe, I’ve been taking part in National Novel Writing Month, during which I pledged to write 50,000 words of a new novel.  And I did it.


You may noticed the lack of exclamation point at the end of the previous sentence.  That’s because I’m too tired for excitement.

Also, my goal was never 50K — it was a completed novel.  I have over 60,000 words and counting.  Even better, I’ll finish Alien Contact for Heroines easily in a couple days, baring unforeseen circumstances.

  • You may wonder what comes next.  First off, I’ll reintroduce myself to my wife and family.
  • Next, I’ll let the first draft lie fallow until after New Year’s Day, at which time I’ll begin editing it.
  • After several rounds of editing, I’ll request a few Beta readers to give me their impressions and tell me what an idiot I was for forgetting the name of my heroine’s cat, etc.

But for now, I just wanted the validation of being validated.


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Read not one but two snippets from Alien Contact for Heroines.

Alien Contact for Heroines is book 4 (or maybe three, depending on how quickly publishers get back to me) in the Alien Contact for Idiots series — great science fiction with romance and humor!

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  1. Congratulations Mr V. I am sure said wife and family will be delighted!

    1. I certainly hope so, but now you’ve got me worried. What if they tell me to “Go write another book?”

      1. You will tell them if they aren’t nice they will end up as the villains in your next book ;-]

  2. Congratulations! I hit 50k yesterday and became a winner as well, and immediately needed a nap. 🙂 Of course, I still have another 100k or so to finish the book but I won’t think about that right now.

    1. I wrote 5177 yesterday, trying to finish. In the last few years, I’ve realized I greatly enjoy writing short: my last three were 40K, 62K, and (projected) 72K. One of your books is the equivalent of 2.5 of mine!

      1. I would very much like to write shorter. I feel like I just got all of my characters set up at 50k. 🙂

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