M’s NaNoWriMo 2015 Part 2/2

(Featured Image: My Art, Cover Draft for Salva Nos, Stella Maris, my DC/Marvel Fan Novel.)

So! Unexpected hiatus. Very unpleasant. Very hair-raising. Long, long story. Short version: forced to move in two weeks beginning of December and a very stressful New Year.

But that is not what you are here for. You are here for content. Content about writing.

And that is what I will give you.


I was plowing through words on November 29, just like one does the day before a paper is due… or is it the night before?

I finished NaNoWriMo 2015 with a total of 102,747 words. I completed the draft of Salva Nos, Stella Maris on December 8 with an additional 14,212 words, for an overall draft total of 116,959. Minus my notes and non-compliant prose, the total word count of the raw form of Salva Nos, Stella Maris is 98,530. I am pretty proud of this, suffice to say.


This GoogleDoc loads like molasses with this kind of count, but it gives one of my betas the chance to actually comment on my work from anywhere!

I attribute those crazy numbers to the fact that I didn’t think about my adverb usage, redundant turns of phrase, or any of my common “fluff” words. I just wrote like hell hounds were after me because I needed to get the story out on paper so it’d stop tearing me up inside. I wanted to prove to myself I could do it as long as I didn’t limit my language. And boy howdy did I prove that if I have a fire under me, I can do anything.

Even if I AM currently in Edit Hell:

I’m aiming to get it all polished for an April 4 release date, which is two years after the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out in the US. I’ve had a friend who has no basis in either applicable fandom read it and found the characters lovable and the prose entertaining, L read it and gave me feedback as a writer and as someone who is intimately familiar with the versions of the characters I wrote, and now another friend who knows MCU but not DCU and is working on comments to help me decide which threads to pursue. There are people I love and trust with my words– but also to be honest!– which is the most important part of finding intimate beta readers.

My last beta reader is not done with the draft– she’s incredibly busy, and I definitely don’t want to rush her!– so I am doing some basic work on grammar, spelling, and unnecessary words. It’s eye-opening to see my most common turns of phrase and my favorite adverbs… as well as how many instances I have of Steve Rogers finding hope for the first time all over again.

With this fan novel, I plan on cutting my teeth on learning the ins and outs of promotion, self-imposed deadlines, and other important aspects of self publishing. I have an original project in the works, and I want to do right by it when the time comes to throw it out there. And you get to be with me every step of the way. Aren’t you excited?

Thanks for your patience, everyone! We’re working our best for a blog buffer, as well as new rewards at our Patreon. All pledges are a FLAT FEE of $5/month. Check us out! There are already a few flash fiction stories up and some original art at current. I’ll be adding something about my current original project within the next week– just need to do some more head shots and some proper coloring when I find the time.

Take care, and let us know if you have any questions or suggestions! Feel free to follow me on my official twitter: ESSWrights!

Love, M


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