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So what’s going on with me this month?
Well, I’ve decided to be a NaNoWriMo Rebel. Once again I’ll be working on my urban fantasy WIP Hellsgate. Which I still haven’t found a new title for. Thought I’d go with Anaya Versus the Druid. Or Anaya and the Village of Paradise. Paradise Lost is another possible title contender. But then wouldn’t that bring to mind John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost? Then that led me to Anaya’s Revolt, Anaya’s Loss, Lost and Found and then it kind of went downhill from there. Sigh, don’t know why but I’m much better in naming my characters than coming up with titles. Any suggestions?
Also, to prep getting my WIP complete, rewritten, revised and ready I created a few pitches. Plus, thinking and writing up the pitches helped to focus more on getting to the heart of the story. Thinking of ridding the prologue and inserting it in the story as a flashback. And the item that gets my MC into trouble will become more of a plot point/storyline in the sequel.
Another thing going on with me this month is I’m still high over the National Book Festival. I watched John Grisham, Nic Stone, Juan Felipe Herrera, Walter Mosely and Alaya Dawson live. Walter Mosley even answered my question. I asked how he felt about BLM’s influence on the publishing industry. And how it led to creating hashtag #BVM (black voices matter) for authors of color on Twitter pitch parties. His response was that he likes seeing this consciousness and hoped that it wouldn’t wane. And when I asked Herrera how his interest in writing poetry began I learned that it was because of his mother. And as a son of a revolutionary he used to go around with his mother with a guitar and singing folk songs.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? If yes, let’s be buddies. What’s your NaNo novel about? What’s your favorite pitch? Take the poll. You can choose as many pitches that piqued your interest as you want when you vote. Have any suggestions for an alternative title for my urban fantasy? Did you attend the book festival? Which authors did you watch and chat with live?