Between NaNoWriMo sending kinda weird, spammy emails and begging letters, and my own lack of focus to dive into all-in novel drafting craziness, I haven’t done much with it in the last few years. I might try writing a bit more during one of its events throughout the year.
Today I deleted my account.
They sent an email today freaking out about the leaked SCOTUS overruling of Roe vs Wade. They’ve had some woke this and that show up in their messages over the years, but man, today was different. They’re freaking out because their precious
abortion hEaLtHCaRe “rights” are at risk? Just quit pretending you’re nice and admit you’re part of a death cult. I’m taking my novels elsewhere.
No more NaNo events for me.
I joined so many years ago, it’s a weird way to end it for sure.
Maybe I should’ve noted down which of my earlier projects went with what year, but I know my first NaNo was in 2007, and for a few years I made progress using it to draft novels and get through some growing phases as a writer (the stories were absolutely terrible in writing quality). Through Time, Sudden Dawn…I think one of those was also called As the Sun Sets.
2007 was about a princess named Belshanaz, and it was fairly important for Thren because it’s where I started developing the Smathic kingdoms.
2008 was Through Time and about Kitallia’s adventures…and me studying meteorology and stuffing it into every part of the story possible. It was sort of the ending of her adventures and reclaiming her kingdom. And one of the only stories I actually finished enough to be called a proper story (the other is the Deathmatch Tournament).
Now I’m not sure if Sudden Dawn and As the Sun Sets were one story or two different stories in two different years. I’ve lost some of my old story files over the years given computer changes, and sometimes flat out got rid of stuff. Tristan appeared for the first time in one of these (I think in whichever was in 2010), and while he is a vitally important character and it’s good to remember his origin…it’s also good to delete it because BADLY WRITTEN!
I think it went 2009: As the Sun Sets and then 2010: Sudden Dawn with Tristan, and the next year I rewrote it as The White Tower. His story morphed tremendously over the years! I may have won both or just Sudden Dawn
After that I didn’t manage much from 2012 onwards. I had some success in 2017 when I drafted Spectra 1, or The Desolation of Kaldoa, and I got some good writing friends before then, but NaNo energy pretty much faded after that.
And now I see that’s just as well.
What’s ironic is several of my stories were about fighting a Satanic cult, that was always part of Tristan’s story. And what is abortion worship if not a demonic death cult? It’s too bad such evil didn’t stay fictional. Young me would never have thought things would turn out this badly.