I have 4,555 words to go before I hit the 50,000-word mark.
It’s been a busy month, what with participating in NaNoWriMo, doing the prep work required to publish Realms Unreel on the Amazon Kindle store, and starting to develop a self-promotion plan for the book. So much of my brainpower is consumed with promotion planning right now that I expected my writing practice this month would suffer badly. Instead, the daily NaNo word count quota exercise has proved an unexpected boon, providing a slow but steady source of fuel to carry me through the potentially demoralizing process of learning how to hawk my wares on ebookstores (not to mention a huge amount of raw material to work with for potentially two different books). I’m sure there will be little victories on the promotion front, but I don’t expect them to be frequent, especially at the outset. Celebrating the 50,000-word milestone at the end of this month can be a stand-in for the 50,000-copies-sold milestone that will probably be a wee bit longer coming.
Although I tried to take a break from the Realms Unreel storyline this month, I found myself unable to resist using Tomo Yoshimoto as the protagonist for the NaNo novel. As a result, I inadvertently started writing a whole bunch of material that I now realize is great backstory for the next episode of Realms Unreel (called Bonds Endure). I’m getting started on Bonds Endure in December, so I’m excited about that. I don’t know if I’ll end up editing the NaNo material soon. I feel like I need to prioritize the follow-on volume to Realms Unreel.