It truly astounds me that I am saying this so quickly, but it appears that we are nearly halfway through November. And, perhaps more to the point: also halfway through National Novel Writing Month!
I have mentioned this in passing one or a few times, but I think it is prudent for me to give you an Official Introduction - capitalisation included - to the piece that has stolen my waking hours and transformed me into a sleep-deprived zombie over the past couple of weeks.
(A short aside: as some of you may have heard tell, this is not the only NaNo project I am embarking upon this month - but the other is still a seed at the moment, and so I will save it to share with you when it has bloomed more fully.)
My main project, Fragments of Aurora, you may recognise from the 777 Challenge of a few months past. At the time I was about 15,000 words in, but since then I have actually torn apart much of the fundamental basis of where I thought I was going with this piece. (As you do.)
I began November with about 5,000 salvageable words, and my goal by the end of NaNo is to write The End. To be quite honest, I'm not entirely sure where the exact word count of that will turn out; at the moment it is looking to be somewhere between a longish short story and a novella, but I suppose we will see, won't we?
On the story itself: Fragments of Aurora is certainly not my first voyage into fairytale retellings, but it is, I think, the one that has most captured my imagination to date. The image of a wolf plays a large part in the story, and in doing research, I have been endlessly captivated by the vast and diverse stories that surround them. Wolves, in so many cultures, tend to be as much coveted as gods as they are denounced as demons; though they are at times shrouded in darkness, they are just as often messengers of light.
It makes for an infinitely fascinating paradox, and I have had such fun exploring the stories behind wolves and incorporating them into the original Sleeping Beauty fairytale. Though I admit I'd never imagined writing this sort of story at the start, I am really quite proud of the way it is shaping up.
Also, a surprise for you lovelies: I will be sharing more behind-the-scenes story work as well as an excerpt from Aurora in the Shadows of Cats newsletter this weekend! I must say, I am so very excited to share it with you; I think it will be a lovely way to kick off the first newsletter. (And, in case you missed it, you can click here to sign up for the mailing list.)
I'll be sharing more updates with you lovelies as November goes on - for now, I am sleepless but still alive, which is always a comforting thing. ;)
Please feel free to sound off about your own NaNo projects in the comments! It is my first time embarking upon this mad whirlwind, so if veteran NaNo-ers have tips, I am all ears. Or: if you are somewhat struggling to stay afloat this month, I am happy to commiserate + offer virtual cheesecake.
Do let me know how NaNo is going for you so far. I can't wait to hear about it. xx