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NaNoWriMo 2016 turned into my worst one yet. I managed to write 254 words, then I just couldn’t seem to get anything else done. let’s look at the reasons.


I had very little privacy. I can’t write upstairs, because the TV is on, and I’m never alone in the room. I couldn’t write in the kitchen, because it was a high traffic area. And whenever I was able to go down there, it was only for a short time while my daughter was at school.


I worked more than usual this month. I had less private time at home. And if I had time at night, I was usually too tired to concentrate on writing.

Getting in the Zone

Because of the first two issues, I was unable to get into the zone. I couldn’t concentrate like I wanted to.

So, this was not a very good NaNoWriMo. But really, I prefer to write without the pressure. And if I can get my own space and be able to go in there at any time to write, that’ll allow me to relax and write like I want to.

How was your NaNoWriMo? Did you succeed? Let me know in the comments.

Authors Answer 107 – Our Works in Progress

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a bit more than half over, so it’s a good time to talk about what we’re writing. Some of us are participating in NaNoWriMo, but many of us have our hands full with other works in progress. This week, we talk about what we’re working on.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 107: What are you working on now? Any works in progress?

Beth Aman

I’m working on getting my high fantasy published, (I’m in the pits of query letters) and I’m about to start writing a contemporary about an extraordinary bookstore, which is for NaNoWriMo.

Jean Davis

We are just over halfway through NaNoWriMo and I have so many works in progress. I’m currently attempting to focus on finishing a YA sci-fi novel, along with book four of The Narvan, a couple short stories, and rewriting a silly fantasy novel from years ago that is in desperate need of a middle.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

I have several things going on at once right now because I have little-to-no focus. I’m editing Book One of “The Other World“, while writing the first draft of Book Two. I’m also writing a companion novel to “Nowhere to Hide” tentatively titled “Nowhere to Run“. Also I’m still working on my erotic shorts – under a pen name – and I had this idea for a compilation book that I’m keeping secret for now.

H. Anthe Davis

Currently I’m waiting on final beta feedback, final review and cover art for my 4th book, The Bloodied Army.  By the time you read this, I should also be busy writing the rough draft of the 5th book, which I think will be titled The Drowning Dark — but don’t take that as permanent, I’m still considering my options.

Eric Wood

While I don’t really have a work in progress, I do have several ideas on paper waiting for me to get to them. Fortunately, they’re waiting patiently. I think the story I have “in the works” that I like best though is one about a group of bats who lose their home to deforestation and find refuge in a library.

D. T. Nova

Still working on the one I’ve mentioned before. (Progress has slowed due to outside sources of stress and anxiety making “write every day” no longer remotely practical. At least one of the worst sources of that will be over by the time this answer is posted.)

Project Quintessence, when I finally get satisfied enough with it to publish, will be a young adult science fantasy novel. In a world much like ours, the laws of physics change when a young woman from a fantasy world arrives; and the first people she meets join her in creating and piloting a series of aether-powered mecha, in an attempt to have some influence over what else changes because of her presence.

Paul B. Spence

I actually have three works in progress: a sequel in my series, a split-off series, and a new book only sort of related.

C E Aylett

I’ve just started revising a project that started over a decade ago. I wrote out a messy first draft during several Nanowrimos but never went back to it for fear of not —as a novice writer — doing it justice. It’s a story set in London amid the rise of rave and ecstasy culture in club land:

Sixteen year old Stella needs a job and a place to live. She walked out of her parents’ house after a row with her dad. She’d rather starve than grovel and go back to that snidy twit and her alcoholic mother. Her friends’ parents think she’s a troublemaker and the only person who can help her is dreadlocked pot dealer Malo, who she is smitten with, but he’ll only let her stay at his squat if she agrees to pedal his wares.

Determined to find herself a decent job, quit the dealing and prove to her father he’s got her all wrong, Stella finds herself caught between a world whose opportunities for the young depend on what side of the tracks you roll along — preferably gold plated ones — and a dangerous criminal underworld that doesn’t want to relinquish its grip.

In a bid to save Malo from having his legs broken, she claims responsibility for his drug debts but flees to London to escape the dealers and possibility of imprisonment. Despite her best efforts to get her head down and on with her work, the capital is already flooded with MDMA and little pills of pleasure are literally a licence to print money. They even have dollar signs stamped on some of them!

In the midst of one of the biggest youth music movements of the twentieth century, Stella has one tough choice to make: stay on the straight and narrow with a job she hates, scratching around for pennies to pay off her debts, or cash in, ride the rave wave, doing what she loves best — partying — and maybe find true love along the way.

Now that my writing and editing skills are up to measure, I’m determined to tackle it and make it into the story I’ve always envisioned it to be. It still won’t leave me alone, so I know I have to see it through to the end. But it’s now become three books instead of one (the above is a rough synopsis of the whole three projects), which makes it a little easier to get my head around. Each will work as a standalone story but still with an overarching plot running through all three. There’s a lot of research to do, which is daunting. The story starts right at the end of the 1980s, before the internet really existed. It’s hard to find stuff online, especially when it comes to laws from back then. I’ve got a lot of criminal activity going on — obviously — and it needs to sound authentic and gritty, not caricature. But hey-ho, such is the writing life, eh?

Aside from my own novels, I’m also still working on my online classes at Skillshare. But that’s something I expect will be ongoing for many years. I love editing and teaching workshops as much as I enjoy writing my own stuff.

Linda G. Hill

There’s a loaded question. First, I started a NaNoWriMo project at the beginning of this month. With any luck it will be in the Literary genre when it’s finished. Second, I’m working on editing the first two books and writing the third of my, up to now, three part series, “The Great Dagmaru,” a Gothic paranormal romance, about a stage magician who is an incubus. Third, I’m working on a Gothic horror novel with a working title, “Gargoyle.” Fourth, I’m putting together a memoir about parenting my Deaf son as a hearing parent. The title of that will be, “Don’t Talk with your Hands Full.” Back to work!!

Gregory S. Close

This is depressing, because my works in progress haven’t changed in about 2 years.  I’m still trying to get my science fiction/fantasy novel GREYSPACE finished/launched (near miss with a publisher, huge miss with Kickstarter) and making slow progress on the sequel to IN SIEGE OF DAYLIGHT (the cheerily titled END OF DREAMS).

Cyrus Keith

My current work is tentatively titled “Hush Little Baby,” a contemporary adult urban fantasy about Otherkin and skin-walkers. My lead character is a psychotic homeless woman. It’s requiring more research, of course. Less particle physics, and more neurophysiology. When I take a bite, it’s a big one. 😉

Elizabeth Rhodes

I’m honestly having a hard time working on any one project right now. Jasper’s sequel is on the backburner, but I’m working on a few short stories at a few-paragraphs-at-a-time pace. I’m also waiting for responses from magazines about other stories I sent out.

Jay Dee Archer

NaNoWriMo gave me a great excuse to continue working on Journey to Ariadne, which is a web serial, not a novel. However, life got in the way (that is, work got busy) and I haven’t done much at all. The next two weeks are a lot freer for me, so I hope to at least salvage a 40% complete for NaNoWriMo. But we’ll see.

Journey to Ariadne is a prequel to my debut novel, which is tentatively titled Knights of Ariadne. In the prequel, a mission to send colonists to the planet Ariadne in the Beta Comae Berenices system has a few difficulties to get off the ground. Of course, they are successful, as the novel takes place on that world. In Knights of Ariadne, we explore the new world, following a group of children who were among the first born on the planet. The environment has had an unusual effect on their development, though. This science fiction novel has an element of fantasy, and is set to be the first installment of an entire series of novels.

I have a second work in progress about a terminally ill man who’s aiming to complete a simple bucket list: visit every planet in the Solar System before he dies. It’s a mix of hard sci-fi and thriller, and will be available as a series of novellas.

How about you?

If you’re an author, what are you working on? Let us know in the comments below. If you have further information, links would be welcome!

Awkward Newbies and Shoutouts! The Jay Dee Show 6

Another week has gone, which means it’s time for more videos! This past week has seen some fairly popular videos on my main channel. However, on my vlog channel, I got a little behind. Time to catch up!

First up is my main channel.  I discovered something called Authortube, so I did an Authortube Newbie Tag video.

Following that, I did my always popular Booktube Shoutouts video for the month. I imitated the Booktubers I talked about, too!

Having seen plenty of awkward newbies on Booktube, I decided to make a video about how to not be awkward. I put a lot of humour into it.

Continuing The Star Trek Project, I posted the next episode of Star Trek.

A Taste of Japan continued with a visit to the beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens. Definitely worth seeing this place.

And then I reviewed MoonRush, a book I wasn’t impressed with.

And finally, I talked about why I chose science fiction and fantasy to write in the video edition of Authors Answer.

Moving on to my vlog channel, I posted 5 videos in an attempt to catch up. I’m still a little behind, but slowly catching up.

In the first video of the week, I talked about NaNoWriMo, and how I was too tired to write.

And then my wife and I went to an amazing sushi restaurant. Some of the best sushi you can find in Edmonton.

A movie next summer has me very interested. And that’s Wonder Woman. I talked about it and the trailer.

I’m still feeling awkward in Canada. Many things still feel a bit strange, as if I still had reverse culture shock.

And finally, a vlog that covered three days and each day had different weather.

That’s all for this week. I’ll be working on catching up on my vlog channel. Also, I have some ideas for doing science videos on my vlog channel once a week. I’m looking forward to giving that a try!

Let me know which video you enjoyed the most in the comments.

Week in Review – November 6, 2016

The beginning of November can only mean one thing: NaNoWriMo. I started it. And that’s about all I can say. Progress hasn’t been there. So, let’s find out what else has been going on.


Surprisingly, I didn’t do much. I’m only at 27% in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin. I’ll try making more progress this week.


It’s NaNoWriMo! And I have written a grand total of 254 words. That’s all. I need to do better.


I’ve been tired a lot at night, so I haven’t done as many vlog videos. Therefore, I’m behind! On my main channel, I did 7 videos. On my vlog channel, I got 4 videos published. I’ll do better this week.


Nothing. Major revamp coming!


I’ve been slacking off! But I’ve been busy, too. I need to get back to French and Esperanto.

The Blog

I’ve done exactly 1 post per day. That’s what I’ve expected, although I’d hoped for more. But with how busy and tired I’ve been this past week, I couldn’t get much more done. I also need to get those reviews done!



The Next Week’s Goals

Write! Let’s get to work on NaNoWriMo. However, I’m working more hours this week, so I can’t say how much I will get done. Also, I need to do some reviews, and I have some very interesting videos going up that should have an interesting response.

How was your week?

NaNoWriMo Begins! The Jay Dee Show 5

NaNoWriMo is the biggest thing happening in the past week, even though I’ve hardly made a dent in it. But I talk about it a lot! On both channels. First up, let’s look at my week on my main channel.

First up, since October ended, I had my monthly Wrap Up video. I talked about the books I read in October.

And then, on the day before NaNoWriMo began, I made a video dedicated to the event.

November began, and I talked about the books I plan to read this month. I wonder if I can do it!

Getting a bit serious for a moment, I talked about what it’s like to live with psoriasis.

Returning to Japan for a day, I gave a tour of Enoshima Aquarium, which is a great place to see sea life.

Next, I talked about one of my favourite books, The Silmarillion.

Finally, I moved on to #18 of Authors Answer, talking about a book I’d love to rewrite the ending of.

Moving on to my vlog channel, a lot happened, from talking to Geography Now’s creator Paul Barbato to taking my daughter out trick or treating.

First up, I talked with Paul Barbato and discussed top destinations in 2017.

Then, I talked about Authors Answer 104, and how it became one of my most popular posts in a long time.

After a long day at work, I talked about how I definitely know I am an introvert.

And finally, I went trick or treating with my daughter. I also talked about NaNoWriMo.

That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoyed these videos. If you haven’t done so, please go and subscribe to these channels! You can subscribe directly on the videos, as well. If you have any comments, let me know! Which video did you enjoy the most?

NaNoWriMo 2016

Am I crazy? No, I’m just a guy trying to write a book. I’m going to be participating in NaNoWriMo this year!

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, where you have 30 days to write a 50,000 novel or at least 50,000 words toward a novel. It takes place from November 1st to 30th.

I’ve figured now that I live in a house where I can go somewhere quiet in the morning or late evening, I can do some writing. All I need to do is write at least 1,667 words per day, which is achievable. I’ve done it before, but not for 30 straight days.

I’ll be working on completing Journey to Ariadne, which may or may not be 50,000 words. If it’s less, I’ll start on the first Ariadne novel, or portions of it. It’s a natural continuation of Journey to Ariadne, as this web serial is a prequel to the main story.

I talked about this on my YouTube channel, as well. So, check that out below:

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Let me know in the comments below with your profile. You can go here to see my profile. Let’s be buddies!

Week in Review – October 30, 2016

It was a big week, and we had a really big post that resulted in a lot of views. I have some authors to thank for participating, including Mark Lawrence, Michael J. Sullivan, Django Wexler, and Andrew Rowe. More on that in a bit. So, what happened in the past week?


I’ve continued with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N. K. Jemisin, and I’m now 23% finished. Hopefully will be half done within the next couple days.


Nothing, but I will be talking about NaNoWriMo tomorrow. Look for that then.


I posted 6 videos on my main channel and 5 on my vlog channel. The biggest videos include the mail haul, which was actually a giveaway I won, as well as the return of A Taste of Japan with a big video about Enoshima. On the vlog side, I talked about the new end card feature on YouTube, which I absolutely love! You can watch these videos and more on yesterday’s digest post.


Nothing. Major revamp coming!


I’ve been slacking off! But I’ve been busy, too. I need to get back to French and Esperanto.

The Blog

The end of October means that another year of Authors Answer has finished! The second year finished with a big question and four big guest authors! As I mentioned before, Mark Lawrence, Michael J. Sullivan, Django Wexler, and Andrew Rowe provided answers, and it ended up being the most popular post of the months with 136 views so far. The third year is beginning this Friday.

Also, with my reduction to only one post a day, stats have gone down. However, I’m still going to make the 2,000 views I aim for. Not bad! But November is going to be an interesting test.



The Next Week’s Goals

With my announcement tomorrow about NaNoWriMo, there may be some interesting things happening on the blog and on YouTube. I have to figure out exactly what’s going to happen for the month.

Within the next day, I’m going to catch up on social media and comments, just in time for the end of the month.

How was your week?

Another Year, Another NaNoWriMo, But No Attempt

It’s that time of year soon, November. That means National Novel Writing Month! I’ve attempted it in the past, but have never completed it. This year, I’m not even going to try to attempt it.

Two years ago, I started it, but I stuck with it for only about a week. The reason I quit is because I couldn’t keep up with it while I had little free time with a young child at home.

A year ago, I started it, but I stuck with it for only a couple days. I basically made no attempt to even finish it. Why? Because of my daughter again. I just couldn’t find the time to do it.

This year, I’m not going to even join. I have even less time now because of both my daughter, who refuses to go to bed at a decent time, and because of our pending move to Canada. I can’t focus on it, really.

Next year, maybe. I might actually get to do it.

Anyone participating?

In the Zone, but Starting Writing Is the Problem

The A to Z Challenge has been a wonderful thing. In fact, I’ve gotten more writing done with this than I did with NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo. Actually, in the three Nanos and two Camp Nanos, I wrote less in all of those combined than I have in the A to Z Challenge.  I’d say it’s been a huge success, and it’s not finished.

You see, I’ve been able to write between 250 and 500 words in only fifteen minutes.  My latest ones have been over 400 words and take me a mere fifteen minutes to write. If I wrote for an hour, I could easily surpass the NaNoWriMo daily targets.

I’ve been finding that once I start writing, I just keep going and going without a pause.  I get in the zone.  The dialogue flows easily it appears. Maybe that’s my strong suit. It looks like I’ll have to write as much as I can of dialogue and whatever I can of narrative, then go back to edit more action in.

My big problem is getting started.  Before I start writing each part of the challenge, I sit there for fifteen or thirty minutes trying to just get the first word out.  I know what I want to write, but the procrastinator in me won’t let me start. But once I do, I have no problems finishing it.  I just need to get around that delayed start.

A NaNo November

I’m a little late at getting this up, but I have updated my official page with my November writing plans. Of course, it involves NaNoWriMo. Go on over and check out the post.

Jay Dee Archer

It’s November, and that means NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month.  Guess what I’ll be doing.

I’m participating in NaNoWriMo, though I’m not starting something new.  I’ll be using it as an opportunity to push myself to write Journey to Ariadne. I won’t finish it, though.  I have so many things going on.

However, this is what’s going to happen.  I won’t be sticking to any weekly goals, most likely.  Last month, I didn’t make any of my goals due to various reasons.  But there are some things I will do.

  1. I will post Part 3.  It’s been critiqued, and I have some editing to finish, but it’ll be done shortly.
  2. I will write Parts 4 and 5.  Hopefully more.  Instead of relying on my computer to write, I have been writing during my break at work.  I am making progress.

And that is November.  I won’t be doing any…

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