I'm what people like to call a professional student. I've been in university for what feels like forever, though it's really closer to 9 years. I'm doing my Masters in Human Development, and finding a balance between writing a thesis and writing a novel is HARD.
Although I didn't win NaNo in 2011, I did something more important (in my opinion): I finished my very first complete novel draft! After years of starting project after project, I finally finished something, and it felt amazing. I haven't gone back to it yet, but I will.
These projects that I've started, year after year, have been of all types. I've apparently dabbled in almost every major genre, but I don't know if I've found the right one for me yet. I've had a bunch of characters cavorting around my brain lately, from two separate projects. Although I've done some extensive planning for one of them, I think I'll be working on the other. It's weird how that works out sometimes. It's just this character who won't let go of my imagination. I'll be sitting there doing something, and random facts about him pop up in my head. This character, in case you're curious, will be at the centre of a Steampunk novel. His name is William Poff, and he is a butler. I don't know many of the details of the plot yet, but Poff's relationship with the young daughter of the family is crystal clear in my mind. She loves to press his buttons, and tries to find the most ridiculous nicknames for him that she can. Her current favourite is "Poffikins" which drives him up the wall, though he would never show it. She's spunky and ridiculous, but far more intelligent than most people give her credit for. I'm thinking she'll have a side-kick kind of role in the greater mystery, whenever I figure out what that might be.
*EDIT: I've found my plot, and it can be found in the novel section of my profile. Bethany is now the main character, and Poff is her side-kick. Weird how that happens sometimes...*
I've loved my experience as an ML so far, and expect to keep loving it. My co-ML (PiscesMuse) definitely adds to the awesomeness of the MLing experience, and I look forward to working with her for a long time to come. If you have any questions about Sudbury NaNo events or anything, feel free to contact either of us.
- Municipal Liaison
- Sudbury, Ontario
- Sports, reading (obviously!), movies, theatre (attending, not acting), jewellery making (particularly earrings), knitting, sewing, podcasting, and procrastinating on my thesis.
- Favorite noveling music:
- When I write, I listen to instumental music - words always distract me... I can't help singing along! lol. I listen to all kinds of instrumental music, from classical, to tribal, to meditation music (whooshing wave noises and all), depending on which style suits the current story I'm working on.
- Favorite books or authors:
- Anything by Kelley Armstrong, The Neanderthal Parallax (series), Harry Potter (all of them), The Chrysalids, Cue for Treason, Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, She Walks on Stardust, Jennifer Rardin's Jaz Parks series, Anne Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy, Lilith Saintcrow's Dante Valentine series, Jean Auel's Earth's Children series, C.E. Murphy's House of Cards series, Michelle Rowen's Immortality Bites series, and so many others that it would take me forever to list them., Jasper Fforde, Karen Chance, Kelley Armstrong, Jean M. Auel, Catherine Coulter, Robert Sawyer, Margaret Atwood, Kate Elliot, J.K. Rowling, Anne Bishop, Lilith Saintcrow, Michelle Rowen, Richelle Mead... and a ton more.