I can’t believe it’s already IWSG day, when I haven’t managed to return all the comments from the previous one yet. I’m so sorry. I know I keep saying this, but please bear with me. I promise to be better in the New Year. Now, how, I don’t know, but I’ll figure something out. Perhaps I can pre-write a bunch of posts during the Christmas break. Alex Cavanaugh, how the heck do you do it?
With National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and a lot of teaching, marking, and course development, this has been another crazy month. I have some exciting news, though. Farpoint Films’ Cruise Ship Killers, the true crime docudrama I was the on-air writer expert for, has been sold! The European rights were sold to A+E UK, which will broadcast the show all over the UK, Europe, and the Middle East. A North American deal is sure to follow.
I’m so thrilled that this means I can finally show the trailer to you:
Isn’t it awesome? I’m so proud to have been a part of this show.
With the sale came this new development. Talk about uncharted territory–my very first IMDb listing!
The other bright spot in an extremely tiring month came at the very end. For the seventh year in a row, I “won” NaNaWriMo. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the challenge, it means I wrote fifty thousand words during the month. Some of those words were really hard to come by, but at least I’ve made real progress on Mask of Ghosts, the fifth book in the GhostWriters series. How did everyone else do? Congratulations to all winners and participants.
Today’s optional IWSG question is an interesting one. How would you describe your future writer self and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream?
The sad, or at least bittersweet, thing is that I was living the dream not so long ago. But worries about money and nightmares about having to return to an office led me to take on teaching work–too much teaching work. Once again, my “side gig” has taken over. Don’t get me wrong–I love teaching, but next year I’ll need to figure out a way to cut back. I have publishers and an agent with expectations, probably that I’ll write a heck of a lot more than I accomplished this year.
As much as I love teaching, sometimes I long for the days when I could just focus on the writing. When, on a blustery day, I could write in bed with my kitties snuggled around me. Hopefully I achieve a better balance next year.
How have things been with you? Participated in NaNo? How you’d do? Was it helpful?
The purpose of the Insecure Writers’ Support Group is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. To see a full list of IWSG authors, click here.