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October Writing Update

I wanted to post an update for my many friends and followers to let folks know what I’m up to… Or actually that would just be you… So hey, you. Thanks for checking in.

A couple of weeks ago I finished the third round of editing on my novel The Kwan Factor. This is a novel four years in the making. I got the original idea while attending the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, where the amazing Kelly Dwyer encouraged participants to plot a novel in this week-long workshop. My snarky ADHD narrator proved hard to tame, and it wasn’t until I took the brilliant Hugh Ferrer’s Clock and Camera workshop summer before last that I came up with an approach to manage her. So happy to say this book is done (for now). Many thanks to the friends and family that supported me during this journey.

I’m currently working on ideas for what to work for NaNoWriMo. For those not in the know, that’s National Novel Writing Month , the writing challenge where participants write 50,000 words for the month of November. I have a couple of partly finished novels I’ve considered revisiting for this challenge, but I’m also brainstorming for what would be a series. I’ve got a few weeks to make up my mind.

Stay tuned for further developments!

Karen

 

Positive thinking

Positive thinking is taking that moment when it’s its 3:45 am, and the dog is pacing in the hall and thinking:

Whee! I have lots of time to write today

instead of thinking

Shit. Another day: short of sleep, with only a tiny fragment of time to chase the dream, and then it’s off to work–then bills–then laundry–and the evening gauntlet of activities; only to be followed winter, and growing old, and finally death.

And then I remember: donuts!

If I can, you can

I interrupt this blog for an important announcement:

I won NaNoWriMo and met my goal, writing more than 50,000 words during the month of November.

I’m not here announcing this to brag, but rather to point out that if a whiny, crabby, overtired, complaining, uninspired, slacker-of-meager-talent such as myself can accomplish this, well then you. dear readers, can do anything.

Live the life you were meant to. You totally deserve it.

Oh, and if you’re in the states like me, have a Happy Thanksgiving. Be grateful and try not to think of the nasty injustice the pilgrims brought upon the native peoples of this land. Cause turkey smells goooooood.

Two updates, some publication news and one shocking fact

Update #1:  My novel The Kwan Factor is up to more than 27,000 words on NaNoWriMo.

Publication News: I’m proud to announce a short story/personal essay I wrote has been selected to appear on the University of Iowa’s Iowa Writes Daily Palette:  http://dp.uiowa.edu/index.php?artwork=3951

Update #2: My novel The Kwan Factor is up to 27,000 words today on NaNoWriMo. I know I said that, right? But I’m so flipping amazed at my progress that it bears repeating.

The shocking tidbit: I don’t hate it! My story, I mean. Astonishing as it is, I think I may actually finish this draft and have somewhere to go with it.

Happy November 12th.

I am not the Ashley Madison hacker

To set the record straight:

Yes, it’s true that I’m a computer programmer—but that in no way makes me a hacker. And yes, it’s true that my novel HitList is about a hacker who stole the user database of a disreputable website of nefarious purpose. And yes, after the hacking, the website users’ secrets were unleashed, and much chaos did ensue. But no no no no, I did not hack the Ashley Madison website.  

Look—I saw how it turned out in HitList. I know better.

HitList by K. Rawson

HitList by K. Rawson available on Amazon