Edits, NaNo, and New Orleans

So some good news – I finally finished editing Pikes Peak yesterday! Woo-hoo! It got steadily more difficult toward the end there, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to finish it this weekend or not. I’m still not 100% happy with some of the dialogue, and I may have a few tiny plot-holes that need filling, but I think it’s ready for my first round of RL readers to take a look. Working on compiling it and formatting it properly before I begin printing it.

I also have decided that I’m going to start working on the sequel for this year’s NaNoWriMo, and if you’d like to friend me my username is lenaf007. It’s tentatively titled Smoke and Witchcraft and will be centered in New Orleans and the nearby swampland. I’ve got a basic plot premise in mind, but I ‘m going to want to get the details of the city itself down pat to make sure I portray it accurately. I know it’s a supernatural fantasy story, and it doesn’t have to be perfect, but I really do try to make it seem like it could have occurred during that time period.

Mostly my research is going to focus on the brothels of the area, and the seedier side of the city. If anyone has any websites or resources they recommend to brush up my knowledge on the 1800s New Orleans lifestyle, I’d greatly appreciate it.

For now I’m basking in the glow of a novel that’s passed my first round of rigorous edits. Here are a few other ideas I had for my NaNo novel, but I’m shelving them for another time:

  • Under My Dad’s Cape – Life isn’t always perfect being the daughter of the city’s beloved superhero. In fact, sometimes it can be downright cruddy. Meredith Sumner tells how her father’s heroic activities have left her by the wayside, and how she thinks he should be using his powers for more important matters than killing giant lizards. Kind of a political commentary on society.
  • Mr. Cloom’s Garden – Shaleigh has been growing more and more frustrated with her life. She spends more time on her various electronic devices instead of talking to her Dad because he’s too busy with his academic career. Ever since her mom left them when she was young, Shaleigh’s father just hasn’t been the same. On top of that, her only friend at school has started ignoring her, and Shaleigh doesn’t understand why. If only she was the fairy princess her parents wanted her to be when she was young, maybe she’d be happier. Turns into an “other world” fantasy novel.

Anyway I’ve been getting a ton of ideas for books lately. If only I had the time to write all of them!

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