NaNoWriMo is less than 1 week away and after weeks of me saying, tweeting and even doing an interview on the fact that my NaNo project will be a "Glitter and Trauma" spin-off, I'm having a change of heart.
Today, while chilling in my favourite pub in the world, some metal track blaring over the sound system, I realised something. I freaking miss writing fantasy.
The day after I turned 16 (yes, I can be that specific), while helping my mum at a craft fair, I started writing a sprawling fantasy epic. It told the story of a hero, a fair maiden, an angst-ridden youth and an evil queen. Yes, I know it sounds shite, but it was my shite. It went on for near 300 pages and was written across 2 years. I was obsessed with it. The characters filled my every waking moment, and often my dreams. They possessed me and haunted me and whispered sweet, beautiful, terrifying things in my ears. I filled mixed CDs with an "Original Soundtrack" and listening to songs that inspired me, or provided cues for key scenes, or gave my characters a theme to live to. Fantasy art spilled from my printer before being glued into various scrapbooks and notepads. All in all, I loved this project.
Until life happened. University took over, I made friends, I got a new job, I suffered and survived. My real world dramatically altered and my fantasy world fell away. Horror took precedent in my reading, writing and cultural pastimes and fantasy...well, it became a dream world that I wasn't keen on going back to for a while.
It reached a point when I couldn't even bring myself to look at the chapters I had written. The characters seemed flat and stereotypical. Dialogue seemed clunky and pretentious and bloody stupid. The playlists got boring. My prose seemed so juvenile. The file with the so-called "final draft" was stored away in a folder and left on an old laptop, while the notepads I had once poured over were left at my parents' house while I moved out on my own.
5 years have passed since I last looked at this story and these characters. I've grown, I've changed, and my world has altered even more. And now, after being so sure that I wanted to continue down the dark fantasy/horror route, the idea just hit me today that I should go back to my roots.
So, while chomping down on some damn fine Cajun chicken and sipping on a Pepsi, my characters returned. They whispered in my ears again, promising that they can be better. I've read a lot more now, my writing skills have been honed over the years, and my iPod is bursting with songs, desperate to inspire me. This will not be a revisit to old material but, rather, a total rewrite. No original text. Just brand new prose with the same characters and general structure. This is a brand new project with old ideas. Once again, I am excited.
Therefore, I have decided that this NaNoWriMo, I am going back to the very beginning. I am awakening the "Heart of the Dragon".
Friday, 26 October 2012
Thursday, 11 October 2012
The talented Noree Cosper has decided to post her brand new book cover and blurb for her new novel "A Prescription for Delirium" here! Enjoy this exciting exclusive and check out Noree's stuff as soon as possible...by that I mean NOW!!!
A Prescription for Delirium
Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise. She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.
However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug which has a side effect of demonic possession. Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil's plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.
A Prescription for Delirium is released on December 1st, 2012.
Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world.
She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly.
Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote.
Be sure to check out her website for news on her works and tidbits of information
She also likes to ramble about things magical and supernatural on her blog Trip the Eclipse.