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This picture has nothing to do with anything in this post. I just thought it was the cutest frog I’ve ever seen in my life. ^^

Let’s talk a bit about Novel #14 – How Deep Is My Darkness
I want to take this opportunity to officially welcome it to the conveyor belt that will take it to my Completed Stories file folder when it’s all polished and done and shiny. (Two this year!! Say what?! *picture the Sanderson Sisters right now…brewing up a batch of suck – pun intended – that is SO me right now with my story, complete with maniacal laughter)

A lot of good things have happened while working on this. I finally figured out what genre 90% of my stories would be filed under. Yeah, I know. Back in the day, when people asked me what I wrote, I would just say what it was about. Then when I started querying, I called it fantasy. And it is. But fantasy is BROAD! Like, so much. However, I was never able to get more specific than that without throwing out redundant things like, paranormal fantasy, supernatural fantasy, blah, blah, blah. But this time, I was determined to find a dress that fit. And that dress is: contemporary fantasy. I know, like so simple, right?

I looked over my metaphysical blanket of stories and (excluding untitled novelette numero one) if it wasn’t contemporary fantasy, it was urban fantasy, and if it wasn’t urban fantasy, it was a paranormal/horror blend, and if it wasn’t that, outside of my high concept pseudo-portal fantasy, I had (drumroll) historical fantasy. That’s right, I wrote historical fantasy back in the day. Well, I tried. It was…okay. I loved it, but I really didn’t know what I was doing. I couldn’t get it to read authentic. It was like a modern day story got stuck in the past and then had to stay there because the time machine (what time machine!) dumped it there. But I have resources now that I didn’t have back ten years ago, and I never let that stop me from trying to sneak it in my writing here and there anyway. 🙂

I feel like I really got back into my element with this story. ^^ And I’m getting back to my horror roots a little bit as well. ^^ Not that I have broad horror tastes (like no The Exorcist or The Conjuring kind of horror), but I LOVE certain kinds of horror (Anne Rice, Secret Window, Scream, R.L. Stine, Chucky, anyone?), and it seems I can handle it best if I write it myself. I read and wrote a LOT of that type of horror story back in my younger days. I still have one of those stories, tucked safely away in a drawer where no one can see it. It got passed around my entire sixth grade class behind my back. No one understood my title (The Tale of the Yin Yang), but even my arch-enemy had to admit she liked it (and I later had to tell her I liked one of her stories, I still remember it, too — the only nice things we ever said to each other….memories. Lol!)

Anywho, How Deep Is My Darkness* features curses, gypsies, a gargoyle, new love, betrayal, turmoil, & lots and lots of secrets. ^^ And I’m not just celebrating it’s awesomeness. With this story, I’m now officially 50/50 for vampire & sans vampire novels!! two stepping This time last year I would have told you it was impossible for me to write a good, solid story without a vampire or three showing up. I’m so glad I kept trying anyway. (Like, why would I listen to myself? I’m so pessimistic.) So this is very exciting for me. (Discoveries! ^^) I’m determined for this story to see the light of day. And why not? This is what I’m good at. I love it. It’s me. It’s awesome. And it’s easily the best non-vampire book I’ve ever written. And speaking of, I can’t blame any rejections that may fall upon this on vampire fatigue. So…this should be fun. Lol!

And now that I know what genres my stories fall under, it took me all of two weeks to categorize my NaNo project. I spent two months flipping back and forth on this one, so that was fast for me.

Yeah, this hasn’t been such a bad year after all. ^^

Put a title change in the pipeline, but nothing came out. Lol!


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