It Is Finished… Not!

Christian Authors Sci-fi & Fantasy

Hey, there, friend! It’s a new month, and that means I have some new indie authors to share with you. This promotion features work by Christian authors. Sixteen different titles are available in the science fiction and fantasy genres.

The promotion begins December 1 and runs through December 31, 2022. But why wait until later? Strike while the iron is hot! Or… nab ‘em while the nabbing is good? However you want to phrase it, check out these free books before the year ends.

Two of my short stories are featured in this promotion: “Wyldling Hope” and “Traveler’s Song.” Both of them are set on Tehara and take place before the events of Wyldling Snare. But if you’ve already got your copies of my work, then I highly recommend checking out what the other authors have to offer. There are four covers in particular that caught my eye and I promptly downloaded. Free is a pretty hard price to beat, in my opinion.

In case you wanted a little more variety, the Clean Speculative Fiction free book promotion is still going on, as well! It runs until December 20th, 2022. There are fifteen titles available to download for free. Get them before they’re gone! 

I did a thing! I wrote over 50,000 words in a month!

NaNoWriMo: Results and Key Takeaways

You’re probably wondering if I met my goal. The answer is: yes, I earned that little Viking helmet! Somehow, I wrote fifty thousand words in thirty days. More than that, and in twenty-eight days, actually. My second goal, which is to finish Wyldling Trials, has not yet been met. I have until the end of this month–the end of this year–to complete the first draft. And I am very close to finishing. Perhaps even ninety percent of the way there. But my point is, I achieved my first goal. I accomplished this by making a plan to write every day and then sticking to it. I did not always meet the “daily par” of 1,667 words. Some days, I wrote more. Others, I wrote less. Aside from the “achieve daily par every day” award, I acquired all the NaNoWriMo badges.

Just look at them! Aren’t they cute?
I must say, the prospect of earning even a virtual award adds a little incentive.

So, this month I wrote… a lot. Is it wonderful content? Probably not. However, it’s easier to fix a page with words already on it than a blank page. And I need to keep a “first draft” mind-set until the manuscript is complete, or I will never finish it. Will I keep everything I wrote? Definitely not; right now, the manuscript is over 115,500 words–and it’s still not complete. That’s roughly 400 pages, in case you were wondering. Young adult fiction generally maxes out at 90,000 words and usually is shorter. They give you more leeway with fantasy because of worldbuilding, but I try to restrain myself. Otherwise, I would hog-wild on worldbuilding and explain how everything works. And that really isn’t necessary and often frowned upon. 

I managed to trim Wyldling Snare down to 90,000 words–or 350 pages–so I’m confident I can reduce Wyldling Trials to a similar word count. Most likely, it will be a longer book than Wyldling Snare. And that could be okay. I’ve never let the thickness of a book’s spine dissuade me from reading it and I’m sure there are plenty of people willing to read a longer novel if they’re already enjoying the story and are invested in the characters’ journeys.

What do you think? Are you a stickler for the genre recommended book lengths? Do you tend to prefer books in the 200 – 300 page range or, if the story engrosses you, are you okay with a 400-page novel? Let me know in the comments.

Don’t forget to check out those free Christian Sci-fi/fantasy books! In case you need the link, here it is again:

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