I have a really cool problem. I’ve got something that might distract me from writing each day for NaNoWriMo 2018—the Nothing Without Us anthology. It’s a project I’m co-editing with my BFF and sensitivity editor Talia C. Johnson. NWU, as we nicknamed it, is going to be a collection of short stories for and by authors who identify as disabled, Deaf, blind, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage chronic illness. (So stoked!) And it’s going to be published by the amazing Renaissance press! So, because we’re open for submissions until Dec 31, 2018, I might be reading a lot of stories in November.
I’m thinking I might write Life in Another ’Cosm: Jinny from the Blog in November, but perhaps in a NaNoLite fashion. That way, I can still enjoy story-crafting while I keep sharp for evaluating the short stories we get for NWU.
So, I really doubt 50,000 words will be my goal this year. Any word count will be welcome, really. I’m still gobsmacked that I completed my goals for NaNoWriMo2017 and CampNaNoWriMo2018, which resulted in The Stealth Lovers. (It’s gonna be published by Renaissance as well! WHEE!).
The more I think about it, the more a NaNoLite will probably be what I do—a chill method to promote a chill atmos.
Will keep you posted here and on the Twitter!
Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, a story about a little green guy who’s on a quest to save half the person he loves. Its prequel, The Stealth Lovers, is a military space opera about legendary warriors Xaxall Dwyer Knightly and Vivoxx Nathan Tirowen. When she’s not writing, Cait’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She’s also working with Renaissance and co-editor Talia C. Johnson on the Nothing Without Us anthology (call for submissions are ongoing until Dec 31, 2018.)