I know, right? WHEEEE!!! I’m so excited that the folks who believed in Life in the ’Cosm have also agreed to take on The Stealth Lovers, which is the origin story of Xax and Viv.
We learned from ’Cosm that these two warriors were also known as a formidable duo called The Stealth, but how did it all begin for them? Why were they Dragal legends? What was their life like years before they landed on Cinneh? I mean, who the hay were Commanders Xaxall Dwyer Knightly and Vivoxx Nathan Tirowen anyway? (Other than flippin’ awesome!)
What’s so cool for me is that I wrote the first words for this book in October 2017. And now, one year later, the manuscript has been accepted. What a great manuscriptversary present!
A huge vat of thanks goes to Renaissance’s Acquisition Committee. I’m so grateful to you for choosing my story. (I kept whispering, “Pick me, pick me!”)
I’m really looking forward to working with Renaissance again. They really are an amazing team who makes their authors feel so involved in the process. I can’t wait to collaborate on the cover design with Nathan! We’re already discussing it!
In the meantime, I’ll keep you updated on the progress of where the book is at. Stay tuned, folks!
While you’re waiting for TSL, you can read Life in the ’Cosm first, if you like!
And many thanks to all the fans of Xax and Viv who got really excited to hear their story would be told. You people fueled me to complete the book. Readers are the best!
Wow. This is really happening.
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. Her latest WIP, 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.)
Okay, I have been converted. As one who once staunchly objected to NaNoWriMo, I get it now. It’s a really good motivator. At least for me.
I was in such a rut last year with personal stuff and couldn’t get out of my own head. All I could manage were short stories. The sequel to my first book was left by the wayside. Against all my internal protests, I decided to try NaNoWriMo 2017, my first ever, with the notion of writing a new project—the prequel to Life in the ’Cosm, called The Stealth Lovers. I knew I’d outline it like a series of short stories. I figured, What the heck? Let’s see what I can manage writing every day. I’d never really tried writing every day before because of my disability, so I decided to break the 50,000 word goal into small chunks. Never did I imagine I’d write that much in a month, anyway. This would just be a test.
I ended up with over 50K in the manuscript. What the actual [censored]?!
Huh. Whaddaya know? NaNoWriMo kickstarted me out the funk. And I had a start to a novel that I fell in love with.
Then real life came back and it was time to edit other authors’ books for several months. I found myself with less time to work on The Stealth Lovers, so I scheduled a two-month break for April and May 2018. My goal was to finish the first draft of my novel. I swear to you, I didn’t realize April was Camp NaNoWriMo. Had no clue! But it was, and I liked how I could set my own word count this time. I chose 25,000 words, feeling this is what I needed to complete the draft. And whaddaya know? I went very slightly over and the first draft is done! Will take the month of May to nurse what I’ve written so I can send a better version to beta readers before I go into intense self-editing.
So, yeah. That happened. Now I can’t object to NaNoWriMo anymore!
Why was I so against it for years? I reckon it was because of how I’d seen writers lament that they’d failed when they didn’t achieve the 50,000 words. One person was upset they’d only written 30,000 words. I was like: Um, dude. You wrote 30K. That’s amazing. It just so happened that I’d been exposed to people with really negative views or experiences of the thing. I felt turned right off.
But when I approached it, I did so as a Spoonie. I wanted to see if I could manage a 1670 daily word count last November. I also knew because of my chronic pain, I would treat myself as winning just for the attempt. Whatever amount of words I’d write, I would congratulate myself for it. I also stopped reading everything about NaNoWriMo and went by the beat of my own drum kit. By knowing my own body and not sprinting, I actually did the thing!
Now I have a novel. I’m pretty excited about it and can’t wait to get it polished enough for my beta readers. I’ve chosen a good bunch of people, too. This is where the real fun begins!
It also helps that my publisher is looking forward to publishing it, too!
Anyway, I still stand by what I say about NaNoWriMo—don’t think you’ve ever failed by trying your best. This event was invented so that people could spark themselves into writing—period. If you use it as a tool and not let it be your oppressor, you might find that it can help you meet writing goals, or make you fall in love with writing again. I’m kind of grateful I tried it.
But if it’s not for you, don’t force it. There are many ways to skin a cat.
You know, I’ve never understood that expression. I’ve also never known anyone who skinned cats. And really, would there be more than one way? Idioms are weird.
Well, whaddaya know? I said I wouldn’t do NaNoWriMo again (after I’d completed my first in 2017 and actually hit the 50,000 word goal), but guess what? I’m baaaack!
It just happens that I am on a two-month break from my freelance editing day job. I needed time to regroup and refresh, but also to finish The Stealth Lovers, which is the prequel to Life in the ’Cosm. April is Camp NaNoWriMo month for 2018. Who knew?! I figured, What the hay? I’ll write in April and clean it up in May!
The thing I like better about Camp NaNoWriMo is I get to set my own word-count limit. I reckon I’ll need about 25,000 words to finish the book. So, each day I sit down to write my daily quota, then close the laptop. That’s how I did it in November. Seems to work for me.
Wouldn’t it be funny if this book started with NaNoWriMo and ended with Camp NaNoWriMo? I mean, sure, it’ll have to be edited and beta-read and so on, but I think that would be a hoot.
WARNING: Spoilery stuff, if you’ve not read Life in the ’Cosm!
I’m currently crafting Part 3 of the novel. The Stealth Lovers reads like a collection of stories—gathered by author Virj Ofreesin—about the military adventures of Xaxall Dwyer Knightly and Vivoxx Tirowen, a Draga couple known as TheStealth. It’s been a total blast to write so far. I’ve already got some words tossed into most of the chapters for Part 3, but others are blank. It’s fun to see what I’m doing with one of the blank chapters. All it had was a title! Ah, the adventure of sculpting a manuscript.
Anyway, follow me on Twitter or in my Facebook group to see how I’m doing. Say hi, too! I’m shockingly friendly.
Cheers to all the Campers out there! Good luck arranging the alphabet this month!