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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My Super Duper Top Secret Writing Project REVEALED

IMG_20131211_205004I have been tormenting some of you for a while now over my super duper top secret writing project since NaNoWriMo. I can finally reveal what I've been working on.

So... when I decided to do NaNoWriMo, I was in an interesting situation. I always do NaNoWriMo. And, because I feel like it's sort of a rebellious thing, I always try to write a weird book completely outside of my comfort zone that I don't entirely intend to publish but secretly hope it will become a bestseller. So far, no secret hope come true, but maybe someday, right?

This year, I entered NaNo season after talking with my 13 year old about books and how it was hard to find a book for her to read. So, being the slightly insane woman I am, I decided to take on the challenge for NaNo. Yes, friends, my secret book was a Young Adult. Let's be clear here- the book was solely written with my daughter's tastes in mind. Which means a ton of stuff blows up, there's a dragon, the heroine can totally kick anyone's butt, and there's a nod to her favorite character from TV. This also means that I have no idea if there's a market for it, or if it's even wise for me to try to sell a YA at this point in my career, so this book may never see the light of day. And I am perfectly okay with that.

I decided that this book would be my daughter's Christmas present. I wrote it, and I'll be honest, I LOVE THIS BOOK!! Which probably means it's total crap, but I don't care. Did I mention I blew up a ton of cool stuff in it? I also decided that I was going to keep this a secret and make it a surprise, which was REALLY hard to do because I REALLY loved writing this book. And I was REALLY excited to see what my daughter thought.

And then, sometime in December, as I was patting myself on the back for being THE BEST MOM EVER, I had a horrible realization. I had another child who would be really hurt if I didn't write HER a book for Christmas. Thus turning me into the worst mom who ever walked the planet and would cause my child years of heartache and therapy to get over the fact that I clearly liked her sister better because I wrote her sister a book and not her. Crap. So I wrote ANOTHER book.

Yes, friends, once my big December work project was finished, I wrote another book. For my 9 year old princess. I call it, "Mommy needs her head examined." Fortunately, I could get away with writing a shorter book with a less complex plot. I think this would fall into the middle grade category, except that I may have pushed that line a bit. But hey, the point is, I wrote a book for my other kid, and finished it on Christmas Eve at 11:54 p.m., which means that I SAVED Christmas. Or at least I saved myself from the guilt trip I would have been given for the rest of my life for writing a book for one kid and not the other.

Sadly, the second book is not as good as the first. I am not in love with it. It is, after all, a rough draft, but this kid, bless her little heart, is yet old enough to understand. She just thinks that having mommy write her a book is the coolest thing ever, and that her mommy is awesome. Yay me.

The kids opened their presents, and were not as excited as I hoped they'd be. But they were still happy, and Cowgirl, who was sick, spent the day reading my book. She finished it already and liked it. She did not say it was THE BEST BOOK EVER, which makes me sad. Clearly my children do not think I am as brilliant as I think I am. Oh, wait. No kid thinks that of their mom, so we're still good.

So there you have it. My Super Duper Top Secret Writing Project. Two books in less than two months. One that was totally awesome (as far as I am concerned), and one that was not so much (but the recipient thinks it is).

Which means I'm taking a tiny little writing vacation until I hear back from my editors. Or not. Maybe I should write a book for my dog next...


mary mackereth said...

That's great you have given them a gift that they can pass on to their children and grand children a family treasure so the generations can remember you!

Diane Marie Shaw said...

Danica you are incredible. What a super project to take on. Someday those girls are going to be saying you are the best writer ever, even if you are their mom. I can imagine your excitement as you wrote, your audience clearly in mind, putting all her favorite things into ONE book. You go girl.
I didn't finish NaNo this year, first time in six years that I didn't make the goal, oh well, that doesn't make me a failure, but you wrote two books in 60 days, you are the queen of writing. I want to grow up to be like you.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas holiday. I miss seeing you.

Colette said...

How cool is this? How cool are YOU? You are the best mom! And yes, you saved Christmas, absolutely. But I have to ask--is there a HORSE in the story? A very smart and beautiful and fast horse? Just askin'--for obvious reasons.
But seriously, Danica, this is great. You inspire me as I am in the midst of massive revisions on my Book #2.

DanicaFavorite said...

I hadn't thought of that! Thanks.

DanicaFavorite said...

Aw, thanks Diane. Your NaNoWriMo was busy this year. And don't grow up to be like me. You don't want that level of crazy. :) I miss seeing you too!

DanicaFavorite said...

Aw, thanks Colette! Good luck to you on your revisions. Sadly, no horse. But there is a dragon. And stuff blows up. Which is just as good as a horse. Actually, better, in my opinion, since that means there is no poop. :)

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