About dayya

I write fantasy, science fiction and romance. I'm also a vampirophile--a mere indication of my overall tendency toward the dark side, and a cat lover. When I'm not writing, I'm reading everything and anything that catches my attention, or becoming way too fascinated with horror films, um, with vampires especially.

writing cruise

St. Maarten

Last October I signed my first book contract, a collaboration with two other writers. To kickoff the project, in March, we went on a ten-day writing cruise to the Caribbean, my first time visiting that part of the world. I loved it!

We sailed out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, March 3, on a lovely Saturday on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas and arrived at St. Maarten three days later. I usually take river cruises with Viking. This was my first time on an ocean cruise and I was anxious about it–the ocean scares me; all that water and not a stick of land in sight, not to mention I’ve had a lifetime of ocean nightmares, but on a city-size cruise ship, you forget you’re on the ocean. I took a break from the writing and left the ship to snap a few photos. Didn’t take a water taxi to the town though, we were only there for a couple hours.

More to come…

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january

January, the month of two faces, one looking to the future, one looking back to the past. To the ancient Romans, this month is of beginnings and endings, a duality of promise and what has gone before. For me, it’s a continuation of my writing life, a double strand of the past and the future.

My projects for the first quarter:

Project #1: I’ve returned to writing the fantasy novel that’s been knocking about in my head for a long time, A Lamentation of Swans, poor thing has spent several years in the dark of a bin under my desk while I dithered between fear of pulling it out and starting over and guilt for not having written it yet. I’m 9,900 words in and both of us are smiling.

Project #2: Errors of Choice, my 2017 NaNo novel, is finally feeling the heat of the editing lamp. It was Project #1 for the first quarter, but I moved it down a slot. I’ve edited 41 pages so far, or roughly 10,000 words of the 50,000.

Project #3: Can’t say anything about that right now, but it’s exciting news!

Meanwhile, this month, I watched three good horror films, Hereditary (occult horror, the ending appalled me, but I thought it top-notch horror the way horror used to be), The Kovak Box, (psychic terror horror) and Annihilation (science fiction horror; liked it very much).

Happy writing!

Day 30

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Winning NANO is a kick to the creative ego, but it’s such an ordeal! Really I’m not stressing myself out in November next year, going to take a break. I’m sure I’ll be writing, but not under the NANO gun. The last few days I let the words spill on the page as haphazardly as they came, doing my best to hold back the perfection demon, the brain freeze, and the sinking despair that strikes when you feel like you’re writing crap and you know you are. How are you going to fix it and will you ever and is it even fixable?

NANO isn’t about getting the novel perfectly written; it’s about getting it written in any way that gets the novel done in 50,000 words (or more)! I’m happy to have written a good draft–yes it’s a crazy quilt of scenes, but I made it to a satisfying end. I thought I’d be writing right up to midnight today. The manuscript has great potential (as does every manuscript, I think). Was going to take December off, but not. Going to dive into editing and revising A Fall of Diamonds while it’s still smoking. I’d like to have the edits and revisions completed by 3/31/2019.

Happy writing!

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Day 28

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48,057 words. images I’m so relieved! Wrote the final scene today, but I’m not finished yet of course. I just couldn’t wait for it any longer and had to get it down! Frost struck last night, the grass was white-tipped this morning, but the brain and the fingers didn’t feel its bite.  I woke up with the final scene on my mind, made a large cup of coffee, wrapped myself in my robe, and settled in my office. I tappity-tapped tapped 2,987 words to the final line of dialogue spoken by the heroine. It could be the last line in the story, and it might be when I revise, but I’ve got 1,943 more words to write (at least) to ring the winner’s bell–so one more scene! Yippety!

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Day 26 and Day 27

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45,070 words. Tough going yesterday, but I finally finished that difficult scene I started writing three days ago. Last night I wrote 5 pages and finished the scene. It clocks in at 4,721 words–a chapter, I think; it encompasses a unified sequence. Today I wrote 2,005 words and finished another scene.

Outside it’s bright, sunny, and cold. Three more days. Three scenes to go.

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