God, I love that portmanteau. I mean, NaNoWriMo is good, but NaShoStoWriMo is just so fun to say! Say it with me! Come on!
Oh right. The point. Well, I'm making good progress on my short story while still focusing the majority of my attention on editing the novel. It's kind of hard to figure out when I need to focus on one or the other. I feel good in that this story connects into The Paladin, it gives a good little backstory for one of the characters in the novel. On the other hand, I'm looking at the word count for the novel and it's remaining stagnant.
It's funny. This is typically the month where you're trying to get more words, but right now my novel is still sitting at ...
142,221. Yeah, it's not great. But I suspect I should be able to make a big dent in that soon. I'm trying to combine a few chapters, but figuring out what should stay and what should go is tough.
But back on the short story front (#NaShoStoWriMo !) I'm making good gains. The characters are fleshing out with every paragraph, and the story has actually increased from the outline I had. I'm very pleased with it. So... I guess that averages out?
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.