Musings · When Darkness Falls


I always saw my current story as being one young woman’s journey. But this morning, when pondering the length of the manuscript (currently at 619 pages), it suddenly came to me that there are three journeys here. Alyssa, the heroine, does indeed grow into womanhood and love, and evolves into her magickal heritage. But the Dark Lord and his people embark on a journey too, from being isolated and insular to integrated with the city and its people. And the city itself evolves from its long history of uneasy balance between its human population and the Others, to blossoming as a place of peaceful coexistence and security.

Just early morning ramblings, as my Muse awakened me far too early to get to work on the manuscript. Simon Legree has nothing on my Muse!

This morning’s writing spot… hanging out with the bats in my Great Cavern. ’cause that’s pretty much my speed right now, ugh.


NaNoWriMo 2016 Winner!

November 27 at approximately 11:53 pm, I finished NaNo! Official word verification was 52,614 (or something like that! LOL!).

My NaNo project this year was “When  Darkness Falls,” a paranormal fantasy romance set deep in the middle eastern desert. Here’s the mini-synopsis I came up with for my NaNo page:

This is a paranormal romance set in a medieval middle eastern city deep in the desert. Ruled by a gracious, wise ruler, the humans dwell in uneasy peace with the vampires and demons who claim the lands as their ancestral homelands, ruled over by an ancient, powerful vampire. The shaky truce becomes strained when a young human woman arrives on a caravan from distant lands. Orphaned and alone, she seeks only to make a new life for herself. A life that quickly becomes complicated when she draws the attention of the Dark Lord himself.