Since my forced college break in 2013, I have kept writing. I created comics, wrote and self-published two books, and I still keep going.
In November 2015, I attempted NaNoWriMo, which is short for National Novel Writing Month, for my now self-published story Faeryland: The Defeat of the Troll King. NaNoWriMo's website says it "began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel." My story was a NaNoWriMo failure, but I still finished writing the book. It is an illustrated novella with over 80 drawings. I self-published it in 2020. It took five years.
I was on a roll in 2020 and was able to start and finish an even smaller book— Holiday Caticorn. Projects don't always follow the timelines I've set. Some projects just take longer than others. Projects can also come out of different classes like My Deer from my Screenwriting class or Mr. Miacca which I recreated in 2018 from my Storyboard class in 2012. I've also worked on other projects intermittently along the way including A Love Story in 2018. Projects I'm still working on include: Hot Air Balloons, Atlantis, A Pixie Fairytale, and The Mysterious Box.
Publishing has always been a dream of mine, but I wanted to learn more about it before I received yet another rejection letter. I had the opportunity in this final semester of college which I will write about in part 3.