Nanowrimo spotlight: M.L. Millard on Nano Light

October 14, 2016

Good morning everybody! I have a familiar face coming back for our first spotlight interview of the season: M.L. Millard, who was also in the spotlight back in 2014.┬áM.L. is participating in Nano for the fifth time this year, and this time she’s a rebel… Welcome back, M.L!

What are you writing about this year?
This year littlefootI’m finishing my Littlefoot series. Well, really part three of one book. I put the first part on Kindle, but when I’m finished with this last part I’ll put them all together on CreateSpace. I loved writing part one so much, but now I feel like I’m having to force it. I hope it’s funny anyway! Littlefoot finds herself in all kinds of mixed up fairy tale situations. In part one she was a Rapunzel with normal-length hair, a Cinderella who didn’t want to go to the ball, and more. Part three involves Jack and Jill, Camelot, and a Grimm’s fairy tale that you probably haven’t heard of but would give away my ending if you looked it up. I’m a rebel this year, only aiming for about 12,000. But I really want to finish Littlefoot!

Where are your backup files, and why?
Funny you should ask. Did you have the same Windows problem I had earlier in the year? I lost everything. Luckily I had emailed myself my fiction, but I lost, among other things, my Littlefoot Part Three notes and my list of which agents and publishers I’d already sent queries to for two of my non nano books. I really need to get one of those automatic backup plans.
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My latest book (sort of.)

July 13, 2011

I picked up some mail at my Mom’s condo yesterday, deliveries that had come while I was off in Kansas. One of them was a package from Createspace!

It’s always great to see my own words printed and bound like this, and I’m very thankful that National Novel Writing Month and Createspace have worked out their little deal. Read the rest of this entry »


A rewrite too big for June

June 14, 2011

Createspace, an on-demand publishing website owned by Amazon, is one of the big corporate sponsors of National Novel Writing Month. For the past few years, they’ve run a promotion whereby all recognized winners of the 100-page Nanowrimo challenge get a coupon code free for one free printed ‘proof book’, including shipping.

I’ve gotten two of my manuscripts printed out for free with Createspace, and it’s really cool to see my own words professionally bound and all that. I’ve been planning for what to do with the coupon code I got with last year’s Nano win, and I was planning to do a quick rewrite of my 2009 Nano-manuscript, “Won’t somebody think of the children?” and send it off before the June 30th deadline.

There’s just one problem with that. As I get into ‘Children’, I get the sense that I won’t be at all satisfied with a quick rewrite. There’s some great material in the current draft, but also one big problem that keeps coming up, and it’s an old problem for writers.

My main character, Tom, is telling the readers about a lot of stuff that’s happened. I’m not showing the reader enough. (I told you it was an old problem.)

So, after thinking about this a bit, I don’t think I’m going to send in anything ‘Children’-related for Createspace this year. I’m leaning towards putting together a collection of shorter fiction.

It’s a bit disappointing that I won’t have ‘Children’ in proof copy this summer, but that’s probably better than getting a printed bound copy that I look at and think “This isn’t nearly as good as what I did with it next” or worse, “This isn’t nearly as good as what I want to do with it.”


Progress update, June week 1

June 7, 2011

So yeah, I figure it’s time for another post about how I’m doing with my writing goals lately:

  • The rewrite of ‘Harry and Mars’ is going pretty well – I’ve got up to about three thousand words, starting from scratch, and it’s addressing a lot of the issues from the last critiques I got. On the other hand, I’ve only got 1 more week to polish up both stories and send them in to my Kansas peeps.
  • Preparations for going to Kansas are also doing well – I’ve gotten a lot of the logistical arrangements made, including shipping off a box of linens so that I don’t need to pack them into a suitcase to take on the plane, and I’ve started to get to know the other students on the class forum.
  • I’m a little behind on the draft of “Won’t somebody think of the Children?” for the free Createspace proof – I’ve got one chapter done out of six, and I have that annoying feeling that I wasn’t paying 100% attention for the last few pages. Well, I’ll be able to get something sent off I’m sure, and if it’s not perfect then it’s not.
  • I’m back on the Nanopubye forum and getting to know some of the regulars there.
  • Posted a few more entries into my fanfic tracker, and realized that I really need to be working on that from the desktop tower, because that’s where all of my old fanfic chapters are stored, not necessarily on the laptops.
  • About half a chapter written for my Roswell/Pern crossover.
  • And I’ve been doing a LOT of blogosphere work lately, first making the rounds to try to get some votes on my next in-depth review series, (Prisoner of Azkaban still in the lead by two votes!) and visiting everybody who participated in the Fun and Games blogfest. I’m sorry that I couldn’t comment on everybody’s, but if you were on that linky list, I did come and take a look!

So that’s what I’ve been up to. How about you?


May goals update! Much accomplished!

May 31, 2011

So, checking in on my list of creative to-do items for May, I feel like I’ve really done very well:

  • Finished all three fanfic chapters I wanted to write. The new installment of “Un-brotherly love’ is a little shorter than I had planned, but it came to a good chapter break point.
  • I added four titles to my master fanfic tracker spreadsheet, which was enough to figure out that it wasn’t all that hard.
  • I submitted four stories for magazine publication!
  • I’ve finished reading and critiquing a novel manuscript from critters.org
  • I’ve visited a lot of cool blogs.
  • I had a great time with the Storywonk workshop, and posted all of the ‘homework assignments’ on the private forum.
  • I’ve completed tracking spreadsheets for all of the critters comments I got for ‘The Landing’ and ‘Harry and Mars’

This, in addition to other cool but unplanned stuff like getting into the CSSF workshop, and getting the air conditioner repaired.

I’ve started on the list of June goals to accomplish, as follows:

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