2020 Writing Update

It’s New Year’s Eve. The end of a stressful and heartbreaking year. Everyone’s lives have changed so much in the last 12 months, that it’s hard not to look back and genuinely hope that 2021 will be better.

I write this at the beginning of yet another shutdown. No doom-scrolling this time. I’m quite over that, and lack of money aside, I’m enjoying this one. It’s given me a chance to work on my NaNo2020 project – EVA AND SKYE’S MAGICAL HAIR SOLUTION. I didn’t finish it by the end of November, which was a given considering I work retail and the holiday shopping season ramps up during that month, so I’m taking this time now to work on it daily. I’ve set a personal goal of writing two-thousand words per day, and so far I’ve kept to that goal with only one day off. This story has come together better than I had expected. I’m at forty-thousand words of the fifty-thousand word goal, that will be extended to seventy-five. Mind you, this is still the first draft so there may be some deep edits coming.

My zombie-plague novel SURVIVAL RULES was rejected from Nightfire. It happens. I’ve set it aside for now. Not really sure what I want to do with it, but at least it’s done. I may have to change the name too. There is a writer at another indie publishing house who has a zombie series with almost the same title (she has the word RULES in her title), and she’s done the same thing that I wanted to do as well; have RULES in the title of each of her books. Maybe something new will come to me.

I haven’t touched either of my ghost stories DOWN FINNEGAN’S HOLLOW or THE POSSESSION OF MERCY MOREAU. Right now I’m focused on Eva and Skye and it’s completion.

Well that’s it for the end of this year. I am truly hoping 2021 will be so much better.

For those of you who subscribe to my newsletter, keep an eye out for a little something from me in the New Year; a post with a small excerpt from Eva and Skye. For those of you who don’t, if you’re so inclined, click HERE and it’ll take you to my web page and you can sign up from there.

Have a safe and happy New Year.

About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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