A Long Overdue Writing Update & Two Exciting Announcements

good morning, cyberspace!

I can’t believe that this is the last post of September. This month has absolutely flown by, and now that I’m sitting at the end of it, I couldn’t tell you where on earth all the time went. The Silmaril Awards have been happening–and if you haven’t managed to check out the Awards Ceremonies yet, I highly encourage you to do so!–and I think I got so swept up in the thrill and excitement of the Silms that I might have forgotten to reveal some very exciting news that happened back in August. (tbh, I might have already told you all about this, but I can’t find a single trace of it anywhere on the blog, so please forgive my cornflake of a brain cell XD) So while I wanted to jump on in here and tell you all my exciting plans for October, I quickly realized that I wasn’t going to be able to do that until I patched up some untold information in regards to my current WIP, Project Goblin.

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So! Last we talked, I believe I was telling y’all about my grandiose plans to try and enter Project Sunset (or SK) into Pitch Wars this year. That, as we all probably could have predicted, did not happen. Of course there was some slight disappointment in regards to this, but all in all, I’m actually not all that sad about it. I knew September was going to be a giant chunk of a month regardless of whether I participated in Pitch Wars or not, and after about the first week of September, I realized that Pitch Wars just wasn’t gonna happen. One month wasn’t near enough time for me to redraft an entire novel–at least not to a point where I was proud of it and willing to let potential mentors look at it–so I decided to drop the idea of Pitch Wars before it could consume me and swathe September in a blanket of anxiety and dread. (and between you and me, it was one of the best decisions I made all month)

But all of this talk and dreaming of Project Sunset begs a very obvious question: what happened to Project Goblin? Astute readers of my blog, followers of my Instagram, and listeners of my everyday life will know that Project Goblin has been my WIP for the past 6 months or so. It’s been one wild adventure after another with that book ever since its birth in 2018, but after some careful consideration, I have decided to no longer work on that book for the time being.

Because I finished its first draft back in August.

Yep! You read that correctly! Project Goblin is no longer just a thought, but a messy, chaotic, plot-holey mess on my hard drive! The characters are a little warped, the setting is a little deprived, and the overall story arc resembles more of a limp noodle than an arc, but my goodness it’s finished! At least, the really sloppy first draft is finished, and that is obviously the hardest part.

I feel like I might have mentioned the fact that I finished this book somewhere in a blog post a month or so ago, but for the life of me I can’t remember saying it. So I’m saying it now! Project Goblin’s first draft is over and done with, and after a much-needed month-long novel hiatus (in which I read good books and essentially just stared at a wall in contemplation for four hours a day), it is my greatest pleasure to announce that I’m back to drafting and ready to dive in to another project!

Which is perfect timing, if I do say so myself, because–*another announcement incoming!*–I’M PARTICIPATING IN NANOWRIMO THIS YEAR!

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Except I’m not participating in the traditional sense of the word. In fact, one might even say that I’m rebelling entirely. But I’m definitely going to be working on a book during the month of November, which obviously means that I’m a perfectly reliable Wrimo, and no one can tell me otherwise… *brandishes pitchfork menacingly*

Ahem. Anyway. Now that I’ve clarified where I’m at with Project Goblin and have announced my rather sketchy participation in NaNoWriMo, you might be wondering… what AM I working on during the month of November? And this, my friend, is a very solid question–and also one that I’m more than happy to announce!

The book that I’ll be working on for NaNoWriMo this year is none other than Project Sunset! (a.k.a SK. a.k.a. oh my word I need to stick to a name for this book already) Despite the fact that I wasn’t able to enter it into Pitch Wars, I still very much want to have a solid second draft of this book done by the end of 2021. It would make this slightly terrifying year feel slightly more productive than it currently does, and also… I’m just so beyond ready for people to be able to read this book already. I know there’s still so much left to do before it’s reader-ready, but a second draft would be one more step closer to that final goal, and that alone makes me excited and inspired to dive in and do the hard work necessary to accomplish that.

However, since NaNoWriMo is still a month away, and technically I’m not QUITE ready to start revising this novel yet, I’ve decided that one more exciting thing should happen between now and November. Something a little bit bloggerly, but also a little bit writerly. And what is this Thing, you might find yourself wondering? What exciting diversions do I have in store for all my NaNoWriMo peeps during the month of October? Well……..

*drumroll please*

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PREPTOBER 2021: The Beginning

For anyone in the NaNoWriMo-sphere, you already know what Preptober is. For those of you who maybe aren’t quite as familiar with this hobgoblin of a writing event, allow me to explain!

Preptober is, essentially, a month long event in which hopeful Wrimos spend the 31 days of October prepping their novels–and themselves–for the 30 days of intense, grueling writing which is to be done during National Novel Writing Month (November). Typically, I don’t do Preptober. I usually pin down what book I want to write somewhere between October 20th and Halloween (#procrastinationftw), do some very minimal prep-work, and then wipe my hands of the mess and call it good. XD But THIS year, since I’m revising a novel and–hopefully–coming out on the other side with a partly revised second draft, I decided to do things a little bit differently! This year, I’m gonna be going all out with my Preptober planning, and you guys get to come along for the ride!

I recently did some polls over on my Instagram page asking for y’all’s opinions on some of the topics I wanted to cover this month, and you guys absolutely delivered! Currently I have 5 posts in the works which cover everything from my re-outlining process, to what’s inside my NaNoWriMo Rebel Survival Kit (a yearly staple at this point XD), to the mentality behind writing. It’s going to be an intense month of writing and prep and all of the delicious creativity, and I am 100% here for it.

All in all, October is going to be packed with writing and work and Halloween and two of my favorite humans’ birthdays, and I’m so excited for all of it. Autumn is the time of year where I truly thrive, and with NaNoWriMo just on the horizon, I sense beautiful magical wonderful things on the way! So thank you all for sticking around and putting up with my slightly chaotic posting schedule as of late. It hasn’t been as consistent as I’d like, but I’ve been managing to get something posted every week, and in this crazy season of life I’m in, I consider that a pretty big win! So here’s to October and all of the craziness it throws our way! Let the Spooky Season officially commence!!!

*maniacal cackling in the distance*

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talk to me, peasants!

are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? if yes, what project are you working on? are you sharing it on the cyberwebs, or are you keeping it private until it’s finished? if no, what sorts of beautiful wonderful magical things are you doing during October? let’s talk about ALL OF THE AUTUMN things down in the comments below, my friends! And as always, until next time…

* flings cookies in the air and disappears *


18 thoughts on “A Long Overdue Writing Update & Two Exciting Announcements

  1. CONGRATS ON FINISHING PROJECT GOBLIN’S FIRST DRAFT!!! *throws confetti* *blows party horn* *hands you cake* Seriously, Kenzie, that is SO impressive, amazing job!!

    I’m really excited to see your Preptober posts, too! I’m not doing NaNo this year *I don’t think* because #school, but Idk…you might change my mind. (Also, I don’t have anything to work on, but that’s a different story. XD)

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    • MEEP! Thank you SO much, Samantha!!! I’m so so happy that the first draft is done! It’s both a relief and a celebration. 😂

      Oooooh! Well, I certainly hope that if I don’t manage to change your mind, I’m still able to inspire you to find plot bunnies! I’m definitely not sure if this NaNoWriMo will be a success for me or not, but I’m eager to try! (And more than likely fail, lol!)


  2. OH MY GOODNESS. OH MY GOODNESS. ALL THE CONGRATS OF EVER ON FINISHING PROJECT GOBLIN. KENZIE. THAT IS THE MOST EXCITING THIIIING. There is just NOTHING like finishing a draft, and I know you’ve been working so incredibly hard on this one. I’m just– AAAAHHHHH! I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU. *throws confetti and cake and cookies and glitter* GO, KENZIE!

    I’m also so completely thrilled to hear the next phase for Project Sunset is in the works. Because YES PLEASE. We need ALL the Kenzie brilliance! But I AM proud of you for deciding to not push yourself past the limit and enter Pitch Wars. I know it’s so hard stepping back from things, but it’s completely admirable and IMPORTANT to give our stories the time they deserve. So you go, girl! <3 There will be other Pitch Wars in the future. There is no rush. Giving your story the time it deserves to be the best it can be is THE most important thing.

    AND YOU'RE DOING NANO YASSSS!!! It's gonna be such a wild month and I am HERE FOR IT. I absolutely cannot waaait to see all the goodness you'll be sharing for preptober. YESSSHH. WE NEEDS IT, PRECIOUSSS.

    I was already looking forward to October and November, but this makes me even MORE ecstatic! Here's to two fabulous months of creative insanity! WOOT.


    • MEEP! Thank you SO much, Christine! I’m honestly so shook that the first draft of this book is done! It’s been four years in the making, and I just….how. How is it finished. (at least, the first draft is finished. XD) I’m so excited to dive back into it, but I’m forcing myself to wait! I know the second draft will be much better for it. XD

      Eep, thank you SO MUCH for saying this!!! Honestly, I’ve been struggling a little bit with not being able to participate in Pitch Wars, but I know that waiting it out is going to help this book be everything that I know it can be. It’s still hard when I have to give up on my plans–however unstructurally sound they may have been XD–but I know that this decision was made with both my and my book’s best interest at heart, and that’s all that matters currently.

      Oh my goodness, I am SO excited to participate in Pitch Wars with you!!! These next two months are going to be INCREDIBLE, and I cannot wait to see what it has in store for us!!!!! <333


  3. Yeah girl!!! Congratulations on finishing the first draft of Project Goblin! I’m so happy for you! 🎉🍪

    I’m so excited to see your preptober posts!

    I don’t know if I’ll be doing NaNo this year, if I do, it’ll be to finish my WIP. I’ve set it aside for the moment to work on plotting and character development (and Pinterest boards). But I can’t wait to pick it back up.

    I’ll be doing Fictober next month, though. I did it last year, and it was a ton of fun.

    Anyways, best of luck with Project Sunset!!! That book looks so good, and I wish you the best!!

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    • EEP! Thank you!!!!! I’m SO excited for the first draft to be done! And also a little sad? Lol, it’s a weird feeling, not gonna lie. XD

      YES!!! Definitely don’t feel pressured to join if you aren’t ready, but if around November you feel like you’re ready to finish that manuscript, definitely let me know!! I’m so excited for the crazy 30 days of writing ahead! It’s going to be INCREDIBLE!! (and I’d love to have you along for the ride!!!)

      OOOH. What is Fictober?? I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of this before??

      MEEP! Thank you so so much! I’m so excited to be able to share more about this story with you guys in the (hopefully) not so distant future! It’s going to be a blast!

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      • Yay! I will definitely let you know if I do NaNo! I’m leaning towards yes, so…

        Fictober is awesomeness. It’s a list of 31 prompts, and because it’s the month of Halloween, I try to add a few spooky/eerie/weird elements into the writings. It’s also a great excuse to play with characters outside of the WIP, toy with sequels and plot bunnies, and just write. Here’s the link: https://fictober-event.tumblr.com/

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        • YES!!! Lean towards yes!!! It is the happiest place to be!!! *offers you pens and pretty notebooks as bribes*

          Oh my goodness! Thank you! I’ll definitely have to check this out… This month is far too crazy for me to try and participate, but NEXT year….. Mwahahahahaha… *goes and peruses list even though I know I won’t have time to participate*

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  4. I TOTALLY thought you were quitting Project Goblin and I was like “noooooo” but then YOU FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT. CONGRATS!!!!!

    I have to say I’m PUMPED for your pretober posts….I’ve started prepping and like I have so many vibes for this story and so little plot *cries but knows I did it to myself by picking this story to write*

    Autumn is THE season to thrive in. I swear ever since Sept 22 I’ve been so inspired to write ALL the things (never enough time). It’s been kinda warm here which is annoying but the mornings are cold and right now it’s dark and rainy so I’ll take that.

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    • Lol! No, I could NEVER give up on that crazy mess of a novel! It’s stolen my heart completely! MEEP! Thank you! I’m so excited to edit it up and get it to a place where I feel it’s ready for people to read it!

      Oh my goodness! That makes me so happy to hear! I’ve been having so much fun writing them, so I genuinely hope their as fun to read as they are to write! *cries with you because even though I’ve outlined my story what is plot???*

      YESSS! I think Autumn is the time of all creatives. It’s awesome. XD And UGH, it’s been weirdly warm here lately as well. I am NOT here for it. XD But I’m loving the colors, and there has been some dark, rainy days, so that’s been pretty pleasant!

      Thank you so much for all of your kind comments, Bernadette! I truly appreciate your support and kindness! <333

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  5. AHHHHH, KENZIE, CONGRATULATIONS ON FINISHING PROJECT GOBLIN! *all the celebratory cookies* That is AMAZING, and I am so happy for you!! <3 I hope that Preptober and NaNo are absolutely wonderful for you!

    Ahhhh, autumn is here and I am LOVING it. By far my favorite season. <3

    I'm unofficially participating in Preptober, just trying to figure out some sort of plan for my book before November, and I think I'm going to do at least one Preptober post, too, to keep me accountable. =) And then I'm going to do the King's Daughter's Writing Camp in November to try and get some good writing done (which I am SO EXCITED for!). Although I love my story so much, I've been procrastinating writing for so long, so hopefully this gives me the kick I need to stay motivated and WRITE!

    CONGRATULATIONS again, and I hope you have an absolutely magical, blessed autumn!!

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    • Meep! Thank you SO much, Amelie!!! *glomps cookies happily* I’m SO excited for NaNo! It’s going to be crazy, but I’m so excited about the book I’m working on and the outline I have… It’s going to be incredible!

      EEP! I’m so happy you’re writing this November!!! I cannot WAIT to see what amazing things you create!! (and I cannot wait to read your Preptober post! I’m obsessed with them right now, and I need more to read. XD) Oh goodness, I totally understand the procrastination! I’ve been doing much of the same, but it’s mostly that I haven’t had TIME to write, so I guess I’m hoping that in November I’ll be able to just….have more time? (lol, I know this isn’t going to happen but like…a girl can dream, right? XD)

      Oh my goodness, same to you, my friend!!!! I’m so excited to write with you in November! Let’s make this the best writing season yet! <333

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