|by Edgar Degas|
I met my goal of 15,000 words for my first attempt at a long(er) story and exceeded it: hitting 20,040 on 12/2. Now I begin the editing stage for "The Bare Things" and plan to have a finished version by the end of January 2018. I learned a great deal about writing and about myself during the #nanowrimo2017 experience. I wouldn't have done it without the challenge to Write a Novel in November and our online community of global writers. While 50,000 is the word count for the goal for a novel, I went for a more modest one, a long short story or novella--yet still a bit leap from my poetry and flash fiction genres.
While I develop the story in the next phase, I will keep learning and will let you all know when the story is completed and how to access it. My intent is to share it first with the few donors who supported NaNoWriMo and then with all who are interested in reading about Alicia and the other characters in the story. This includes Madame Celeste Bonne who was once a milliner as pictured in the painting above by Degas. She becomes a key ally to Alicia and her quest to leave Paris for a life in America.