Back with a Creative Writing Sprint – I’m Entering NaNoWriMo 2018

September 8, 2018 | 9:48 pm | Journal: NaNoWriMo, updates

Note: I’m going to update this post at the end of November with what I’ve managed to achieve for NaNoWriMo 2018. I can’t wait!

After a long time struggling to continue working on my novels, I decided to enter NaNoWriMo again.

The main reason is that I’m determined to get at least one novel done, so instead of starting a brand new novel, I’m going to write further 50,000 words to what I have already produced over the past years.

(Even if I’m not going to reach the 50k milestone to win the contest, I would have still finished my novel, right?)

Now though—which novel should I get my hands on?

My first thought goes to Per Me, Perle Bianche (tr. White Pearls for Me) a novel in Italian I started writing when I was still in middle school and just turned thirteen.

I’ve been working on this novel on and off for twenty years. It’s time to get it its well-deserved “The End” on the last page, isn’t it?

Completing this novel would be a life achievement to me, one that I’ve been dreaming of for years but never had enough mental energy to put into practice.

It would be awesome to do it on the novel draft 20th anniversary!

The second option is to start a brand new novel that answers this “what if?” question:

What would happen if a writer who started a novel died suddenly and it were up to their characters to complete it instead?

The thought of writing this story is a huge temptation and I already itch to start putting pen to paper (or typed words to screen, but I’d rather write on paper first—my novel drafts almost always start on paper!).

It’s going to be interesting… and if I feel a little crazy enough, I could work on both the above mentioned novels simultaneously.

Why not? If my mind collaborates, I could devote NaNoWriMo 2018 to the “what if?” plot and work on my old novel along.

NaNoWriMo 2018 – here I come!

I look forward to it.

I’ve missed the feeling of excitement from having to work on a creative drafts day after day.

Sure, I have to be careful not to wind up with a mental overload (being an HSP is no fun) and I’m going to take “days off” the challenge if I need to (whether I manage to catch up or not) but that will not take away from putting in my most honest effort.

Wish me luck—on either count (the old novel or the new “what if?” story).

Are you going to enter NaNoWriMo 2018?

Email me to for some writer-to-writer talk or to become NaNo buddies! Also, use my email to leave a comment on this post: I will happily publish it manually below if you so desire.


Humble Jobs For A Story’s Protagonist? Yes, Absolutely!

February 21, 2013 | 7:11 am | Journal: on writing, updates

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What if a character of mine worked for a service like Maid to Please?

I’m sure you know what I mean.

Humble jobs. Yet jobs filled with love and passion for what people do.

One of my newest fictional characters, Reina Pater, works for a house-cleaning service. Only for some time in her story, but yes, she does. And it doesn’t make her a cybernetic Cinderella.

The cleaning job actually teaches her to be more human-like. She learns what it means to be a human being with all the hopes, sacrifices and dreams involved. She grows as a character and as a person.

In the past, I used to give my protagonists big jobs. They’re important persons in my stories, aren’t them? So why not giving them important jobs, too?

But I was so wrong!

Nothing makes a character more approachable, credible and close to the reader than a character who embraces humility in his or her life. Then s/he can grow out of it, but the first part of a story should show some sacrifice on the protagonist’s behalf.

Try it. Then let me know what your readers think. (You can always talk to me at

I’m sure they’re going to fall in love with your protagonist. 🙂


Aresha, My Unsuccessful NaNoWriMo for 2011

December 9, 2011 | 7:21 pm | Journal: fanfiction, NaNoWriMo, updates

UPDATED: August 31, 2018

This year my NaNoWriMo was not successful. Less than 20,000. I can’t complain, since the attempt gave me a new story to work on in my free time, but the fact I wasn’t able to work constantly left me with a sense of frustration in my chest.

The novel title is Aresha. I didn’t feel like updating this blog for the duration of the challenge – and I don’t wish to spoil the plot here anyway, but I can report what I wrote in my NaNoWriMo profile:

A 9-year old girl from another planet, Aresha, retained mentally-ill and confined into a hospital for life, finds herself lost on Earth for a weird destiny’s trick. The contact with a completely different species and culture, on which she only had a superficial knowledge, will open a breach in her lonely heart while her family tries to ‘save’ her from unknown dangers.

The novel was written entirely in Italian this time and, when I finish it, I don’t plan to publish it in English, unless I opt for self-publication.

You understand that, in the former case, it’d be up to the Italian publisher to choose whether to allow an English version or not.

Other (Literary, But More Personal) News

I gave one of my (Lou’s, actually) imaginary daughters – Asha ( – a new pair of eyeglasses for her 16th birthday.

Asha is a Gansanian teenager (an alien species I created for my The Berter Family stories) who is an orphan living on a foreign planet when Lou adopts her.

In my fictional family, Jack Par and Lou chose to adopt this girl because nobody cared about her.

I had her wear eyeglasses after I fell in love with Zenni‘s designs (sponsored mention, but the inspiration was not sponsored!) and I wanted one of my family characters wear them.

More writing-related updates coming before Christmas.