NaNoWriMo Days 14 and 15: Update

Whidbey Island is a writer’s dream backdrop.

Most of yesterday was spent traveling and getting set-up in our rental, so I didn’t get much writing done on the 14th.

Today I woke up to this lovely view and wrote 2503 words. Over 200 of those words were the beginning of a prequel to my novella Tam Lin: A Modern, Queer Retelling. I start out with a bleaker beginning for Fergus and Aoife’s story. It’s bleak because I wanted to create a circumstance where a young man, who knew better, to chase a water horse (selkie).

The rough draft of Eastside Faerie is at 47, 604 words (23k words written during NaNo), and I’m pleased as punch with how the story is coming along.

I’m heading home to observe Governor Inslee’s mandated lockdown, but I’m happy that I had this weekend respite to bolster me through the next four weeks.

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Published by TJ Deschamps

Tammy loves to build worlds with words, exploring themes the effect of diaspora on the generations born elsewhere than their ancestors with the backdrop of tech or magic and dragons (sometimes both). These stories are inspired by her own family's immigrant experience. She's queer and many of her characters fall somewhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum (though that is not the focus of her work). She's married to an engineer who dances. Together they are raising three precocious teens in the Seattle suburbs. Two of her children are neurodiverse. Her experiences have taught her much about the world, its beauties and its injustices. All of this comes through in her fiction with a healthy dose of absurd humor.

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Days 14 and 15: Update

    1. I’m always working on multiple stories in various stages of completion. That’s how I put out a short story, self-published a novella, and signed a publishing deal all within the same year.


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