This week, I made it past 50,000 words in my novel The Moonstone. This is a HUGE milestone, because it means that I am a NaNoWriMo winner. Cue the next question: "So what does that entitle you to?" Bragging rights, mostly, but also the right to wear a cool winner's T-shirt and to get a few free goodies, including a certificate validating my accomplishment. Since this is my first NaNoWriMo, and I joined last-minute on a whim, I am pretty excited that I have made it this far.
So, in celebration, here are some of my favorite excerpts from the story and a behind-the-scenes peek at how I designed the cover.
I put the cover together using GIMP, which is a free program similar to Photoshop.
Fiasa placed her hands over her eyes and drew in several shuddering breaths. At last, she lifted her head from the stone and grasped Katryl’s wrist.
“We should go.”
They passed through Carvallin, avoiding the crowded marketplace where the housewives bickered and the sellers announced the benefits of their wares and traveling instead along a narrow side street. Katryl noted a man who leaned against the stone wall of a building. When he noticed the travelers, he pushed against the wall and approached with a broad grin.