Lookie! It seems I have officially won my second National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). But 50,000 words is obviously not enough to tell the story of The Curse of Hekate. I’m going to spend part of December finishing it off and then I’m going to take some well-earned holiday time off to think about what happens next: re-writing.

Personally, I find the re-writing process much more difficult than the first draft. The first draft is just about getting ideas and words down into writing, but the re-writing is about sculpting the story into what it will become and usually takes a few g0-rounds to get exactly right. It’s where the heart of writing, I believe, lies and I both love and dread it at the same time.

The Curse of Hekate, though, will be a suitable sequel to Zeus, Inc. – of that I am certain. It’s an action-packed jet-setting thrill ride. Also, for those who have read Zeus, Inc. and wanted to see more of Harry, you’ll be happy that he’s a large part of the sequel. I’ve sort of fallen in love with the character, but maybe that’s because he resembles David Tennant in my head (who I also have an amazingly huge crush on).

But I digress, I wanted to talk a bit more about NaNoWriMo. The organization behind it has not met their funding this year. And I’m trying to encourage everyone to give to this wonderful cause. It not only helps writers like me finally get their stories down on to paper (or digital ink, in my case), but it also helps kids who want to become writers, as well. It is a wonderful cause and if you’re a writer or even just a reader, you should consider donating. You can do so here.

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The Curse of Hekate

Alex Grosjean is back. A tall, dark and pointy-toothed stranger shows up at Alex's door and asks for help: he wants to find the insane monster-woman, Lamia, who cursed him. Meanwhile, a plague sweeps through the city and Lamia starts abducting children. After a trip across the world and a frightening encounter with the goddess Hekate, Alex must push herself to her limits to save the world. Again.

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