May Writing Update – Fiction, Camp NaNoWriMo, and an Academic Paper

Can you believe we’re in the thick of autumn here in the southern hemisphere already? Although, I’m already working on July mags at work, so my mind is a bit split in two and apparently have decided that it’s June. (Mostly because I worked on weekly mags for 8 years and my brain seems a bit slow to catch up to working on monthlies…) This has given me moments of shock a few times thinking that I only have two months in which to finish my “Rememberer of gods and kings” paper for SASMARS instead of three!

Speaking of which, I still have quite a bit to do on this paper, so I’ll be taking a few days off just to focus on the paper and put the fiction aside during that time. I also still need to finish re-reading Heimskringla, but don’t tell anyone…


On the fiction front – shorter fiction

I’m working on some shorter fiction – mostly under 2 500 words – that I’ll be sending off for publication (holding thumbs). These include a ghost story, at the moment titled “Anniversary” and “Forgotten” part 2 and, maybe, part 3. The full “Forgotten”, though, I’m thinking of publishing as a Kindle Single or something like that.

Then I’m also hard at work on Jozi Flash 2018! So far I’ve finished three stories and am pondering what to write for story four based on the prompt. It’s all top secret though, so I can’t show what exactly it is I’m working on, sorry. What I can say is that, for once, the romance story didn’t end with an “and everybody died” kind of ending!


On the fiction front – longer fiction

I am still busy with The Box of Secrets, part 9 (and getting all the strings tied off while also hinting at the next book) and am hard at work at finalising the whole outline for Porselein.  I’ll put some links here once I’ve posted some of my Porselein writing homework over on Hersenspinsel – at the moment it’s only available in Afrikaans, though. I’ll do some translations as soon as I have the chance.



Also, there will be big changes over at Patreon over the next couple of months! I am so excited! However, I’m only going to elaborate once the timeline is in place… But the excitement levels are very high!

Camp NaNoWriMo

Let’s just say this was a complete flop. I didn’t reach the goal I had set for myself, but, BUT, I did do a lot of other writing, so I won’t say the month was a complete flop.


By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.


  1. Yasss exciting stuff! Glad you’re not killing everyone again in your romance stories… as per usual *rolls eyes* and you’ve been doing a lot of writing so Camp NaNo doesn’t count haha.

    Good luck!

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