In November of this year, Rough Trade will turn 10 years old. I can’t say I expected my NANOWRIMO challenge to morph into what it is today but overall I’m pleased with it. Sometimes the struggle has been real. As a writer, I think I’ve grown with each challenge, but I think I learned more during the times that I failed. (I don’t need comments about my individual failures on RT–just because while I can take getting punched in the face, it doesn’t mean I want to get punched in the face).
The best part about Rough Trade isn’t the works I’ve produced, though I am proud of them, or the lessons I’ve learned about myself and my craft. My craft exploration happens whether I participate in RT or not. The best thing about the challenge and our ten-year anniversary is the journey we’ve been on together.
We’ve built something special in our community and I hope that Rough Trade continues to be a source of inspiration, enjoyment, and fun for many more years to come.
I’ve finished my April RT and you can read about it here. It’s Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy.
Last year was difficult (for obvious reasons) but I really struggled with RT. I hated the story I wrote for April (during the process) but that was more about my mental state than the story itself. I wrote exactly what I’d planned to write but the stress of the panorama and being stuck at home was very difficult. I calmed down about that first story and even posted it on my site but July fell to pieces a bit. I picked it back up later, completed it, and posted it as well. For the record, I wrote Eye of the Tiger for April and House of Wolves for July.
Since I finished my RT a few days early, I’m trying to keep my mind busy and I’ve started editing Heart of a Lion which was my novel-length work for November 2020. I didn’t finish it during the month but I did more than meet my word count goal during the month of the challenge. I just had more story than I could tell during that month. It came out to be 134k and I’m really pleased with it so I think you guys will like the finished project. It’s a Rule 63 McKay/Sheppard. I’ve written McKay as “always a girl” before (Hold My Coffee), so I was comfortable with that aspect but putting her in the role of a Guide in a short story idea that I’d originally planned for Rodney took some work. The result is satisfying.
Earlier in the year, I was working on the themes and conditions for Rough Trade 2022. And I thought as we move into a new decade of challenges for the site that it would be interesting to change things up a little. You can read about the challenges on the Rough Trade forum.
As we close out the first challenge of 2021 and head towards the 10-year mark, I’m really just utterly gruntled to know all you bitches.