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Sea Lion Press & NaNoWriMo

Slowly, gradually, a sweltering Texas summer has begun to turn cool here in Arlington. That's right, autumn is upon us all, and that means, for yours truly, one big event: NaNoWriMo! For those not in the know, NaNoWriMo is the abbreviation of National Novel Writing Month, an event in which each participant challenges themselves to try to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month. It can be harrowing, exciting, and scary all at the same time, but also one of the most enjoyable experiences a writer can have. I heartily encourage anyone interested in writing to join, because even if you can't get out 5,000 words in a month, let alone 50,000, it's an overall fantastic experience.

If you are already part of NaNoWriMo, you can add me on the site via my profile (made 4 years ago with my pre-trans name), or, if you want to get to know me more and participate in some fun, add me on Skype via my handle, toixstory, and ask to be part of the Skype NaNoWriMo group. Basically an unofficial group for people of all kinds to talk about their experiences writing in November.

Now, speaking of writing, I'd like to take a moment to talk about a very exciting development in the alternate history community: Sea Lion Press. What is it? Well, in essence, a group of alternate historians and all-around great people got together and created an independent publishing company dedicated solely to works of alternate history, from fleshed-out timelines to short stories to novel-length narratives, they have quickly added some of the best alternate history from around the internet.

You can check out their website here, which I definitely recommend. Alternate history is close to my heart, and as I continue to make progress on my years-spanning alternate history book project, it'd be wonderful to one day find myself published by them as well. For the moment, I'd recommend, as a good starting point for their books, you all to pick up Festung Europa: The Anglo-American Nazi War.

The story is, in essence, a world in which the Nazis, against all odds, beat the Soviet Union in 1941 and take over Europe. Not to be cowed, the remaining allies, Britain and the United States, make war on the Nazis once more, but not for years afterward. The conclusion to World War II, then, is not fought with propeller planes and crude rockets, but with fighter jets and modern battle tanks. It's a fantastic read, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to get into some good alternate history.

Anyway, that's a little update from me, expect to hear more soon about my writing project, maps, and NaNoWriMo this November!

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