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Inspirational Short Stories, Issue #016 -- Read my NaNoWriMo novel for free
October 13, 2016

Read my NaNoWriMo Novel as I write it


I’ve been busy with the editing work of Nephilim Quest 2 and with the writing and illustrations to the sequel of Mr Mummific’s book “How I Became a Mummy”.

But still, despite the fact my calendar is too full for my own good - I decided to have a go at the NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month.

The idea of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50.000 word novel in the month of November. So I decided that what the hey – I’ll try to do that. I’ll write something “from the seat of my pants” as the saying goes. That means I don’t plan the story too much beforehand but just let the words come and at the end of the month see how the story came out.

Of course I have an idea, and it mixes together ancient Egypt, sci-fi setting, a little sprinkle of dystopian worldview, magic and spells. So a fantasy story it is. I gave the story the work name “Space Witches”. The name may change, but at the moment that is it.

Now, 50.000 words in a month is a bit of a challenge so I thought maybe I’d get the motivation to go to the old keyboard and write, if I would have readers to motivate me.

And then the idea came: what if I share the story as I write it? Then I would simply have to keep up with the writing.

So that is what I intend to do. If you wish to read Space Witches fresh from the press, go to this page on my author website: (copypaste this on your browser or use the live link at the end of the newsletter)

If you have allowed pop-ups on your computer, a form will open after a few seconds and you can send me your email address. If pop-ups are not your thing, scroll down and you will find a place to leave your email address.

You should get a confirmation email in a few minutes. If you don’t get it, let me know using the Contact Me –option at the very end of the page on

No strings attached here – as the book is not published anywhere, I am not asking for reviews. It is enough for me to know that people are waiting for the next email to continue reading the story – and so I’ll do what NaNoWriMo is all about: write a book.

Just remember that this is not the edited version of the story. If it comes out ok and I decide to make it into a book, I’ll go through it with my editor and make it better. Still, here is a chance to see how an author works, and how the story is created real-time.

I'd love to see you on my reader team! (And if you know of friends who like fantasy with a little sprinkle of history and magic, you can forward this letter so they can sign up too)

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Leena Maria is an Egyptologist and a writer. On Inspirational Short stories she writes inspirational short stories that uplift the reader. You will find her stories and positive attitude tips at and information about her books and writing process at

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