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Lost Love Released!

Lost Love, an anthology published by Dragon Soul Press released today! It features my short story Back Door, which is a portal fantasy with a twist!

Lost Love official cover

It’s a wonderful, heart-wrenching story. Though it is about lost love, it is not a romance, and has some twists and turns in it.

If you would like to order a paperback or digital copy of Lost Love, you may do so here: books2read.com/DSPLostLove

Preorder Lost Love

I’m happy to announce that Lost Love, published by Dragon Soul Press, will be released on February 29th!  It features 20 stories by 20 different authors, including Back Door by Andrew Ronzino.  You can preorder a digital copy right now by going to

www.books2read.com/DSPLostLove.

Only the digital version of the book is available for preorder, so if you would like to order a physical copy you can do so on February 29th!

Lost Love Promo

I am pleased to announce that my short story, Back Door, has been accepted by Dragon Soul Press and will be published in their anthology, Lost Love, in February of 2020.

Lost Love official cover

If you would like to read more about this, please visit my official author website: www.andrewronzino.com

Or my Facebook page:

Andrew Ronzino – Author

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It’s been a long 30 days, but here I am at the end of it, and I have finished!

On November 1st, 2019, I started to write a novel in only 30 days.  Now, on the last day, I stand victorious with nearly double the amount of the original challenge.  Today, on November 30th, I wrote “The End”!  Readers of The Paradigm, I have written a novel in 30 days!

This novel had its ups and downs.  I would say that most of the last third of the ending I outlined wasn’t used and I ended up changing so much.  There are parts of it that I think is a mess, but I can fix all of that later.  Overall I believe that this was a good novel to write and I enjoyed almost every minute of it.

Even though this is a blog and not an award ceremony, I would like to take a moment to thank some people.  I want to thank God for helping me through this year’s challenge, without God’s strength, I honestly don’t think I could ever do this.  I want to thank my best friend, Volpe, for letting me vent crap and keeping me sane.  I want to thank my family, friends, and last, but not least, my readers.  Thank you for the helpful encouragement, advice, and sticking with me to the end.  To those who have asked me how things have been going and even showed interest in the story I was writing, thank you!

Here is this year’s winner’s certificate:

 

NaNoWriMo Winner's Certificate 2019

THE STATS FOR The Sixth Cleric

Here are the final stats on my 2019 NaNoWriMo project:

Title: The Sixth Cleric

Genre: Fantasy

Words: 98,360

Chapters: 48

Pages: 403 (that’s in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font)

What I learned this year: Every year for NaNoWriMo I like to learn something new, either about myself as a writer, or some new technique.  This year I learned what it really means to be flexible in your writing.  It’s good to plan and outline, but if the story strays from that and it’s working out better than you ever could have thought, go with it.  Let the story flow.

Thank you again to everyone who stuck with me and encouraged me this month!

Until next time,

Andrew Ronzino, A Man Who Wrote a Novel in 30 Days

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I was fairly busy today, so I didn’t get a lot of time to write.  However, I did finish the scene I had started last night.  I have one final scene to write.

*Sings in the style of Les Misérables*  One scene more!

That’s right.  The end of this book is in sight, and I will be finishing it after work tomorrow.  I’m excited.

That’s all I have for you today.

Current word count for The Sixth Cleric: 95,534/50,000!

Until the final day,

Andrew Ronzino, Game Master

NaNoWriMo Day 28: Thankful

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Happy Thanksgiving!  Today was a fun day.  I wrote in the morning then went to my best friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.  While I was there I learned how to play two card games, Euchre and Hand and Foot.  It was a good day.  There’s a lot to be thankful for, so here’s a list of some of them:

  • The love of Christ
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Food
  • Frankfurters
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Thanksgiving dinner
  • Card games
  • The Paradigm’s readers
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • AOL Dialup
  • Windows 95
  • Writing
  • Acting
  • Reading
  • Books
  • The Bible
  • The Sixth Cleric
  • The other five Clerics
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Wannabes
  • Phat Phresh People
  • The 1990s
  • Volpe (one of my best friends)
  • Dreams
  • Sir Elton John
  • Mr. Rogers
  • Sir Mr. Elton Rogers John
  • Lists like this one
  • Meeting the Nostalgia Critic last year
  • Wine
  • Dice
  • RPGs (the kind that uses dice)
  • Natural 20s
  • Board Games
  • RPGs (the kind that goes boom)
  • Road trips
  • That episode of Futurama that makes everyone cry
  • Christmas movies
  • Pie
  • Pi
  • Publishing
  • The Great British Baking Show
  • Emma Watson (she will always be on this list)
  • Soggy bottoms
  • Legos
  • Space
  • Star Trek
  • Star Wars
  • Stargate
  • Late-night texts
  • That one guy who never shuts up about The Mandalorian
  • Nuns
  • Steve Harrington
  • Never leaving your friends behind
  • Joe Vs. the Volcano 
  • Tom Hanks
  • Bono
  • Silver dollars
  • The New York Yankees
  • The word “squelch”
  • Alex Trebek
  • Yoda
  • The number 9.7
  • The letter “Z”
  • Swords
  • S-Words
  • Old Gregg
  • Bucks
  • Does
  • Fawns
  • Fauns
  • Food comas

Current word count for The Sixth Cleric: 93,777/50,000!

Until crazy shopping day,

Andrew Ronzino, Thankful

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Good news, everyone!  Today I hit 90,000 words!

I decided yesterday that I needed something to make the next (and final) book in this series more interesting, and I thought of something great that fits well with the story I had already woven without having to go back and change anything.

Two women in my story have gotten pregnant.  I don’t know why I didn’t think of this when I was outlining the story!  At this point, the outline and what I actually wrote for the last third of this story are not even close to each other, but I’m far happier with what I wrote and with the changes I’ve made along the way.

The women who are pregnant are my MC’s wife, and one of the other Mythic Clerics.  They both got pregnant roughly around the same time.  So when the next book rolls around, there will be two children added to the story.  I’m excited to develop those characters now and see how it affects what I have planned for that book.

Time will tell.

Current word count for The Sixth Cleric: 91,415/50,000!

Until a day of thanks,

Andrew Ronzino, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Character From “Junior”

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