NaNoWriMo 2008: The Continuing Story

Remember, way back in November of 2008, I started NaNoWriMo for the first time, and finished an SF novel, Search and Rescue? And I think I said something somewhere about having to re-write it, because some of what happened was seriously impractical, and I had them going from tension-up-point to eating, to tension-up-point, to eating, etc.? (Or maybe I just said that to Vathara.)

Anyway… it took me three years (until last spring / summer; mid-May, I think) to finish the re-write of Chapter 5 (there are 14 chapters). Chapters 1-4 didn’t need much adjustment, and were already partly adjusted before NaNo ’08 ended.

So, between last mid-May and now, I’ve gotten to the beginning of Chapter 8 (which has a major event… well, the major event is at the end of Chapter 7, but 8 is where the two protagonists finally really start becoming friends). I haven’t done any writing on this since… December, I think? (Last fall and this past winter were seriously stressful.) Maybe September.

But, there was the first meeting of the Newfoundland Writers’ Group MeetUp today, and I got pumped by it. So I spent the rest of the afternoon (after everyone else left) and after dinner working in minor edits for Chps. 1-7, and I’m now working on getting farther in Chapter 8! Yay me! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I am writing my original fic as well as fanfic again. (Which reminds me… does anyone want to see some stuff from my other unfinished fic, or would you rather wait until it’s finished?)

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Script Frenzy and Graphic Novels

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated this! *shakes head* Going to try not to let it go this far again. *sighs*

Anyway, as you can probably tell from the userpic and the title of this post, I’ve gone and joined Script Frenzy – for the first time, I might add. I discovered that you don’t necessarily have to write a play/movie/television show for it; you can also write (a) graphic novel(s)! So, guess what I’m doing? *grins*

My working title for my graphic novel (of which I am 9-1/2 pages in, out of 100 necessary to win) is: The Rowan Leaf. My logline (which is the one paragraph or less summary) is as follows: Rowan is a medieval squire given immortality by the Fae. Now, in modern times, he must save them from an abductor who plans to drain their magic.

Here are the links!

My Script Frenzy page

My page count widget:

And, if you happen to feel like making a sponsorship donation for me to Script Frenzy, check out my Script Frenzy Fundraising page.

Got to go for dinner now!

Later, all!

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Halfway Mark…. #NaNoBlog

I know I promised regular blogging posts throughout NaNoWriMo 2011. Unfortunately, I’ve been having trouble with this NaNo year. Between my work hours (not good – 5pm to 1:30am), the weather, and a few other things starting to creep up on me, I’ve not had a great month so far. In fact, it got to the point where this morning (well, yesterday morning really, it’s currently just after 2am here) I was worried that this would be the first NaNoWriMo I wouldn’t win. Not a happy thought (the fact that I can win NaNoWriMo keeps me going during the blahs of November, which I need, desperately…).

I was at the point where I challenged myself on Friday to make 25K by today (Sunday) at midnight. (We’re supposed to have reached 33,334 words if we’re on schedule with the daily word count goal.)

So, I was in that sort of state until about 2:40pm this (Sunday) afternoon. Then it occurred to me that at least part of the problem I was having was with the setting of my story. It wasn’t working, and it was leaving my story rather bland and boring, even considering the confrontation with the redcap that Alan had. (And killing off Alan’s partner and potential girlfriend via said redcap.) I kind of shrugged, and went, “Okay, I’m going to change the setting. What I’ve written so far will still count for my word count, but I’ve got to change it.”

Less than 1-2/3 hours and about 3,750 words later, I was pretty sure that was a good part of the problem. *grins wryly at everyone* As I mentioned on Twitter, with this change, I seem to be back to my fairly steady 500 words/20 minutes flow (when I can write for more than 15 minutes at a time). Between what I got done before work (*points at aforementioned word count, plus 370 that I got in this morning*) and what I got done during my breaks and “lunch” at work, guess what goal I made?

Yeah, you got it. I hit 25,001 words total just at the end of my last break, at about 11:30 tonight (Sunday). Such a relief.

My next goal is to get to about 33,000 by Tuesday night (which will be my first night meeting the St. John’s NaNos, because of my work schedule). I’m rather looking forward to it. And if I keep at the rate I’m going, I may even reach the daily word count goal by Wednesday or Thursday! *crosses fingers* I’m getting there, finally. No more days of no writing! Down with bland scenes! Lead on to excitement!

(No, there will be no zombie ninja pirates. Sorry, fellow NaNos. But there are vampires and werewolves… sort of….)

Anyway, off to get some sleep, and then: More Writing!

‘Later, all!

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NaNoWriMo 2011: Wild Hunt

And just because I have this insane need to share my stories with the world, here are the current synopsis and excerpt of my NaNo 2011 novel, Wild Hunt. (Making it fairly obvious what my question about “Seleighe” vs. “Seelie” was about…. πŸ˜‰


Synopsis

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November 1st Is Now Over #NaNoBlog

And now the first day of November, of NaNoWriMo 2011, is over. *heaves happy sigh*

Okay, I didn’t quite make it to 2K words… but I did make it to over 1.7K, which is better than the word target for the day. And tomorrow’s another day. And I’ve started to really get into my characters’ heads – that was, I must admit, something I was a bit worried about. The prologue was easy. Getting into their heads, on the other hand, has been harder.

But, as I said, I’ve made it past the target for the first day, which is a good start to things. If stuff goes as well as it has in the past, I should be at over 4K words by the end of today. *looks forward to it*

And I dragged my supervisor into NaNo as well – I’m really hoping she’s going to enjoy it. I’m certainly looking forward to chatting to her (when we get a chance at work) about what our characters are doing, and bemoaning the fraught sailing through the seas of our imaginations….

Yes, I like the Viking analogy NaNo creator Chris Baty came up with. It’s fun to play with. πŸ˜‰ Not to mention that the alfar might just show up in Wild Hunt as well… I’ve got the Celtic fae, why not the Nordic?

One question I might be interested in delving into: is it spelled “Seleighe” or “Seelie”? I’ve always thought “Seelie” was the anglicization from the Scots or Irish Gaelic. Thoughts, anyone?

Talk to you soon!
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November Begins! #NaNoBlog

And so, the start of another wild and wacky November. (The Wild Hunt Rides!) Yay!

I already have the first 213 words – the prologue – of my story written. Wrote it as soon as I came home from work and petted Imber. (She feels that I need to have my priorities straight, and given she can walk all over my writing, I tend to listen. She lets me have plenty of writing time in exchange.)

So, as usual, I intend to continue blogging throughout the month, letting you know the milestones I hit and my weekly achievements. (My “until last week” regular Friday updates might end up even further on the backburner this month, I’m afraid. A consequence of the grand adventure that is NaNoWriMo: Eater of Souls.)

So, prepare for the extremes of adventure by getting out that Viking helmet, pulling on your novelling gear, and getting all those colourful gel pens lined up just right! The journey awaits!

tag’s NaNoWriMo Page

Forward, March!

See you in the wilds of the imagination!

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Weekly Update: Friday Oct. 14/11

Okay, gang, here’s my weekly update! A bit later than usual, since my computer was being slow before I left for work today. Put it behind an LJ cut because of the length.

Lots of interesting things this week, plus, work!

Weekly Update – Friday Sept. 23/11

Because this past week was so busy, and I recorded most things, I’m going to put it behind an LJ Cut.

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NaNoWriMo 2011, Here I Come!

Well, I’ve been struggling over this for a week now, trying to prepare for getting everything on the NaNo site set up as soon after October 1st as I can access it, and I’ve finally got it. I know what novel I’m going to be writing this year.

It’s a fantasy novel, tentatively titled “Wild Hunt”. Fae, vampires, Hunters, and all that good stuff. But not stupid Hunters – for instance, my male protagonist, who is a Hunter, routinely wears combat pants or not-too-loose cargo pants (for all the pockets) and t-shirts for hunting. None of that silly leather stuff! πŸ˜‰

Now I’ve just got to work out the details of what the main storyline is. *grins wryly* And the backstory of my two protagonists. Fun times – I like figuring these things out!

‘Later, all!
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Health Situation: Sigh of Relief (& Gen. Update)

Well, things are finally at a partially settled state regarding my health (ref: Major Update from August). We’ve got a diagnosis (accuracy somewhat uncertain), and I’ve found out today that I am receiving Long-Term Disability (something which has kept me on financial tenterhooks since my short-term ran out in the end of December). Thus the aforementioned sigh of relief. *g* (And I’ll also be seeing my Mom’s doctor in three weeks – the one who helped so much last year – so we’ll see what happens with that re the diagnosis….)

Partially because of this, December and January have been fairly hectic. I’m finally receiving physiotherapy (for the legs as well as the hand and a few other issues), and am taking advantage of the fact that the physio office I go to also has massage therapy available. (Boy, has it done wonders already, and I’ve only just had my third massage….) So things are starting to look up.

Going to Costa Rica in 2 weeks, 2 days (counting down? Who, me? *innocent halo*), for four weeks, so looking forward to that.

Other than that… well, in terms of fic, Saiyuki and my origfic NaNo novel are currently fighting over my brain, and a friend and I are going to be doing a NaNo of two during February (Feb. 1 to Mar. 2), during which I’ll be working on the sequel to Search and Rescue. Luckily during NaNowriMo in November, I reached the point where I could write about 500 words in 20 minutes to half an hour, so I’ll just be writing for a couple of hours each day. (And several during my flight down to Costa Rica! *g*)

Later, all!
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Major Update

Lots of changes since my last post.

– We now know what’s wrong with my hand (ref: Ugh. Hand Is A Problem. from April). I’ve got a frayed ligament in the wrist. So splint, zinc tablets, and rest.

– Secondly – remember my absence from LJ last summer, when I had trouble walking and the final diagnosis was nerve damage? Well, guess what happened to me the early morning of June 24th. Same symptoms (except for no physical shakiness) – but it’s not the same diagnosis. I’ve had a brain & spine MRI, an electromyograph (AKA nerve conduction test), a chest x-ray, some blood tests, spent 5 days in hospital getting this done… and no one knows what’s wrong. And it’s not got any better. So as of today I’m back on short-term disability, since there’s no way I could respond with any speed in an emergency (I can’t even attempt running), which is a major part of a security officer’s mandate. *heavy sigh*

– Mitzy, my elderly but still active Burmese inherited from my youngest siblings, was put to sleep due to a major chest and stomach lymphoma (cancer) on July 21. Still miss her. She lived a good life, though; she was 15-1/2.

– And introducing Imber, a now 7-month old kitten adopted from Toronto Animal Services on Aug. 1. She’s a grey and cream tabby who is missing half her right hind leg (pretty sure she was born without it). The userpic attached to this post is of her the morning after I brought her home. (“Imber”, FYI, is Latin for “rain storm”. Her coat looks like a storm cloud….)

As for upcoming news:

– One of my best friends, Loui, is going to be visiting for a week at the end of September, four days of which will be spent in Montreal. I’m really looking forward to it.

– Given I’m likely to have some time on my hands for a while, I’m not only looking at possibly doing a university course or two, but have gone and done the inevitable – I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo 2008. I’m planning on doing an original SF novel (tentatively entitled Search & Rescue).

Anyway, that’s basically everything from the last few months. *sigh*

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Personal Challenge

Okay, I’ve issued a personal challenge to myself. I tried to do something like it in November, but didn’t succeed too well.

The NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) happens every November, and people all over the world try to write a novel of 50,000+ words. The goal is to write 50,000 words starting Nov. 1st just after midnight, and ending Nov. 30th just before midnight.

I don’t quite think I’m up to that just yet, and I’ve also already started the novel that I want to work on. So what I’m going to challenge myself to do is this:

Write a total of 25,000+ words of my SF novel “The Pack” before midnight on March 31st. I’m going to try to post my progress once a week (which, hey, means more posts from me, at least for a while!).

Saying goodbye for the moment from beautiful Costa Rica,

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[Edited: 22:19 hrs. Report Day (1)/3 – Present Word Count: 1155.]

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Rambles From Work…

Well, it’s been almost two weeks since my last entry… and a very busy two weeks they have been!

First of all, we got our new supervisor on the 1st. So far, he seems to be quite nice, though he’s currently trying to desperately catch up on training. (And, of course, our IT guys don’t yet have some of the necessary accounts set up for him… *sigh*)

Went to see “The Brothers Grimm” with my Auntie Glo last Friday. It was okay, but no great shakes – not going to be buying it when it comes out of video/DVD, that’s for sure. And I definitely don’t recommend it for anyone who has a phobia about bugs!

Speaking of wildlife (though bigger than bugs!), I had a rather close encounter with a skunk yesterday morning while on my last patrol. I walked out the door to head over to the construction site to make sure the gate was still locked (the school’s building a new athletic centre, and the workers aren’t allowed on until after 6am). I got about fifteen steps away from the door when I heard a rustling sound up ahead, looked up, and saw a skunk (facing me, but with its tail raised) about six feet in front of me, at most.

Luckily, I do know how to deal with wild animals. I carefully (and slowly) backed away from it, until it felt I had gone far enough that it was safe to cross the path I was on to get to the grassy area – via the wooden path through the flowerbeds, as opposed to straight through! – and then waited until it was a certain distance away before I started walking forward again. Boy, was that rather nerve-wracking! It’s certainly the closest I’ve ever come to a skunk while we were both outside. But all’s well that ends well, as they say…

Today hasn’t been too bad so far. Well, generally speaking. My knee’s buggered up again (*heavy sigh*), and I seem to have developed a headache in the last hour or two… but I’ve been writing most of the morning (when I haven’t been on patrols) and I’m rather happy about what I’ve managed to accomplish.

Oh, yeah… guess what SaitΓ΄ and Kenshin have done to me now!

Shoved another story idea down my throat, that’s what. And to make things worse, this isn’t just a story – this is a story that has two variations, and they’re making me write both…

Oh well, I’m enjoying it, and that’s the important part.

And one last thing before I say “Goodbye for now”… Expect RuroBatt/Edge of the Blade Chapter 2, Part 4 to be up sometime this afternoon/this evening…

Later!
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The Down-Side of Creative Highs…

Creative highs are all well and good when one is trying to write. And truthfully, I’m reasonably happy to be in the middle of one at the moment, especially since Kenshin and Saitô are the only ones bugging me right now.

Unfortunately, they do have their downsides. Like not being able to go to sleep during the afternoon because the thoughts are whirling around so fast in your head… when you have to spend the entire night at work. *sigh* Well, I’m going to try to get a couple of hours in after I finish the latest Vathara beta-ing… here’s hoping it works!

Later, all!

Fic Snippet – Stargate SG-1

I’ve got a snippet of an SG-1 fic that I’ve had sitting on my hard drive for several years now, and I’ve never gotten around to actually doing anything with it. Figured I’d post it here and see what people (if anyone’s actually reading this, that is…) think of it.

In essence, it’s a missing scene for “Torment of Tantalus” and an epilogue to the movie – mainly has Catherine and Jack, but its focus is Daniel.

The Pendant