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Holiday Weekend

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Despite what I said last week, I decided to verify my NaNo win today, as I’m sure I’ll probably be a dork and forget to do so before the end of the month. The “official” word count that I ended with is 50327, while my word document maintains that it’s at 50432, a 105 word difference.

Either way, it’s over the 50k mark, so whatever. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Since I was able to reach 50k, I rewarded myself with Pokemon Moon and throughout the holiday weekend, just binge-played it. Of course, I also read a bit, which was nice. I actually finished a book over the weekend (rather, on Friday), which is something I haven’t done in quite some time, unless one counts rereads of some of the Harry Potter books. It was called Fan Art by Sarah Tregay, a cute teen novel about a teenager who fell in love with his best friend and the girls in his art class rooting for the pair, with a deeper theme of censorship, representation, and diversity.

It was awesome having the holiday weekend to rest and relax, especially after a Thanksgiving dinner full of good food and family.

How was your holiday weekend?

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Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Home

 

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Fifty Thousand Words

I did it!

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I didn’t verify my win just yet (there’s a little badge that you can earn from updating your word count everyday) but, hey, I reached 50k a week early! Rachel and I have a couple of new video games (Pokemon Sun and Moon, actually) that we’ve sworn not to play until we reached 50k on our novels, and we wanted to be able to play the games during our holiday weekend. So, here we are!

My NaNo project isn’t done, and it doesn’t seem like it will be for a while yet. The characters are still tons of fun, but it honestly looks like I’ve just gotten into the main conflict of the story. A dragon shapeshifter just showed up, seemingly important to the plot. He’s very polite, actually, if a bit naive. He’s getting along quite well with my kitsune character.

I certainly hope everyone else is having good luck with their writing (or any kind of) projects!

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2016 in Home

 

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Camp NaNoWriMo – July Session

Happy Camp NaNoWriMo! Since this is July, we got an extra day to get those word counts in! I’m a little ahead of the game, having racked up about 2000 words when the average I need per day is 1613 to reach 50k for the month.

I still don’t really know what I’m writing.

What I got was another scene for the little story I’m posting as my latest Sunday Scribbles. I like the characters I have and I’m slowly figuring out a plot for them. Hopefully the Scribbles and scenes I’m throwing up here with that story will be somewhat entertaining for you all as well!

Usually during a NaNo session I post up excerpts of the story I’m writing as my Sunday Scribbles for the month, but you’ve already gotten a taste of the story with the past two Sundays. Not sure if I’ll still call them excerpts or just stick with the little prompt titles I’ve given them. We’ll all find out on Sunday.

Good luck to whoever else is taking the challenge! May your words come with ease and may your inner editors take a hike for the month!

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2016 in Home

 

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Brace Yourselves… Camp NaNo is Coming

Although it’s the beginning of March, April will be upon us before we know it. To most people, April means spring and flowers and allergies and all that fun stuff. Where I live, we still have about three or so feet of snow covering the ground. Fortunately, it’s finally starting to melt away, teasing us with hints of withered grass just waiting for a hint of sunlight.

To us writers, though, April also means Camp NaNoWriMo! It’s similar to a regular November NaNoWriMo, except a bit more flexible. November’s NaNoWriMo challenges folks to write 50 thousands words of a brand-new story. If you create your own goal (such as, writing a screenplay rather than a novel or challenging yourself to write 25k instead of 50k), then you are considered a “NaNo Rebel” (but you’re definitely still celebrated because, hey, no matter what or how much you are writing, you are writing, and that’s worthy of balloons and champagne just like those 50k-writing novel people).

Camp NaNoWriMo is more geared toward those NaNo Rebels, allowing writers the flexibility to pick what and how much they’re going to write for the month. Want to make 150k words your goal for the month? That’s cool. Want to write poems for the month? That’s cool too.

As per usual, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write for Camp NaNoWriMo. My go-to strategy is to use the month to add on words to current WIPs, usually 25k or so. This year, however, I’m going to stick to the 50k goal, pushing myself to get into a better writing habit. I’ve done 50k in a month with the November NaNo, so I know I can do it for Camp.

I also got a new story idea that I’m saving for Camp. I spontaneously came up with the idea yesterday while driving back home from… I don’t even remember where I had been coming from. Nevertheless, I had a fairly concrete idea, an idea that had formed enough in my mind for me to actually fill out the synopsis section of my Camper profile:

Kurt is an NPC, a non-playable character, in the new massive multiplayer online role-playing game “Dragon Tamer.” He was created specifically to help the game moderators and the new players stay safe while enforcing the rules. It’s a good life for him, one that he enjoys, especially when real players — such as the moderator he knows only as Animus — don’t treat him as just an NPC.

Then the Hackers invaded. Not only is Kurt’s very existence threatened, the very identities of the real players are in trouble. Kurt wants to help, but what can a non-playable character like him do to solve a real world problem?

I’m excited about this novel and wish for April to come sooner rather than later so I can work on it. In the meantime, I’ll probably do preliminary stuff, background info, maybe some sort of an outline for the story, before April 1.

Happy writing!

 
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