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Looking forward to NaNoWriMo!

By | September 22, 2017
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NaNo Approacheth!

It’s time once again to start making plans for November… of course my plans rarely survive contact with the 1st, it’s still fun to try! πŸ™‚

Since last year’s post-a-day worked well for [Placeholder], I’m going to try it again with the new book. I’m also going to follow on the heels of Chasing Falling Stars and write a pre-NaNo book on the setting and charactors for the novemeber novel.

I ‘m tentatively naming it [YANS] (yet another new story), because my track record for working existing stories is horrible. But that means I need to think about what sort of book I’d like to read…

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A Pantsing We Will Go

By | October 9, 2015


This is my 10th NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and as such I have decided that I am going to be a proper Pantser this November.

This has nothing to do with the fact my idea is silly and will most likely derail off any outline I attempt to give it within the first hundred words.

Nope, not that at all.

No, this is a solid commitment to the ideals of Pantser-hood: namely refusing to think about the novel until the crack of day on November 1st. I will be doing no planning, no outlines, no character building, nada.

Dogs of the Never Never

The fact that I am reusing characters from a failed NaNo (Dogs of the Never Never) is totally not cheating.

Neither is the fact that much like That Don’t Impress Me Much, this will be a semi-parody of something I love.

Now I’m going to go off and rewatch Pitch Black for the nine-thousandth time… but it totally doesn’t count as research. *shifty eyes*

EDIT: Behold! A cover!

One-Word Title : NaNoWriMo 2015!

NaNoWriMo 2015!

Phooey on Fresh Starts!

By | October 6, 2014
Half-imagined Never Afters

Half-imagined Never Afters

NaNoWriMo starts in 25 days, Jeff Goins Intentional Blogging Challenge starts wednesday… and I want nothing more than to break open a fresh new set of notebooks!

I want to throw out all the old blog content and start over, redo the theme, rebuild the archives, start fresh and clean and find that impossible little pocket universe where that is a valid approach. I have almost ten years of posts here and countless stories and artwork that still haven’t made it online, I have half-finished projects that well outnumber the ones still stuck in the ‘would that be a nifty idea!’ stage.

But fresh starts are cleaner. Neater. Easier.

Well phooey on that!

I’m going to keep everything I have: the same content, the same custom theme, the same notebook and I’m not going to start from scratch.

I put a lot of work into getting where I am, it’s time to commit to what I’ve already done. This time I’m not going to knock down the building just because it needs a new coat of paint. *rolls up sleeves*

Bring it on Jeff and NaNo, I’m ready for ya!

Camp NaNoWriMo eBook Release Schedule

By | March 23, 2014
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Of Kingdoms and Nails

The general game-plan for April’s Camp is to release an eBook every three days: 10 books x 1,000+ words each = 10,000. Of course I also plan on exceeding that goal (if I can), so this is just the very roughest of an outline.

Since I’m trying to focus on writing/editing this month that means I have to get the cover art done in the next nine days… woo? *flails about madly*

The books that will get me to that minimum goal are as follows. I’m trying to get the SSPs done first so I can spam them into the Smashwords Store and then follow up with actual stories. Continue reading

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2014!

By | March 6, 2014
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The Plotting Begins!

10,000 words is the smallest goal you can pick, so that’s where I’m starting off!

Since I have a habit of losing Camp NaNo’s with stunning consistency, I figured this time around I had better stack the deck a bit. Not only am I starting with the lowest possible goal, but I’m also working on smaller projects that I’ve already partially completed.

But the twist is that I am only going to count words that are in a new finished eBook. No drafts, no WiPs, no world-building that’s basically just filler. Continue reading

Losing NaNoWriMo

By | November 21, 2013

Alas, Poor Novel

Alas, Poor Novel

November is rapidly fading into the distance and my wordcount has been pretty much stagnant save for small rallying attempts on Saturdays.

Writing 50,000 words in a month is a lot of fun! It gets rough proto-stories out of your head and on paper. It brings new worlds and new characters to life in one giant bolt of electricity– and the best part is there are a bunch of other people in the midst of their own storms as well.

But this year every time I sit down to work on this year’s story all I can think of are all the Frankenstein’s Monsters that already stumble around in my workroom.

I like this year’s story, I do! It’s turning into this really sideways stab at storytelling that’s fun to outline and write. I have a cast of supporting characters that grabbed the reins and demanded PoVs of their own and a plotline that went from simple to insane in the space of a few hours.

But I’m not going to hit 50,000 words, in fact I might not hit 25,000 unless this weekend turns out to be more productive than expected (I’m at roughly 13k now).

What I am going to do with the rest of this month is sit down, take a look at my projects, get a list of what I have and how much work is left… and then start planning out how to finish them.

Next year I’m doing NaNo without feeling guilty.

NaNoWriMo means Unprepared

By | October 29, 2013
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Once more into the Blank!

I had plans to plan, I really did! Great glorious plans that would have turned NaNo into a ‘paint by numbers’ where all the plotting was done ahead of time.

I wouldn’t spend November in a constant chase of ‘yes, but what happens next‘, I wouldn’t have to retcon anything, or add ninjas, or invoke the Traveling Shovel of Death— because I would have done all of that in October.

But now that we are only three days from NaNoWriMo, I think it’s time to finally admit that I’m not going to get my planning done.

Or even started, really.

In fact I haven’t written a single index card, or mind map, or random plot doodle– I have a whole lot of nothing waiting for me come Friday morning. I have five semi-solid characters mulling about in my head and that’s about it.

But I have Friday off, so I’m hoping the first three-day weekend can be spent in a mad dash of Getting Things Done that will make up for all of October.

It should be a fun ride! πŸ˜€

NaNoWriMo 2013 – Trying to Find a Story to Tell

By | October 4, 2013
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It’s that time again!

This year, like every other (since 2005) I find myself trying out ideas for the coming NaNoWriMo (National Novel Wiriting Month) novel.

Well, okay, calling the 50,000 word end result of November a ‘novel’ is stretching things a bit– but it sure is a fun rough draft! πŸ˜€

So I’m trying once again to decide if I want to work in an existing universe or start a new one.

A few of my NaNo attempts have been set in worlds that already existed, but most have been forays into new ‘verses. I find it easier not to have to keep to canon, even if I get to redefine what the canon is. But this time around I have so many neglected worlds that I’m starting to feel guilty for building new playgrounds.

I do have a few non-Nano ‘verses that I can throw out the existing drafts and start back at the basic idea, but I’m also trying very hard not to write something with werewolves in it.

This is harder than expected.

So this weekend I’m going to start roughing out loglines, 20 word summaries, and other such basic level stuff. Hopefully something will jump out at me! (Minus the werewolves.)

Anyone else out there doing NaNoWriMo this year? πŸ˜€

Posting a WiP: NaNoWriMo + Blog = WIN?

By | October 18, 2012

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As November starts to amble into view, I figured it was time to sit down and take another look at how I’ve been posting Work-in-Progress stories.

For previous NaNo’s I split out the daily writing by scene, but since I rarely write chronologically that meant 3-4 posts a day. Since I’d rather that the non-NaNo readers don’t flee in terror, I’ve been looking for a different way to sort this out.

After a few false starts the plan is to break Paper Wolves up into five Monday posts that match up to the planned Acts. Act V will be tiny, but I figure that’s where I can stash the worldbuilding notes. *pokes plot*

I’m trying to write the story in order this time, since I’ve got a solid outline, so in theory when each section posts it will be more or less complete. Hopefully a little easier to follow for those folks that want to read as I go– but not overwhelming for those that don’t.

At least that’s the plan… *rolls up sleeves and starts laying out the foundation work for November*

Using Murphy’s Law to Plot a NaNoWriMo Novel

By | October 3, 2012
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NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m starting to hash out the plot of Paper Wolves and am using the time-honored technique of ‘What’s The Worst That Can Happen?’ or ‘Apply Murphy’s Law to Plots.’

Murphy’s Law boils down to the claim that: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”.

Using it for plotting consists of taking a starting situation, then thinking of the worst thing that could happen (within reason), then thinking of a solution, then the worst thing that could happen, then thinking of a solution… ad nauseum. Continue reading