Nanowrimo Week 1!

Happy Saturday! We are nine days into Nanowrimo, and this is my progress. Note, I’m writing this post before I’ve written any words towards Nano today, so all of today’s numbers will be 0. They’ll obviously reflect what I am able to write later today next week during the next update. 😛

As of writing this, I’m sitting at 16284 words. Even if I wrote nothing today, I’d still be on track, as today’s on-track count is 15000. But! I am going to two write-ins today, so I’m hoping to get a good 4k written, which will be a nice cushion for the work week to come.

I’ve already deviated from my outline. I added a talking cat on a whim, and he’s now a main protagonist. It’s fine, it’s all fine.

If you’re doing nano this year, how are you doing? Happy writing!

Nanowrimo 2019! Tag, Prep, and Survival Kit!

Hiiii Nanowrimo starts in two days and I’m not ready! So instead of prepping like I should be, I’m gonna do this post. This will contain the Nanowrimo Tag, my prep final update, and my survival kit!

The Nanowrimo Tag!

  • How many times have you participated in Nanowrimo?

This’ll be my 11th year. At this point I feel like I just can’t break the streak, man.

  • Are you a pantser or a planner?

Typically a pantser, but last year I did a bit of planning and it ended up going really well. So, this year I’m attempting a bit of planning again.

  • What are the titles of the projects that you have attempted/completed for past Nanos?
    • 2008-2010, I don’t remember, because hey, the website didn’t record it.
    • 2011: Terminus
    • 2012: Basil
    • 2013: Animal Research
    • 2014: Gambit
    • 2015: Untitled
    • 2016: Basil (version 2)
    • 2017: Vial of Earth (which… is basically Basil version 3)
    • 2018 Basil (version 3) (…version 4)
    • 2019: Lackluster
  • What are you working on for this year?

A brand new project!!! I’ve written and rewritten Basil so many damn times and last year I finally was able to make something I liked. That means I can do something new this year and I’m so excited!

  • What is one tip you’d give to someone else participating in Nano?

Same thing I said last year: a good temperature. If you’re in a cold room, put on a blanket. Or if you’re in a hot room, run around in your skivvies. Be comfortable before you try to concentrate.

  • What was the inspiration for this novel? Do you remember when inspiration hit?

Honestly I don’t remember. It was a random conversation with coworkers and I thought to myself ‘what if…’ about what we were talking about. And voila.

  • Read us the first sentence from your Nano novel last year?

“When the juggler dropped the planet, everyone felt it. ”

  • What do you plan to do with your manuscript after Nano?

Assuming it does crash and burn, edit it. But I said that last year too and it’s still in draft 1, sooo.

  • Are you prepared for Nano? Are you nervous?

Not nervous. Also probably not as prepared as I should be, but I kinda like it that way to be honest.


Prep

 

  • Complete an outline
    • Deciding on act structure – Done
    • Fleshing out major plot points – In progress
    • Deciding ending ahead of time – Not done
  • Develop characters
    • Main characters – Done
    • Side characters – Not done
  • Do some world building
    • Develop magic system – In progress
    • Country history – Done
    • Culture – In progress
  • Do some planning every day, even if it’s just a sentence or a bullet point – In progress
  • Read some comedy fantasy to get an idea of how different authors incorporate comedy into their fiction
    • Kings of the Wyld – Done
    • Color of Magic – Not done
  • Do biweekly (at least!) planning sessions with buddy(ies) who are also doing nanowrimo this year – Done

The above… is basically what it’s going to be going into November 1st, and I’m ok with that. I’ve prepped enough that I can definitely pound out several thousand words, and hopefully doing that will inspire the rest of my plot.


Survival Kit

My current set up:

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Note: All my Christmas lights have burnt out, so… this, but less glowy.

Other things in the kit:

  • Caramel pecan candle

I used this last year and I bought two more for this year. I only burn it while I write, so the scent gets me into the zone big time.

  • NanoWordSprints twitter account

I found this last year as well! Man, this twitter account helped me win nano for sure. It’s so motivating, and I highly recommend checking it out. It hosts word sprints (duh) basically 24/7 for the whole month and it’s fantastic.

  • Goldfish and pretzels

The little cheddar goldfish/pretzels combo bag. It’s perfecto.

  • Coffee/tea/beer/hot chocolate

obviously.

  • Fluffy blankets and socks

I mentioned finding the right temperature above. Well, my ideal is a cold room and then warm stuff on me. So blankets and socks are essential.

  • Epic instrumental playlist

This is the playlist! It’s perfect for writing. It melds basically with whatever you’re on, particularly if it’s fantasy. It’s just so great. And it’s huge, so it can play for hours.

  • Story binder

This is where I store all my research and character stuff and world building. And by binder I mean.. part of it is in an actual binder, part of it is in Google Docs and just hasn’t all been printed out yet, because I have no printer (pbtbt). Either way, this is basically all my prep work.


And that’s it! Today is today, tomorrow is Halloween, and then the next day, it begins.

PUMPED.

 

Nanoplanmo/Preptober Check-in #2!

At the beginning of the month, I made an announcement that I’d be participating in Nanowrimo again this year (11th year running!) and would be doing Nanoplanmo this month in preparation. Since, I’ve done one previous check-in going over my progress.

This is the last weekend before Nanowrimo begins! Friday November 1st is go-time. My planmo buddy will come over to my house and we’re gonna try to pound out as many words as we can on day 1. Wish. Us. Luck.

So far, this is what I’ve done in preparation:

  • Complete an outline
    • Deciding on act structure – Done
    • Fleshing out major plot points – In progress
    • Deciding ending ahead of time – Not done
  • Develop characters
    • Main characters – Done
    • Side characters – Not done
  • Do some world building
    • Develop magic system – In progress
    • Country history – Done
    • Culture – In progress
  • Do some planning every day, even if it’s just a sentence or a bullet point – In progress
  • Read some comedy fantasy to get an idea of how different authors incorporate comedy into their fiction
    • Kings of the Wyld – In progress
    • Color of Magic – Not done
  • Do biweekly (at least!) planning sessions with buddy(ies) who are also doing nanowrimo this year – Done

And that is it. I have what I have, and I can only add whatever I complete in the next three days, then I’m heading straight into nanowrimo. I’m really excited but I’m really nervous, too.

If you’re doing nano this year, lemme know! Happy writing!

Nanoplanmo/Preptober Check-in #1!

At the beginning of the month, I made an announcement that I’d be participating in Nanowrimo again this year (11th year running!) and would be doing Nanoplanmo this month in preparation. Today I’m going to check on the progress of those goals. I figured it’d be good to do this a couple times during the month, just to make sure I’m doing what I want to be doing.

My goals were as follows:

  • Complete an outline

This included deciding on my act structure (Done), fleshing out major plot points (Not done), and deciding my ending ahead of time (Not done). When I created this bullet point, I hadn’t any idea what my plot would be to begin with, but since then I’ve actually developed an idea for a plot, so that’s a step. Within the next week or so, I should be able to complete this whole bullet point because of it.

  • Develop characters

This bullet point inlcuded main and side characters, and since I just came up with my plot, my characters are slow-going. I do have a definitive main character though, named and everything, so I’m going to count this one as in progress.

  • Do some world building

Here I wanted to develop the magic system (in progress), country history (done) and cultures (in progress). As you might or might not know, in the past, I’ve written the same plotline over and over again for nano, and this is the first new one for a while. Well, for the old one, I developed a whole world, and then I only used part of it for the story. I’ve decided to make this story in that same world, so that means I have a full country history already, partial magic system, and partial cultures developed. So while I didn’t ‘do’ much of it this past week, it’s already been done, which is nice

  • Do some planning every day, even if it’s just a sentence or a bullet point

This is in progress. Not much more to say.

  • Read some comedy fantasy to get an idea of how different authors incorporate comedy into their fiction

Also in progress. I’m currently reading Kings of the Wyld. Some of the humor in it definitely does not jive with me, but other bits I’m laughing my butt off, so it’s interesting to see how humor that would make one person laugh obviously doesn’t make another laugh. I’ll have to keep that in mind when writing.

  • Do biweekly (at least!) planning sessions with buddy(ies) who are also doing nanowrimo this year

In progress! I’ve already had one, and I have another one planned for next weekend. And between the first and that one, it’ll be biweekly, and then it’s time to start nanowrimo. So… this one is on its way to completion!


Until next update: I plan to develop the plot more, fill out my world building more, and actually start my outline. By the end of the month, I won’t beat myself up if everything’s not pristine – as I said, I tend to be a pantser – but I want to have a rough idea of what I’m going to write and know what all characters are involved and when.

If you’re doing Nanowrimo this year, are you doing nanoplanmo? Lemme know! And add me on the site! They redid everything and everyone lost all their friends and it’s annoying…. so I would like a friend please. ;~;

Nanoplanmo/Preptober! | Goals and TBR

The time has come!

Today begins Nanoplanmo, or Preptober as some people call it. This month, hundreds of thousands of people will begin to brainstorm, outline, and develop their characters. I am no different. Once again, I plan on participating in Nanowrimo – this will be my eleventh year in a row doing this, and if I win, my fifth time winning.

This year is particularly special for me: This will be the first year I’m starting a brand new story from scratch in about five years. Before this, the same story in my head would be written and rewritten every year, and I was never happy with how it turned out. But last year in 2018, I finished a draft, and I liked it.

Therefore, it’s time to start something new. I won’t go into too much detail because honestly I haven’t fleshed it out yet (that’s what this month is for!) but the idea bopping around in my head is a comedy fantasy. Therefore, I’ll be doing a bit of prep to get me used to writing in the subgenre.

Nanoplano Goals

  • Complete an outline
    • Decide what act structure to use
    • Flesh out major plot points
    • Decide ahead of time what my ending will be (with wiggle room)
  • Develop characters
    • Main and side characters
  • Do some worldbuilding
    • Develop the magic system
    • Develop the country(ies) history
    • Develop the culture
  • Do some planning every day, even if it’s just a sentence or a bullet point
  • Read some comedy fantasy to get an idea of how different authors incorporate comedy into their fiction
  • Do biweekly (at least!) planning sessions with buddy(ies) who are also doing nanowrimo this year

Normally, I am a pantser, but last year I did a hybrid between pantsing and planning, and it turned out pretty well. This year, I think I want to try even more planning, just because the story is brand new (though honestly I think I might make it happen in the same world as last year’s story).

As mentioned, I plan on reading some comedy fantasy to inspire me to write my own:

TBR

Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1)

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames – I picked this book up in September specifically so I could read it now. I’ve heard wonderful things about this book, and I’m hoping it’s both inspiring and enjoyable.

The Colour of Magic (Discworld, #1)

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett – How can I claim to want to read comedy fantasy and not pick up Pratchett? He’s the king! And somehow, I haven’t read anything by him yet! I figure between this book and Kings of the Wyld, I’ll get a wide range of comedic fiction, and I hope again, that this is both inspiring and entertaining.


In addition to those two books, I also plan on reading other books this month that don’t particularly have to do with Nano, but hopefully they’ll still be just as entertaining. These two though, along with my buddy read, will be my main focus. Everything else, as you’ll see in tomorrow’s Currently Reading post, will be thrown on the backburner.

Sacrifices must be made!

If you are planning on trying Nanowrimo this year, let me know! Add me as a buddy!

Happy writing, and happy reading!

Three Quotes Challenge – Day 3 | Nanowrimo edition

Book Tag

Hello – welcome to the third day of the three quotes challenge! Today is a day earlier than my normal Saturday post, because tomorrow will be my tentative blogmas posting schedule (which I am super excited for).

I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian!

Continuing my theme of ‘quotes that inspire me for Nanowrimo’, today is going to be another song. I get really, really inspired by songs. Themes, lyrics, stories, all of it is lovely.

Today’s song has inspired me to include a nation that was until recently at uneasy peace. Its west side and east side are no longer able to remain civil after the discovery of something very plot-heavy (and therefore spoilerly) shows that one side has caused the other side strife – death, plague, yada yada. So today’s song/quote/thing is Battlefield sung by Blind Guardian, the tale of one soldier’s experience in a battle that he’s not sure he wants to be in.

If you decided to give it a listen, I hope you liked it!

Today I tag Allboutthembooksandstuff, MetalPhantasmReads and CaptainsQuarters!

And that’s it! Happy reading!

I won Nanowrimo!

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Happy December 4th!

As I’ve mentioned in the past few posts, I participated in Nanowrimo this year. I’ve been doing so every year since 2011. The only years I’ve ever won were years where I wasn’t in college. Any years that I had finals to study for, Nanowrimo always failed spectacularly for me. That pattern held true again this year – no school, so I won! 😀

Winner proof

Is it any good? No! I need to delete about 5000 words straight off from scenes I know won’t be staying, then I can begin editing. Right now it’s a piece of doody.

But it’s 50,000 words worth of doody! 😀


If you participated in Nanowrimo, lemme know how you did!

 

One Lovely Blogger Award | Metal Edition

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Hello! A tag today. I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian, so thanks friend! 😀

The Rules

  1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves and then nominate 15 people.

I think I’m going to take a leaf out of Orangutan’s book and do a music-oriented 7 facts. SO PREPARE FOR A BUNCH OF METAL.

Also, if you’ve ever been curious about metal or never understood what people saw in it, I suggest giving these a listen. Everything I list will be good ‘gateway’ songs, I think. I’ll list other genres or associated things that if you like those ones, you might like the song I’ve posted, too.

(I’m forever trying to get people into metal. It’s so fun :”D)

1 – I grew up listening to Iron Maiden and Guns N Roses

At the time, I didn’t know it was considered metal or what metal even was. I just knew it was the music my dad and uncle listened to. So picture ten year old me singing ‘Hallowed by Thy Name’ with my uncle and cousins, haha.

Example: Hallowed By Thy Name by Iron Maiden

You should listen to this song if you like classic hard rock music

When the priest comes to read me the last rites
I take a look through the bars at the last sights
Of a world that has gone very wrong for me

2 – The first metal band that I discovered by my own accord was Nightwish

There are a lot of Nightwish songs and the band has had three singers at this point (the current one is amazing, imho). I first discovered them because they were in a music video at the end of a movie I was watching. I remember liking them and then forgetting they existed until I randomly came across them again on youtube a year or two later. Been listening ever since. They range from very flowery symphonic metal to heavier stuff. The song I’m listing is somewhere in the middle and almost has a pop-rock-like sound to it.

Example: Amaranth by Nightwish

You should listen to this if you like pop rock, high female voices, angels

Reaching, searching
For something untouched
Hearing voices of the never-fading calling

3 – The band I feel puts on the best live show is Sonata Arctica

I feel like there are certain bands that even if you don’t care for their music, you go to see them perform because they’re just so much fun. This is one of those bands. And by far, the most fun song to listen to by them is FullMoon. There’s just so much audience participation!

Example: FullMoon by Sonata Arctica

You should listen to this if you like rock music, werewolves, happy crowds at concerts

She should not lock the open door
(run away, run away, run way)
Fullmoon is on the sky and he’s not a man anymore
See the change in him but can’t
(run away, run away, run away)
See what became out of her man…
Fullmoon

4 – Every time I hear a band collaborate with a movie or video game, it makes me want to watch or play it

I feel like this doesn’t happen nearly enough!! If you know of any games/movies with metal soundtracks, do tell me

Example: Children of the Smith by Blind Guardian (Dwarves soundtrack)

You should listen to this if you like video game sound tracks and music videos

The old rhymes, they’re on my mind
We’re one tribe
We share our memories, clear and bright
We walk as one, our lives are bound together
We share a fate, we share one fate
We share a fate

5 – I don’t like music with a lot of growling or screaming, so pretty much every band I listen to has clean, well-sung lyrics in their songs

I feel like there’s this misconception outside the metal community that all metal is nothing but growling, walls of sounds and demonic screaming. I mean, sure there is some of that: It’s called black metal, thrash music, death metal, etc etc. There are a bunch of subgenres though that don’t have these features. So getting into the metal genre, you can purposely avoid listening to those or purposely go after those to listen to, depending on your tastes!

Example: Memories by Within Temptation

You should listen to this song if you like singer-songwriter songs, melodic female voices, easy-listening music

All of my memories keep you near.
In silent moments imagine you here.

6 – My favorite kind of metal is the kind with a full-orchestra backing it.

I absolutely love being surrounded by a wall of music while I’m listening. My favorite way to do that is get the metal-sound of the guitars and bass… and then a whole bunch of orchestral music to boot!

Example: Ghost Love Score by Nightwish

You should listen to this if you like orchestra music, classical music, opera, complex sound combinations, chorus music

A siren from the deep came to me
Sang my name my longing
Still I write my songs about that dream of mine
Worth everything I may ever be

7 – I’ve been listening to metal all my life and I feel like it’ll stay that way. My future children will likely grow up as little metalheads, and I’m looking forward to it. :”D

There are certain songs that when I listen to them, I know they’re ones I want to keep with me and teach my kids the lyrics so they can sing them with me flying down the highway like my dad did with me. This is one of those songs.

Example: The Scarecrow by Avantasia

You should listen to this if you like classic rock music, powerful lyrics, AC-DC, inspirational music

So you’re an angel meant to walk down here
And you believe it’s all divine
And you don’t play by all those temporal rules
You watch the world begin to die


And that’s it! I hope you decided to listen to one or two (or all…) of the songs above. If you decide you like metal and want to hear more, ask me for recs! If you already like metal, let me know some of your favorites! I’m always lookin’ for new music.

I tag:

ZezeeWithBooks
AllBoutThemBooksandStuff
ReadingExperienceswithNora
MetalPhantasmReads (hey friend I think you should do metal things. :”D)
DragonsandZombies
HadeerWrites
CaptainsQuarters
ThoughtsonFantasy

Happy reading!

 

Nanowrimo 2016 Wrap Up – Blogmas 12/2

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So, as I’ve mentioned, I kinda buried my Nano novel this year. My goal was to combine novel writing with coding for a couple projects I had to get through. Well, I vastly overestimated how many words I’d get from the coding and vastly underestimated the time it would take me to type those words. So I didn’t get much time to actually write fiction. Most of the ‘novel’ is code, and even then, the word count is not what it’s supposed to be. :”D

Total ‘words’: 11325.

Yep, didn’t even get half way. Didn’t even get a quarter of the way. Here’s how the daily count breaks down:

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So as you see, I was on track for the first three days are so – that was when I was still writing the fiction bit of the wordcount. And then you see a jump around day 8 when I copied in my first chunk of code. And  that was when I figured that copying code as I made it wouldn’t really be accurate, so I decided to wait until the last day and then copy in all the code at once. So that’s that last jump you see from the 30th.

All the other days that are stand-still… I was coding. Not too many words of coding apparently, but that’s what I was doing. I haven’t actually touched the fiction since day 3 or 4. I still have it and hopefully will continue it eventually, but buh. Coding is hard. 😦

I’ve participated in Nanowrimo every year since 2009 or so. And the only two years where I’ve actually won were when I was not in college and was working instead. Homework takes up too much time. When it’s just work and then that’s it, I seem to do better. Hopefully next year will follow this pattern – I’ll be employed by then (in theory).

I hope you all had a fun nanowrimo this year, whether you won or lost! Happy writing. 😀

What Makes Me Happy

Hello! This post was inspired by PeruseProject’s video and I really liked the idea of it. So it’s not really book related, but bear with me. With the results in the US Presidential election, this country I live in is looking pretty bleak. Whether you live here or not, whether you dislike the candidate or not, there’s definitely a feeling of ‘eeeehhhh’ that you have to be picking up on if you’ve heard anything about US politics recently.

Personally, I’m in the middle of it. I’m in a swing state that swung to the candidate I didn’t want when the county I live in reported its votes. Yeah. My county was a huge reason my state flipped. Buh.

So, whether we agree politically or not, whether you live in the US or not, I’m going to also just go through some small things that make me happy in the face of this… turn of events. And I hope that you’re inspired to do the same, regardless of whether you feel any turmoil about things or not. It’s always nice to think about happy things. 🙂


The little music purr my cat does when you touch her tail. She makes this purr sound but kinda meows with her mouth shut so it sounds like a short musical note purr. It’s too cute and she does it almost without fail when her tail is petted.

Getting my code to run with no errors. If you’ve ever coded anything before, you know the feeling of elation I’m talking about. If you haven’t coded, imagine setting up a complex line of dominoes with loops and dips and chain reactions and all sorts of things. Imagine doing practice runs over and over and somewhere, inevitably, you run into a problem and you have to reset the whole thing… Then, after hours of tinkering and playing and aligning things, you knock over that first domino and all of them fall perfectly. Everything goes off without a hitch. Hours of work put into it and it finally paid off.

That’s what it’s like getting code to work. I love that feeling.

Finding out someone plays the same video game as me. I always get so excited when I found out that a person is as obsessed with Civilization games as I am. I love talking strategy and really can only do it with people who play it enough to know how much goes into it.

My SO’s damn puns. Dad jokes. Dumb rhymes. Everything. And then that innocent ‘deer in the headlights’ look he gives me after he cracks them, waiting to see if I’ll catch on. I love those.

Putting fluffy PJs on right after shaving my legs. It’s so soft man, it’s so cuddly. It’s so lovely and warm and comfy and wonderful.

Buying a book without having to double-check my finances. Once in a blue moon, I actually have the money to impulse-buy a book without having to plan it out and save for it. Usually upon getting a bonus at work, which happens again, once in a blue moon. Love grabbing it off the shelf with a sold ‘This baby is MINE’ and buying it and walking out of the store with it.

Putting up a Christmas tree. It makes me feel so warm and happy and lovey. I love Christmas all around, but this is one of my favorite parts.

Painting my nails. It’s one of my few creative outlets that I still do. I used to draw, I used to paint… but I still do my nails and paint doodles and all sorts of things on them. These are my current ones – I did them yesterday. :”D Thanksgiving, ftw.

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Cooking new food. Pinterest is my buddy. Here‘s my page, if you’re interested. I post lots and lots of recipes and other things. I love trying the recipes out – my SO is the perfect guinea pig. Whether or not it turns out well, it’s fun trying it. :”D


So that’s an abbreviated list of things that make me happy and I’m hoping they can help keep me going. If you’d like to make a post like this, go for it. And then let me know so I can read it!

Happy reading. :”D