#NaNoWriMo Day 13: Real Life Gets in the Way

I painted Erie! It looks nothing like her :P
I painted Erie! It looks nothing like her 😛

Happy Friday the 13th, Aledan Merfolk! I’ve had an exciting, busy week, and it’s about to get even more exciting and busy, because YAllFest starts today! I plan to spend the weekend in downtown Charleston, hanging out with author friends and hopefully running into even more author friends! And eating, of course, because you don’t spend a weekend in downtown Charleston without eating at a bunch of amazing restaurants. Rue de John, Closed for Business, Basil, Prohibition…I could go on and on. If you’re going to be in town let me know and we’ll get together for a drink!

NaNo was a bit side-tracked this week. I’ve been writing every day, but it’s been closer to 500 words instead of 1000 (I’m not even trying for 1667 this year – there’s no way it’ll happen). We spent last weekend making all our reservations for our Christmas trip home to see family, then went to a concert on Monday, then bought a car yesterday! Which means all our trip plans have changed because we weren’t expecting to have the car until January 😛 So now we’re trying to rearrange our plans, and it’s making my head spin. I probably won’t get any writing done tomorrow, so here’s hoping I won’t be too YAllFest hungover on Sunday to write.

Maybe next week will be a bit calmer. (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!)

I did have a little revelation about one of the MCs in Enfields last night, so I’m thinking she should be easier to write now. And I’m almost to the really exciting first plot point, where everything suddenly changes for everyone involved. And then…I have no idea what happens until the midpoint. Probably a sex scene. Ok, most definitely a sex scene. And I need to kill an enfield, but not during the sex scene. That would be weird and creepy.

Still can’t wait to edit this giant pile of steaming shit, but I have to have a rough draft to edit first 😉

Have an awesome weekend, Aledans! And I’ll see you at YAllFest!

#NaNoWriMo Day 5: Pulling Teeth

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! We’re on Day 5 of NaNo, and so far writing Enfields has been like pulling teeth. As I’ve mentioned before, the worldbuilding is a hot mess, the beat sheet says helpful things like “something bad happens here”, and most of the cast has no name yet. And I rather suck at describing *anything* in my first drafts. Basically: I can’t wait to edit this steaming pile of shit.

descriptionYep. Usually my first drafts are all floating heads in the void, with pages and pages of dialogue. I rely way too heavily on dialogue, which is why I decided the main character in Enfields is mute. I need to get better at body language and props, and I figured this would be a good way to do it, but holy freaking fox kits is it difficult for me to write a first draft with little to no dialogue (or at least all one-sided dialogue).

I did make it to a really great scene that introduces the bad guy, though, and that was a breeze to write, even with one-sided dialogue. I love me some bad guys. Hopefully now that I’ve hit a part of the book that I know, it won’t be so much like pulling teeth anymore. Despite the difficulty with this first draft, I’ve been getting about 1k/day, which isn’t bad. It’s not NaNo-fast, but I’ve won NaNo plenty of times in the past and no longer feel the need to prove I can do it. If I can pull out all of Enfield’s teeth in four months, I’ll be happy.

And then I get to edit 🙂

In non-NaNo news, a bit of sadness: PonyFest15 is cancelled, because I only received two entries 🙁 I’ve been too busy to promote it properly, and everyone else has been too busy doing NaNo to enter, I guess. We’ll try again next year at the normal time (Sept/Oct).

I’ll still have a custom pony for you this weekend. Have a wonderful weekend full of words, Aledans!

Enfields World Building is a Hot Mess

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! I don’t even know how it’s already Thursday. Where did the week go? The month? It’s almost Halloween and I don’t even have a costume! Yikes.

It’s also almost NaNo time, and my Enfields world building is a mess. An utter mess. But I did switch the gender of the MC’s love interest from male to female, which makes much more sense for her actions. Bonus: all female cast! I also figured out a bit of the love interest’s backstory, so that’s helpful. And I had a dream about giraffe/camel hybrids, so guess what’s going into the book? That’s right: gimels…or caraffes? Camaffes? Girmels? I gotta look up some scientific names and see if they make more sense.

See, I told you the world building was a mess 😉

I’m still reading SHARPE’S TIGER and listening to HALF A KING. I finished one CP project and I’m deep into another. And Hubs and I are watching Star Trek: The Next Generation from start to finish, so that’s fun 🙂 Two episodes of ST:TNG and then a half a chapter of SHARPE a night (half a chapter because the chapters are so damn long! There are only 11 chapters in a 377 page book).

In super exciting news: PonyFest15 will be announced this weekend! If you haven’t heard of PonyFest, it’s a chance to design a my little pony based on your book and win a custom based on your design! Plus books, of course! Come back on Sunday to check it out – it’s a ton of fun 🙂

Have a good weekend, Aledans, and if you want to be NaNo buddies, add me here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/becka

Because you can't have an update post without a chicken picture.
Because you can’t have an update post without a chicken picture. Princess Mononoke (black and white) and Ripley (brown and yellow).

Worldbuilding ENFIELDS and Gearing Up for #NaNo

Happy Friday, Aledan Merfolk! I totally forgot that yesterday was Update day, and with all the posting I’ve done in the past week (the return of Custom Pony of the Week AND Science Tuesday!), you’re probably sick of me. Be prepared, because I have another custom this weekend, and plan to post Science Tuesday again next week 😉

I spent most of the past week world building Enfields. I had a wonderful dream with lush scenery that’s stuck with me so much that I just know that’s the world I’m using. Jungles and mountains and rivers and lots of green and pink and purple. I have yet to name my MC – or any of the other characters – but I’m coming up with a lot of creatures to populate my world. Since enfields are fox/hawk hybrids, I’m mashing together other animals to see what sticks. The angler adder is my favorite so far: it’s a venomous snake with an angler fish’s lure poking out of its forehead to attract prey. It likes to eat enfields.

There’s also a dragon. Cause, you know, dragons.

I finished reading SHRIKE by Emmie Mears this week, and I tell you what: she does not shy away from the body count! I loved it <3 I started SHARPE’S TIGER by Bernard Cornwell (holy 36 page long first chapter!), and I’m listening to HALF A KING by Joe Abercrombie. I’m also knee-deep in CPing for two people.

NaNoWriMo is coming up, and if I can get a bit more world building finished for Enfields I think I’m going to give it a try. I haven’t had success with NaNo the past two times I tried it (first with Book of Souls, then with the boring YA version of StO), but I used to be ML and won six years in a row. Either way, it’ll be super fun to go to write-ins again, and I need to get the first draft of Enfields written at some point. Might as well use the energy of NaNo to do it. This will definitely be one of those books where the first draft will be really rough. StO’s first draft was a breeze and pretty damn solid. Enfields will be a hot mess 🙂

That’s ok. I really like re-writing books *coughsFieEoincoughs*

Mononoke ten feet up in the tree (Ripley is hiding behind her)
Mononoke ten feet up in the tree (Ripley is hiding behind her)

In a bit of chicken news: we had to move the coop because the ladies figured out how to use it to climb the fence and hide up in the trees in the neighbor’s yard. THAT WAS FUN. We managed to get them down without injuring them (or us), and moved the coop to the side of the house where they can jump on the roof instead (we watched them try to figure it out last night. I don’t think they’ll be able to make it). Hopefully we’ll get some eggs next month – they’re getting big! And they definitely aren’t roosters this time.

Have a wonderful weekend, Aledans, and make sure you pop back in on Sunday for a Toothless custom!

NaNoWriMo Procrastination

There are at least two types of Nano-ers.  The first type is religiously on top of things: staying up until midnight to get those first few words, waking up early to write before work or school, using lunches, breaks, dinner and dessert to up their word count.

 Then there is the second type.  They go to bed at the normal time, set the alarm clock early in an effort to get up and type before work but then hit snooze until they are late, write a measly 500 words at lunch, then go out to dinner with the rest of the Wrimos to drink and finish the night with a shopping spree at Victoria’s Secret (in my defense, the cats ate my pajama shirts last week – all of them) and another 500 words of absolute word-puke.  And then of course I let out the inner editor to mildly fix the word-puke into something postable.

 If you want to read the mildly-edited wordpuke, you can visit Pike’s Revenge and ask me for the secret password.

 After day one I am behind 199 words.  Not bad.  Especially since I plan on writing 15k this weekend – most of it on Saturday.


So, tomorrow another sticky will be going up, but today I wanted to talk about NaNoWriMo.  For those of you who don’t know it yet, November is National Novel Writing Month, where you write a 50,000 word book in a month.  What do you win if you succeed?  A little graphic of a man running with a pencil.  And a completed manuscript that would be laughed at if you showed it to anyone.  I won’t be showing mine here, but if you visit Pike’s Revenge and get yourself friended I’d be happy to let you read my work and help me edit it later.  Because the whole point of Nano is the word count. 

It doesn’t matter if your book sucks (and trust me, it’s going to suck).  It doesn’t matter if you type out the word MOO forty seven thousand times to reach your goal (yes, I know someone who has done this – although 47k is probably an exaggeration 😉 ), it just matters that you are writing, furiously, for 30 days.  You will survive on coffee and a masochistic need to “win” for the entire month (including Thanksgiving – holidays just don’t get better than asking your husband if you can take dinner to your computer).  You will become a master at writing things in the longest, most round-about way you can, and you will not use hyphens in your words for the entire month!  (hyphenated words only count as one word!) 

You will miss all the sales on Black Friday even though you will be up early that morning.  You will instead be typing for your life because you are only at 27k and need to reach 50k by midnight on the 30th.

 I’ve already scanned all of my sticky notes for the month of November to try desperately to update in the midst of all this craziness.  I wish all of you participating in Nano a hearty Good Luck.  As for myself – I’ve already started ingesting massive amounts of caffeine to get my body ready.