NaNoWriMo Update: The Final One

Sorry this didn’t go up yesterday, but I don’t care to write them in advance.

Last week went great, I went from barely keeping up to nearly a day ahead. Honestly it was a bit of a blur to me.

Sunday Raked leaves and wrote.

Monday I don’t remember and wrote

Tuesday Volunteered most of the day and wrote

Wednesday Babysat most of the day and wrote

Thursday Worked at the library in the afternoon and wrote

Friday Cleaned, cooked and wrote

Saturday Rested till dark then wrote.

I am certain that I will finish now, but I want to reward myself with something. Do you have any ideas?

I only did that people would grow tired of me.” Tomsa complained.

“If we don’t go to war, no one will grow tired of you, but even if we do I’m sure that most people will be happy to have you enliven their day. Even Lorta is in a better position to be helpful to the cause than me, everyone will be glad that their children will be educated. I’m just a fisherman as

 

Nanowrimo Update: Two Weeks Left

As I had no idea how to title this update I decided why not go with a statement of fact. If you want to check out the past couple of updates this is last weeks and this is the first.

You may have noticed that there were no blog posts at all this week. I had four or five planned but they all fell through, due to bad internet connection, lack of time, lack of resources, and a general not wanting to. Also, the one I wanted to do on Friday I want to check with a friend before I post it as it could be seen as a little mean…

Oh, yeah this is a Nano update. Let me remember:

es 1 Oh wait that is to far back in the past. Just this past week will do.

Sunday, I didn’t do super well, but I had to work for five hours so that was fine.

Monday, I was supposed to do really well on Monday, but I got accused of something I hadn’t done and it really hurt. I couldn’t get it out of my mind and I couldn’t write.

Tuesday, the after-effects of Monday were still reverberating through my mind, I also spent the day volunteering so I got little more than two hundred words written.

Wednesday, I had to work for a few hours and cook dinner, but I got more than two thousand words written.

Thursday, I had five hours of work that I spent making a cute scene for the library. I only got a couple thousand words written.

Friday. I was babysitting, so I only got a couple hundred words written in the morning. I had to quit writing a bit before five so I could help get ready for Sabbath as I make a point of not writing on the Sabbath.

Saturday, I was able to get a bit over a thousand words written after supper even though Mom was reading aloud a book to us. I hope to do better than that author, who I will not mention, but if you really want to know I did just add the book to Goodreads, so… Do with that knowledge as you will.

Next week should be calmer and so I hope to be able to get ahead as I am will be spending the last week of the month traveling to see family.

Now for a snippet

would switch which arm I was carrying it with at the end of every mountain.

I understood as I walked with the shield why soldiers at least would see the Jaars Mountains as dreadfully treacherous. The large size of the kite shield makes walking over the rough terrain absolutely horrible. I had to lift it up over this, while watching the top to make sure any of the weapon catchers didn’t catch on a branch. Meanwhile the sword was acting as a loose limb that doesn’t even bend.

For two half mountains I tried carrying the sword in my opposite hand as well. That was a little easier in some ways, but the lack of rest of either arm was too much and I had to quit. Dunnos was sympathetic but he enjoyed the fact that because of my weapons we were forced to walk at a speed he could keep up with even in cat form. Sam was impatient with the speed

It’s a classic horrible snippet, but things are starting to get exciting. If you’ve been following my Ko-fi account, you may have run across ****, he has a name now, it’s Bill.

I have been eating cabbage as my snack, it’s been lovely.

I hope I’m not going to light on the descriptions it took me until page 27 to mention the fact that the main character is ambidextrous and that is the only thing you know about him. Or anyone, except Dunnos and Sam.

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My story is weird. Okay?

NaNoWriMo Update: On Track

Yes. Yes. Yes.

As of lateish last night I got back on track to win Nano for the second time in a week. I probably would be ahead, but…

My sisters left Sunday morning. I had to set up my desk and clean the Air BnB. I managed okay.

Monday I spent the morning babysitting. Then we spent the evening going to get the title cleared up for our new mini van. So minimal writing.

Tuesday I passed two thousand words in one day for the first time! Yes!

Wednesday I wrote even more.

Thursday, the library was super quiet so I was able to get nearly a thousand words there. That was the day I wrote the most at nearly three thousand. I made it to being on track.

Friday was not so great as I had to clean, but I got over a thousand words out.

Yesterday evening I stayed up writing to 10:30 and got back on track.

I will be working at around five days this week. Not great. I may be working six days, or I may end up actually working on Tuesday and not volunteering. We’ll see how I do.

<<<<<<Now For a Snippet>>>>

was back with my uncle and what came out was,

“I’m pretty sure Tret is faking being sick, Aallanna has told me how to do it in the past so I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s told him too.”

“He needn’t fake being sick and he oughtn’t, if he wants a morning off he just has to tell me. As much as I like the two of you doing the animals when you are both here it’s not necessary, I’ve done them all by myself a time or two.”

That left me in no better a position to move the conversation

Yes, my snippets are mean.

If you want smaller snippets more frequently you should check out my ko-fi. I’ve been posting first lines I’ve written and somewhat accurate daily word counts.

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NaNoWriMo Update 1

I’m actually writing a post way ahead of time for once. It’s the evening before I plan on posting this and I’m writing in between working on Containsia.

How Have I Been Doing?

Not well.

Friday was of course the first day and I… spent four hours cleaning house. Than I had to shower to get ready for Shabbot. I also had to check in at the library. So I only got 1188 words written. Not bad but not great. Today I started writing after dinner. I’ve gotten a couple hundred words in but at the bottom I’ll put a final first two days word count.

How Will Next Week Be?

Not much better.

I have to clean the Lodge on Sunday. (side note D and M are finally leaving, I’ll have a room to myself, I hope this will help me write quicker)

On Monday I get to Babysit a toddler. (we’ll see how that goes)

On Tuesday I go back to clean the last third of the house I helped with on Friday.

Wednesday I currently clear, but Thursday afternoon I work at the library again.

Friday will be just getting ready for Shabbot.

And most of Saturday is to rest on. So not looking to great.

Other Matters.

If you want more regular updates…

….on my writing check out my Ko-Fi page. Towards the beginning of my writing I’ll be posting the first sentence I wrote that day and towards the end I’ll post a rough estimate of how many words I’ve written. I also am aiming towards the goal of having a dollar per thousand words to treat myself with once I finish Nano. I don’t know yet what I want to get.

What else is happening this month?

I have one ARC. (Martin’s Legacy by Abigayle Claire) An impossible article for Oh Beloved One magazine. My neiphling will be born. Thanksgiving of course. Oldest Brother turning older. And maybe more.

How is your Nano coming? And what do you have to do this month?

Odds And Ends About Containsia

So I’m not going to torture you by posting “The Annals Of Trade“, but as I’m writing a high fantasy novel for Nano, I thought I would share some of the world building and other crazy stuff. If you want a tiny bit of background look at my Nano 20 Questions Tag.

Chapter 1 Attempt 1

A boy strode through the forest.

The Featured Image is the Containsian Alphabet. It is properly known as the batid. Pencils have two points.

“The poor can be richer than the rich if they have peace.”

“Sam” will be the name of my baby dragon for the whole of the first book. Later on he will gain three longer, more pretentious, and meaningful names.

Chapter 1 Attempt 2

Peson sat in the By eating a meal when the door opened and one of his best friend’s came in, Zimran.

 

Onontets are queer type of being. Their heads are in the shape of a clove of garlic and their ears are like Lecran ears. Onontets are artists. Some of them work with visual arts, some work with audible arts, some work with textile arts, and some work with growing arts. The ones that work with visual arts are called Feg Onontets, the ones that work with audible arts are called Fet Onontets, the ones that work with textile arts are called Fep Onontets, and the ones that work with growing arts are called Ba Onontets. Another type of Onontet is the Fegfep onontets.

The Batid, Chant

Bab, Tat, Dad, Faf, Gag,

Hah, Jaj, Waw, Zaz,

Yay, Mam, Sas, Nan, Pap,

Rar, Kak, Lal, Vav.

A year varies in number of months and starts when the first peach shipment arrives in Hibroolby.

Chapter 1 Attempt 3

He stood by Sam´s side as he listened to the questioning ceremony.*

*Side Note, but this may be my favorite of the attempted beginnings.

The smallest Containsian unit of length is the Toe. The toe is the length of a big toe, about one and a half inches long.

“Rules and laws were made to ensure everyone has the best possible time, breaking them makes someone else feel bad.”

Rice and maize are the most common grains of Containsia.

Chapter 1 Attempt 4

At the bottom of a cliff sat a boy, behind him stood an old man and stag.

I thought I had another beginning of a chapter written on paper, but I can’t find it. So I’ll end this rather odd post here.

The NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag

Rules

  1. Thank the awesome blogger who tagged you!
  2. Link back to the creator of this tag, Sophie @Sophie’s Corner. (I want to hear about your NaNo novels!!)
  3. Feel free to use the NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag graphics!
  4. Answer the questions.
  5. Tag some friends who are also doing NaNo this year.
  6. And have fun!!!

 

Thanks Sophie for tagging me and letting me use the graphics

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Tell me about your NaNoWriMo project this year! Give me a blurb!

Come to Containsia a place with no gluten and no magic. Hiding from the Empire there maybe Centaurs, Dragons, Dryads, Dwarves, Elves, Fairies, Goblins, Lecrans, Nyads, Onontets, Trolls, Werecats, Weregoats, Werewolves and the occasional talking animal.

Zimran has a few problems. On one hand Zimran has “The Mark of Goozon”, on the other he has “The Mark Dracone”, in the back of his mind is the fact that both he and his sister is of age to wed, never mind the fact that the shunned have been in contact with him.

What’s the genre?

Epic. YA. High. Fantasy. With, No, Magic. There, Will, Be, Dragons. And, Elves. And, Fairies. So…

Describe your MC in three words.

Dragon-rider, Brother, Stressed

Without spoilers, describe your villain in three words.

Empire, Evil, Cliche?

Not to be vague, but this is book one of a (hopefully) five book series, so …

What is your goal? (the traditional 50K? 20K? 5K? or……. 100K?)

Traditional, Traditional, Traditional. I want to hit 50K, but it’s not to important.

Is this your first draft? Second? Third?

First draft, attempt six….

Yes. This story has been around a bit.

Are you starting a new project (or draft), or continuing an existing one?

Starting a new draft. None of the existing drafts are up to snuff, but I will reread them all.

What is your favorite time to write in the day?

Mid morning?

Where are you going to write?

It depends. Hopefully on my desk in my room. But I’m still sharing with my sisters and the desk isn’t made yet. Probably on my lap, in my chair, in the living room. Possibly on my bed.

Computer or paper?

Computer, but I may switch to paper. There are advantages to both.

NaNoWriMo is a huge commitment!! How are you going to make time to write?

By reading less. I’m considering almost completely stopping reading on my computer and using that time to write.

Are you going to participate in local or online NaNoWriMo events? (e.g. kick-off parties in your city, write-ins, virtual writing sprints…)

Maybe… Yes! I’m hoping my boss librarian will let me hold a write-in or two in the local library, but I’ll probably do some sprints as well.

Do you write from beginning to end or skip around?

Beginning to end. At a later point some scenes may skip around. But it is supposed to be beginning to end.

Planner or pantser? (or plantser?)

I’m planning. It is slow going. Last time I pantsed.

What will be your go-to NaNoWriMo snack?

Cabbage! Private jokes from Camp Nano aside. Apples, Oranges, Cabbage.

Choice of caffeine? (or no caffeine?)

Mostly no, but I’ll have a cup of black tea on occasion.

Any rewards for milestone achievements? For finishing NaNoWriMo?

Ummm…. Maybe I should do this…. Ummm…. I’m trying to save money…. Ummm…. I really think this is a good idea, but I’ve never really done it. I don’t know what to make my rewards… Mom suggested that I get a sticker for every day I write. What the final reward will be is beyond me. Give me your suggestions.

Share a tip for other NaNo-ers!

Plan ahead. You probably know what days you definitely  won’t be able to write on. (I’m looking at you Thanksgiving) so plan ahead and bump up our word count goal accordingly.

How are you feeling about NaNoWriMo? (Excited?! Nervous!? Terrified?!)

Not terrified. I don’t put that much concern into the matter.

Share an aesthetic for your NaNoWriMo novel!

Now to be perfectly honest I’ve never made an aesthetic for anything, so tell me how I did.

The vast majority of these are from Pinterest. Because I realized I wanted to do this tag on Sunday the 13th, last Friday I went to the library and did some pin-surfing. If you want to see other options I considered for this aesthetic and more behind the scenes stuff check out my Containsia board.

I want to tag these wonderful people!

Bella Putt

Ariana

Jenna

Sunny

Megs

Brooklyne

Sarah

I thought there was a couple more people I wanted to tag, but I can’t find them right now, so I’ll edit it if I remember.

If you want to encourage me or keep track of how I’m doing you can buddy me on NaNoWriMo or buy me a coffee.

I added the tag to my bookstagram

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