Monday, October 31, 2011

One day more...

Another day, another destiny, this neverending road to...

Gah! Shut up, stupid mind(ear)worm! See? See? This is why I don't listen to music with words when I'm trying to write. Next thing you know, I'll have a bunch of oppressed people rise up against tyranny in revolution, and it will all end in buckets of blood and tears and...

Oh. Too late. I am having all that in my novel, according to my outline. Whether I can pull it off is another matter. I've been skimming over last year's NaNo, and it's a truly wince-inducing experience. I just want to take an axe to it. Still, being ever the optimist, I tell myself that's ok, that the important thing is to get this story told. After that I can go back and edit out all the incongruous bits that fell in from the OTHER story, you know, the BAD one. Ha ha ha.

Anyway, technically, it's LESS than a day till NaNo starts. But since I don't usually stay up past 11 pm, I'm not gonna get started until tomorrow morning. After I get the first batch of kids off to school...

So yeah.

One day to a new beginning...

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Countdown continues!

Well, no duh. Isn't that the nature of a countdown? So about 4 more days to go. Ready? Ready? READY?


  • Alarm clock. Working alarm clock! CHECK.
  • Donation to NaNoWriMo. CHECK.
  • Outline for novel. CHECK. Er. Mostly. Yeah. Kinda. Sorta. I have some notes, yes.
  • Clean the house. Ah. I'll get back to you on that.
  • Jack-o-lanterns carved. Um. I'll do that on Sunday.
  • Kids have Halloween costumes? Probably.
  • Fix the mumble mumble mumble deleted mumble. No.
  • Find my leaf blower. It's gotta be in there somewhere.
  • Do stuff with the garden. Get rid of the damned garlic chives!!! When I'm procrastinating during November.
  • Regain sanity. No no, too early for that. Ask me in December.
  • Get new glasses. Real soon now.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Less than a week to the starting line!

Yargh! A week until NaNoWriMo officially starts. It's going to be evil this year. I'm feeling more blah than ever. And I really need to get it done in the first three weeks or so. I swear, I'll try REALLY HARD to go for 5000 words a day. That's about a chapter a day, what with my fairly long chapters. I now have an outline (it almost makes sense now) for about 11 chapters.

As usual, I'm getting all obsessed with the side characters! Gah! I suppose because everyone turns all boring and stupid once I focus on them and actually write about them. Also, maybe it's because villains are cooler anyway. These two are the other ends of the main love triangle things I have going. I suppose the triangle is more credible if I do flesh out the "other woman"/"other man" enough to give them their own interesting stories.

My whole "way back when/past lives" section is going to be from the view of Lady Bloodless (before she was ever called that). So we'll be looking at Nyima/Bear's past lives from the outside. We can roll our eyes with Lady Bloodless at their lovey-dovey relationship. Or something. And Lady Bloodless will do that whole he-saved-me-I-love-him! thing. In the "now/what-the-heck" section, by symmetry, we'll have Lady Bloodless doing the saving, so then Bear will feel obligated to go with her even if he doesn't actually love her (because she saved Nyima as well!).

So that's the plan. Yes! I have a plan! Mwah ha ha ha ha ha ha!

My outline even includes the bit where Prince Senge's crazy mother has had her son's corpse mummified and now animates it as a life-size puppet using her evil hair! Ha ha ha ha ha! (Ok, fine, just imagine it as an anime sequence here.)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Outline, outline, la la la

Today I'm gonna work on the outline for my 2011 NaNo project. I think I'm just one of those people that really needs some kind of plan before trying to write something. Without a map, I get hopelessly lost. I usually end up diverging from the outline, but that's ok. I can always make up a new plan. The outline gives me the momentum to keep writing.

I tried to do my Camp NaNo stories without an outline. Massive fail. Not to say I would have succeeded if I had used an outline, but I probably would have got farther in the story than I did. Once I start writing down the outline, it's not as much of a leap to start writing words in the actual story. Later, reading the outline helps me get into the right frame of mind for continuing onwards.

Not that my outlines are very detailed. I find if I put too much into the outline, it kills the story for me. I end up feeling as if I've already written the whole thing. Time for a new project! Oops.

So yeah. I'm picking up from where I left off last year (coincidentally or not, the same point where my NaNo diverged massively from last year's outline!) and patching it into the new plotline I'm adding in this year. This includes adding in another minor love story, ha ha, that cliche where two side characters who were hopelessly in love with the major characters keep squabbling with each other and finally realize they're in love with each other. Well, demonic torture will probably be involved, but they're who they are and that's what they do.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

I'm gonna cheat at NaNo this year...

It's October, which means it's time to think about NaNoWriMo, which means I'm thinking that I really just want to finish the novel I started last year. So I will. I already know I can write the first 50,000 words of a novel in a month, as I've done it for the past six years. It will be more useful and entertaining (for me) if I can write the second 50,000 words of a novel in a month. I do have new ideas for the story.

I will pick up with a "THEN" (past) section, but this time jumping hundreds of years (or possibly over 2-3000) into the past of Shambhala. As usual for these fantasy novels, I don't think things change as much as they do in real life (blame the conservatism of magic.) I will do it from the point of view of the character now known as "Lady Bloodless" and see how the old love triangle thing played out in their past lives (which she is the only one to remember now) between her, Nyima, and the Bear.

So that means, before I start, I have to invent a whole new set of cheesy fantasy names. Grrr. Ok, Lady Bloodless was a slave-assassin created by the priests using the magical mutagenic properties of their imprisoned superweapon, so she was named for her year of birth: Golden Serpent 14. And the other two were pirate-rebels. He was the Navigator and she was the Warleader. They also had names, obviously. Grrr. I'll decide on them by November. Anyway, I have to explain what happened to the old Shambhalan Empire, and what happened to turn everyone else into demons.

(Ok, and let's not talk about the Santa Claus versus Drosselmeyer faceoff, which wasn't nearly as much fun to think about as I'd hoped. I hearby banish it from my mind!)

Blah blah blah. Random babble to get into the mood for novel-writing.