Camp Ramblings 4-21-14

Well, I finally cracked the halfway point, with 25,026 words written.  That means that I still have 24.974 words to go, and need to write an average of 2498 words per day to finish by the end of the month.  (And at my current rate I’ll hit my goal on May 12.)

I’m still going to try, though, especially as I’m on a roll, of sorts.

See, the original plan was to finish Books One and Two of The Other Mages trilogy, but then I realized that 50k wouldn’t be enough to finish both books, so the plan became to finish Book One and use any extra time (and words) to continue Book Two.

Both plans seem to have amused my muse, however, because early this morning I had a burst of inspiration for… Book Three.

I’d be more upset by this seeming disobedience if said burst of inspiration didn’t also solve a huge logic problem at the start of Book Three. (It does come with a few logic problems of its own, but they are a lot less troublesome – and more easily fixable – than the one that was already there.)

I do feel rather like I’m cheating, though.  I really wanted to get Books One and Two finished this month.  On the other hand, at least I am writing, and it is the same series…

And there’s always next camp….

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Sunday Excerpt — April 20, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel (still in progress) with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

(I am done with beta readers, and Sanguine is in next-to-final-edit stage, so this is still a work in progress and the following lines may or may not have been hacked and recombined and creatively punctuated to fit into 10 sentences.)

Skipping ahead a bit to start introducing some other characters – and a few bits of Gregor’s past.  In this post, Kaen and Gregor have gone to clean out Gregor’s quarters on the station.  Kaen  has been looking through a photo album while Gregor packs.  Picking up a couple lines from where I left off last week – Kaen has asked Gregor to tell him what happened to Sergiu.

 

“We were captured,” he said, his voice flat and emotionless.  “They… they wanted…”  His voice broke for a moment and he took a deep breath to regain control.  “What do you know of the Erid’thu, Master?”

“Not much, I’m afraid, only that they have been warring with their nearest neighbor, the Solovei for — well, pretty much since they first met each other.”

“Do you know about the Ferrastin?”

Kaen winced as a pain shot through his head. “Yes, but I — I don’t… it seems… familiar, but…”

“They are vampires — a subclass of vampires – not true vampires, not what you are, but they are closer to what the popular myth is.  They are… they are evil, Master. They arose during a dark period of vampire history…”  He took a deep shaky breath.  “They still exist, and they have made Erid’thu their home world.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Camp Ramblings 4-18-14

Well, here it is, Friday again, and I feel like I’m falling even further behind, probably because I am.  I did get a burst of words in late yesterday, though, which gives me hope that this is still doable, even though I have to write 2354 words per day in order to finish on time and I’m lucky to get a thousand in on work days.

I have gone from stilted and probably repeating myself and through focusing on a minor character’s back story, to probably being too preachy, but, hey, that’s all stuff to worry about when it’s time to edit this mess.

I may also have to retcon and rewrite a few parts, but… Yep! You got it!  That’s something to worry about in the first round edit.

Right now I have enough to worry about with the word count, but on a brighter note I’m discovering that sitting down and making myself write seems to be pushing the blocked feeling away — the more I write the better the words flow.

I’m working the next three days, so most likely won’t get more than another 3k written over the weekend.  I’m off on Monday, though, and have no plans to go anywhere, so maybe, just maybe, I can make some inroads on my word deficit.

Besides, I’m just too stubborn to give up.

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Camp Ramblings 4-14-14

So, April is nearly half over and I’m just over a quarter of the way to my word count goal.

So, am I going to do something rational like adjust my goal?

Of course not!

In order to finish on time I only need to write about 2000 words a day.  I can do that.

Well, okay, maybe I can’t do that on work days but I’m doing pretty good at getting about a thousand in on work days, so if I can do three to five thousand on my days off…

Yeah, it’s still doable!

Totally.

Granted, I’d feel more confident if I had a detailed outline to work from, but I can still do it.  I’m not sure that both novels will be finished, but I will hit 50k.  And if the words are all for book one of the trilogy, that’s okay.  It’s really too short as it is and could use another 50,000 words.  (That might make it too long, but I am pretty sure that I’ve been repeating myself a lot lately, so it’ll be easy to shave some stuff off when it’s time to edit.)

I’m also spending a lot of time with a minor character who has become more important than intended.  (He’s the second character in this trilogy to do that.)

Anyhow, my two days off this week are pretty packed, especially Wednesday, but I’m going to try hit 25k by Friday.

Doable?

If I can stay awake…

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Sunday Excerpt — April 13, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel (still in progress) with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

(I am done with beta readers, and Sanguine is in next-to-final-edit stage, so this is still a work in progress and the following lines may or may not have been hacked and recombined and creatively punctuated to fit into 10 sentences.)

Skipping ahead a bit to start introducing some other characters – and a few bits of Gregor’s past.  In this post, Kaen and Gregor have gone to clean out Gregor’s quarters on the station.  Kaen  has been looking through a photo album while Gregor packs.

 

“How long have you been gone?”

“Six years, Master.  I left when I was sixteen, traveling with my Uncle Sergiu.”

“What happened?”  Kaen asked, hearing an odd note in Gregor’s voice.

“He…”  He took a deep breath.  “It is a long story, Master.”

“Tell me.”

Gregor sighed.  “We were in the Kirril quadrant, and we got caught up in one of the spats between the Solovei and the Erid’thu.   We were safe enough – we were passengers on board a Paragon class trader – but when we went planet-side we… We landed just before an assault team of Erid’thu.” 

“He was killed?”

“Not… not right away.”

 

 

 

 

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Camp Ramblings 4-11-14

Bribery.

Sometimes, that’s what it takes.

The deal was that if I got to 10k by the end of the day yesterday I could look at some of the sites that sell rat cage accessories (hammocks, etc) with proceeds going to rat rescue groups.  (And knowing me, as I look I’ll make a wish list.)

And if I hit 15k by the end of the day today I can order something.  (Depending on how my checking account looks after bills, of course…)

So, did it work?  Well…

I wrote 3484 words yesterday, bringing my monthly total to just over 10k. I’m still over 6,000 words behind where I need to be, but I seem to be back on track now and I’m hoping to hit 15k before today is over.

(I work the next four days so writing will be at a minimum, but I’m still hoping to hold to about a thousand words a day so I don’t fall too much further behind.)

But the really good news is that I do seem to be back on track.  The story is rolling and unfolding, and although I’m not quite sure where it’s going, at least it’s going somewhere.

I may need to cut out a large part of what I’m currently writing, but then, an unexpected gem of inspiration might pop out of it, rather like the vision that I was expecting to happen.

And I’m leaving myself the usual notes to make sure that previous conversations happened, and to show not tell – but I’m letting myself tell for now just so I can get on with the story.

In short, I’m enjoying the process again.

And that’s all that matters, right?

 

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Camp Ramblings 4-7-14

Well, I’m still behind by about two and a half days.  I’ll do my best to close the gap some today.  (I’m hoping for a 3k day — I’m too “out of shape” to think I can do 5k.)

But the good news is that it’s getting easier.

I’ve been using 750words.com to get myself to write, and for the first couple days it was hard: each word felt like I was pulling it out of a concrete block.  (I haven’t gone back and re-read what I wrote, but I’m guessing it reads like a concrete block, too.)  Yesterday, however, the words flowed much more easily.  I’m pretty sure it’s still stilted and awkward, but it’s getting better,  and I’m learning to go with the flow of the story again.

No, that’s not quite right.  I’m learning to let the story flow.

I don’t really have an outline for this — just a few points that need to be covered — so I’m sort of pantsing* it.

I normally do work with an outline:  it keeps me on track, and the more detailed I make it the faster and easier my writing goes.   But in a way, it does interrupt the flow of the story.  This one has just branched off in a direction I hadn’t expected, with a minor character having a vision that is going to be reflected in Book Three, which happens almost 20 years after this one.  It’s genius!

Or it would be if I had, you know… planned it…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*pantsing: writing by the seat of your pants

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Sunday Excerpt — April 6, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel (still in progress) with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

(I am done with beta readers, and Sanguine is in next-to-final-edit stage, so this is still a work in progress and the following lines may or may not have been hacked and recombined and creatively punctuated to fit into 10 sentences.)

Picking up from last week’s snippet:

 

Kaen shook his head sharply as he returned to himself, still in the grip of memories that he could not quite recall.   “Gregor?  What…?”  The memory of what had just happened faded into unreality, but Gregor was there, Gregor was real.

Gregor smiled and ran his fingers through Kaen’s hair again.  “It’s all right, Master, I understand and you will too – soon.”  He sighed and reluctantly pulled away.  “We had better get dressed  – it will not do for the decorators to find the ship’s captain strutting around naked.”

Kaen laughed and kissed him lightly. 

“By the way,” Gregor asked as he pulled his shirt – a dark red turtleneck – on over his head, “how old are you, Master?”

“I don’t know.”  For a moment Kaen’s eyes were troubled. “I lost some memories as the result of a duel with another vampire.   I lost.  I lived, but I lost… everything…”

 

 

 

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Camp Ramblings 4-4-14

For the first time ever I am behind on the word count for NaNoWriMo.  As in, at the time of this writing, I am at less than half of the minimum words per day to hit goal.

It sucks.

I keep telling myself that I can get caught up.  After all, I know what it takes and I know that I can do 5000 words on a day off.

So why, with having just had three days off, is my word count below 3000 words?

I’ve just not been feeling it.

So I’ve been procrastinating.

I haven’t gotten quite so desperate as to do housework to avoid writing (I use that to get over writer’s block and I haven’t really felt blocked, just… uninspired) but I have let myself be distracted by anything and everything that catches my attention.   I even went shopping!  (And I hate to shop.)

But I’m still plugging away, thanks to 750words.com.  I lost my huge 1000+ day streak on it due to some weird scheduling at work that left me too brain-fogged to even think about it and I’ve been just sort of using it randomly since then.  But now I’m determined to get back into the habit of writing every day, using Camp NaNoWriMo as the impetus.

So I’ve forced myself to write.

Even though I felt like I was just going through the motions, just rambling and not really going anywhere with the story, I forced myself to write.

And you know what?  Even though it’s only been a few days, I am starting to feel it again.

But it’s there: the urge to write, to put words on paper – even on the fake paper of a Word doc.

I’ve missed it, and I’m glad it’s back.

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Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I’ll Write You Tomorrow…

Camp’s only a day away…

Yeah, I know.  I can’t sing.  Pretend I’m on key, all right?

All right.  Now then, as I was saying…

Tomorrow Camp NaNoWriMo starts and never have I been this unprepared.

I take that back.  I may have been this unprepared for the first NaNoWriMo I ever did, which makes it sort of appropriate, in a way.

My first NaNoWriMo resulted in the rough draft of a book which I realized as I wrote it was the third book of a trilogy.  This year, finally, I am getting around to finishing said trilogy.  Books one and two have been started for a while and have been languishing in a forgotten folder on my computer, but no more!  Now they are seeing the light of day, breathing the fresh air of Camp NaNoWriMo, and hopefully not drowning me in the lake.

The novels-to-be are all packed and ready to go.

They have their characters, their stuffed plot bunnies, and their favorite noms.

They have been vaccinated against procrastination, distraction, and the need to sleep.

They have a shared tent and individual sleeping bags.

They have signed up for activities: plot hole awareness, inner editor avoidance, and completed first draft.

I’ll be going along as a camp counselor/chaperone.

Guess I’d better go brush up on my campfire songs…

(Does anyone know the words to “Kumbaya”?

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