Tag: National Novel Writing Month

Writing Time: NaNoWriMo 2012 #8, Monster Hunters #8

by on Nov.19, 2012, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Word Count: 5,752 [8]
Total Word Count: 31,709 (Delta: +36)
Remaining: 18,291

And I’m back! And I’m happy to report I’m not as horribly behind as I thought I was going to be. I didn’t actually get all my writing done prior to leaving for my vacation, however I was able to make that up today so now I am back on track and thirty-seven words above target. Writing was pretty easy today, if a little slow. I no longer have an outline so I’m creating as I write and that is always slower than having at least an idea of what I want to do. I may take some time to do some outlining later today.

Monster Hunters

So I had a dream last night that I may try to incorporate into my novel. I’ve added it to my ideas list. I”m not sure if it’ll work out or not. Like most dreams, it felt cooler inside the dream than it did outside of the dream. I suspect the mind is just less of a critic while it is asleep.

The book is not really shaping up to be what I was original envisioning. So far it is a single character point of view and I was expecting to write more than one character, but I haven’t been able to think up another point of view to follow at the moment. I’m sure it’ll come to me at some point. In the mean time I’m going to stick with Zora.

Right now I’m not really liking what I am writing. It’s not very cool or interesting. It’ll likely get cut or re-written in edit. But I am writing, which is kind of the point.

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Writing Time: NaNoWriMo 2012 #7, Monster Hunters #7

by on Nov.11, 2012, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Word Count: 5,067 [1]
Total Word Count: 25,957 (Delta: +7,620)
Remaining: 24,043

Woo! Half way through NaNo! And I’m about four days ahead on writing. So if I knock out an extra day’s worth of writing tomorrow, I’ll be solid for not having to write next week. Not that I won’t explicitly write but if I need to skip. I can. Today’s writing was mostly done at an official NaNoWriMo write in event. Those are kinda fun cause you meet new people. The downside is unless you bring your own headphones, quiet times can be few and far between. Upside is you meet plenty of people whose interest are rather similar to your own and it’s easy to get into random conversations or get advice on how to continue your novel. My particular group likes to do things called Word Wars, where everybody tries to write as much as they can within a certain time span and compare each other’s word count. It’s a nice little competitive way to knock out some words.

Monster Hunters

I am now officially off what little outline I had and so far it hasn’t been too bad. My characters have traveled back in time, although not all of them know that yet. We’re about to have our first real monster attack which I’m not sure how well that will go over but I’m hoping to kill off at least one side character who is being slightly annoying. So we’ll see!

No writing buddies or excerpt today. Catch you tomorrow!

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Writing Time: NaNoWriMo 2012 #6, Monster Hunters #6

by on Nov.10, 2012, under Articles, Exerpts, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Word Count: 6,943 [2]
Total Word Count: 20,890 (Delta: +4220)
Remaining: 29,110

Before you go “Liar!” note that I’ve been writing since around 9am today, which puts me at about seven or so hours worth of writing. Not the best return actually given my usual rate but I wasn’t trying to push myself too hard. Today was the first of two and a half days where in I try to get as far ahead as possible in order to take off next week, possibly, as I’ll be going on vacation, as I mentioned. I’d say today was a success!

Monster Hunters

So we finished one scene and moved on to the next. Scenes in this novel are far longer than they’ve been in some of my other novels. I’m not exactly sure why. Especially since I planned for these first scenes to be prologue openings. But I think it’s because I’m still world building as I write and that is making me write more than I is strictly necessary. For example I know some of what I wrote earlier needs to be worked into dialog and revealed slowly rather than in an info dump. But that is for editing!

I’ve learned a little bit more about my main character in this one. Zora is actually decently trained in self-defense but can definitely get her ass handed to her. I actually think I may keep this scene later but retool it slightly. Zora is confronted by a sexist monster hunter who tries to intimidate her just because she is a woman claiming to be a hunter. Actually I’ll just show it as the excerpt so feel free to read it below! One thing you should know about the excerpt that gets explained in detail earlier. Calling a woman skinny is the equivalent of calling her fat in real life in this particular world. As you might be able to tell, Zora doesn’t take kindly to it.

The hunter is going to turn out to be our primary antagonist I think. Well primary human/kurran antagonist. More of an annoyance. I also started writing Janet, who is going to be Zora’s new best friend. She is already complicated in that she is older than Zora, a fan of Zora (and her work) and is shy and a little awkward. I already think she is adorable.

I keep thinking I’m accidentally writing a YA novel with adults… but that’s not something to be too worried about until editing!

Writing Buddies

(continue reading…)

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Writing Time: NaNoWriMo 2012 #5, Monster Hunters #5

by on Nov.08, 2012, under Articles, Exerpts, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Word Count: 2,127 [1]
Total Word Count: 13,947 (Delta: +611)
Remaining: 36,051

Ohh that was so much easier and nicer. I breezed through half my word count in under an hour and kept writing until I got to a nice stopping point. So much easier than yesterday. I did hit a small snag where my inner editor wanted me to delete a few paragraphs and I admit, I went ahead and did so. There’s a big reveal about stuff that I didn’t want to make yet according to my outline. On the other hand in the outline what I was writing should have been done about eight thousand words ago and I should be far more into the meat of the novel. Ahh well. That’s for editing to worry about!

Monster Hunters

I rant into a slight problem towards the end of the plot today. I realized that my male character was asking my female character to put herself into a somewhat dangerous situation voluntarily. It’d be a situation where if he was going to try to do something harmful to her, she wouldn’t be easily able to call for help, much less fend him off. I’m happy to say I think I resolved the issue a little bit. Both by supplying another female character which means my main female character is no longer along with a older physically stronger man, but also because said secondary woman is going to goad my main character into doing it more or less on a dare. No this is not smart on her part. But I’m also trying to establish my main character, while a genius, has enough of a competitive streak that she isn’t always smart about things. Read the excerpt to see what I mean.

Writing Buddies

I’m happy to see CinsAngel and LacyJae are still plugging along. Keep at it both of you. Use this coming weekend to really try and push! Sadly I haven’t seen any updates from the mightymur or sleary. I understand that Mur might be on some kind of work related vacation at the moment, which might help explain that, and that sleary is taking a more relaxed approach to this NaNo this year so her end goal might be more like twenty five thousand words instead of fifty by the end of the month. Still, you gotta write to get there! So lets keep going! (continue reading…)

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Writing Time: NaNoWriMo 2012 #4, Monster Hunters #4

by on Nov.07, 2012, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Word Count: 3,341 [2]
Total Word Count: 11,819 (Delta: +150)
Remaining: 38,181

Oh wow was that annoyingly hard. I just didn’t have it in me today for some reason. I think it is because I deviated off outline and actually had to invent some new idea as I was writing. It wasn’t easy dialog or description, I was really writing world building that really shouldn’t actually be in the novel. But it is so I’m going to count it. Plus I skimped on about 400 words yesterday so I had to make those up today. You may have noticed the delta went up by seven words. I’m surprised myself. Sadly that delta really needs to be higher as I’m planning on taking a vacation next week… I was really hoping to have it in the thousands…. ah well. There’s always tomorrow!

Monster Hunters

I invented a video game, sport, and social stigma for the monster hunter world. It is called Talestia Elevated. Elevated is the word for online in the monster hunter world, because their internet is called the sky. So rather than being online, you are being elevated. And rather than being offline, you’re being grounded. The active verb is also sometimes called flying. Since the sky is accessed via biomechanical implants that are inserted into every child at birth, nearly everybody has regular access to the sky all the time. This is slangily referred to as floating.

Anyway it is a big deal if someone finds out you play Talestia Elevated, because there is a huge social stigma created by people who played it so much that they became addicted and self destructed. Think of the D&D scare of the 1980s.  Except that in spite of this, Talestia Elevated survives because it had an insanely popular eSports following! The weirdness of it appealed to me. I’ll include what I wrote in y excerpt below… (continue reading…)

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Writing Time: NaNoWriMo 2012 #3, Monster Hunters #3

by on Nov.05, 2012, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Word Count: 4,249 [3]
Total Word Count: 8,478 (Delta: +143)
Remaining: 41,522

Do you know the real secret to pulling off a magic trick? Neither do I, but I imagine it involved a lot of work. You may have noticed my delta has gone down a little. Why might that be? Because I did something bad. I didn’t write over the weekend. Actually I did write a little bit. About six hundred words or so. So in order to make it up I wrote all the words I needed to catch up this evening. Some three thousand or so. I was expecting it to be hard but really it was just a little time-consuming. A little over three hours. Which makes a lot of sense.

Monster Hunters

All my writing was on one particular scene, which has mostly been description. My outline, which probably called for this scene being a fourth of the size it is going to end up being, was rather detailed it how the plot should go which has been very helpful. Again I doubt most of this will make it into the next draft of this novel, whenever that will be, but it is helping me explore some of the characters, particularly Zora.

Writing Buddies

We have a new writing buddy we’re following this time. It is Lacy Jae’s first NaNoWriMo and I have it on good opinion she is already suffering for it. As of right now she is about 3/4ths of the distance she should be at, which is doing pretty darn good in my opinion for someone not used to writing regularly. Keep at it Lacy!

Everybody else seems to have followed my example and slacked off a little over the weekend. I completely understand. Nows the time to pick it back up though! Gotta get ahead before the holidays hit!

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Writing Time: NaNoWriMo 2012 #2, Monster Hunters #2

by on Nov.02, 2012, under Articles, Exerpts, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Word Count: 1,824 [1]
Total Word Count: 4,229 (Delta: +895)
Remaining: 45,809 

Once again over the word count. Perhaps not as much as yesterday but I might yet still do some more writing later. We’ll see. This weekend is going to be busy so I’m going to need to get something done, or I’ll be playing catch up come Monday. Today’s session was a little more distracting. It took me a about an hour and a half to two hours to push this out. That’s still not bad though. Perhaps about average, actually.

Monster Hunters

So ends my prologue, which wrote itself a lot longer than I expected it to. I also don’t think it is going to survive the first real draft editing. It doesn’t really set the tone of the novel that I want but it is good back story for the main character. It was interesting to write. I don’t know if I captured a child’s tone very well. Read the excerpt and tell me what you think.

Writing Buddies

I’m happy to report that one of favorite authors and podcaster Mur Lafferty is doing NaNoWriMo this year and I added her as a buddy, because she is one of my favorites. Mur is the author of the superhero novel Playing For Keeps but more importantly is the creator behind the podcast I Should Be Writing (The website is currently undergoing renovation at the time of this writing but you can find the podcast on iTunes as well!). I’m excited to report that she exceed the daily write goal yesterday so she is doing well!

I can’t say much about anybody else as nobody else has updated but hopefully they’re at it writing!

Writing Excerpt

Today’s excerpt may be a little bit of a spoiler, if you care.

It was very bright and Zora wasn’t sure what happened. One moment the monster was bathed in red light, still kind of invisible, and chewing on the transport and the next it was surrounded by a bunch of white light. The white light was shooting from the black people’s hiding spots, which seemed to ring around the entire monster, to the large thing attached to the creature’s back. It was very bright and very hard to look at. Zora covered her eyes with her fingers, but let one eye peek.
The monster was roaring again but unlike last time it wasn’t rearing and shaking itself. It seemed to be shivering. The people in black where now running around and shouting, although she couldn’t make out what they were saying. More transports slowly lowered themselves above the monster and shot more light at it. This light, unlike the prior streaks, stayed attached to the creature. Eventually it was so covered in light that it was no longer shivering. It had even fallen over. It was like the time Rock got twisted up in the sheets on the bed, except it was with light instead of cloth. Zora felt a bit of relief. The monster had been a bad person and now they had made him stop.
The fuzziness returned, along with the person’s words in her head. All civilians. The infiltrator has been contained. Please continue to broadcast biomed information if you need assistance. Avoid any area with green gas. Avoid the quad. Please report all damage. If you are in need of shelter- Zora concentrated and blocked out the voice again. The monster wasn’t gone exactly but she was pretty sure it was okay to come out from hiding, so she did. She could see others were doing so as well. Some of them looked tired like mommy had. Zora considered going to find mommy when she saw a new transport land in the park. This one was white, rather than black, and several people in white coats climbed out of the transport.

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Writing TIme: NaNoWriMo 2012 #1 Monster Hunters #1

by on Nov.01, 2012, under Articles, Exerpts, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Word Count: 2,367 [N/A]
Total Word Count: 2,367 (Delta: +700)
Remaining: 47,633 

Welcome to NaNoWriMo 2012! Today begins our month of writing. In theory you’ll be getting an update of how I am doing on a daily basis. In practice hopefully it will be every other day or so.

For those of you new to our watch Nojh write for NaNoWriMo, the above is statistics breakdown. Word Count is how many words have been written since my last update. The number in brackets is how many days it has been since my last writing update (whence why it is set to N/A. The total word count is how many words I have written for my novel since November 1st. Delta is number of words ahead or behind I am in making it to the end.

For you math types, the equation for delta is (Total Word Count – (1667*Day of the Month)) and assumes that I should be writing 1,667 words per day, since that is how many you need in a 30 day month to write just a little over 50,000 words.

Remaining is the number of words I still have to write in order to reach a goal of 50,000 words by the November 3oth.

If I’m not updating here, I might still be updating my NaNoWriMo profile. WHich means you can either look at the neat little widgits to the right  or you can go to my profile. Feel free to add me as a buddy on NaNo if you’re participating this year!

Monster Hunters

So my novel this time around has a working title of Monster Hunters. Which is a way better title than Zombie Steampunk (now entitled Everlasting, my ongoing novel from NaNoWriMo 2009/2010) and Werewolf Zombie Steampunk which doesn’t have a new title since I haven’t touched it in a year. Strangely enough the title is also not very descriptive of what the actual novel is about. (continue reading…)

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Writing Time: WZS #10, NaNoWriMo 2011 #10

by on Nov.29, 2011, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Weird Words, Writing, Writing Updates

Word Count: 21,255 [14]
Total Word Count: 50,016 (Delta: +2,089)

I won!

So I totally took a hiatus from updating. I’m sorry. Things just got so overwhelming that I was barely meeting my word count and I didn’t feel like trying to write-up posts after spewing forth more and more words. I actually had to play catch up a lot during the last half because I got almost no writing done during the weekends, which always put me back. And of course I think the draft is a stinking pile of shit. But it is fifty thousand words worth of shit that maybe sometime into the future I’ll actually turn into a novel. Sometime far in the future.

Writing Buddies

Everybody seems rather close! Sithwith13 and Jeana_Beana isn’t far behind. A friend of mine who didn’t participate but set himself a goal of 25,000 words attained it the other day so congratulations to him too! To everybody else, keep at it! There’s only a few hours left but you can do it!

What’s next?

Next I start finishing up Everlasting. Hopefully this little break has help me get some of my juice back. Also I’ll be writing Science Future articles again over on Escape Pod. Free Writing might also start appearing again, although likely not as frequently as before. We shall see.


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Writing Time: WZS #9, NaNoWriMo 2011 #9

by on Nov.16, 2011, under Articles, Exerpts, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Word Count: 1,719 [0]
Total Word Count: 28,761 (Delta: +2,089)
Writing was alright today. I wrote myself, kinda, out of my hole, but the last two or three scenes are complete crap. Mostly me writing through my character’s thoughts on the prior situation that should be summed up in one scene max. Not three. Not enough going on. Only one character. If this was first person it’d be alright and easier to write I think. But I am somewhat at a loss for lengthening out the mystery about what is going on. I’m wondering if I even should. I’m kinda feeling like the last action scene I wrote should open the book, not be twenty thousand words in.

Writing Buddies

Sithwith13 and I are keeping neck and neck! This has me so excited. I’m kinda worried for the rest of my buddies who haven’t been updating their counts. I”m not sure if that means they’re just not updating or if they aren’t writing. Come on guys! We’re half way there!


Big excerpt today! So what do the people of Fang Pass wear?[spoiler show=”Click here to show the Excerpt”]

Deborah was less interested in the people she saw as what they were wearing. Most of the clothing worn by the people she passed were typical autumn affairs. One of the odd aspects of Fang Pass was the extremes its weather took, despite its regulairty. While The South was mostly a uniform temperate climate, north of the mountains weather seemed to takea turn for the extremes. Each day was either hot or cold, regulated primarily by the season, and each night could also be hot or cold, independenat of of the day but also regulated primarily by the season. Summer and winter were easily guessed. Summer days were more often searing hot to just hot while winter days were more often freezing to just cold. It was autumn and summer that made things so difficult with their shifting weather pattern.


This meant that clothing needed to be highly capable of configuring itself between hot or cold as needed. This meant that most clothing was designed to be highly configurable. Jackets had flaps that could be folded or unfolded, linings that could be removed, and fastenings for letting gloves dangle from the sleeves. A particular style of vest that allows one to attach sleeves was popular for a single season before everyone realized the bother and problem of finding matching colored sleeves. Pants and skirts followed similar designs, allowing a raising of the hemlines as needed to provide cooling or lowering to insulate. Removable pant legs were not uncommon and the latest vogue for skirts that had Rosa thrilled were layered contraptions which allowed one to tie up the layers at the waist to expose the under skirt in the heat.


Simple layers of clothing were still common but modularity had mostly won out. Smaller acruments often hung from a villager of fang pass, especially during village duties during the colder season. Belts and buckles worn across the chest, around the waist, or even the hip or arm, allowed one to expand their pockets for tools or supplies for their duty for the day, but take them off when they got too heavy or hot.


This meant that Deborah mostly saw light jackets hanging open and skirts pulled high but it being closer to summer than winter left the one item she really wanted to see, a cloak, in the closets. The figure the prior night had been wearing a cloak. She had surmised while preparing for the day that if the creature had indeed been a werewolf, it might have decided to try and enter the village as a human. It was not unknown. It was also suicide, with so many Clergy in attendance, all of them trained to know the signs of darkness claiming someone’s spirit and body. This creature, however, had already shown a willingness to enter the village proper despite the dangers, likely under the knowledge that her father and half the Clergy were off hunting its kind.


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