Aug. 17th, 2012 05:44 am
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Have finally completed part one of WR. May possibly shrink the whole thing to a single chapter later.

On to part two!

PS: I has blog...will figure out how to crosspost here, yeah? 
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Well, yesterday was a bust for all concerned. I didn't get much writing in after I got up and didn't get home until after midnight. Did stay up late enough on Saturday night to get a word count in though so I'm still rocking the word count.

Figured out how to work the lead in to the first conflict point (all the rising tension will be fun)

Figured out how to work out the follow through to the conflict point,

Since I'm at the first point of the lead in, I figure I can work out the rest soon enough. I mean, I know what's going to happen, in a vague sense, but I don't know what my four points are between the conflict and the discovery, and then there's from the discovery to the climax, and then the lead in to the next part.

Then I have to go in and work on what I've already written, add in all the descriptions I've skipped out on, add in all the little scenes that help.

Then I have to track down a beta to tell me if it works (hoping Rye's able to do that)

Then I have to fix what the beta points out

Then I have to design the cover

Hopefully, I can get it to my beta before November so I can work on the sequel then, and I can get the cover designed and the story published for Christmas. I'm planning to go through Lulu again, of course. 
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 Trebon wrinkled his nose a little, “I’m trading bows for bows, it doesn’t seem fair.” He paused and looked at Kris, “why is it that my favorite thing in the world, bows for archery, is spelled the same as one of my least favorite, bows for protocol and ettiquite?”

“Because you’re weird,” Kris replied.

Novel sneak peek there.

Also, I've hit plus 10,000 words! I'm totes rocking my writing right now. I'm kind of stalling because I don't really know what happens once Trebon gets settled in, but I think I'm going to skip the eval part and plunge straight into lessons. I haven't decided yet, I know there's going to be some issues with history, (Qua'nat history being that Qua'nat City has always been the capital and Nat'rean history being that it's only been around for ten generations), and geography, which will actually be fun because Treb's got some back up on that one. I'll just draw a subject out of the hat and write about Treb's issues with it, I think.

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 Just finished banging out the next bit of Word Count for NaNo. This time, it wasn't as long, but it was past the needed number, so I'm happy. I can't figure out how I just managed to write 2000 plus words about breakfast, without once mentioning actual food, but I did. Thought of a few things that I kind of need to know for the story itself.

There are things I haven't figured out, like the MC lived with these nomads who are officially known as the "Riders of Eagle's Nest" or some such, but are essentially an entirely different kingdom/whatever of elves who might be loyal to the Qua'nat King because of treaty, but who don't consider themselves bound by the Qua'nat laws.

I don't know how to explain all of this without a ton of exposition, but I'm hoping I can figure it out as go.

I'm planning to do my word count by picking one scene at a time and writing it, trying to maintain a steady time line. Then I can go back and fit in some more transitional scenes or such later on in the second draft. So far I have:

MC comes home
MC has breakfast with parents/oldest brothers before leaving to be sequestered until he's of age

I know what the next two scenes are for certain and I have some vague ideas for the third and maybe a fourth (I'm not sure how soon I should put the stresser in the story. I'm thinking there should be two "before" scenes, because there's the one that kind of explains a few things about why the MC left, and then there should also be one to realy highlight the issues the MC is having in the sequestered palace, but I don't know if both of them could be worth two thousand words. I certainly intend to try.

Then, of course, is the stresser scene, which is followed by two pivotal scenes and possibly a filler scene. Then there's the "take action" scene which is followed by the "montage" scene and the "adventuring scene" then the next specific conflict scene followed by the lead in to the next book scene and ending with the resolution.

All told it could be called eighteen chapters.

When I write the second draft, I'm going to have to add in more discriptions for surroundings. Third draft will focus more on action, and fourth draft will be spit polished before I prep for publishing.

I guess you can tell I'm excited about this story. I need to sleep now or I might start writing the campfire chapter. As is, I'll probably write it today to help my word count.

After all, I'm not looking to write the exact number of words every day, isn't the purpose to hit 50,000 before midnight on Aug 30 afterall?
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 Day one word count accomplished. And I kind of like the ending point. It struck me as I was writing it that I kind of summed up the MC's whole conflict for the whole book.

Trapped between two worlds, and never really a part of either of them

It makes me happy when stuff like that happens.  It's like, suddenly, the world falls into place when you really find the words to discribe your MC's motivation. Although, I'm a little annoyed because my 'v' key keeps sticking. It gave me a gem earlier though "neer lie" instead of never live.

Hope any other Camp NaNo people are having as much fun as I am!

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I spent a great deal of last month waiting for people to catch up to me so that I wouldn't feel so bad about doing as well as I did. Today, I looked at StarAndrea's stats out of curiosity...and while the discrepency is more that I expected, I had a totally childish moment of 'it's not fair' because her story has been 'rolled over'.

It does give me a goal though.

I do have to rewrite part of what I just wrote due to information I recently recieved concerning the Coast Guard.

In other news, I have been informed by Lulu that my proof is on it's way! Looks like my August 30th release date is still on schedule. (Yes, I picked August 30 as the day I announce my novel for sale. Just to let everyone know!)

Edit: I may be inaccurate about StarAndrea's novel word count being rolled over.
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Yeah so, about July's Camp Nano first.

I've ordered a proof copy of A Killer Best Friend, when it arrives, my mom's going to give it a read through, I'll fix the mistakes and then I'll be PUBLISHED! This is the closest I've gotten yet to publishing a novel.

And August's Camp NaNo

Highband Honor, being the sequel of A Killer Best Friend. 'With attacks coming at the family from every side, Dom must solve mysteries new and old to preserve the family honor'. As you can see, I'm off to an excellent beginning. I'll probably get off again and do some writing in a bit. I kind of would like to get the first chapter done now.
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I keep expecting other members of the Awesome Cabin to suddenly have a burst of inspriation and catch up with me (or just update their word count and surpass me while looking spectacular).

That being said, I wrote the final scene of my novel today. Now I'm going back over all of it and finding places where my description is shaky or I need to rewrite the dialogue. Before I start each change, I look at the word count and tell myself what I want the word count to be when I'm done.

I wrote almost a thousand words like that before my battery gave out and I had to go plug in. I figured while my battery was charging I should update my word count. (And yes, I chose to stop ot 34,200).

I feel bad, because I am so excited and inspired with A Killer Best Friend, not to mention it's sequel, The Lady Killer. I can't wait to write more of these stories.

When I reach my word goal (or the end of this read through) I'm going to start over again, and this time, I'm going to write a summery of each childhood story that I've shared. Some of them might show up in future books while others may never be seen again.

Now, I have something a little spoilery to talk about, so I'll add a cut here:

The Highband Family )
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I am highly amused at how well I'm doing with Camp NaNoWriMo this month. At least, as far as my word count in concerned, I'm doing well. I have a sort of challenge to be done by this week end but that's a personal thing. If I do get done this weekend, I am totally going to start the next book.

I have decided that I am doing a trilogy Dom becoming a detective and then I'm jumping it ahead five years. I'd like to have the three stories done by the end of August, but we'll see.

The last of my trilogy has the least flesh to it, but I'm going to keep working on it. My next book I already have figured out. All I really want to say is that it is definitely going to have the Coast Guard in it.

That's enough for now, gotta go!
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 I think I am responding to everyone else's weekend catch up plans by slacking off. I've only done the bare minimum for the past two days. I am planning to churn out that 2,100 words I need to hit the half way point by midnight, but other than that, I am seriously lacking on the motivational front.

The story is going well, though. I've just entered a major plot point as well as defining a clue I handed off earlier in the story.
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I've gone on a bit of a writing bing here, the last two days, I've done addendum to my word count that has given me a lot of leeway for the end of the month. I'm sort of set on hitting the halfway point by Saturday but I make no promises.

Also, I've hit chapter three and we finally identified the dead body. In my next bout of new stuff, I'm going to add in some of the local gossip about my victim. I'm hoping that little bit will enable me to finish off chapter three. I'm still thinking this is going to be a ten chapter book, but I just need to find enough stuff for Dom to do. I'm almost positive that I'm going to spend a chapter shopping for real estate and another where Dom has a chat with his uncle, the CO of the family's company. Not to mention the ladies. I really need to work in another trip to the book store to.

Anyways, I hope my fellow Campers are doing as well as I am.
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While there more than likely will be a change to the background of this photo in the near future, this is the cover art for my book!

A Killer Best Friend )
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I'm so glad that my story is going so well. My strategy of writing my word count as new stuff and then editing at need is working for me. Although last night I had a five second urge to change Dom from a Marine to a Coastie, but I decided against it. I think I might make my NaNo novel about a Coastie though. I'll have hacked out a couple of Highband Mysteries by then.

I need to do some more research for my characters though. A few questions about Marines, but also some about adreneline and pain in regards to knee replacement and leg injuries.

I intend to space out my medical research over the course of the novel and when I'm done maybe go ask the local recruiter if he could answer a few questions if I can't answer them somewhere else.
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Um, yeah, I know, I haven't even solved my FIRST mystery and I just had my second one pop up. The next novel (August?) doesn't have a name, but if there was a single image on the front cover, it would be a pair of dog tags (I don't know if they're bloody or not) and it's about Dom's old Gunnery Sergeant who retired to Huntsville, Texas and has been kidnapped. I'm sure a good title will come to me as I work. I know that the Gunny is named Tom and his wife is Kate.

Ok, they were Tom and Kate, then I realized where I'd heard that particular pairing before and...it's not happening. I'll find good names for them later on.

Also, Dom is missing his right thumb, it was severed in the accident that tore up his leg and busted his knee. Every time Dom has to picks something up, I find something of comparible size and weight and make sure he can carry it without using his thumb. Opposable thumbs, who knew they were THAT important?

It's like making sure that it's his LEFT leg that is damanged, not his right, because he has to be able to drive without constant pain. (It's kind of a thing.)
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Being some thoughts and musings regarding A Killer Best Friend

Read more... )

Day Two

Jul. 3rd, 2011 12:35 am
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Word count goals, FTW!

Two days into Camp NaNo and I am hitting my Word Count Goals! Go Me!

Things I have learned about my MC and his family:

His mother is a very imperious woman, when she says something is going to happen, it will happen or else.

His twin is a nice guy, and a little devious too.

His sister-in-law is one of those wonderful women that people like knowing.

His nephew is adorkable, and five years old.

My MC on the other hand is this weird guy who is part cold hearted bastard, part prankster who at some point had a painpill addiction that no one in his family knows about. And he's a hero.

Plus Dom and Damien (the twins) were these total troublemakers back when they were kids.

Quotes from Day Two:

(Dom and Damien, referencing Damien's five year old son and baby-to-be)

"How's Jack?"

"He's doing good, he can't wait until the baby's born so that he can find out if he's a big brother or a big sister."

(Damien, on their childhood)

"Back then I think we looked at a situation, thought about it, and then chose the path with the most excitment."

(Dom, age 12 following a long rant about his order of a chocolate strawberry shake)

"Of course, my brother wants a chocolate banana shake, can you make that too?"

Future quotes:

(Dom and his friend Kyle on Sheriff Delacroix's dislike of Dom)

"You know, it's your fault he ever became sheriff in the first place."
"How do you figure that?"
"You were the one who realized that Sheriff Bright murdered those teens."

(Jane Highband, Dom's mother, on Dom talking about looking for something to do)

"Seriously, you aren't a kid any more, there are no mysteries for you to solve!"
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Today I packed the last of my plot for Camp NaNoWriMo, where I am going to try something new. I am writting a murder mystery set on a small barrier island on the Texas coast called Widdershins. After writing a Criminal Minds fanfic, I find myself attracted to the idea of writing mysteries because It is very easy to end them. You solve the case. You can also fit in any number of insteresting actions, like kidnappings, fights, and the supernatural as you please.

I'll post updates here, or at Camp Nano.  Happy noveling guys!


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