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Letters from Camp: A Challenge, Oh Goodie!

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I love a challenge, and let me tell you, I was so excited to find out that Thoughts by Mello-Elo nominated me for the 777 Writer’s Challenge!

The rules are pretty simple: Go to your current WIP (work in progress), jump to the seventh page, find the seventh line, and then copy the next seven sentences and share them on your blog!  From there, all you have left is to nominate seven lucky people who you want to challenge!  Easy Peasy!

So, here is my seven sentences from Mo Thuras, I hope you enjoy!

Looking at him curiously, I open my mouth to ask him what it is when Kieran bounds over to me and pounces. Sending me tumbling, making me laugh. Forgetting all about it, I get up, dust myself off and pick up my gear. Taking a deep breath the smell of familiarity surrounds me; it is the smell of home. I have found each port to have its own unique smell that even comes to mind when I think of them. Maybe because of the food they serve, or the cultures and lives the people there lead. I have yet to figure that out, but come to accept and even relish in that little detail.

Now for my nominees… hmmm so many lovely blogs that I follow, I will tell you what, if you want the challenge it is yours! I challenge you all! If you are here, reading this, you have been officially challenged!

Letters from Camp NaNo! Week One

Hey all,

So we are coming to a close on the first week of camp!  It was an exciting week, with a rough start.  Those pangs of homesickness and all that.  (We all know that is totally what is at fault for slow word counts in the beginning!)

I have some great cabin mates this time around!  We have really been cheering one another along!  And of course as we know the food is GREAT!  I mean, who doesn’t live for potato chips, bagels with cream cheese and hard salome, cereal.  All the staples that get you through!

Thankfully the bugs haven’t been too bad! I am sure that is what accounts for the strong finish this week!  I even boosted my word count goal.  I took it from 10k up to 25k!  Right now I am sitting a tiny bit ahead, but we will see where that goes.

I am looking forward to the week ahead!  It is a busy month, but I am sure together we can finish strong!  How about it?  How is your camping experience going?  If you are not at camp, whyever not?!?  I mean… it is totally your project for camp!  Hope to hear from you soon!

Ravyn

Camp NaNo T-4 days and counting!

I have obviously been making some changes around here!  I hope that you can find everything alright.  I decided it was time to work on making all my writerly accounts match and have a more professional looking writers website.

Along with all the updates I have been working on, I am getting ready for Camp NaNo!  I am really excited for this round of Camp and hoping that I wont run into the writing issues that I did last time!  I am all set to rework Vampyres Prophecy, and hopefully get it up to where I have Mo Thuras sitting right now!  Which means a finished rough outline.  Here’s to hopin’!

I have also been working hard on getting my local writing group up and running, going to a series of workshops that I will hopefully have a chance to touch on soon, and even catching some webinars!

Sadly, my garden is still not in, because I have been so busy with other things.  What about you?  Have your summer plans changed?  Do you feel like summer has steamrolled you?  What comes next?

Getting Ready

Camp NaNo will soon be upon us once more!  I have decided that I will rework Vampires Prophecy.  I am looking forward to that.  My hope is to get it up to par with where I have Mo Thuras, to that end I have been trying to brainstorm more scenes.

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Thus far a rather sad attempt.  I am sitting at only 18 as of right now, while Mo Thuras has 44!  That just tells me I have a ways to go, but at least I know a lot of the backstory so that is a start.

 

 

What about you?  Are you going to be joining me for Camp NaNo?  If so, what is your writing flavor for the month?  How many words are you working towards?  If not, why not?  What is holding you back?

Another Poll

Hey all, since I had to shelf the novel I was working on for camp I decided that I would pull out As Death Tells It and I could use more help!  Through the rest of the month I will have a few more polls and surveys for helpful thoughts and ideas for this work in progress!  I am really excited for what it will become!  With all of your help I think it will be that much better!  Here is today’s poll, please fill in your own thoughts on article ideas, as I need more to keep writing!  I got such great ideas with what you thought of death so here we are again with more questions!

 

 

Yes, I have found my writing mojo again!  Camp is BACK ON!!!  Come on everyone, we can do this thing!!!

Par for the Course

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So it is, I have fallen behind on my Camp Project!  I was even tempted to quit all together.  I don’t know why, I have never felt that way before… and yet… here I am.  Sadly dismayed by my poor camp story that I really love!  That said… after some really great ideas from friends, I started out with that crazy opposite story, and now… I am back to it!  I have had some more ideas and am even hoping in the future that Dreamland and I can maybe do some collaborations on it!

How about you?  Is your story going the way you want?  Have you switched gears?  Are you just dragging through?

A Bit Late

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Well, this update is coming a bit late, but I struggled ALL day with my word count.  Could not get anything out.  For the first time ever I have a complete outline (that I did in just a couple of days) and I even know the plot before writing the story!  These are big things for me!  But what I am finding is… I have not been able to write.  I don’t know if the characters are just that shy that they are not really speaking through me, or if I am stuck thinking about my outline.  All I know is I was well and truly stuck! managing only 36 whole words before 10 pm tonight!

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courtesy of Google

Well, all of that has changed thanks to one of my wonderful writerly friends!!!  Her suggestion… well let me warn you it was totally off the wall crazy! (So crazy it just might work!) *falls over giggling*

Anyway, the idea was this:  Write the exact opposite of your outline.  Instead of people coming in killing, have a group of good guys coming in and giving hugs, and instead of keeping the main character alive, maybe they accidentally kill her off.  Now I don’t know what is exactly is going to happen from all of this nonsense, but let me tell ya, in 15 minutes I had managed over 750 words!  And it was fun, and I know for a fact I even managed to learn several details about my story!

That said, never be afraid to play with your work!  It doesn’t matter if it is just going to be tossed.  Even taking fifteen minutes to be silly, you never know what you will get.  Hey! I am even thinking the whole tone of my story might change from this!  The serious piece I was starting to write, just might change to a satire piece, or just something light and fluffy!  You never know where the writing trails may lead!  One of the best things about NaNo!

 

How about you?  Are you managing to get your word count?  Or are you stuck like I was?  If so, take my friends advice!  Even take one scene and write it the opposite of what you have, who knows where it might take you!  If you do I would love to hear from you!  Either way, let me know how the writing is going!

WIP Update 4-2: So close I can taste it

So, I am so close to finishing Mo Thuras I can taste it.  I want to say the Outline/draft is finished, but that would be “cheating” even for me. *grins* So in the meantime I read a fun idea over on Legends of Windemere, and thought I would enjoy something similar.  So, here is another sneak peak inside the workings of Mo Thuras.  Enjoy.

600_fantasy-woman-017Melody’s Top Five Countdown

  1. To find out her past
  2. To figure out who she is
  3. Exploring the galaxy
  4. Create her own family
  5. Learn her culture

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Kyi’s Top Five

  1. To be free
  2. Find his heartmate
  3. To live  happily
  4. Make a new home
  5. Find a place he belongs

To have a sneak peak into some more of my inspiration for my story, here is the current pinterest board I am using! That gets updated as I find different ideas fitting for my story.

 

 

What about you? What do you use as you write to “see” your characters/places/things? Do you utilize Pinterest in your writing? Do you print and create a “storyboard”? What motivates your characters most?

WIP Updates 4-1

Well, in keeping with my goals this week, and realizing how late it is in the week already I thought I would share with you a bit of Mo Thuras and its inspiration…

 

My synopsis (at least as it is right now):

Melody Joy is a woman captain in a male driven role. When she gets a unique piece of technology in the mail, after discovering the secret of a lifetime, she sets off on a journey of discovery. In her ship Mo Thuras, she sets out to find a planet no one has heard of and find a bit of her past.
Along the way she picks up a ragtag crew who, like her, are different and never seem to fit in. Always searching for a family of their own. Together they find a strength they never had before, along with a sense of belonging.
Finding new relationships after betrayal. Finding she is herself all along, this journey is filled with reflection and discovery.

 

This is the Playlist I have created:

 

 

I have found these songs really resonate with my main character Melody. Now a short interview clip from Melody herself!

Dreamland’s Insurgents*: Hi Melody! I want to start by saying, you’re incredibly brave for being a female captain in a man’s universe.
Melody Joy: Thanks so much for the kind words *blushes*
Dreamland’s Insurgents*: When this voyage to find your roots is over, what do you think you will do then?
Melody Joy: Well, after I find where I belong… and who I really am, I figure I will know what I am suppose to do. I mean, really it is just so hard, not knowing who I am.
Dreamland’s Insurgents*: What are you hoping to find on your world of origin, and what do you want to take away with you?
Melody Joy: I really just hope that by finding my home I can finally figure out who I am, who I am suppose to be. I really want to take a sense of finally belonging… somewhere. To find my place, and fit in.

*Special thanks to Dreamland’s Insurgents for these inspiring questions.
 

What about you? Are there different things you do to help you get “in that space” when you are having trouble writing? Things that make you instantly think of your story?!?  Do you find working on your synopsis helpful in drafting your story?  DO you make playlists from music that reminds you of your WIP?  Do you find interviews to be helpful ways to get to know your characters?