Winner, winner, chicken dinner (and review of my cake batter)

Ha. I knew the title would catch your eye. Doesn’t food always catch the eyes of humans? But this post has nothing to do with food. It’s about a lame achievement I made this April.

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Now, you must play the fanfare I won for winning Camp.

Well, no one awarded it to me but myself, but I think I deserve it, right? I wrote fifteen thousand words. The track is seventeen seconds long. That’s about eight hundred eighty-two words per second.

(Off-topic: I could listen to the Lego Universe Soundtrack for hours and never grow tired of it. The mix of brass and violins and interesting percussion is so intriguing, and the feeling I get when I listen to them is nothing short of an adrenaline rush. They have been my life soundtrack for a year or so now and I’m not growing cold on them. Brian Tyler is awesome! Here’s the link to the entire soundtrack via Youtube: Link! My personal favourites are Rocket Escape, Battlegrounds, Monument Race, Blastoff, Nimbus Plaza, Nimbus Station, Red Blocks, Pet Cove, General Forestry, Forbidden Valley, Ninjago Monastery, and Battle Against Frakjaw, which I have linked for your convenience. You can thank my brother Mac for this discourse, because he was the one who got me hooked on this.)

So, my Camp project. It was an idea made up a couple of weeks days hours before camp started. I wanted to write a story about feudal Japan, but it would have bugged me if it were inaccurate. But I didn’t want to go and do a bunch of research on feudal Japan. So I just infused Japanese culture into somewhere that I never expressly mentioned was Japan, I’d be good, right?

Bam. The Taiso Senshu was born. And it probably won’t make a bit of sense because I sprinkled too many Japanese words in it. So many that I’m not even going to bother identifying them for you. Now is a good time to practice your context clues. 😛

The story’s track was different when I began writing it than when I finished it. When I began, I was writing a story about Kaori Sasaki. She was the niece of the main taiso kyoshi and thus steeped in taiso since birth, practically. But the only other female senshu wasn’t a very shining example. She had one chance to prove herself to the other senshu or else she’d have Hanoka Norman’s fate.

As much as I liked that story, the story I finished with went something like this:

Akio Hayashi was trained from birth to infiltrate the taiso senshu and give the Farukon the information leading to their fate. He was supposed to not say a word, to avoid camraderie with the enemy. Yet, in an accident, he breaks his vow of silence by accident, and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Kaori, the only senshu he deems worthy of his time. (Akio has an extreme superiority complex.) But now he’s got a problem – stay loyal to the Farukon, or stay loyal to the senshu?

It’s a lot better reading it, I promise. There were several things I needed to fix, though, and here’s a long to-do list of those things.

  • Change the setting slightly
  • Focus the plot
  • Re-do the POV from an all-Kaori to a half-Akio, half-Kaori
  • Change the details I ended up changing

I’d give The Taiso Senshu a 3.9/10 right now. Maybe once I’ve baked my cake batter, it’ll taste better. (See what I did there?)

Did you win Camp? How many words did you write?

{Tess}

Gray days? In Midland? {day 2}

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Today is officially the second day of Nanowrimo. It is also an actually overcast day here in the desert! Thrilling! I love gray weather. It reminds me of London (one of the places I’m going to when I get the chance).

Let me tell you, it’s easy while you’re peppy on the first day to sit down and write a million words. But on the second day, it’s a bumload harder. If you wrote equal to or more words than you did yesterday, you win just smashingly! If you wrote less than yesterday, you still win, just not as much. And if you didn’t write at all, go write. Write now! NOW!

A couple days before Nanowrimo started, I got a fortune cookie. It read:

FORGE AHEAD WITH YOUR NEW IDEAS
Panda Express – Panda Inn

Word for word. #truestory

So that little slip of paper is sitting on my bulletin board right now, beckoning me to stay creative. (Along with my amazing amateur art drawing from a couple days ago, my number from my horse show, and a bunch of other random stuff.)

And here is my fave paragraph today:

Thunder watched him. His eyes were fully closed now. His mouth was brought down in a subtle frown, his topline level, his tail still. He was breathing shallowly, like he was asleep, but every now and then his ears would follow the sounds in the stable, especially when Okie hiccuped. Then they’d dart in that direction.

Remember, I’m on Nanowrimo as blackiesunshine315. Find me!

Yours truly,

Tess

 

It’s here… {Day 1}

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It’s time to shine, writers. Let’s rock this November with so many words, your eyeballs will bug out.

 

Here’s an excerpt from day 1:

“I really like jokes, Thumper. Just yesterday, Bandit, he’s mean, that guy is, told me I was a joke. And everyone started laughing. I don’t know why. Am I really that funny?”

“No, you’re dignified enough.”

“Shoot.” Okie frowned. “I thought I was funny.”

I’m planning on giving a sebtence or two that I’ve liked every day. Maybe they’ll be inspiration…?

What are your word-count goals this year? I’m not on the YWP anymore, so I can’t look you guys up, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be Nanobuddies here!

Thumbs up to Clara and Lexie for trying the real deal!

Hoping I’ll stay this enthusiastic (and hoping my going out of town this Thanksgiving won’t hose my goals over),

Tess

Nanowrimo.org is LIVE!

(Just in case you were going to ask, The Mysterious Benedict Society came to mind whilst I was writing the title. “LIVE, spelled backwards, is EVIL…”)

Now, onto actual news. Nanowrimo.org and the YWP website are both live! You can now enter your new novel, update your writing badges, etc. And they have a new PLANTSER BADGE! I’d deemed myself a plantser long before there was a badge, but still!

Also, the YWP has a new Beta site, I think, so you’ll have to check it out for me. 😉

My profile is here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/blackiesunshine315

See ya there!

-Tess