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Relatively minor screw-up, but I realized that through a stunning feet of unoriginality, I have two different places called the Red Arm Inn. It just seems like such a good inn name...
03 July 2007 @ 07:42 pm
I finally finished it!  A 4,082 words about Taraki biology and culture.

It's sort of a big mess of an information dump, and I probably went way overboard in some areas, but most of it is subject to change.  I'm sorry if it's hard to read.  One of these days I'll go back and edit it a bit.  But definitely after not looking at it for at least a week.


Mood: creativecreative
01 July 2007 @ 11:32 pm
Just when I'm getting used to the fact that my family is lazy and doesn't really do much, and I'm getting used to the cabin fever by finding things to do and other ways to entertain myself, my family suddenly pulls a work ethic out of nowhere...

Erm, anyway, I said once I got out of class I'd start really working hard on getting this Tree People thing all nice and written up.  I already had a page or so.
Well, class ended a wek early because my teacher was lazy my paper apparently required no revisions.  Unfortunately, that didn't change my work schedule much.  I spent most of the week catsitting, posting to Zelda, and doing some chores that my parents suddenly discovered.  When actually writing I have had the same concentration problems that plagued me when writing papers for class (although I got more done because I didn't have to worry about organization or devloping a thesis).

I got a whole lot done today.  I'm currently at 2448 words.  I might be able to finish tomorrow if I can deal with beeing cooped up in a corner in the hottest room of the house for several hours at the hottest time of day two days in a row.  Right now I think my creative juices are running a little dry.

Oh, and the Tree People call themselves Taraki.  They grow from Tari trees.
04 June 2007 @ 11:12 am
*squee* My novel just broke 25,000 words!!!!! True, the goal is somewhere around 70k, but... 25k is a big, flashy, exciting number!!! And the plot actually is moving forward, and I just figured out how to get one of my characters to turn against her brother (which needs to happen, but I couldn't find the right way to do it without it feeling too forced until now), and and and...

I love writing :)
Mood: productiveproductive
24 May 2007 @ 10:56 pm
I need to get some new userpics.

Well, I can't really join the whole novel writing contest, but I'd like the at least get in on the whole, group creative activity stuff.  I have a lot of general fantasy world background information to detail, and I really, really, really need to work on my drawing, so I hope to come up with some really good character drawings and background info.  Maybe do some general character development writing.

First thing's first, I need to develop the Tree People so I can work out details with Tracy.
19 May 2007 @ 07:02 pm
Heh, that makes things more difficult. Finally getting back to writing the very first chapter of Blades of Winter; with Commander Irons talkign at us and all that. Only it has just occured to me that Marlene, Cassiel and Ademar don't have last names, and need them for that scene (since Iron's is calling them all by their surnames, except for Tarah, who doesn't have one and puzzles him enormously). Time for some name research, though if the players of those characters want to volunteer something, I'm all ears...
18 May 2007 @ 08:43 pm
I'm working on what is looking like it's gonna be a 70,000 word novel... I have about a third of it written, and the rest plotted out pretty thoroughly (ignoring the sections on my outline that say things like "IMPORTANT THINGS GO HERE!"). But before I can do too much more, I have a lot of character work I need to do, to strengthen the characterization of a few characters, especially one of the secondary characters (who, I completely admit, is my very favorite in the entire story), Ayden. So instead of working on my novel, I'm going to be doing some quick fiction bits for him for the next few weeks, using a chart of prompts I got from bodyandsoul100 (I'll be keeping my personal chart going here, at my writing journal). I recommend that community for some good prompts... they're just single words, but I've enjoyed working on the theme sets for another character of mine from a different project, and am excited to try using it for The Long Road Home. One thing I'm worried about is that I already don't like my main characters as much as my secondary characters, and this might strengthen that. Do you guys think I should maybe do these prompts for my main characters instead, to make myself get more used to writing them and hopefully liking them?
Mood: determineddetermined
Music: The Upwards War and the Down Turned Cycle --Less Than Jake
16 May 2007 @ 02:38 am
So, I've done a lot of my recent work in my little blue notebook of death, which I like a lot more than regular lined paper or my other notebooks because the spacing is just a little thinner, and because it isn't flimsy. It's not a spiral-bound, and it doesn't have perforations, so over the year and a half that I've been writing in it, it's held together all right. (I'm at page 97, and it's only 120 pages, so it may be about time to start looking for a new one...)

My work over the last few nights was with the session where the party was heading towards Xen'drik to find Heilyn, our "freak of nature" (need to talk to Emma about this, because, while that's what my notes say, why were we using an earthsled to get there? I propose we find Heilyn somewhere on our Khorvaire-equivalent towards the south, so it's out of the way but not ridiculous), and while on the road we run into the first bunch of monks of the White Hare. Over Sunday night, Monday night, and tonight, I managed to fill ten pages in the notebook, and tonight I typed up the first two and a half pages. 715 words thus far, after minor editing, and seven and a half pages still to go...

We've pretty much revamped most of the world, but we still need to decide on place names. It'll happen...
Mood: goodgood
16 May 2007 @ 12:03 am
Last night I started on the last (or possibly second to last) chapter of Blades, not counting the epilogue. Wrote all of three sentences, the third of which was rewritten this morning. But today, as a result of having very little to do all afternoon and evening, I got a whopping 2402 words written. Take that. Scene openned on the gathering in Vanichek's square, the treaty signing about to occur. Wrote the group teasing Simon about his hat, the freezing of the crowd, Marlene viciously knocking over frozen nobles, and the appearance of the lich and part of the conversation before I decided it was late and I should sleep. Need to find a name for the lich that isn't "lich" because although the word and the idea are old, the usage of the word to describe that idea is specifically from D&D and is only used there and in computer games. Need to talk to Jenny about that, and about some other organizational bits... But now, for sleep.
15 May 2007 @ 07:08 pm
Hiii, guys. Hope you all got my invite.

Anyway, Steph and I thought it'd be good to have an LJ community for our weird little competitive novel-writing of this summer, so we went ahead and made one. The Commune was the only thing that we could think of that we all had in common and was specific enough to work, so that's why we've named it as such.

Moving on... this is a place to discuss writing stuff between us, to post occasional word counts and thereby spur each other on, to post snippets here and there of what we're working on, to ask for edits or critiques, and to share writing tips or ways to shake off writer's block. If you're posting a sample of your work, do it as "Friends Only" just to make sure that it stays secure and doesn't end up floating all over the internet ten years from now. And as for tags, post writing samples with the "writing" tag as well as the title of the thing it's from - that's just for organization's sake, and anything else is fair game.

Hope to see you all here.

Much love!
Mood: dorkydorky