Day 16 of NaNo13

         And here we see exactly why I’ve not volunteered to take over the daily word prompts on the NaNo forums. 

         And so, here we are, one day after the half way point. My stats page has me pegged at finishing up on the 18th, but I should actually probably be finished by tomorrow. The past week has been a bit hectic. I seem to have been away from home more than I’ve been at home: 2 concerts in as many weeks, (and both were great fun!), work, school (Holy crap I’m graduating next semester), work, and family things. So, I’ve really been pushing myself to get the word counts up while I’ve got time, since I know it’s only going to get Imagebusier as the month goes on.

         Right now, I’m sitting at 46,708.

         Tonight, is supposed to be the Knoxville version of the Night of Writing Dangerously, but I don’t know if I’ll be going. I work in the morning, and I need to be there by no later than about 7:20, so I don’t know that the write-in is going to happen. It was fun last year, and I’ll miss not going, but I think it’s probably for Imagethe best. 

         Sorted out what scenes that I know  I still want to write, and there’s no way that I’ll be finished with 50,000 words, so I’ll probably continue writing for the rest of the month and we’ll just see what my final word count turns out to be. 

         So, to everyone who’s stuck with NaNo this far along, congratulations. You’ve beaten the halfway point, and done probably done more writing than most people will ever do. Keep going, even if you don’t meet the goal.

          Good luck!

          Mayuuya (Chelsea)

Day Nine of NaNo: Lots of Updates

         So, the first week of NaNo has officially come and gone. Despite everything, I’ve managed to get way ahead of par and have already hit the halfway mark with 25,173 words. I think the official par for today is 15,000, so that puts me about 10,000 words ahead.

I’ve been trying to do an average of about 2,000 words a day, instead of just the minimum 1,667. Yesterday, I made a personal best at just over 6,000 words.

I’m trying to create that buffer, because I know that I’m going to need it the week of Thanksgiving. The day before Thanksgiving, I’m helping with the opening day of what’s probably Knoxville’s biggest Christmas event, the Fantasy of Trees, that night, then going to dinner, then going to work until about 2 in the morning. Then coming home, possibly going back to work for about an hour on Thanksgiving morning, coming home, helping my mom make the dishes for dinner, then going to my Aunt’s for dinner.

I’m already exhausted just thinking about it. I need to remember to make sure I packed those bottles of wine for dinner…

Anyway, started out with one story, switched to the other. Now I’m back with my original NaNo idea for this year, and that’s what the majority of my writing has been about. About 20,000 words worth of the 25,000 are that story.

Yeah, I’ve switched stories three times.

I’ve also discovered that, for instant inspiration, and thus word count, just add a puppy. Everything’s better with baby animals.

Cheers, and good luck to everyone doing NaNo!

Mayuuya (Chelsea)

Day Two of NaNo: I Hate Writing the First Few Chapters

        So, today I managed to get in 2559 words. Not as many as I would have liked to have gotten, but it still puts me at a total of 5,566, which is still nearly 570 words over par for the 3rd. 

        Also, the first few chapters of a new story suck. I hate having to do all of the set-up and introductory stuff. But it’s necessary for the story. It’s just no fun to write. 

        And, seriously, that’s all I’ve got tonight. My brain is broken right now. 


        Mayuuya (Chelsea)

Day One of NaNo: The Plot That Wasn’t

        So, as the first official day of NaNoWriMo draws to a close, with only an hour and a half left, my word count sits at 3007. Not bad, considering that I didn’t start writing until the middle of the afternoon.

        Oh, and I had a plot change. Again.

        I’m working on another CampNaNo project that I didn’t ever really work on. I think I wrote maybe about 150 words of this and then veered off into writing something with a set of my older characters.

        But while I was sitting with Scriviner open, trudging through the opening chapter of my chosen novel, I just couldn’t make the words come out. So I opened a new file, and started typing a random scene from the other story. And the words just came. So then I went and started writing the first part of the story, and now I’m at 3000 words.

        Maybe I’ll work on The Witch Queen’s War off and on throughout the month.

        Or maybe the Fantasy/ original world thing just isn’t for me. That’s entirely possible, I suppose, since this is the second time I’ve pretty much shelved this same story. Who knows, but, for now, I’m sticking with what works.

        And Shades in the Shadows is working for me, right now.  

        This is the synopsis that I used during CampNaNo. I’m still trying to decide if I want to do any editing on it or not:


Cover Image. The cover image for ‘The Witch Queen’s War’ was actually a retooling of this cover, not vice versa. I made this one back in June.

       When Kaylee Sullivan is invited to join a college sponsored trip revolving around the restoration of a centuries old castle in the heart of Ireland, she immediately jumps at the chance.

        However, once the group arrives at the imposing Black Lake Castle, it doesn’t take long before some of them begin to have a few misgivings about the project.

        Soon, Kaylee and the rest of the group begin to notice odd occurrences. At first, they seem tame; cold drafts and odd noises, easily ignored or explained away. But as more time passes, things become more alarming and more frequent. Shadows seem to flicker in the mirrors followed by the sound of scratching at the glass. Nightmares plague the group, all centered around a dark an menacing human-like figure. 

        Very quickly, what started out as a hands-on lesson in Irish history becomes a crash course in bone-chilling legends.

        When an accident inside the castle brings the restoration work to a grinding halt, the more superstitious minds among the group begin to point to the castle’s less than peaceful past. Murder, treachery, and a twisted fascination with the occult have tainted Black Lake’s ancient halls, weaving a warped history of cruelty, violence, and death.

        And now whatever sleeps within the many shadows seems to have awoken. 

        Lesson of the Day: Go with whatever works! And what works is whatever gets you writing.

        And that’s where I’m at right now. Good luck to everybody participating in NaNo!


        Mayuuya (Chelsea)