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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

NaNoWriMo 2007 Plans

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As of this afternoon, I was content with the thought that I was going to do another unofficial* NaNoWriMo this year and work on the prequel to AMC. Since this is one of the few stories I'm working on that is completely outlined (versus letting the story write itself, to varying degrees; AMC being the most extreme example of this, as I didn't even know how it would end until it ended), I figured that I could mostly finish it and maybe start posting in the new year.

* "Unofficial" because I have a few chapters written already, so it's not technically a fresh story and not technically eligible for the competition. Last year, I also worked on a work-in-progress for NaNoWriMo, and I got my fair share of encouragement to cheat. But it's not worth it--to me--to violate the spirit of the contest just to get a banner. So I aim to write 50K words like the rest of the NaNuts, but I just don't enter on the site. It's all about the stories anyway, isn't it?

Then, this afternoon, Bobby and I went to see the new fantasy movie The Seeker ... and a plotrabbit straight out of Monty Python and the Holy Grail sunk its big, nasty, pointed teeth right into my upper thigh. For no good reason. (Do you ever see a tiny detail and, suddenly, a whole story explodes forth from it? I'm not even sure that I remember the trigger.) To the degree that I only half paid attention to the first hour of the movie. (It's a family movie, so the plot's not that hard to follow.) Now, it looks like this will be my 2007 NaNoWriMo story.

And yes, just when I swore, "No new novels!" since I have three already in various stages of completion, and just when I swore to finish my Midhavens novel and concentrate on short fiction when writing original stuff, I get an idea for an original novel that I can't even imagine how long it is going to be based on all the ideas whirling in my head right now. Nrgh. And despite all this, I'm damned excited because I haven't had this sort of enthusiasm for a story ... well, since embarking on the Midhavens novel for NaNoWriMo two years ago.

Of course, it could fade, and I could go back to the AMC prequel. I'd be happy with either, but right now, I can't imagine doing that. This story is begging to be written. If it wasn't for Haunted October taking all my time, I'd be fighting not to start it now.

In other NaNews, Bobby will also be scribbling along with me this year. I think he's up to it. In a lot of ways, when the whole family (save the dogs, of course) is doing NaNoWriMo, that makes it easier for all of us. We'll just be eating a lot of mac 'n' cheese and wearing outfits a few times more than usual!

So who else is taking on NaNoWriMo this year? Any clue what you're writing yet? Excited, scared, meh about it? Inquiring minds want to know! :)
  • I say go for it while the excitement is there! You have all October for planning (when you're not working on the OH stories, that is)! :D That new-idea-thrill will make the writing much easier, too. And at any rate, I'd like to know what exactly that plotbunny is entailing!

    Congrats on getting Bobby to write as well! I know the pain of not having people understand what I was doing, and why I was doing it (so happening in the last few years - my mother isn't particularly bibliophilic, and though she claims to understand my obsession with writing I know she doesn't really, and keeps on interrupting just when I found the right flow to work with, ngah... ) but since I'll be in Hamburg four days each week this November... there is a good chance of making it. For once. So yes, I'll participate in NaNo again, although I have no idea what the project is going to be. I'll probably sift through my five notebooks and try to find some interesting piece of Armandû backstory, or start something completely different. (*groans* ^^)
    • I love your icon! So true! :^D

      And at any rate, I'd like to know what exactly that plotbunny is entailing!

      It's an "Elf falls into Modern-earth premise," i.e., characters from a fantasy realm end up in the modern world. Only they are still strongly connected to the world from which they have come. The story will (hopefully) cover both their current lives and the fantasy backstory that has brought them there, and their attempts to return. It will look a bit at "escapism" through fantasy and the sorts of conflicts our stories involve versus the "daily life" conflicts that would prove a challenge, if our characters ended up in our world.

      It's not quite like any idea I've ever had before (and summaries always make anything sound daft!) but I find myself so inexplicably excited about it.

      Congrats on getting Bobby to write as well! I know the pain of not having people understand what I was doing, and why I was doing it

      In years past, I always made stern faces for the month leading up to NaNoWriMo and made sure that everyone knew I'd be "otherwise involved." I even told my boss, during Year One! "Yep, I'm going to be writing a novel next month, so that's what I'll be doing here once I'm done my day's work." :^P

      I've always liked NaNoWriMo because of the fact that it gives an official feel to something that I'd probably be doing anyway. People would say, "Ooooh ... National Novel Writing Month*? That sounds all official and important and challenging! I'll stay out of your way, Dawn!"

      Nonetheless, non-writers don't understand that plopping down and starting a conversation in the middle of novel-writing will earn grumpy looks if the writer is on a spree! :^D

      * Is anyone else bothered by the lack of a hyphen in "novel-writing"? Ack. I am such a geek!

      I'll probably sift through my five notebooks and try to find some interesting piece of Armandû backstory, or start something completely different.

      On the first ... ooooh! That'd be so cool! Yay for stories in big original universes! The latter would be cool too, of course (as NaNoWriMo stories are cool by default), but since it's still the rather vague "completely different," then I find myself rallying behind the Elf-type people in the big original universe! :^D Go figure ...
    • Very interesting that you should be talking about an elves-in-the-modern-world premise. I have one that has been sitting around unfinished (supposed to be a very long short story or a novella). Mine, of course, is based on those two guys I like to write about. It is the only thing that I have ever worked on that anyone outside of the Tolkien fanfiction world was interested in...(as a screen play). I had it on my lj for a short few weeks, but then pulled it based upon advice I got from a person in the film industry. I spoke with someone else over the weekend who also should know about this kind of thing and he said I best put it back up somewhere because the fact that I have it up somewhere and dated gives me a certain protection. Just nonsense, but what a coincidence. I'm sure they have nothing in common except the modern world and elves. (Mine is a shameless self insertion of me and my daughter as well.)

      I am certain that the right choice is that you should do the one which excites you the most. However, you know me, I am selfish. I was all wound up that you were going to do the one in the AMC universe.

      I am writing a fair amount these days, but I cannot imagine committing myself to some 2,000 words a day (my personal record for fiction is around 1,000). I write slow and I hate to re-write, so I would no doubt get 50,000 words of pure garbage and then never touch it again.

      I'm impressed and wish you the best of luck.
      • I don't even know if my characters can rightly be considered Elves. (I borrowed the phrase "an Elf falls into Modern-earth" from an old SWG challenge. Ai, the profound layers of my geekiness! :^P) There's shades of medieval as well: tournaments, the feudal system (blame Bobby). They have to be characters who could blend well with ordinary humans if dressed as such, so I'm afraid I couldn't go with actual Elves ... though of course, they are slightly ethereal. And have leaf-shaped ears, but that's just because I have an ear fetish.

        However, you know me, I am selfish. I was all wound up that you were going to do the one in the AMC universe.

        I still may. A month ago, I was thrilled at the idea of a Haunted October story set in Ocean City. Now, I can't get behind it. The more I hash out and outline ideas, the less enthusiasm I have. So it remains to be seen what I'll end up doing.

        Either way, I will make an effort for the AMC prequel come the new year. At the least, I need to slow down writing o-fic so that I can revise and sell what I've already done! ;)

        I am writing a fair amount these days, but I cannot imagine committing myself to some 2,000 words a day (my personal record for fiction is around 1,000).

        I graphed my progress last year. (Again, ai, the shades of geekiness!) I've learned that I am enormously productive in spurts but then have a stretch of days of only a few hundred words. I've maxed out at about 10K words in a day. Yes, I know that that is disgusting. But I can't keep up that pace over multiple days; I finished NaNoWriMo in two weeks the first year, then added next to nothing over the rest of the month.

        I'm impressed and wish you the best of luck.

        Thank you! :)
    • It's not quite like any idea I've ever had before (and summaries always make anything sound daft!) but I find myself so inexplicably excited about it.

      Ooooh! The idea may have been done before, but as always you manage to give things your very own, completely new twist! I haven't read any urban fantasy yet, but your summary sounds very compelling - not daft at all - and the deeper levels made me bounce with glee!

      Hm. You mentioned a Midhavens novel in the above post - why not connect the universes? ;) (Shut it, Heledir, no, you're not going to get to meet Felak. Shut it. Go back to Gondolin. He's one obnoxious Sinda. I apologize, Dawn!)

      Making stern faces, unfortunately, never worked well for me - but then I'm not the type of person who looks very intimidating doing that, which might be the problem. During my year one, starting out with the first Armandû installment, I even wrote at school, and my German teacher (who caught me redhanded) allowed it under the condition that I later showed her my work - which was pretty cool given how I faced a lack of understanding from most others, expecially at home. My mother (then as now) is apt to call for me when I'm busy, even if it's just to take a look at whatever is on TV. *sigh* And since I'm writing in English, she won't even be able to read it, so there's no interest whatsoever. (I'll stop now, before I start griping.)


      * Is anyone else bothered by the lack of a hyphen in "novel-writing"? Ack. I am such a geek!
      *squishes* :D :D :D

      On the first ... ooooh! That'd be so cool!
      Heh, thanks! :D I actually have some of the earliest stuff up at sudden_winter - bad English, much blathering, and some story fragments, but if you'd like to read it let me know and I'll add you to the flist. ;)

      then I find myself rallying behind the Elf-type people in the big original universe! :^D Go figure ...

      You're a Feanatic, so you should like them... these people I have are every bit as bad as the Feanoreans... the first installment starts off the plot with a Zirah'Nicho murdering his brother in a quarrel over a mortal girl they found (boy, I bawled writing that scene - kill your darlings, indeed!) and things don't get better. Plus there's a prophecy, divine incest, the Winter Goddess Zirah trying to regain mastery over the world... and Thay the luckless merchant from To'Rakif (he's human, though) in the thick of things... what did I ever get myself into?! Eh. Maybe I'll take your advice to cheat and take what I have, and try to finish that first before I start yet another fragment of the Histories... hm.
      • Hm. You mentioned a Midhavens novel in the above post - why not connect the universes? ;)

        They sort of are. My main characters are loosely based on the Meryth and Talban characters I have running around my house. Not necessarily the characters in the story, but the ones who live with us, fight with Bobby, et cetera.

        (Shut it, Heledir, no, you're not going to get to meet Felak. Shut it. Go back to Gondolin. He's one obnoxious Sinda. I apologize, Dawn!)

        >:^D

        You know, if Hel wanted to meet Felak, there is still the_midhavens ... (Felak has "met" the OCs of other authors there before, kid you not.)

        Making stern faces, unfortunately, never worked well for me - but then I'm not the type of person who looks very intimidating doing that, which might be the problem.

        *snicker* I am, so maybe that theory has some weight behind it. I become notably cranky when not permitted to exercise the creative demons. (Pun, sadly, intended.) So people tend to steer clear.

        >:^))

        And yes, I'd love to be added on sudden_winter! I'm sooo curious about your original stuff. It sounds really interesting. Besides, I'd love to compare notes with someone else going through the agony process of creating an original universe.
        • Not necessarily the characters in the story, but the ones who live with us, fight with Bobby, et cetera.

          The originals tend to do that, don't they? :D Glad to know I'm not the only one this is happening to! :D Heledir has been getting into arguments with a few people, which causes all the others to eyeroll or go "oh please". ;)
          But that's beside the point... having them with you also means you're familiar with them, which may explain just why you are so enthusiastic about the story - and it's likely going to be another big help writing it!

          You know, if Hel wanted to meet Felak, there is still the_midhavens ...
          *sigh* He's poking me right now to log into his LJ and friend that journal. Expect him to pay a visit once I'm done typing this comment.

          I become notably cranky when not permitted to exercise the creative demons. Same here... not cranky enough, though, apparently, to keep them interruptions at bay.

          exercise the creative demons
          That, dear Dawn, is icon-worthy. May I? :D

          Adding you to s_w in a moment. (No, Heledir, real people go first. You're 400-something, it's about time you learned some patience! Besides it's almost 4:30 am, and I want to sleep. Yes, I know you don't need to, don't want to, and don't want me to. And you know what? I don't care. )

          As for comparing notes - I fear there isn't much in that journal to compare, but you know my mail adress, and that might be the better medium for discussion and potentially exchanging material...

          agony process
          writers are a masochistic lot, aren't they?
          • The originals tend to do that, don't they? :D Glad to know I'm not the only one this is happening to!

            Oh no. No, you're not alone at all. Here is a typical conversation between Bobby and me when I get home from work:

            D: Hey, how was your day?

            B: Work. How was yours?

            D: Meh. ... Have you talked to Mennik yet?

            B: Yeah, we had some tea when I got home.

            D: What about the Wooves?

            B: In their room. Doing homework.

            But that's beside the point... having them with you also means you're familiar with them, which may explain just why you are so enthusiastic about the story - and it's likely going to be another big help writing it!

            Yes, exactly! I have to be in love with the characters for the story to work as I want it to. All of my favorite stories, I fell in love with the characters before anything else. The plot evolves around this.

            *sigh* He's poking me right now to log into his LJ and friend that journal. Expect him to pay a visit once I'm done typing this comment.

            I added him back and also added him to the "special flist" where Felak used to get up to his dirty deeds with one of digdigil's OCs ... Dawn's first slash too. *sniffle* How sweet. :^P

            That, dear Dawn, is icon-worthy. May I? :D

            Please do! 'Tis better when my puns generate icons rather than eyerolls! :^D

            As for comparing notes - I fear there isn't much in that journal to compare, but you know my mail adress, and that might be the better medium for discussion and potentially exchanging material...

            Noted! :^D You might regret it ... anyone who shows even vague interest in my original stuff ends up with an earful!

            But please, reply in kind, if you want. ;) Your world sounds absolutely fascinating!
            • The conversations had me laugh out loud - lacking everyday people to share my characters' antics with, I mostly keep to myself, but my mother knows about the elves in my head, at least, and she's met Hel a few times. Now I'm wondering, though, why the Wooves are doing homework. ;)

              Hel, by the way, is very happy to have been added to the list, and says he'll pay a visit as soon as I let him, or as soon as he stops moping because we're planning an end to gondolinrpg.

              You might regret it ... anyone who shows even vague interest in my original stuff ends up with an earful!

              It's not like I mind. So no regrets here, no, ma'am. :D Unless you actually mind getting a reply of the same sort - but then your comment implies that you don't...
  • Do you ever see a tiny detail and, suddenly, a whole story explodes forth from it? I'm not even sure that I remember the trigger.

    OH yes. I'm very "detail oriented" that way...

    I've signed up for NaNoWriMo and will probably do it--I gripe so much about not being able to write without a deadline that I really have no excuse not to! ;)
    • That's me too! I need a deadline to keep focused, else one thousand other "priorities" get in my way.

      Good luck to you! We'll have quite the little support group on LJ, if we need it. ;)
  • So who else is taking on NaNoWriMo this year?

    HAHA!!! No, "novel" and "Tarion" do not fit in the same sentence, unless there is a "read". However, I will be participating in National Essay Writing Month this month, against my will. (Actually, National Essay Writing month extends past October and into November as well...Curses.) My brain hurts just thinking about it.

    Perhaps I shall do Pico, though at the moment, I'm leaning once again toward "no". Plus, I don't have any ideas, really. O.o
    • Um, and I forgot...

      Do you ever see a tiny detail and, suddenly, a whole story explodes forth from it?

      If this happens, it's usually a picture that I create (mentally), or perhaps something short. But not anything long, usually. (Big surprise there, eh?)

      Sometimes I do the opposite-ish type thing. (Tarion's eloquence at its best.) Occasionally I am reading a story and I insert a completely unrelated detail that becomes rather integral to me. Not quite to the extent of fanfiction or anything like that, but sort of like an accidental drop of paint that makes the picture better, but no one really knows about it.

      Ok, I don't even think that makes sense. >_<
      • You do make sense! So either you're more eloquent than you think, or we're both on the same insane wavelength.

        I know what you mean about those "accidental drops." For example, the opal necklace that Feanor gives to Maglor in AMC was just a pretty piece of jewelry when I first wrote it. Now, it ties all of my stories in that series together. Whodda thunk it?

        That's one reason why I like writing without an outline sometimes: just to see how my mind can connect the random crap that I write to make a coherent whole.

        Sometimes I do the opposite-ish type thing. (Tarion's eloquence at its best.)

        *sporfle* LMAO!!
        • So either you're more eloquent than you think, or we're both on the same insane wavelength.

          Or both (knowing that the latter is probably true).

          Now, it ties all of my stories in that series together. Whodda thunk it?

          I have a detail just like that! Only...more vague and very undeveloped. But it does tie some things across hundreds of years. At least for now.

          I might have mentioned this before, but I hate outlines. I have trouble writing from them. I suppose that sometimes for longer stories I have a vague outline in my head, but it doesn't seem to work very well. Of course, without an outline I often get stuck. But I think it is more fun to connect two previously unrelated pieces. Sounds like the kind of b-s-ing I enjoy doing from time to time.

          *sporfle* LMAO!!

          Note to self: Good to know my fall-back career as a comedian is still in the running. ;)
    • National Essay Writing Month? It's the first I've heard of it!

      (And how is it a month if it stretches longer than a month? o.O)

      Plus, I don't have any ideas, really. O.o

      Want some??

      >:^E
      • Well, National Essay Writing Month is unofficial. It just so happens that I have at least one essay due each week this month. It extends longer than a month because some of the professors got confused with National Novel Writing Month, and so assigned essays for the first week or so of November as well. :P

        Want some??

        Er.....what does it say about my mental/muse state if part of me wants to say "Yes!" ??
  • I am not doing it... again. It just comes at a time in a year that just doesn't work for me. I mean April Fools showed me that if I had a wee bit more writing time, I can get the word count easily. So that Haldir bunny I reserved for it remains shelved. I have so many wips right now that are in dire need to finish (mostly very short works, which makes it even more laughable for me that I can't finish them), but it depends on the day how much I can actually sit down to write. :) So the Seeker huh? Was it a good movie?
    • It is a really bad time of year. I always want to bop the NaNoWriMo creators over the head and ask, "November? What were you thinking??"

      In the US anyway, students are entering the roughest part of the year. The holidays are ramping up. American writers lose at least a day--sometimes a whole weekend--for Thanksgiving and "Black Friday"-related traditions. And to add insult to injury, it's a 30-day month.

      Personally, I think March would be a good month. Nothing happens in March. And it's a 31-day month.

      Though (here comes an evol suggestion), if you told everyone that you were doing NaNo, then you'd have an excuse to sit down and write your wips and not have to worry about betas, et cetera. ;) Don't think this isn't a major motivation in why I do NaNo every year!

      So the Seeker huh? Was it a good movie?

      Pretty good, for a family fantasy. My main complaint was that everything seemed so easy: Because he was simply waiting for signs to reveal themselves, then there wasn't much excuse for adventure and problem-solving. I love a movie where the clues come together at a certain point and astound me with how neatly they connect! Instead, things just sort of ... happened.

      But it had some funny moments, some great supporting characters, and it managed multiple subplots and many, many characters without completely botching the whole thing. I liked Stardust much better, but I did enjoy myself at this one too.
  • I´m not taking it, because (unfortunately) I have grown to know myself quite well. And *having* to write is one of the very few things in the world which can dissuade me from writing (the other is summer).

    But if it´s going to cause an overflow of new fics around here, then it should be good!
    • And *having* to write is one of the very few things in the world which can dissuade me from writing

      This is so interesting because I'm exactly the opposite. Usually, the only way to get myself to write is to set a deadline, which is why I'll periodically make LJ posts with all my current projects and the dates by which I expect to finish them. If they're not obligations, they're too easy to push aside for other things.

      But if it´s going to cause an overflow of new fics around here, then it should be good!

      Personally, I always have trouble finishing. 50K is not nearly long enough for me, and once the month is over, it's back to the other obligations with less time for writing. (And less focus on a single project.)

      But hopefully, some others will post their results. :)
  • I'm going to do NaNoWriMo again if I can unscramble my brain enough from work (and there's no way I want to write anything even remotely school-related, so the unscrambling is essential). I haven't decided yet whether to write a sci-fi thing about a planet suffering from Zimbabwe-style issues or something from the PoV of one of the minor characters from last year's novel (is that actually allowed under the rules?).

    • I don't see why not, if it's a separate novel. I mean, I was writing stories and had developed an RPG in my fantasy universe before starting NaNoWriMo. I seem to recall that making notes, outlines, and preparing is perfectly acceptable; it's the actual writing that has to wait for 1 November!

      The sci-fi story sounds really interesting too. No matter what you do, good luck with it! :)
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