#30. Ryker, Leighton, and a Promise of Continuation!

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Greetings, Audience!

So, a looooooong time ago (read, 2013), I’d made a pledge to write 365 Pages of one pantsed story in 365 Days; a page a day for an entire year.

I was super into it, too. I made a directory for it on this blog and everything, which can still be clicked on, near the top of this page.

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Well, needless to say, I failed. Miserably. I didn’t even make it a month in. I know, I’m terrible.

So yeah, maybe one page a day was a little too… ambitious a goal, even for me (because I’m so awesome, right?).

I now know that I was not well equipped enough to keep up such a task. Even a page a day, though easy as it may seem, was tough to fit into my day-to-day schedule, which has only gotten worse in the two years that followed my epic failure.

So, I will not soon be trying that feat again.

BUT!

On a whim, I’d began reading over the story recently, and I really think that this MS could be made into something fun! 365/365 was a party of firsts for me. The challenge itself, a first. Where I’d normally write in 1st person, I took the 3rd person approach. And though I find my comfort zone is usually Paranormal Fiction, this was also my first stab at both YA and Romance. Male main protagonist? A first as well.

Though I ultimately threw in the towel on the challenge, I do recall that what I did write was a joy to take part in.

It’s no secret that I generally pants my writing. So going about this challenge day to day was a simple task within itself, but that never takes away from the wonder of seeing the world unfold before me when the words hit the page.

Ry and Leigh’s relationship felt natural and real and unlike anything I thought I’d be able to produce (I don’t write romance very well, you see?).

Ryker’s family established their personalities very clearly and immediately to me in each word typed, and it felt like a real family dynamic. Hero, the dog, came as a complete surprise to me, but he played such an integral part where he was written in, it felt like it was planned.

I’d never written this type of werewolf before. I made up all of the terminology on the spot, all of the the customs, the culture. The Transition, into the Change. The biology, the anatomy of the wolf. And still there’s so much to explore. I can’t just leave this project alone.

So, I plan to revisit this MS. But I won’t be unrealistic in my visions of how to put the story on the page. No one page everyday feats. No speed demon sessions with hopes of finishing 10000 words in one go.

No, I’ll probably take it slow. I haven’t worked out the finer details, but I’m think I’ll upload the story via Wattpad or something, so as not to clutter this blog with its undoubtedly inconsistent updates (Something the readers of Ryker’s story wanted done back when I was still embarking upon the challenge).

If you were interested in this story back in 2013, I hope that my promise to continue the story is as exciting to you as it is to me! I’d love to see what Ryker and Leighton have been up to since I left them last. I know I ended at quite the cliffhanger, which was kind of evil, but I shall fulfill this hiatus very soon, so do not fret!

I’ll post an update here before new additions to the story go up on whichever platform I should choose, but for now, I’m going to work on some loose edits of the original MS (which was completely unedited, if you can recall my italicized disclaimer before each entry, and the many typos that followed). It won’t be perfect, but I’ll get rid of some of the glaring inadequacies to make for better reading. 🙂

I’ll then upload all of what I’ve written thus far on whichever platform I choose and alert you all when new updates are uploaded as they are uploaded! Sound like a plan?

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Hope to hear back from me soon, Audience!

I can’t wait to get this show on the road!

-Kiryuu

#29. A Quick “What Have I Been Up To!”

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*slowly peeks from behind corner*

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Ehehe…

Heeeey, Audience.

I know you’re probably less than amused by my frequent absences from this here blog (which I’m reeeaaaaallly sorry about), but we’re like, the BEST of friends, so you’ll forgive me right?

Right?! D:

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Uh, um, well, at least allow me to try and make it up to you!

Oh, how?

Well, uh, I was hoping to do so via this post! 😀

Yep… by writing… this… post.

Eheheh…

I know, I know, it isn’t much to go on, and I’m terribly inconsistent, if past experiences are any indication, but I really am going to try and post here more. Writing is my passion, my dream, and you all, my audience, are an integral and important part of me finally fulfilling it!

So, no promises made (because my word should be more than enough), I will try to give you guys an entry no less than once a week. You deserve more than that, but my life is pretty hectic currently, and I fear that I wouldn’t be able to commit to more.

So, not that I’ve gotten my very past due apology out of the way, how about a small update on my writing goings on?!

Last month, I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo (I mean, when DON’T I participate in all things NaNo?). It was my most successful year yet, not only in wordcount, but also in overall experiences. I had an amazing kickass cabin, better than any camp before it by a landslide.

With (essentially) 3 no shows to the writing extravaganza, our remaining cabinmates pulled through to blow our original cabin-wide goal out of the water. It was nothing short of amazing.
I mean, seriously, look at these numbers from the first day of validation!

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And here, where we finally smashed the cabin-wide goal with six days to spare…

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And as if that wasn’t enough, once we were well past said original goal, we’d taken what was originally my April Fool’s joke wordcount of 696969 and set it as our final go to goal within the  last few days of Camp.


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And then, when we achieved it (with two days to spare)…

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Indeed, it was nothing short of glorious. I ended Camp with just over 200K words, effectively completely a regular NaNo over FOUR TIMES.

The active cabinmates from last month’s Camp and I have all decided to re-convene for the July Camp, and I’m looking forward to it!

As for non-Camp related writing, I have planned some serious edits for my November NaNo novel series (that I started in NaNoWriNo 2012, with plans to publish!

This is a big deal for me because I’ve never really worked up the nerve to actually publish something! I know it’s a long and difficult road, but I’ve taken the first step and I cannot wait to see what opportunities this opens up for me!

Wish me luck, Audience!

Until next time,

Kiryuu