Quick NaNoWriMo 2015 Spreadsheet Post!

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Happy NaNo, Audience!

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I have about 10 minutes until go time for my region, so I guess you could say this is darn near last minute, but I really wanted to slap together a Pre-NaNo blog advertising my #DORG Spreadsheet for 2015! I warred with the thought for a few hours, but given that there are a few changes from my norm of previous years, I figured you all deserved a good ole head’s up!

I’ve redoubled my #DORG goal, making it the seemingly impossible finish line of 100K in 24 25 hours (Thank you Ben Franklin!). So, without further procrastination, wish me luck!

For those who would like to follow along with me, I’ll slap a redirect to my Spreadsheet beloooooooow.

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Good luck, fellow NaNoians! May the words do the typey typey thing from the fingers to the screen!

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#32. [CAMP NANOWRIMO INTENSIFIES]

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Audience! Audience!!!

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Yes, yessss! Once again, the summer fun that is Camp NaNoWriMo graces us writer hopefuls with its presence once more!

A few posts back, I spoke of the bomb.com Cabin I had back in April, and how we all decided to reconvene in July for another summer writing spectacular!

Well, I’m pleased and stupidly excited to announce that I just got the cabin invite today!

I mean, sure, I don’t really know what I’m going to write… or what my wordcount goal will be… or if I’ll even do as well as I did in April, but… uh… I kinda lost myself there. ;-;

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Uh, anyway… I’m suuuure I’ll FAIL MISERABLY do fine. It just takes a little spit, a lotta elbow grease, and some extreme willpower to not play vidyagames for three weeks straight. Easy stuff, right?

Plus, I have the backing of several NaNo OAers, which I have not been sparse in lamenting how they push you to do insane things. Example: I’m planning on a #50kday for the first. But don’t bet on it. I’m not sure how motivated I am yet. 😛

Needless to say, I’m pretty ready for Camp this year. I’ve spent my off-season writing pretty much non-stop on My Wattpad, participating in little contests here and there, so my writing muscles are thoroughly stretched and limbered up for the long haul. I’m having good feelings about July. 🙂

Are any of you braving the waters of summer noveling fun this coming month? Do you have better planning skills than I do? Are you as hopelessly lost as me?

If you are… well, no one can say we’re aren’t spontaneous. 😛

I hope you all have a blast this July, Audience.

Happy writing!

-T.A.

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I confused people with the mock mock cover for NightSong, so…

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#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

Tavia K. Armstrong’s #50KKillMeNow Attempt!

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Tavia K. Armstrong’s #50KKillMeNow Attempt!

Hey, found some spare time to scribble this post together! Click this link and follow me and my crazy attempt to pound out 50K words in 24 hours!

It’s a link to my spread sheet~ Please forgive the first 1 hour, 25 minutes. I was still getting used to the programs and wonked it up. ;-; So it’s really screwed up, but from there on out, everything should be fine! 

 

Thank you for supporting me!

#22. Halloween, a Hearty Apology and NaNoWriMo! (And 50K5DAYS… and 50K1DAY)

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PRESCRIPT:

Happy Halloween/Samhain/Whatever Doesn’t Offend You Day! I do hope you all enjoy this little celebration, however you celebrate it and for whatever reason you celebrate it for! I’ll personally be sleeping for majority of it, you’ll know the reason why once you read down below~

I rise from the dead, Audience!

Yes, yes, I know it has been QUITE some time since my last entry, and for that I am truly sorry (yes, I know that this is vaguely familiar, a ghost of my past apologies that were spilled in vain).

There is no excuse for my prolonged absence, save that life got in the way. Can I promise that won’t happen again? Of course not! But I will try to keep my darling audience better informed this time. 😀

As for my timely re-arrival, there is a reason, a season, that would prompt me the urge to get back into blogging. That reason is:


NaNoWriMo!!!

That’s write (see what I did there?)! It’s the most wonderful time of the year YET AGAIN for author faithfuls everywhere. The time when we lose sleep scrawling (or clacking) words onto the page with hopes of reaching 50K by midnight on the 30th of November.

First off, let me say, if you are participating this year, GO YOU! Whatever doubts you have going into this, I know that with a little determination and elbow grease, you can overcome anything, any plot twist, any obstacle, that your novel throws your way. You are, after all, a writer. We do stubbornness so well. 😀

Secondly, I might add that this is my 8th year participating, and with said 8th year, I have decided to mix it up a tiny bit, so as to challenge myself.

In a Facebook NaNoWriMo group a few weeks ago, a fellow NaNomigo, Kat Mellon, threw out the thought of trying 50K in the matter of a mere FIVE DAYS!!!

She made a blog post about it…

A Twitter feed

Facebook page for people who choose to take on the endeavour…

Speaking of Facebook, she even made up a few Facebook cover photos…


A tracking sheet…

And she even bought a domain for all of the participants!

Seriously, she’s pretty awesome!

(and owns a treaddesk)
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I admit, this is an amazing feat to attempt, let alone accomplish, and I wish everyone who participates the best and highest of lucks!

I, too, have decided to participate in this amazing challenge, but on top of that I have decided…

… to do something…

Even.

Crazier.

Can you guess what it is? Can you, can you?

Hint: it involves FIFTY THOUSAND WORDS and TWENTY-FOUR HOURS.

You guess it yet? If not, I’ll spill.

On top of #50K5DAYS, I will be attempting the appropriately labelled #50K1DAY (or #50kday, as I have seen Sushi label in on Twitter) an amazing quest of writing an entire novel in a mere 24 hours!

Am I crazy for doing it? Probably, but at least I have this nifty tracking sheet to help me along the way!

(Also, courtesy of Kat)

Now, just simply saying that I’ll try is not enough. The question is, can I succeed?

I honestly think I can, but that doesn’t stop the nervous excitement making my fingers quiver, nor does it stop the fact that I should be sleeping right now to prepare for the immense task ahead, yet here I type.

In the end, the proof is in the words on the page, and come midnight on November 2nd, I’ll know if I am made of the right stuff. Same goes for midnight on November 8th, as I’ll be taking a much needed break from Nano on the 2nd (whether I make to 50K word mark or not) before attempting #50K5DAYS on the 3rd.

I won’t have time to keep everyone posted on my status of #50K1DAY, nor will I be doing anything fancy like streaming my writing or other things that allow people to view my writing as I write it (very self-conscious about my work ^_^;), but if you are well acquainted with the NaNoWriMo Participants Facebook group (if you aren’t, I’d strongly recommend it; the most supportive bunch of writers you could ever find this side of the internet), I promised that I’d update them all every few hours or so.  😀

I may even update my Twitter a bit, if I can find the time, so be on the look out for any #50K1DAY or #50kday updates from me!

So that’s just about it, on my side! Wish me luck! (I’ll need it)

Have you guys set out any crazy tasks for this NaNo season? I’d love to hear them!

Signing off, (hopefully not for several months this time)
Kiryuu

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