WriteWriteWrite (and draw pictures too!)

Work update: I’ve been rehired at my museum to pack up textiles and furniture to move to a new location.  Yay!  I start back up tomorrow, so I’ve had the past week to work on my NaNoWriTriMo novel.  As the novel takes place on a floating island, Hubby has insisted that I hurry up and finish playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time so I can move on to Skyward Sword, which also has a lot of floating islands.  Thus, most of my week off has been trying to accomplish this feat, alas to no avail.  Ganandorf is not a nice guy, as I’m sure you all know, and I’m having issues beating him *cough Forest Temple cough*.

Needless to say, I haven’t done as much writing as I had hoped this past week.  My upcoming commute of an hour+ each way will hopefully allow for more writing time (though I have received some books to review, so look for those here soon as well).  But I will share some lovely map sketches of the island of Upari.  Question: if you were a floating island, would you rather be one singular island, or broken into pieces?

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Hello again

Goodness, has it really been a few months since I’ve written? Time sure flies when you’re having fun! Quick updates then:

NaNoWriMo
I won’t fill the page with paltry excuses as to why I didn’t finish my novel in November (I was sick, my dog ate my outline…wait, we don’t have a dog, we have frogs…). I’m still working on it, and have decided to do my own NaNoWriTriMo (National Novel Writing Three-Months). Hubby is excited about the story, and keeps asking how it’s going and when it’ll be done. It’s nice to know that I have such a wonderful supporter who keeps cheering me on! Currently I’ve rewritten the beginning three times, and will do so again. In all honesty, I will be jobless come February 1st, so I will have a lot more time on my hands (between applying for other jobs), so there are really no more excuses! I’m really excited to sit down and write out what’s been in my head since last summer. I’ll keep you updated on my progress 🙂

Happy New Year! My New Year’s resolutions come straight from Miss Frizzle of The Magic School Bus:
1) Take chances
2) Make mistakes
3) Get messy
Since moving to Seattle two years ago, I’ve been too occupied with grad school to truly explore this great city and surrounding area. So this is the year! Hubby and I are going to venture out and explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where we’ve never gone before. Have any suggestions of Seattle-ish/day trip areas we should check out? Leave a comment!

More bloggy goodness to come! Hakuna Matata!

Gearing up for NaNoWriMo!

This is the first year I’ll be participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It’s been over five months since I wrote my thesis, so I hope my brain has recovered enough for the challenge. I first heard about NaNoWriMo earlier this year via author Marissa Meyer, who used it to work on her first novel Cinder.

My untitled novel will be a YA fantasy story. Here’s the initial elevator pitch:
On the floating island of Upari, there is magic in the…hair. Follicular mages are caught up in the Upari-wide civil war headed by the priests and the scholars who are trying to determine the origins of their island, and if the legend of a land below is true. One woman, gifted with different types of magic, discovers only she can end the war.

I have the most basic of outlines, mostly in my head. I know parts of the middle and the end of the story. Is writing about writing an acceptable form of outline procrastination?

Writing starts November 1!