I almost killed him

ALMOST.

but decided to give him some character development instead. :D

In other news, I’ve finished writing Shaxia, book 4 of the Natan Fleet Show. I’ve just got to edit out 10k words and then it will be done. Thus ends the High Council arc of the series.

Okay so… Here’s a thing. Given the current unrest in the country/world, I’m going to say this once.

ONCE

VARAS ARE NOT HUMAN.

Do not assign human values or emotions to them. They’re a human derivative, but their genetics and society are not the same. That’s kinda the whole point of the next set of books in the series. Varas are not human and shouldn’t be expected to behave like humans, even when raised among humans.

You’ll see what I mean later.

Look. They drink antifreeze as their version of “alcohol” because it tastes good and it won’t kill them. They are NOT HUMAN.

no science, but im still alive

I haven’t caught the ‘Rona yet, hopefully I won’t. I’ve been working from home for the last few months, although I did go out of the country at the end of Feb. I finally got to scratch something off my bucket list, which was awesome. Went to Ireland. It was beautiful. Except for the hurricane. lol. My curse struck again.

I really want to go to the beach again this year, though, so hopefully things calm down. If not, I’ll just go sit in a kiddy pool in the back yard like a beached whale. :) Its not the same, but its at least sunlight in water without the crowds.

I’m going to make an attempt to finish writing Shaxia. I’ve run into issues with how to continue torturing develop Vathion’s character in a believable way. Despite everything I do to him, I DO want him to recover and have a normal life, but… well, happy characters are not interesting characters. I need to finish other stories I’ve been working on too that I’ve been working on for a while. I’m just really slow at writing completed stories is all. sigh.

good NEWS everybody!

I’m trying something new. Maybe it will keep me on track for producing content on a more regular basis? At Imaginarium this year, I went to a couple panels talking about marketing strategies. Really marketing boils down to just being consistent with content. Ugh. I’m the queen of inconsistency.

Anyway, here’s my idea.

I’m going to start posting something on this blog twice a month. The 1st and the 15th. That should give me enough time to actually come up with a post and write it.

As it stands, here’s my announcements for today!

On my Patreon, I’m going to start posting the draft chapters of Shaxia (from chapter 1) in the $5 tier. If you want to beta read and give feedback, join us! My Patreon has a bunch of other cool things too; such as artwork from Clockwork Joker, and other writing-related things. If this experiment goes well, I’ll start posting Foreseen Champion on Patreon in the $5 tier as well once I get Shaxia finished.

Another promotion I’m starting on Patreon is join our $5 tier and you get to pick an item from our merchandise and we’ll ship it to you. So that’s TWO good reasons to join our Patreon! You get a gift of your choice for signing up and you get to read Shaxia draft and more!

Speaking of gifts, I’m going to be at CONFUZION this year in Muscle Shoals. Come find me and receive a special gift!

I’m going to start making my short stories available on Kindle soon. I was going to bundle what I’ve got available for .99c, which will include the shorts you can read on this blog for free, and the one story I posted on Patreon. A good reason to buy it is that they’ll be all in one place and they’ll be in order timeline-wise and you’ll get to read the one I locked away on Patreon (and I’ll do another round of editing on them all to make them nice and spiffy).

My next project will be the little book about all my aliens. I’m still not sure what I’m going to call it, but I do know I want to get it printed.

Its CAT LOVE between two CATS~

 

I got nuthin today…

I’ve been busily working on Shaxia, though. So there’s that! 

 

Here’s a snippet:

 

Daharn would have climbed the wall if he could find any kind of hand hold.

“Nyxa!” Hasabi huffed as she came barreling out the door after. “Get back here and put on your panties!”

The toddler cackled from around the bend. Hasabi was soon out of sight as well.

 

 

yeah… that’s Natan’s offspring for sure. :)

Sorry sorry

I haven’t had anything to say on Fridays last few weeks because I ran out of my queued posts and NANOWRIMO started :)

I’m halfway through the month, a little over halfway through the goal, and I think I’m halfway mark on the story. 

 

Have an excerpt:

 

Vathion waited.

He tried to wait patiently.

Daharn put a hand on his knee to make him stop twitching and shaking the tree branch they were hiding in. As Scheerahis had described, the spider-walkers were moving in a circle around the base building. There were about ten Carken playing in the mud. One of them was riding a spider-walker, waving his tentacles and yodeling. If there had been any Hyphokos out listening for signs of Shaxin or Gilon, they wouldn’t have heard a thing.

Plot Building

There are different methods of doing it others have discussed at great length; from the 3-Act, to character-driven, or events-driven. If you want more info on the nuances of each, I’d suggest listening to the Writing Excuses Podcast.

My plots don’t really confine themselves to definitive and easy labels. The most I can say about my plots are that they’re character-driven for the most part? I have elements where horrible things happen and they aren’t any one person’s fault, but all everyone else can do is just watch the dumpster fire roll down a steep hill and into a petting zoo. 

Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) splits people into Plotters or Pantsers. I’ve discovered I’m more of a Pantser. As in, writing by the seat of them. If my plots fit into any kind of structure, it’s mostly a happy accident at the end.

When I begin a new project, I start by asking “What If?” This is Phase 1, as mentioned in my Phases of Writing Post.

I have another post where I talked about Creativity, so I won’t go into that at length here. I usually pick several and smash them together. For example:

  • What if there was a world where wishes came true?
  • What if a girl ended up switched into a guy’s body?
  • What if no one can tell the difference?

As it is now, the above example doesn’t have a clear ending other than maybe she gets her body back, but what then? Is that worthy of being the end of the book?

  • What if the guy whose body she is in Wished to end the world?

There we go. Now she has to remain engaged in the story past getting her body back. This addition will usually get me another 80,000 words, at which point, I’ll have to begin doing my rereading process to remove anything that no longer fits from when I first began the story.

I also look for places where I skipped scenes and begin writing those. By this point, I’ve got an ending in mind, which I will begin bending the plot towards. As I said before, I’m a Pantser, so I let my characters have some free reign to avoid the plot if they want, although doing so doesn’t always end well for them. Interesting diversions will stay in the book, whereas things that don’t serve any real purpose except for being neat will eventually be cut. (Refer to Cutting Darlings, which I’ll probably write about later.)

Once I’ve got 3/4ths of a story together is when I begin savagely destroying scenes that don’t fit the direction I want to go. This also ties into the Separating Scenes topic… which I’ll also write eventually.

In the end, I aim for Murphy’s Law. If things can go poorly, I’ll make sure that they do. You can have a plot without conflict. Coffee Shop AU’s are still popular. However, they’re hardly satisfying if there was no original trauma for the character to escape from.

And traumatizing my characters gives me life.

Recently, I bashed out the chapter by chapter plot for Shaxia. I did that by beginning with the ending. I know where I want the ending. Then decided that I needed more tension at the beginning.

I then focused on the pieces in the middle that I knew I wanted to happen and asked myself if they were Darlings that needed killing. Some of them got killed, others got promoted and fleshed out.

I connected the dots with some broad strokes and BOOM. Outline done.

Now its a matter of writing the scenes, but they’re loose enough that I can still find surprises for my Pantsing self.

List of things to Procrastinate: a Fangirl’s lament

My list of things I should finish/do; from the inconsequential to the important in no particular order:

*Legend of Dragoon – I got to the last disk and put it down. And because of the way they made the battle system, I’d have to start over. Don’t remember how to hit the buttons in the right order! Lol

*FF13 – Orphan. SUCKS.

*2 Ratchet and Clank games that I’m not sure where I left off on them.

*The first 2 Halo games. Though I’ve played them before, I don’t have the achievements on MY xbox.

*I need to get a job ):

*Read my friend’s game design doc. I’m a terrible friend ): She needs me to help edit this thing, but I’m not sure what exactly needs doing.

*Get back into Dance Trance. I have 10 classes I have to attend at least.

*Next 5 chapters of NoFace for another friend who’s turning it into a manga. Yay Manga!

*It would follow that I’ve got a multitude of other original stories that I haven’t finished but need finishing.

*More books in the Natan Fleet Show need written… Tentative list is: #3 Ambassador at Large, #4 Shaxia (title may change), #0.1 Ellurian Pearls, #0.2 Faith on Silver Wings, #0.3 Frontier Station. And somewhere in the future I’ll get Victory Station in there. D:

*In addition to the fact that I’ve got about 30 fanfics on fanfiction.net that I started posting and didn’t bother finishing. But if I did pick them up again, I’d have to edit like WOAH. …I’m afraid to. But, if nothing else, leaving the old stuff there is like an archeological timeline that shows the progression of my writing. :D hooray bright side! (some aren’t worth picking up again, tho, since they were total crack.)

*Read another friend’s CampNaNo he wanted some input on.

*Send out some packages I’m needing to mail.

*Cleaning the house. But this is an ongoing thing that will never. Ever. Be completed.

*Making various costumes for myself. And clothes. I started making some time ago, got frustrated and put down.

*I should sort through my clothes and discover what doesn’t fit anymore and give it to someone. Mostly it’s my office clothes, but it kinda ticks me off that I spent $400 on buying this stuff and then gained 20lb. stupid body ):

*Drawing various gifts I promised people and don’t really remember what they asked for ): I’m such a LAME friend!

*Of course, that last one follows into “need to MAKE gifts for people this year”…

*Scanning all my old artwork so I can throw away the trash (and keep the good ones to sell or something later)

*need to return Mad Ship to my friend and start reading Golden Fool. (Same friend I’m borrowing a DS from to play Coded… but If I can get enough money selling books I’ll buy a 3DS and get that new KingdomHearts game!)

*Speaking of borrowed books, I’ve got a bunch of other books borrowed from friends and family. As well as books I picked up myself that I wanted to read… ugh. It’s such a long list I have no idea how I’ll ever get to them all, what with new books that are awesome being printed every day!

*Among those books being Powerborn, and Changes, and those are just my 2 newest books I’m actually working on reading atm.

*I need to learn how to use Anime Studio. And Manga Studio. I’ve got a For Dummies book on the latter but it doesn’t make much sense because, despite being a Gemini, I’m rather set in my ways sometimes and Photoshop works well enough. PaintTool Sai was okay for a diversion while I was installing PS5, but… heh.

*I bought a bunch of books on Wicca and other pagan religions and haven’t cracked them. I need to read them for reference if nothing else.

*back on the subject of games, I have Persona and Dissidia that I haven’t even unwrapped. As well as Daxter, for the PSP, that I need to finish playing.

*and Chain of Memories. Maybe if I played the worlds in the right order I would have an easier time of it.

*My nanowrimo is languishing right now. Poor Elaine, poor Luck. they haven’t even gotten laid yet and it’s already 3k words in! (this should be rectified… as soon as I get around to it.)
I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot of stuff.

So what about everyone else? What have YOU not finished?