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proofNov. 2nd, 2008 06:23 pm 15x Comic Strip - Nanowrimo, writing a novel in 30 days

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elfiedawnNov. 1st, 2008 03:40 am It Begins! Well for me. You?

There was some panic around midnight when I realized that without a character name it felt simply wrong to begin writing. Not to mention I wasn't sure where to start, but the name problem bugged me. The old one had felt wrong. Some good brainstorming on my way to work Friday afternoon hammered my plot into somewhat more working order. It's much more intricate now. But we'll see if the characters like the plot or not. Sometimes they like to make their own little changes and mess everything up... But I shouldn't be talking about them where they can hear me... Shhh! Don't tell them!

So, after a friendly linkage from Ais to nymbler.com, I managed to find names I liked to use as a base. My Protagonist: Riona Aubrey Hayden. 26 years old. At the age of eight she watched someone translate with a little flash of light and suddenly vanish. Any other eight year old would think magic. Riona did not. The best friend: Cadence Autumn Russel (I couldn't resist... heh.) Probably 26 as well, seeing as they graduated from the same class. Then we have James Neil Keegan who is vastly senior to them... except that he is currently dead. Unless you're not in their current currently. ;)

Riona doesn't know James. She just remembers his face and then the flash of light before he vanished. Something tells her to dig deeper, and the answers she finds just bring about more questions... And the only person holding the key is a dead man. Luckily Riona can travel through time. :)

So that's what I have so far. Sound interesting? Blah? Ok? Anyway, I have to get to bed... Otherwise I'm going to oversleep and miss the writing brunch tomorrow!

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elfiedawnOct. 14th, 2008 09:36 pm Sometimes you need More than Creativity Alone

We had a meeting today. I wasn't in the cheeriest mood because I'd been reading the ending to a murder mystery that I'd figured out the ending to halfway through--and what a sad, twisted ending it was--but couldn't put down because I had to make certain my solution proved correct, and the characters were so very engaging. Have you heard of the Lynley series? It's written by Elizabeth George. They've made movies of her novels which I've seen on PBS. Hence I'm now reading the books.

Despite the sad and twisted ending meetings always cheer me up. And the story crit was fun. Illuminating as well, because others had seen the flash piece from a completely alternate view point. Funny how a group of people can all read something and see different things. After that we looked at an article by Randy Ingermanson on The Snowflake Method.

This reminded me of what a friend taught me about summarizing my work down into a sentence. That worked so well, that I'm pretty certain this method will yield results. The idea of writing pages of character descriptions with facts about the characters down to their birth dates makes me a little leary because I've never done that before. I've always tried the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants method... and where has that gotten me? A lot of abandoned stories. heh. So organization should certainly help! Besides, he encourages you to mold the method to work with your own processes, so I'm certain that by the time November rolls around I'll have a plan of action regarding my forthcoming novella.

Step one was rather easy for me, although I feel as if I cheated by copying the time travel idea he gave as an example, but mine uses it for a completely different goal. The sentence I came up with? A rogue time jumper fleeing authority manages to erase her own existence. Everyone in the group seemed to like it. I mean really like it. My eyes went round with surprise as they all began talking excitedly. I'd come up with a secondary idea: A young fairy cursed by her lineage attempts to live as a human. But no one was as thrilled. They seem to link fairies with Hamilton's work, which is very steamy, although that would not have been my choice at all. For one thing she's not a Princess, she'd be trying to live as a human, not conceive an heir. But it doesn't matter. I can always write that one later. :)

So I have a nano idea! Woot! And a method for creating an outline. I'm pretty happy. Now if I could just get caught up on a friend and fellow wrinker's crit! No idea how I'm going to juggle in November between writing 1,667 words a day, criting a chapter of his each week, the nano write-ins, and my television addiction! It's going to be a busy month!

So have you heard about Nano? 50k in 30 days. 1,667 words per day. It's doable and challenging. You've always wanted to write a novel, haven't you? So why don't you join up and try for it? [/end recruitment speech. heh.] All my usual friends from nano are taking part again, as well as Yana, who I'm happy to welcome to the madness! She joined the forum already and if you're tempted to join us then you should really go have a look at the forum. There's a chance that a party will be held in your area and then there are the write-ins as well. If nothing else you'll meet some great new friends! [ok, so obviously that wasn't truly the end of the recruitment speech. But it's done now. Promise.]

It rained today, and more than once! Gray clouds all day. A nice change, really. We're well into fall here. It almost makes me miss the bright sunshine and heat. Ha. And then I realize that I'm crazy.

Have a good one! And Join Nano!!!!

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aishyMar. 23rd, 2008 10:11 pm Anyone in for Script Frenzy this year?

It's almost April! We're having a kick-off next Sunday afternoon, from 2-5 PM at The Coffee Beanery in Colleyville (Hwy 26 and MidCities/Cheek Sparger)

address for googling:
4001 Colleyville Blvd.
Colleyville TX 76034

Last years SF Kick Off had around ten people, we would love to see everyone back again & some new faces too! I have stickers!!!

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proofNov. 6th, 2007 01:54 pm Nanowrimo

It's National Novel Writing Month
Are you in!?


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aishys_nanoljNov. 3rd, 2007 11:42 pm

So, since Nano is down and I can't post on the board I am here to bug your friends lists. I had a good writing day - yay for Jesso lead write-in's cause Arlington write-in's rock - and I just feel like playing on nano forums but. I. Can't. So when the site is slow, or down, or whatever. Let's come play here. . .

Current word count - 7,145. Real LJ name - aishy.

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missmelysseOct. 29th, 2007 06:07 pm MLS & REGION CHANGING

Folks -

Just wanted to make sure y'all knew that not only did the lovely and talented ReinaCriss take over as Fort Worth ML this year (and arrange both kickoffs) but Squee23 has stepped forward and volunteered to head up the Dallas side of things.

As well, AllyPat will be the point person for Arlington / Mid Cities though she's not hooked up as an ML officially just yet.

There's a thread on the DFW boards about this, and asking for everyone to weigh in on whether to split the forum from 2008 onward (it's too late to do so this year, even if we want to.) If you have an opinion, please go post it there.

FINALLY, if you've noticed the incredibly slow speed of the NANOWRIMO.org forum, please note that they are working on it, but if you're only interested in READING and not RESPONDING you can browse without logging in and it's amazingly quick.

My username at NaNo this year is MissMelyesse.

Happy Halloween. And happy writing.

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missmelysseOct. 24th, 2007 03:34 pm FORT WORTH KICKOFF

Again, from ReinaCriss:

Hey, guys!

The Ft. Worth Kick-Off will be on Sunday, October 28th from 2:00-5:00 at the Ol' South Pancake House in Ft. Worth.

Ol' South Pancake House is located at 1509 S. University Drive (ph# 817-336-0311). I hope this is a good location for everyone; I wanted to find something close to the central downtown area, but that actually had parking available.

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone and everyone in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex is invited to this event, regardless of where you live, work, walk your dog, or prefer to have write-ins. "Ft. Worth" refers only to the geographical location where the event is taking place.

Dallas folk: At the moment, to the best of my knowledge there is no ML for your side yet. Perhaps he or she has not been able to log on to the boards, or there may be some other issue going on. If you would like to volunteer as the Dallas ML, please do. You can NaNoMail ReinaCriss or MissMelyesse for more info.

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missmelysseOct. 24th, 2007 03:30 pm DALLAS KICKOFF


Okay, Dallasites, I need you to meet me halfway.

The Dallas Kick-Off will be at Two Rows Restaurant (5500 Greenville Ave., ph# 214-696-2739) on Saturday, Oct. 27th, from 2:00-5:00. (Please note this is the Greenville location, not the Addison one)

However, I cannot be there. I need someone from Dallas to volunteer to host or emcee this event.

Please note that if you agree to host this event, you do not have to commit to being the Dallas ML. We just need one person to agree to be at Two Rows a little bit before 2:00, greet people as they come in, distribute swag if we have it, and stay until 5:00. It's not a hard gig.

IMPORTANT: We still need an official Dallas ML. It's NOT too late to volunteer.

Questions? Contact ReinaCriss or MissMelyesse on the NaNoWriMo boards.

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missmelysseSep. 6th, 2007 01:59 pm DFW: Geography and Call for ML volunteers

Hey DFW Wrimos, it's me, Zoetrope, with a new username.

Based on early responses on the yahoo list and to the blast mail that went out from the NaNo Boards (did you know there are 1017 names on that list??? Now you do!)

Here's what I'm thinking:

1) Being a new ML with no one to guide you is extremely difficult. I'm willing to stay on as a sort of virtual ML and help handle forums and help with advice/suggestions, if y'all want me to. I can't really offer more than this. I don't want to tell Erin to take me off the ML list until we've resolved the need for volunteers.

2) I think we need a Fort Worth ML and a Dallas ML who actually live in their city, to handle the job of coordinating kick-off and tgio. I suggest one on each side, on different days, because there are people who will want to mingle with both sides. This division isn't because of personality conflicts, after all, it's because of geography.

3) We've ALWAYS stressed that ANYONE can host write-ins. It might be helpful to have a few write-in coordinators who schedule them, and even host them, in their cities.

4) I think we should leave the forum united.

Many of you have asked what the ML responsibilities are. They are as follows:

1) NaNoWriMo.org requires that you have successfully completed NaNoWriMo in a previous year, in order to be an official ML.

2) Responsibilities include arranging kickoff, tgio, and write-ins, mentoring new WriMos, and providing support and encouragment.

3) In theory, you're also supposed to finish your own NaNovel at the same time.

4) Gift bags and such are NOT a requirement. Swag's nice, but the money for that has always come from our own pockets. Be aware that you'll be doing this without a budget. NaNoWriMo supplies things like tattoos and buttons, for ML's to distribute.

I'm going to post this as a blast mail, and to the forum as well, and strongly suggest we take this to the forum, since some folks aren't on the list.

Thank you all for your feedback.

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