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Na, No…

That face you make when realize you forgot about NANOWRIMO…

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So far, I’ve done a post every NANO eve about what novel I’m going to write…well, I didn’t do one this year because…I FORGOT ABOUT THE WHOLE THING!

It’s not that I’ve been sitting around doing nothing, though.  I’ve been working, crocheting, and working on proofreading my Riverwood stories.

(Plus, on the eve of Nano, I had my first time with Jury Duty to deal with, so my mind was pretty full with that..)

Though I am sad that I forgot about NANO, I feel it’s probably for the best.  I don’t think I’ll have much time this month to work on anything :(, and, frankly, I don’t have a plot ready.

I am currently working on a book (besides the Riverwood ones) but it is not one I can write in ONE MONTH.  I’ve actually been wrestling around with the idea for about a year or two now, and I still have a lot of research to do.

But, to all fellow writers participating in NANOWRIMO, good luck and KEEP WRITING!!

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The Kraken

Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumber’d and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

—Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Crochet

I’ve pretty much always wanted to learn how to Crochet, but never found the time to teach myself, or find someone to teach it to me.  Seems everyone I know who can crochet lives so far away…

A few years ago, I was given—for a birthday gift—a Winnie the Pooh Crochet kit.  Now, more recently, I bought myself another kit, and am finally teaching myself how to do it!

Before I try making any Hundred Acre Wood friends, or Superheroes, I’m just trying out the basic steps.

Here are my first attempts at it…

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The first one was doing fine until I took a wrong turn, then the rest just kind of…

Well, after a few failed attempts to go on to a second row, (as you can see by number six, seven, and eight,) I finally got the hang of it—thanks to a Youtube video on crocheting.

And here it is! My first project—which was an accident.

I crocheted it, and it looked like a bell, so now we have yet another Christmas ornament  for the tree.

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(And just to give you an idea of how big it is)

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So, the reason I haven’t posted in such a long time is, I couldn’t get this site to work on the computer.  Then I couldn’t remember my password… but I got everything taken care of, and now I’ll try to post more in the future.

Oh, and I didn’t finish my NANO this passed November.  It was doomed from the beginning! I can’t write a love story when the love story is the only focus.  Not only that, the characters were boring and I just couldn’t find it in my heart to like any of them. Seriously, who wants to read a book where even the writer doesn’t like any of the characters?

I did finally get my 2014 NANO book through to Create Space and I now have my very own copy! I’ll do a post on that some other time.

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A December Prayer

In the touch of a friend,
In the breathe of a child,
In the eyes of a soldier coming home
To his mother’s grateful smile,
In the sight of falling snow,
And the memories it brings,
In the season when you find some peace,
In the simple tender things,
Open your heart and look around, listen… listen…

Hear the song within a silence,
See the beauty when there’s nothing there,
Sing a song within a silence
That hope and love are everywhere,
And when the quiet night is falling
Watch an angel dancing in the air
To the song, the song within the silence
a December Prayer, a December Prayer.

In the strength of your hand as it holds unto mine,
and the promise that we’re not alone
In this place and time,
In the gifts that you give, I am humbled and amazed
Far beyond this day and time of year
We are in a state of grace.
Open your heart and look around, listen… listen…

Hear the song within a silence,
See the beauty when there’s nothing there,
Sing a song within a silence
That hope and love are everywhere,
and when the quiet night is falling
Watch an angel dancing in the air
To the song, the song within the silence
a December Prayer, a December Prayer.

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The Novel Ends

As soon as one saw the other, they began to cry.  It was a strange thing for both of them to do at their age, but it could not be helped.  For all of what their past holds, this moment seemed so surreal.  What Broderick dreamed of the most when he was a child was no longer a dream, but reality. “You made it, brother,” Farerick finally said, and embraced Broderick with a smile.

Well folks, tomorrow is the last day of NANOWRIMO, and I hope everything has gone well for all the participants.

Now then, I have been waiting a whole month to say this.. Ehem… I WON! Ehem…thank you for listening.

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It was a long/short month, for sure.

My final word count was 61,274.  This is the longest book I have ever done in my life!! Twenty-Six chapters, 374 pages, and I think I like them all. (I hope I like them all).

Here is a quick summary for you:

When Riverwood is in danger of going into war with the goblins, the ill-stricken king calls for his finest Horseman, Broderick, to lead his men to fend off their enemy.  During this time of preparation, the king dies, bringing forth his son, Deyorn, to the throne.      
Now king Deyorn—with bitter emotions towards Broderick—and a little persuasion from one of the local lords—decides not to send the men into battle.  Broderick must now fight with himself whether he should follow his king’s orders and have the possibility of his homeland going into desolation; or disobey and  have the possibility of being discharged from his position.
 

And that is it.

Now, I know NANO is over, but that doesn’t mean you should stop writing.  Keep at it!

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11/02/14: Day Two of NANO

How we may feel sometimes during NANO…

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Keep writing!

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10/31/14: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…(No, Really)

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I never thought I would work so hard in my life.  It was long days, trying to convince everyone that this was the right path to take.  I know it is going to be hard, I know it is going to be painful.  I worry for my life, for the life of my little brother as I watch him sleep beside me.  We both know what the outcome of this fight could be, but in the end, we remind ourselves what the cost will be if we cower into the shadows as they wish.  I wonder what the future holds for us when we cannot stand together like brothers in arms? 

(Excerpt from my novel this year)

Is everyone ready? Good luck and happy writing!!

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25 Days and Counting!

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Is anyone out there as excited as I am for NANOWRIMO to start? Well, if you are writing up ideas, re-writing up better ones, playing out scenes in your head as you’re trying to sleep, spending all your spare time writing down more ideas—alright I almost have my whole book written down—HUH!—then yeah, you’re about as excited…

I cannot help it—it just excites me! The thought of all that writing, who knows how many people across the world spending November writing down their own personal stories.  But when I am through thinking of all that part, I think of my own story.

Last year was my first year participating.  I reached my word-count goal, which was about 40,000—(I even went over it a bit).  Anyway, just for fun, I tested out theWord-Count Goal Calculator to see what it said my word count could be…it said 171,360… Not really what I had in mind, but whatever.  (Not that I wouldn’t love to write a novel with 171,360 words, but I just don’t see it working out very well.)

So anyway, if you are a novel-writing lover like myself, feel free to leave comments on your experiences! Do any of you know yet what your novel shall be about, or do to just wing it when November 1st hits?

(drawing above is of the main character for my novel: artwork by me)

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