Sunday, 29 November 2015

WINNER! But not done yet.

I finally reached the 50k mark with only one day to go! Validation was a bit tricky, but only because my writing was intertwined with the stuff I'd already written. So, National Novel Writing Month is over and I have to rehabilitate with my family, who hasn't seen me much over the last twenty-nine days. Seriously, I spent all that time holed up in the bedroom with my little laptop. I'm missing my big desktop baby...

But In Pain and Blood is now a healthy 72k thanks to the 22000 words I'd previously had for it. That should make me close to being done, yes?

Well, no there's actually still a fair way to go on the novel itself. I've only completed three chapters throughout this entire month. Which means I've 30 more to go... Maybe 28 depending on how the scenes line up. A lot of it is due to the fact that the chapters themselves are quite big. The completed ones average out to 5k each, the biggest having 7140 words. And there are incomplete ones sitting at 2-4k. They all add up quite nicely.

I'd say there's probably at least another 50k lurking within the story. Mostly at the front where I haven't yet fleshed out the story, I want to make his home a memorable place filled with people rather than names so that the feelings will match up. Considering I refuse to break it due to how it runs in the same world as the others I plan, it's likely to become my biggest standalone to date.

But that's all for later. Right now, I'm going to bask in the joy of getting 50,000 words done in 29 days.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

What I've Learnt So Far for #Nanowrimo2015

I class myself as a pantser/plotter hybrid. Sometimes, the plotting is thick and I go for it with this massive plan in mind, other times I write so far off the margin that finding my way back to the plot is a mission in itself.
Part of that is due to there always being a number of epiphanies whenever I write. My stories seem to like surprising me. I accepted this long ago. In Pain and Blood is no exception.

Drawn by Adrianna MacierzyƄska
But no one has revealed as much about themselves as Tracker...
So far, he was taken from his mother as a babe (standard fare for this realm, it seems), trained hard as a wee lad with only his birthdate for a name and a tattoo of what weapon he was most proficient in, tortured both physically and mentally, forced to kill the people he loved when he was 15 and, when he finally became a fully-fledged hound and gained his name, he spends his days hunting people who tend to just want to be free with their families...
Safe to say, he's not had it easy.
He's also pansexual, this I sort of knew, and is adamant that he doesn't get jealous, although I think he's lying to himself there. And he revealed himself to be polyamorous... In the third-to-last chapter, no less. That was sort of... well... I wouldn't say it was unexpected. That he was shoved in a pit with his three lovers and expected to kill or be killed shocked me more than 'hey there once was four of us all in one mutually-loving group'.

Amongst other things... he's afraid of tunnels (recently discovered why), has elegant handwriting (compared to Dylan, at least), and is completely unaware that he, or any other elf, will purr when content, which I guess means he doesn't recall ever being content since infanthood... Let that one sink in.

Have you had any epiphanies lately?

Thursday, 5 November 2015

NaNo, NaNo, NaNo...

I'm just gonna leave this right here...

Hopefully, it'll climb all the way to the top. It's only day 5 and I'm already a bit sluggish.