The Blade Approaches (Inktober #2 & Haiku)

 

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The blade approaches

Closer every second, with

The cold bite of death

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My second Inktober entry also works as a character sketch for the book I’m trying to write for NaNoWriMo this November. Or at least that’s what I like to tell myself. As I said earlier, I’m a pretty good procrastinator. 🙂

And while I was at it, I also tried a few other warrior sketches (also with an ink ((also not that perfect)) )…

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Thanks for stopping by and reading, you guys! I can’t thank you enough for this.

Have a great weekend!

NaNo or No-No! (and book covers!)

Halfway through October, writers all across the globe are preparing for the big writing event in November that is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

Very quickly then, for those who are not familiar with it… NaNoWriMo is an annual event, where writers all over the world take on a mammoth of a challenge of writing 50 thousand words in one month. The reward for all the trouble is internal satisfaction, peer motivation, and a feeling of camaraderie. Also, it really helps to get the 1st draft done! (see also Camp NaNoWriMo?)

For this year’s NaNo, which is my third, I am trying to continue (or rather revamp) the story that went unfinished during last NaNo. The title of the book is “Liberty Crisis: A Book of The Shade Saga”, and it is a fantasy book set in my The Shade Saga world.

As the world of writers busy themselves in planning, plotting, or simply ideating their novels, I kept myself busy by trying to come up with book cover designs! Procrastination at its best.

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So what do you think? Which one do you like better?

And are you participating too? If yes, how about buddying-up!?

Camp NaNoWriMo: Cheers to Writing!

BLOG POST IN A NUTSHELL: Introduction to Camp NaNoWriMo — rambling about how cool this is — further rambling about my July writing project — some cheap promotion of my “book cover” talents (such as they are) — and a not-so-subtle call to join me.

Me badge!

ME BADGE!

The July camp is almost here. Cabins will be assigned from tomorrow, and we will have about ten days of time to plot, outline, or simply muse about the story that we shall later flesh out throughout the month of July. Exciting time to be a writer, is it not?

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

First for those who’ve got no clue what I’m talking about, let me clear up that I’m, of course, talking about Camp National Novel Writing Month (Camp NaNoWriMo) — the famous sibling of, an even more famous, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) that happens in November.

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo celebrates the month of November as the writing month (that’s right, Movember is not the only thing that’s cool about this month). During this, writers all over the world take on the mammoth of a challenge of writing 50,000 words or more. The name says Novel, but you could write anything else — poetry, fan fiction, movie scripts, translations of your favorite books! The only thing that matters is you WRITE DOWN THOSE WORDS!

Come to think of it, the name could have just as easily been “International Whatever Writing Month”. But the obvious problem with this name would be it’s uncool acronym, “InWhaWriMo”. Meh. NaNoWriMo kinda’ gets to you.

Coming back to Camp NaNoWriMo.

Camp NaNo is a bit different than the November NaNo in regard that the former happens every April and July. Also, there’s no minimum 50,000 word challenge. You get to set your own goal. You also get to be in a cabin with a fixed set of previously known or unknown writers.

That easy?” you ask.

“I can set 5000 words target and write “whatever” and win and get me some exciting prizes!”

Yeah, not.

I mean, you could of course “win”, but there won’t be any real prizes. Except for the prize that you will find — wait for it — inside you. See how I went all Zen in there?

But it’s true. The prize that you do really win is, most of all, a feeling of camaraderie. It feels good to know that there are writers all over writing alongside you, albeit virtually. And there’s also this big motivation to push on, to bleed on the paper (or on your word processor), and to complete the project you’ve started. I’ve heard there are writers who would kill for those things. Although, that’d be stupid. To kill, I mean. Not to… well, you get the idea.

See, the gist of it is that the event celebrates WRITING (no matter what age, profession, ability, or genre) and as a writer it shouldn’t hurt much to give it a try. Unless you go haunting for publishers heads-on from December itself.

My Project

Word Count Target: 30k to 50k

Series: Lightdrifter Chronicles (Because I just know I can’t stop after one book on this)

Title: The Boy of Light OR Long Live the Drowned (The first title is based on the protagonist. The second around major plot)

Behold the cover!
Cover based around a Major Event in the book!

Cover 1 (based around a major event in the book)

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Cover 2 (based around the setting)

Meh. Novice work. I know. I’m trying. And these need not be perfect. It’s only for the motivation to pull me through the project.

So…

After all this preparation, and after failing to meet my word-count goal for the last four Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m set for yet another failure. Or not. Who’s to say? I won’t find that out without trying.

So I won’t stop. I will participate, again and again. And again.

Will you?