NaNoWriMO 2015

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That’s right! I’m participating again this year. I did something different this time and created an outline. I don’t know how well the muse will follow the outline, but it’s been helpful so far. I had a splurge of activity during the first two days, but it’s tapered off the past few days. Namely because of training for the new job. My brain is about ready to burst with all the information they’re trying to dump into my brain. By the time I get home, I want to work on other projects: the herb garden, cleaning up the loft, cleaning out the storage unit, cleaning the condo, and sewing projects. Those are just some of the things. This is my last week of training and then I’m jumping right into my new shift.

Even so, I have a feeling that most of my writing will be done on the weekends, and very little be updated during the week. Anyway, this was just a quick post. I hope everyone has a good week!

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NaNo 2015

alchemy06 by timepunchingNaNoWriMo is coming up again. I’m leaning toward writing about Lucien, although I have more ideas about Vaeramae; however, I think it would be neat to see how Lucien views the Valkyrie. I do have an idea about the final battle. It’s more of a drabble, really. It’s an idea I can use or rework later.

I know Lucien’s story will be longer than 50K if I do decide to work on his story. Serena made a good point: i can use the drabble and what I write during NaNo as groundwork for his story. I think my best course will be to create an outline. That will help me with the direction I need to go in and where to start.

If I want to be prepared for November 1st, I better start working.

The Muse Paid Me a Visit

drabbleVaeramae unwrapped the tablet with shaking hands. What did she do with it now? The tablet was hers. She could lay claim to the universe if she wanted. All that was needed were seals to proclaim her as owner. So much trouble over a simple contract. She held it in her hands, not sure what to expect. It was a simple clay tablet, angular type markings that she had never seen before etched into its surface. The Tablet of Destinies. Amit could be stopped.

When it began to crumble in her hands, she inhaled sharply. Panic flooded her entire being. Without the tablet, the Devourer couldn’t be stopped. If the tablet were destroyed, wouldn’t massive amounts of energy be pouring out across the universe?

That was her first clue: there was nothing attached to the clay. No magic, no energy, nothing pouring out of it as the tablet fell apart. It was a fake. Did Lotan know that or did he think that the clay he took from Marduk was genuine? Was it Marduk that Lotan met or someone else? The tablet that she helped find, did Marduk take it knowing it was a fake?

A thought took root in her mind and began to grow. Lotan and many others wanted the tablet, all for various reasons. Ammit wanted it to prevent being chained once more. Marduk wanted it for safe keeping. Lotan wanted it to change only one world, despite being ancient and powerful, and a part of the fundamental workings of the universe. He knew more than she ever would by the simple fact that he was a god.

Decided, Vaeramae wrapped the pieces up, lacing them in a satchel, and made her way to the Fae Forest. When she came upon Lotan, she hesitated for a moment. Steeling her resolve, the woman walked purposefully forward and grasped the spear shaft. She could still feel the spell at work, then lose some of its power as she pulled the weapon free.

Lotan drowsily opened his eyes, focusing one great pupil on the woman. Before he could speak, Vaeramae dumped the ruined tablet on the floor. “It’s a fake.” She waited for the information to sink in before continuing.

The dragon stirred, a faint rumble heard in his chest. He knew her words to be true. With the tablet in pieces, he should be free of his current prison.  He was not. Like Vaeramae, he couldn’t sense any of the magic that should be there. “Marduk,” he rumbled accusingly.

She followed his logic, reasoning that Marduk created a copy or many to dupe others, giving it the familiar feel of magic that the original holds. “It is plausible that Marduk and others spread stories about many tablets instead of just one. More likely, tablets were created in the same image of the original to protect the real tablet.”

Lotan thought that over, and finally asked, “What is it that you want, woman?”

“Knowledge.”

The King of Sea Dragons laughed, the sound echoing loudly about them. “Why? For that matter, what makes you think I would divulge any information to you? You and those two princelings have me trapped here, and once you’re done asking your questions, the spear will go back into my flesh and I’ll be slumbering once more. No. I will not give you what you seek.”

“Ammit is devouring worlds.”

That’s a Surprise

I finished the last questionnaire for Blackbird. While I was going over what else that needed to be done, I realized that I was ready to write the first draft11109261_832135150186403_7428097371848854709_nI have the outline down and everything was expanded upon. I’m tempted to start writing now, but my worry is that if I do, I’ll not finish Prince and Valkyrie. For now, this will be in queue to start working on.

Character Questionnaire: Tomoe Gozen

lot16 by timepunchingThis was another questionnaire that I ended up doing a lot of research on. I was also terrified of portraying her incorrectly. Of all the research I did, there was surprisingly very little information on her. I think it adds to her intrigue and I’ve decided to carry that forward in her portrayal.

  1. Name: Tomoe Gozen
  2. Age: Believed to have died at 90, prime physical age after death
  3. Height: 5 ft 5 in
  4. Eye color: Dark brown
  5. Hair color: Black
  6. Physical appearance: Small, lithe
  7. Strange or unique physical attributes: According to historical accounts, she was considered to be strong archer, and a phenomenal swordswoman on foot or mount
  8. Favorite clothing style/outfit: Functional, be it causal clothes or dress for combat
  9. Where does he or she live? Unknown; after the Battle of Awazu she was reported to have given up the sword; in the afterlife, supposedly ended up in Yomi, but no one knows where she ended up after the battle. No one but Tomoe knows, and she deflects all questions regarding the issue.
  10. Defining gestures/movements (i.e., curling his or her lip when he or she speaks, always keeping his or her eyes on the ground, etc.): Stillness; when she does move, it’s deliberately and with purpose
  11. Things about his or her appearance he or she would most like to change: None
  12. Speaking style (fast, talkative, monotone, etc.):  Carefully considers and chooses what she says, and when she speaks it’s with purpose.
  13. Pet peeves: Ignorance
  14. Fondest memory: Unknown
  15. Hobbies/interests: Unknown
  16. Special skills/abilities: archery, swords, mounted combat
  17. Insecurities: Unsure of her place in the world, be it on the battlefield or not
  18. Quirks/eccentricities: She is very reserved in her actions except in combat, where she is decisive
  19. Temperament (easygoing, easily angered, etc.): Calm, but decisive
  20. Negative traits: Seemingly emotionally distant
  21. Things that upset him or her: Indecisiveness in battle
  22. Things that embarrass him or her: When something is pointed out as a failure in public
  23. This character is highly opinionated about: Unknown
  24. Any phobias? Unknown
  25. Things that make him or her happy: Unknown
  26. Family (describe): Unknown
  27. Deepest, darkest secret: Unknown
  28. Reason he or she kept this secret for so long: Unknown
  29. Other people’s opinions of this character (What do people like about this character? What do they dislike about this character?): Vaeramae: sees her as a calming influence, but recognizing the absolute control she exerts over herself. She appreciates the wisdom and friendship with her; Cinnia: respects Tomoe, but is distrustful of her for the too many unknowns about her; Loic: respects Tomoe if only because she is Vaeramae’s friend, but feels uneasy around her at times; Marduk: sees her as nothing more but Vaeramae’s companion; Menes: sees Tomoe as a curiosity, but one that cannot be examined just yet; Galena: wonders about Tomoe and her reasons for wanting to help and envies Tomoe’s skill with a blade
  30. Favorite bands/songs/type of music: Music from her home
  31. Favorite movies: N/A
  32. Favorite TV shows: N/A
  33. Favorite books: Any type of literature that catches her attention
  34. Favorite foods: Rice, radishes, beans, chestnuts, tofu, yams, sour plums, various fruits, trout, tuna
  35. Favorite sports/sports teams: N/A
  36. Political views: Indifferent
  37. Religion/philosophy of life: Shinto
  38. Physical health: Excellent
  39. Dream vacation: Unknown
  40. Description of his or her house: No house
  41. Description of his or her bedroom: N/A
  42. Any pets? No
  43. Best thing that has ever happened to this character: Unknown
  44. Worst thing that has ever happened to this character:  Unknown
  45. Superstitions: Always gives the appropriate offering to the gods and ancestors
  46. Three words to describe this character:  Mysterious, intriguing, wise                     
  47. If a song played every time this character walked into the room, what song would it be?   Starvation by Two Steps from Hell