NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 1

marchcity2NaNoWriMo 2017 has officially kicked off! I have a loaded schedule this month, so I’m not sure how much I can actually get done, with two friends visiting separately from the other side of the world and six days’ exams at the end (and I still need to study for it!) but we’ll see.

March City: The Rebellion of the Gifted sees Ari breaking out of the simulated reality that was March City and struggling to cope with the real world, devoid of the technology she was used to, with a new enemy on the horizon and allies she could not trust.

Day 1 results are…IMG_8797

Chapter 1 is out on Wattpad; for earlier updates, check it out on RadishFiction.

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I got a Puppy!

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On 13th October 2017, I got my own puppy. Meet Sploot, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy! He’s 2 months old right now, likes to nom everything, hare after his brothers, and generally being feisty. He’s super energetic and likes to challenge the rules, so I’ll be in for a busy few months!

He has his own instagram! Check out Sploot the Corgi King, part of the Pet Pet Menagerie!

The Last of Us: When The Greater Good Clashes with Feelings

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Over the past month, I completed two video games: The Last of Us and Nier:Automata. I’ll talk about the latter at a later date, but damn, these are some good games.

Main points of this game I’d like to emphasise (TL;DR, basically):
– FREAKING motion sickness. What’s with this game?! I can only play 30 mins at a time before lying in a befuddled state of vertigo in bed (stop making the torchlight swings so violent, goddammit)
– Enjoyed premise, visuals, characters, story, gameplay
– Moral greyness of the ending was excellent!

Contains spoilers, duh.

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What to do After Finishing a First Draft

After Finishing Your Novel

On 27th July 2017, Rune Mage was finished at 199k words after NaNoWriMo 2016 and two lots of Camp NaNoWriMo 2017.

Then I hit a wall. What now?

I had several plot bunnies boiling for the past few months and was too happy to jump straight into a different project, but I knew this was always my pattern ever since I started writing. Once I finished a story, it would be stowed away forever, not to be touched for years. Since I discovered Wattpad, I would get occasional commenters picking up on old plot holes, spelling/grammar errors, and general areas that could be better improved. I made a point of reading through the whole of Rune Mage again, now that I knew the ending, and added in red herrings, foreshadowing, and refined the lore now I learnt the true extent and limitations of the magic.

And, you know what? It was worth it. There were areas that didn’t add up to the ending (it had been eight months since the beginning, after all), characters who became more solid as the time went on, so conversations didn’t match up to their true nature from the beginning, and a few red herrings spiced things up.

It was also cringeworthy picking up on my typos or see where I’d been distracted and mis-typed, but nevermind.

Rune Mage is now edited at the time of writing this. I spent a whole month reading back and reliving the story, and tidying up after myself. I have a bad habit of being exceedingly under-critical of my own work, so I have a good feeling it’ll be at least a year if not more I want to rewrite.

What do you do after finishing a first draft?

Cover Reveal for NaNoWriMo2017 and the Next Project

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NaNoWriMo2017 draws near, as does the start of my second project. As promised, the cover reveal for my sequel to 2014’s NaNoWriMo, a science fiction-fantasy combining the ethics of simulated reality, human experimentation, and doing The Greater Good.

Welcome to March City: The Rebellion of the Gifted.

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Inspiration for Demons in Rune Mage

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In Rune Mage, summoned demons play a part in wreaking havoc in the country of Karma and serves as a point of hatred for Seiren Nithercott, the main character, due to the demons’ wildness and propensity for destruction. They are actually based on real-life creatures, up-scaled in size.

From Chapter 1:

Orange skin with reptilian spikes covering it from head the toe, the demon crawled on all fours, stumbling into the debris of the wall it had destroyed on its descent, blinded by Seiren’s rune. Long curved claws clacked on the stone ground. A large mouth stretched across most of its face from ten feet high.

A bearded dragon.

The black and white lizard featured in end of Chapter 1 and throughout Chapter 2 is an Argentinian Black and White Tegu Lizard

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6 Writing Tips by Victoria Moschou

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Victoria Moschou is a book reviewer, blogger (Victorious Pages on WordPress), writer (VictoriaMoschou on Wattpad), and winner of the Ruined Childhoods contest hosted by Christine Bottas (Nyhterides) and I.

They say the expert in anything was once a beginner, and I totally agree on that! Of course, I can’t say that I’m an expert on writing fiction, writing blog posts or even sharing zen tips such as the previous one, yet after blogging for the last nine years and working seriously for the first time in my entire life on my WIPs for the past two, I think I’ve gained some experience and I’m a little bit wiser on that aspect than I were the day before. And, since I have a Mary Poppins mood today, I thought I should share that experience and wisdom with you!

So, apart from the obvious and basics, such as grammar rules, structure, punctuation, spelling and sentence construction, there are also a bunch of other rules and tips, not only beginners, but also those who claim to be more experienced, should respect and follow.

Disclaimer! I’m a perfectionist and an organising junkie, so I love lists; and this is going to be a long one. So, I’d suggest you sit back comfortably, get a cup of tea, or in my case coffee, and embrace everything you’re going to learn, or maybe read for the gazzillionth time! What’s certain is that you’re gonna leave this place with at least one new tip up in your sleeve!

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