Featuring: The Vampire Diaries (no spoilers)
Season 6 episode 6
Featuring: The Vampire Diaries (no spoilers)
Season 6 episode 6
Guess what guess what??
July camp NaNoWriMo is done! And also, Rune Mage is also done at 198k words and 100 chapters! My gosh, when I first started writing this in November 2016 as my NaNoWriMo project, I didn’t anticipate it to be this long. I was aiming for 100-120k and then kinda overshot. Oops.
Rune Mage has been the most Nano’d of my projects — it began its life in November 2016 as my second attempt at NaNoWriMo, and having journeyed through two camps (and the months in-between) I’m so chuffed that it’s finished before it turns a year old. Certainly my best work to date — but then again, I feel that way with every book completed.
The rest of Rune Mage will be updated daily on Radish Fiction (you can find it on the app) until its completion. The Wattpad one will be updated 2-3 times a week until completion; I would update more regularly but the algorithm can be quite unforgiving if I did that, so that’ll have to stay that way.
The next step is “what is the next step”? I have three plot bunnies waiting to be properly brewed; I also have significant editing of this story that needs to be done, now that the lore is fully established in my head — thanks mainly to my readers who ask me questions about the rules and limitations on a regular basis! Current plan is to go through the first fifty or so chapters and add in extra lore where there was confusion, mainly:
The differences between magics: flash, rune, burst
The genetics and inheritance of magic
And add more Seiren sass!
Over the next few weeks I’ll start plotting the new story. The plan is to kick it off on Radish before it will start on Wattpad… we shall see!
How did everyone fare on NaNo?
I hadn’t planned on doing this. Rune Mage for NaNoWriMo2016 was tough as it is because of work, but my friend Stef was like “Do it! Do it!” so I joined her cabin. I’ve pledged to do 25k, which is just under double my usual amount (~1.8k twice a week, about 14k a month).
Making progress so far, I think! Certainly allowing me to move ahead with the story and gives me time to have ‘spare’ chapters for when I’m too busy to write.
Word count for the novel so far is 121k and I haven’t reached the climax yet. This might be a book that’s a tad too long. Oops.
This post contains spoilers for “Seeker: Demon Killers”.
The world of “Seeker: Demon Killers” involved a lot of different creatures, the forms of many Tora and the other Shifters took. We also learned about the true forms of Tora’s friends. In response to readers’ requests, I have compiled a simple encyclopedia of the creatures encountered in the story.
The idea of grumpy older men came I think mainly from Monica Sanz’s “A Witchling’s Rites”. Guardian angels are often portrayed as the peaceful, sympathetic, positive characters. I thought it’ll be interesting to invert that trope and make my grumpy old man a teenage girl’s guardian, against his will.
Enter William Wallace, grump extraordinaire.
Now, with the anthology called “Deadly Kisses” I was worried I’d have to write actual romance. The prompt included finding love in the afterlife, but not actual romance — I heaved a sigh of relief. I wanted to write a ghost, but to have a hundred-plus-year-old ghost falling in love with a human being is basically paedophilia (just like all those ancient vampires falling in love with humans, ugh) so I didn’t want that. I wanted something platonic, or at least naively one-sided from the young human’s POV.
Enter Selah Montmorency, a bereaved teenage girl whose love of reading and innocence wormed her way into William’s heart — not that he had a choice, being a ghost bound to the house he died in. But through gestures he did not intend to do, kindness he did not mean to exhibit, Selah grew fond of him. Because the old bugger does have a good side, at least in death.
I plan to bring these two up from time to time in other prompts. The current fantasy prompt is about a gremlin or similar small annoying creature ruining Valentine’s day. Whilst Selah does have a child-like crush on her guardian angel, I’m not sure if I want William involved. I’m not sure if he wants to be involved either. I’ll brainstorm and see.
The long-awaited interview for the Ruined Childhood contest winner, VictoriaMoschou! Check out her path of destruction in ruining Halloween (“Something Pumpkin This Way Comes“), a fictional character (“Beauty and the Feast“), a toy (“Children should Listen“), and a children’s activity (“The Devil’s Music“).
1) How did you find the contest? How do you feel, as the winner?
I thought the contest was genius, although I wasn’t quite sure if I could be “dark” enough. When I found out I had won I couldn’t believe. Yeah, I know; cliché. But sometimes, you just have to embrace it!
2) Tell me a bit about you.
My name is Victoria Moschou, I’m a 24-year-old economist and I love writing and reading. Cliché no.2, since this is already known. Something that it isn’t known -yet- is that I am working on that collection, “Happily Never After”, to create an anthology of not so happy stories. Besides, not every story has a happy ending.
3) What were your inspirations for the contest entries? What generally inspires you as a writer?
Basically the whole Halloween Mood. Few true stories, my fav fairytale -aka “Beauty and the Beast”-, my fav series, “Charmed”, and the need to write something completely out of the ordinary for me. I’m a romantic, so what generally inspires me is the hope I can see in little children’s eyes, the family bonds, the need to believe in something… Good music, cooking/baking and myths/supernatural stories can also be an inspiration to me.
4) How old were you when you first started writing? How have you developed as a writer since then? Do your family/friends know you write and how do they feel about that?
Oh, that’s an easy one. I started writing at the age of 9. I tried to create a fanfic of Harry Potter; I knew I wanted to write a best-seller! Lol! From that day on, I was writing on and off, but when I turned 15 I realised that it was something I’m passionate about. So, I started working basically on “The Passion Of Hate”, which is also uploaded on Wattpad, and on other short stories. Of course my parents know that I write and they always want to know what’s going to happen next. The toughest reviewer to please though is my boyfriend and that’s why he’s the first to read my rough drafts. Either he’ll love or he’ll hate them.
Have you guys checked out JessicaBFry ‘s Team Trickster’s entries?
And so all the Team Trickster entries are up! Have you checked them all out and left your thoughts? Be sure to also check out the other teams’ entries!
Set tells the odd tale of The Red
My entry The God of Light
Hermes eagerly regales the audience with A Matter of Perception
Rumplestiltskin tells of The Child
Mystery entry’s Fairy Eggs