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.

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

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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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How would Hitler justify going to heaven?

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Paranormal Community‘s challenge this week is writing a short story on a character being at a crossroad to heaven or to hell. Lately as I’ve been editing Rune Mage and plotting for the sequel of March City, I’ve been thinking about villains.

More specifically, how every villain is the hero in their own story.

The prompt of “Who’s going to heaven or to hell” led me to think of another villain who’s definitely destined for hell, who will also definitely visualise themselves as a hero who deserves heaven, namely Adolf Hitler.

How would Hitler justify going to heaven? I ask myself.

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Plagiarism and Wattpad

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There have been some issues in the context of safety of my work and others on Wattpad. From a few Wattpad friends on Facebook, it’s come to my attention that there has been a site (or multiple sites) for the past year that have allowed internet users the ability to download stories onto their own computer — pdf, word doc, epub — whatever the format. This means anyone can download anyone’s stories — yours, mine, any Wattpadder’s — slap their own names on it, and upload it as their own content. Change a few character and place names, and they can publish it and get money — and you’ll likely never know as it’ll be harder for you to find it on random Googling. The aforementioned site has been going on for a year and allegedly Wattpad has done nothing to get it taken down.

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There are likely other sites and downloads as we speak. You may have noticed several ambassadors and Wattpad-owned accounts sending out messages regarding what Wattpad is doing to ensure our stories are safe. This is likely what the messages are about.

From Wattpad:

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I’m no techie, but I’m a doctor and I know over-simplified language that are open to interpretation when I see it. This is too vague for any comfort. I also leverage available technology, policy, and legal solutions to bring you this news. I take screenshots and post it on a blog. Woopie-doo.

Godhand has a book with further details. You can find it in her “REMOVED” book . There are other Wattpadders who have expressed similar concerns and have taken similar action, like my good friends JessicaBFry and EliseNoble. Jess has also kindly posted on her account details regarding plagiarism and how one can protect one’s work from it. Wattpad has yet to address this plagiarising site specifically.

What it means for me is I do not wish any of my work to end up being stolen, especially as I have no current intentions to make money from my work. I want my work to be free. I want my work to be accessible on my terms. I want your feedback and support. I do not want other people to get paid for my hard work.

What it means for you is that my works will no longer be up in their entirety on Wattpad. Rest assured; I will continue to post stories on here for the foreseeable future, but works will not be available in their entirety on Wattpad — they will, however, be available fully on the Radish app, and will remain free/on freemium (which means the work becomes free after 1 week there). This helps reduce the risk of people downloading my full stories and monetising my hard work and tears until this issue is sorted, if ever.

I’m not the first Wattpadder to do this, nor will I be the last. Am I overreacting? Whining too much? Ungrateful? Perhaps, but it’s not changing the fact that my and countless others’ works can be plagiarised. Until this issue is sorted, this will be how I will continue to provide my stories for free… as this is just one step short of taking down all of my works as others have already done or are already doing.

Thank you for your understanding. Have you any experiences regarding this? What are your thoughts?

Meet My Villain #3 (Rise of the Vengeful Dragon)

This post is about one of the villains in my fantasy novel Rise of the Vengeful Dragon, which is free to read on Wattpad. As with all “Meet My Character” blog posts, this contains **SPOILERS**.

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Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017

camp-2017-event-bannerJuly Camp NaNoWriMo is just round the corner! What are you guys doing for it? After the high of completing NaNoWriMo2016 and then April Camp 2017 and getting my groove back into writing — and I’m enjoying writing Rune Mage so much — I’m pretty psyched to do July Camp 2017.

The problem is as always: do I carry on with what I have and finish it as the NaNo project, or do I pick up something else I’ve been meaning to do for ages and just finish Rune Mage at a leisurely pace?

Either way, I think I’ll start plotting for a new novel during my week off next week and see if I have enough fodder to do it for Camp. If not, it’ll be Rune Mage all the way to the end.

What are you guys doing for Camp?