Wind on the Lowest Plane, Part 2

Um, looks like there’ll be a third part too… 😐


It was much, much later.

Somewhere along the way, she had left the storm-blown black desert, but her current surroundings were no less desolate. She walked upon a flat plane of ebon rock, which seemed to reach to infinity in all directions. There was nothing; no loose rocks, no trees or plant life, no people; just an endless floor which seemed to absorb all light. Above her head, an unlimited number of stars shone down upon her, but there was no sun, and no moon. As ever, she was completely alone.

The only feature relieving the endless nothingness lay ahead of her: the Gate. It loomed even higher, now, and it seemed to project an imposing pressure upon the woman; but rather than pushing her away, it seemed to be drawing her in, like she was light falling toward a black hole, completely unable to escape.

She stumbled a little, in apparent exhaustion. A hand reached up to adjust her hood; but instead of the smooth hand of a young maiden, it was the withered claw of an old crone. She had been walking… for a long time. Continue reading

Wind on the Lowest Plane, Part 1

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Sorry. Couldn’t get the chapter of ALW done for this week. If I get some time, I’ll try for this weekend, but realistically it’ll have to wait til Wednesday. In the meantime, have something short and random, because I wanted to post something. There will be a part 2. It will also be short.


Wind blew across the blasted plain. Black sand swirled in the air, reducing visibility to a few feet away. Through the endless storm, a figure struggled, heading resolutely forward. This figure wore a tattered grey robe, much patched, with the hood drawn up. Occasionally, the wandering person would reach up and adjust the hood, revealing a smooth, womanly hand, and a glimpse of a decorous sleeve beneath the dirty robe. Continue reading

Uhhh…

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Yeah, so, due to poor time management circumstances beyond my control, the next chapter of A Living Will will be posted sometime tomorrow. I apologize for going up to Duluth with my family to see the Bentlyville Tour of Lights for not getting done on time. 😛

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It was fun, though.

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Just saying.

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One is my 9-year-old son, the other is a reindeer mascot costume. Can you spot the difference? 😛

Sunday writing digest 2: The “Metal Helicopter” edition!

So, this was a bad week on the writing front. First of all, while I finished my scheduled chapter for ALW on time, I wasn’t entirely happy about how it turned out. Exposition-heavy chapters are always hard… Oh, well, next week is a conversation with Officer Jack Cross, and an explanation for why it took Zedda a week to get to Metria’s bar, though you can probably guess the reason by this point. 😛

Secondly, my novel. Despite deliberately setting aside time to work on it… I just wasn’t feeling it at all, and couldn’t get motivated. I have a bad feeling that the current scene has diverged from what I wanted… The only thing to do is push through, and get to the next scene quickly, I guess. I only wrote 321 words this week. That’s sad… 😦

So, for my Friday project (which ended up being my Saturday project., I worked a little on my Connie Karma side project, to the tune of 1853 words. It was fun, although… I started from the very last part of the prologue, where Karnak is dropped into the Akashic Record, because I felt it was the most iconic part of what I was trying to do. I’ll be back-filling the rest of the prologue once I reach the end of that part, and then moving on to the actual story, if you follow me. In other words, it will be a long time before this project starts hitting the site. Also… I’ve been using the “table” function of GDocs to put a box around certain passages, but I’m not sure how that will port to WordPress. Worst case scenario, I might have to find a different platform to post it on, in order to present it in the way it was meant to be viewed… Well, I’ll figure it out when the time comes. :shrugs:

So, what have I been doing this week, since I haven’t been writing?img_0001

Well, this, for one thing. In case you’re wondering, that’s a model Apache AH-64 made from two thin sheets of metal. I can’t decide if it was tougher than I thought it would be, or just as tough… It was pretty fun, though. Not pictured: how I had to glue one of the wheels on, since the metal got too damaged. 😛

Oh, and I beat Axiom Verge. And Song of the Deep. Good games, you should try them. Although, I’ve got to get my PS4 online somehow and see if there’s a patch for SotD — there were a couple of places where camera screw and laggy processing caused certain side challenges to be about 100% impossible. Oh, and the SFX cut out during the final boss fight. Otherwise, wonderful game.

Well. OK, then. Next week, I’m going to buckle down and dig into my novel. I need to get that done, or it will just drag me down forever. Well, it’s not like I have other projects to distract me, right…?

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…damn it. That little dude on top looks tough… 😯

Let’s use words to describe the world!

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I, uh, I’m not sure what’s up with that title. Please disregard it.

But don’t disregard this: I’ve decided on my schedule for the near future! Beginning tomorrow (which is Monday…I think?) I will be working the following:

Monday: Karis & Briar (You know, my NaNoWriMo novel, which I still haven’t officially titled), ~1500 words

Tuesday: A Living Will, 1 chapter (usually ~1500 words)

Wednesday: Editing for ALW, plus anything else I have that needs editing; Posting 1 chapter of ALW

Thursday: Karis & Briar, ~1500 words

Friday: Other projects to be determined, or possibly an extra ALW chapter (~1500 words)

Saturday: Karis & Briar, ~1500 words

Sunday: Editing and reviewing for people who have asked for my help; Posting a summary of my activities for the week

By the way, this is the bare minimum I’m aiming for; I’m not going to stop writing if I’m on a roll, after all. So, as you can see, I’m currently heavily biased toward writing my story about Karis & Briar, but I will have at least one chapter of my web novel published every Wednesday. If I happen to have extra chapters, they will either be published on Wednesday or Sunday, depending on when I can edit them. In the future, once I have my novel closer to completion, I’ll probably move to two web chapters a week, but that’s significantly in the future.

OK, that’s all I’ve got for today! See you on Wednesday, for the return of A Living Will! 😀

National Novel Writers Month: The aftermath

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Hey, everyone. As I announced last night, I have reached the goal of 50,000 words in one month — go, me! So, I’ve learned a few lessons over the course of this project, so let me talk a bit about… ah, first, before that. If you want to read what I wrote over the past month, you can access it from my “Other” page, or just start !HERE!

OK, so first things first. Lesson number one: writing over 1500 words a day is entirely doable. It takes 2-3 hours, sometimes, but as long as I have some idea of what I’m writing, it can be done. I just have to be dedicated about it. Well, and it helps if I actually have a schedule to meet. So in the future, I’m going to make a schedule for my writing, and stick to it as much as possible.

Second. I was writing in a single document, to make it easier to keep track of the word count. Where this became a problem was when I named minor characters. If I had to refer to that character later in the work, I had to scroll around and find it, which became difficult as the document grew longer. So, there are two solutions I will use in the future: one, I will write down any proper noun on a separate piece of paper, so I can look them up with ease later on; secondly, dividing the story into several documents, so if I need to look up a certain part, I don’t have to scroll through the whole thing.

Lesson 2.5: My naming sense sucks. I tried to roll with it. :\

Lesson three: Beware genre shifts. I kept adding details and complications, and my mystery story drifted into something much less mysterious, and more sanity-devouring. I’m not sure if this is something I really want to control, though — it might be more useful to go back later, and change the beginning to better fit what comes later. If you follow me.

Lesson four: Writing is fun. I knew this already, but it’s worth reiterating.

Lesson five: Writing is hard. You wouldn’t think so, but it’s hard to express the images in your head as words, and keep the feel you want it to have. At least, it’s hard for me.

So now what? Well, I’m going to take a few days off, and contemplate what I want to do with my writing now. I will tell you this: once I get up and running again, I will be publishing at least one chapter of A Living Will a week. I think I will also be posting every Sunday on what I worked on that week, just to give myself a bit of accountability. But I’m still working it out in my mind. I’ll let you know soon what I decide.

Thank you all for following along, and I’ll be back soon with more things!

*Bows in gratitude*

I got sidetracked, so here.

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Yeah, I was having trouble working on my NaNoWriMo stuff because this idea got stuck in my head. Now that its out of the way, back to the grind!

Oh, and maybe I’ll think about actually writing this one alongside A Living Will — it looks like it could be fun. 😉


Kohn Karnak. Highest of the gods, most powerful being in the Upper World, ruler of all he surveyed. Until his beloved wife and most trusted subordinates betrayed him, stripped him of his divinity, and cast him out into the Middle World. There, he was reborn as a great king, Cain Karno; but mere days after his rebirth, his kingdom was overrun and destroyed, and he himself was executed by a powerful “Hero.” Falling once more into the Lower World, he was reborn as a nameless slave, weak and tired; within hours, he had been beaten to death by his “master.”

    The soul of the god had fallen all the way into the Under World. Strapped to the Wheel of Punishment, he would spend the rest of eternity tormented and alone — until an accident destroyed a corner of the Under World and ejected Karnak from the body of reality, into its spine: the Akashic Record!

“What the hell!? Who are you calling ‘Mad’!? Who are you calling ‘Power-hungry’!? Who are you calling ‘Tyrannical’!? Impossible! Compared to those bastards, I’m the kindest, gentlest, most forgiving being ever created!”

“Acknowledged. Deleting Personality Traits: Mad, Power-hungry, Tyrannical; Adding Personality Traits: Kind, Gentle, Forgiving.”

“Hah! That’s better! I’m definitely not ‘Ugly’ as well, I’m definitely beautiful enough, compared to the real ugly people!”

“Acknowledged. Deleting Physical Trait: Ugly; Adding Physical Trait: Beautiful.”

“You’d better remember that, you weird book!”

“Acknowledged. Saving changes. Warning: Soul data has been corrupted. Replace missing data with recommended settings?”

“Oh? Are you trying to assist me? Well done, book! I will reward you once I return to my rightful place.”

“Acknowledged. Repairing data. Reformatting soul and rebooting.”

“Wha– GYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!”

And so begins the adventures of Connie Karma, a beautiful ‘girl’ seeking to return to her rightful place in the Upper World!

    “Ah … hey. Haven’t I changed a little too much?”

Sadly, there will be no chapters of ALW until December. Almost definitely.

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Yeah, didn’t manage to finish the ninth chapter this month. Sorry. I’ve been busy. And I read too much. 😦

But on the plus side, I’ve done my initial character set-up and plotted a number of events for my NaNoWriMo attempt. Well, I’ve done less with the actual setting, so that’s going to be made up as I go along… I’m sure it will be fine… -_-;

Anyway, I’ve decided on writing a fantasy/mystery novel, about an intelligent but good-for-nothing duke’s son, and his slightly hyper-competent servant. Basically, a foreign noble girl is going to get killed (or possibly put into a coma, I’m not sure yet) and the duke’s son will take the blame, causing the servant to run around trying to prove his innocence. That’s the basic idea, anyway; as usual, the longer I think about it, the more complicated it becomes… Well, at least I figured out who actually did the crime, so I’m not going in completely blind this time. 😛

Each day, I’m going to be posting progress reports on this blog, along with an interesting line or two (you know, if I manage to write anything interesting that day). This is mainly an accountability thing for myself, but I appreciate any and all words of encouragement as I go, together with appropriate ridicule as I fall further and further behind… Well, setting that aside, I’ll post the unedited text of whatever I manage to finish on the 30th, and I’ll work on completing/editing the story from there. That’s my plan, anyway.

Thanks for reading, and I wish you luck with any projects you may be attempting at this time as well! 😉