Writing Challenge Posts for Day 15 - #CampNanoBootCamp #TheBookIAmPlanning & #PrettyBookishChallenge
#CampNanoBootCamp - What will you give up?
#TheBookIAmPlanning - Character Quirk
#PrettyBookishChallenge - Who is your favorite character from your WIP and why?
Chapter 31 of Ripples is finally posted. I worked on it most of the afternoon since it needed some more work -- more than the usual revisions. I'm not sure if it's too much, or too little or what, so I'm craving your kind and helpful comments on this one. You can click on the box below to start reading. I'd elaborate more but it might spoil things. <sigh> Hope you all have a wonderful evening!
The more I'm doing these challenges, the harder time I'm having. Oh, wait! That's how it's supposed to be! Bring it.
#CampNanoBootCamp - Progress Tracker
#TheBookIAmPlanning - Character Flaw
#PrettyBookishChallenge - Who is your favorite author and what is one fact about them?
My favorite author is probably J.R.R. Tolkien. His attention to detail fascinates me. But I suppose my favorite fact about him is his unwavering faith. When I read Humphrey Carpenter's biography of Tolkien, I cried at the end. It was the first time I read a non-fiction book and cried as if I'd lost my own friend.
I finally found the words again and chapter 30 is posted. It seems like it's taking longer to tackle these last few chapters. There were some glaringly obvious things that needed to be changed and it affects every successive chapter. So please bear with me as I continue to work on this. You can get there by clicking on the link below.
I don't have as much time to today as I was hoping I'd get. We have new kitten that will be living inside with us. She's still very young and I was cat-sitting most of the night. I'm sharing all the challenge photos in a slideshow and hoping my readers will enjoy it.
#CampNanoBootCamp - Day 12 - Tag A Writing Buddy - Mine are my oldest daughter, MissBumblina (who I met during my first NaNo event), and local author friend.
Day 13 - Writing Schedule - I don't have a dedicated writing schedule. First, I'm terribly bad at keeping one. No matter how well I plan, something always comes up and destroys it. I mostly work in the mornings and try to get in about 2-3 hours of work while the girls are working on the school things they can do by themselves.
#TheBookIAmPlanning - Day 12 - Red Herring - No matter how many times I hear this, I still have to look it up. It's like my brain refuses to remember what it means. Kind of appropriate, I guess. :D In Surge, I could only think of two obvious red herrings: Yacan/Edrea and Serafin. If I say too much about it, though, it will spoil some of the story. And it's not even written yet!
Day 13 - Foreshadowing - In my planning, I haven't thought to deliberately add foreshadowing. There will definitely be flashbacks, though. For those who read my first novel, it would be redundant for me to rehash all the things that lead up to the heroine getting where she ends up. Also, that's where the story truly begins so I don't want to take too much time getting there.
#PrettyBookishChallenge - Day 12 - Your Bookshelf - I've been married since 1994 and I've homeschooled my children from pre-K on up. It's safe to say we have more than one bookshelf. We actually have nine. The photo I chose to share shows one my mom made when I was a kid. There's something to be said for good, solid, wooden planks. Most of the books on this shelf are non-fiction for school or Bible study books.
Day 13 - Song For One of Your Scenes - This was harder. I still only have a raw rough draft of Over Land Under Stone and it's almost impossible to choose a song for a particular scene. But this song speaks to me about Zec and Liha in general. I think eventually they both feel this way about each other. And since Zec kind of thinks of her like the suns, I think the song fits for that reason. It also helps that the bad is one of my all-time favorites. :) That's the only challenge post in this article that will be posted as a video. I hope you enjoy it.
It's been a bit hard for me to sit down at my computer lately. There are so many distractions that don't all qualify as actual distractions. I'm pretty sure that's confusing to some of you, at least, so I'll explain.
I'm in two active writing groups and both serve different purposes for me. The one on facebook is full of excellent encouragement and support about writing in general. The other group is on Discord and is focused on character creation, storyline, history, backstory, and that kind of thing. The second group is a great driving force for keeping me going on filling out my character bios for Surge. But that's super time consuming for me. I get so deep into that, I hardly have time for anything else. And the time I have to chat about writing or help someone out with their writing (though to be honest, I only know a little compared to many others I'm working with) is cut short.
So the time when my internet works well is limited. My blog is often shoved to the end of the day, when the signal is worse, which can be tricky. Sometimes the photos I want to use won't upload. So if there comes another time when I don't post here on my blog, you'll have an idea of why that may be. I really enjoy doing this, though. And I'll keep working hard to stay on track.
#CampNanoBootCamp - Essentials: Writing Fuel
I try to eat as healthy as possible on a daily basis anyway, so my writing fuel is pretty decent stuff. I like trail mix, which I enjoy putting together myself, and granola bars. I enjoy chips but I'm trying to cut back on the nasty kind and choose better ones like sweet potato chips and veggie chips. As for drinks, I just shared the same photo I used for my favorite writing drink in the #prettybookishchallenge on day 6. Those are coffee, kombucha, water, and tea. Instead of cream in my coffee, I use coconut milk or cashew milk. And I add honey instead of sugar to sweeten it. The other things, I don't add much to. Sometimes, I'll add lemon to my water.
#TheBookIAmPlanning - Favorite Trope
This was a little more challenging than the other ones. I hadn't really heard much about the word 'tropes' so I had to do some digging. At that point, I did an, "Ah! I see!" thing and scanned down a helpful list. I chose imagery because it's usually what keeps me hooked in a good book. If I can place myself in the scene, it feels more real to me. And if I can master this trope, I'll be one happy writer.
#PrettyBookishChallenge - Favorite Fictional Hero/Villain (female)
I got the prompt for this day mixed up with day 10. Yikes! But it wasn't so messed up that I couldn't fix it. :) I chose Eleanor from "Sense and Sensibility" as my heroine because she is a strong woman. To live through the amount of hardship she had to deal with, and live with the terrible uncertainty of her future, must be a hard thing to do. And she overcame it all and her reward for her patience and steadfast loyalty was a happy ending. It doesn't usually happen like that in real life, I guess, but virtues tend to be their own rewards in my experience. For the villain, I chose Maleficent because she's always been a favorite character of mine, ever since I first saw the Disney animated feature years ago...long before liking villains was "cool". I'd also suggest if you enjoy the maleficent artwork, checking out the deviant art profiles listed under each. Or you can click on this link for Maleficent or find Maleficent and Dragon's artist by clicking this link which will take you to the main DeviantArt home page where you can type "nebezial" in the search box at the upper right. I still have to go find them and follow them, myself.
#CampNanoBootCamp - Essentials: Writing Tools
#TheBookIAmPlanning - Progress
#PrettyBookishChallenge - Favorite Fiction Hero/Villain (male)
This was originally supposed to be my favorite female hero/villain, but I was in a hurry when I glanced at the challenge on my calendar. It could've been worse. I just happened to choose two males. I might've chosen a male and a female! :D
#CampNanoBootCamp - Set Milestone Rewards
Yes. I set some pretty odd goals, I'm sure. But these are things we're likely to be able to afford and things I rarely allow myself...except for the extra cup of coffee and the extra hugs from family. :) Breakdown is as follows:
#TheBookIAmPlanning - Inspiration Board
This one requires a bit of explanation. Lots of things have inspired things in this story. Dryads, mermaids, beast-people, myths, legends, treehouses, jungles, swamps, angels/demons, trees, Tolkien, Lewis, tribal life, flower lamps, waterlilies, and more. But you can only add so many things to an inspiration board.
#PrettyBookishChallenge - Favorite Part Of Writing
Lately, if I start to think how busy I've been over the last few weeks and how crazy life has been over the last three months, I start feeling panicky. So I stuff it down and keep going. But I'm eventually going to have to take a day to just rest. Do you ever feel like you can't do that? Like if you rest the whole thing you're trying to build will fall apart?
#CampNanoBootCamp - What are your goals? How do you plan to win?
I didn't include my writing goal in the picture I created. I just kept it at the preset 50,000 words. I know I can achieve that much, but I'd like to see at least 75,000 words by the end of Camp.
#TheBookIAmPlanning - What are you most excited about?
I really can't wait to see how my main characters interact with and respond to each other. Will they struggle to work well together or will things just go smoothly as they join forces against an antagonist or two? Will they simply be friends or something more? I really don't know how it will end up and that's the exciting part for me.
#PrettyBookishChallenge - What's your favorite stand-alone and why?
Paradise Lane by William Taylor has been one of my favorite books for a long time, as evidenced by the state of the cover. My mom bought it for me at an elementary school book fair (I'm now 42!). Why do I like it? It still brings me to tears every time I read it. The main character, Rosie, has to deal with bullies and a less than happy home-life and still she walks on. The helpless feeling of the person who befriends her really tugs at my heart because I've been there -- clueless at first, then not knowing what to say or do but wanting to fix it all. It's a really great story...and I believe it's out of print. If you ever see a copy in a library or get a chance to purchase one, I highly recommend it.
Also, I was puzzled for a while about what to post for this 'stand alone' challenge. Thanks to another participant, I realized they meant "a single book that told a single story" and not "a scene from your current wip". I can be a real ditz sometimes. I totally face-palmed when I realized.
#CampNanoBootCamp - Plotter or Pantser
#TheBookIAmPlanning - Antagonist or Antagonistic Force
Antagonists are so hard for me to write. This will be the challenge area during Camp Nano. I have a good picture of them in my head but coming up with ways for them to be nasty and awful, that's the kicker. I can think of a ton but coming up with the why of each can be quite difficult.
#PrettyBookishChallenge - Symbols That Represent Your Main Character
Symbols are sometimes hard for me. When I think of my characters, I try to think of them from the inside out, so to speak. Religion is important to both of these characters for different reasons. For Zec, it's a way for him to stay connected to something that can't be taken away from him. And for Liha, she's been taught from birth to love and serve the Creator. As she grows, her connection to the Creator deepens through her connection with the world around her. Genzetti use prayer beads in their religious rites and some families observe the tradition of passing on a special set to the oldest child. Both Zec and Liha are only children. Zec knows where he got his and to him, they represent tradition and family honor. Liha thinks hers are just a pretty gift from her adoptive father. She doesn't know what they are because she's been raised in the Bot'ha way of living, including their religious practices which don't include prayer beads. So for her, they represent a place to belong.
To all Genzetti, the color blue is very important. The deeper the shade, the more revered. Piercings are also something very important to the Genzetti as they receive one for every milestone they reach once they've completed their Pilgrimage (which usually happens at the age of 9 SC [15.9 earth years]). And the moons are special to the underland dwellers simply because they are lights in the darkness.
Liha is raised in a Bot'ha shrine for her protection because she was born under the light of the suns. (That's a bad omen to the Genzetti.) Because of her pale gold color, and because of the facts surrounding her birth, the sun is a good symbol for her. She's learned to talk to the birds so songbirds also represent her. And the Bot'ha way is all about balance in spirit and in nature. One day, maybe I'll be able to come up with a somewhat original symbol that represents balance to the Bot'ha.
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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