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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tomorrow at midnight, after an evening of scrounging candy with the kids, is NaNoWriMo!


I love this girl. She's so great.

I'm going to try to start with midnight and bank words. I learned last year that:
  • I falter somewhere in the middle, and having extra words is SUPER USEFUL
  • Life always gets in the way, especially in a month where there's four birthdays, early Christmas events, and a major national holiday
  • The Plan always goes awry
So this year's plan includes making more of the story at the front of the month so I can sort of...get it out before it goes awry? I don't know if that's a thing, but that's what I'm trying to do.

I'll probably have a few video updates along the way so you can see how this insanity is wearing me down as I go; don't be surprised if I forget to do it toward the end when I get sleepy and cranky and annoyed. I want to at least do weekly updates, through, and talk about things and stuff and how it's going, because I like when other people do that.

Are you doing NaNo this year? What're you doing? Here's the synopsis (written before any of the story is actually written), that I posted on the NaNo website:

     Maria had lived her whole life preparing for an adulthood of silent service with the nuns that raised her. She'd heard of wizards, how the power they used made them something other than human, how the people blamed them for everything, but she'd never really thought she'd meet one. There were only one hundred in the whole world, and she was the least important person around.
     Until one night she's whisked from her bed by the Birdsong Wizard, and set up as the long-lost princess of a kingdom far from her home--a task she's spectacularly ill-suited for, and when she fails, Birdsong is left with a girl he doesn't need, and she's left with a Wizard who doesn't make any sense.
      As she tries to figure out how to escape his house, she comes to know who he is and why he's doing what he's doing, she uncovers mysteries that define him--but also the world she's been brought into, and when dark magic from others creeps into her sunny new world, she's forced to decide whether it's a cage after all. Or the key that unlocks the whole world.
It'll be interesting to see what happens in reality as I try to actually tell this story!

I also have standing plans with some of my friends to do video write-ins by way of Google Hangout, for companionship and accountability, and because more and more of my friends are moving to Seattle without me. I don't think there's a single coffee shop close enough to my house for me to get there without it being a Big Huge Thing, so that's especially useful.

What's your plan?

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