Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

Tag: July Camp Nano 2015

Not What I Expected

I can’t say as my July Nano has gotten off to a very good start. LOL

Well, I did write a little over 1700 words on the first, but I forgot to enter them until the second. Since then, I’ve not written anything on my July Camp project. Yesterday, I just didn’t care about writing. Today, I want to write, so I’ll probably get something done before midnight.

On top of that, the outline for TPOM3 (my July CampNano project) is still not complete. I’ve decided to worry about it if I get to that point before I hit 25k, my wordcount goal for Camp.

And then we’re having issues with one our cabin members. She posted, on July 1st, that she’d written 100,697 words, which is pretty well impossible, unless she didn’t eat or sleep. A couple of us have called her on it, so now we’re just waiting for her to hit the site and see what we’ve said and if it has any other effect aside from this person defending her wordcount. She’s gone on to update her wordcount (on the second) to a over 101k, probabaly purely so her wordcount comes out over her 100k goal when she validates.

And, on top of all this, I’m fiddling with a newshiny project that may be a trilogy or may be longer. It’s set on a new world, with a new magical system, and I’m not doing too much with it because I’m considering saving it for next years Two-Year Novel Course on the site—if Zette does it again.

Yes, I’ve dropped out of three of the bloody courses so far, but I’m hoping something will go through. I know little enough about this project that it’s got a pretty open field for me to run in. All I know are some basics of the magic system, that it’s set on basically our world but with different names for places and countries and cities and such, and that it’s a world government. I have the beginning (written) and the ending of the first book, and some notions on the end of the series, too. I can’t really say much more about it ’cause it’s still so early in development, and I don’t want to do too much before the 2yn course starts up.

It’s Almost July!

And I’m not prepared.

I haven’t been working on TPOM3’s outline enough to get it finished over the past few weeks due to the distraction of other stories. I think I have maybe five or ten more plot cards left to get for the outline, maybe a few more.

Today, I did a bit of work on the outline, though. I finally figured out the interim scenes between the numbered cards and those cards I’d “numbered” with ## to indicate that I didn’t know their precise placement in the outline. All I did know was that they came at some point after a few more points of conflict for my MCs, and I got those cards today. This enabled me to officially number those cards, and now the count stands at 90 cards. I expect at least five more cards to finish off the book, possibly ten, but not much more than that.

For prep, I have the scenes plot-pointed out in detail, so it should only be a matter of ensuring they’re logical for the characters and situation, then basically copying everything into official plot cards with any necessary adjustments made. After that, it’ll be a couple scenes to wrap up the entire trilogy, with a vague pointer toward what my characters are going to be doing over the interim between the ending of TPOM3 and the beginning of ALON1, which I’m very much looking forward to getting into . . . just not right away. I need to do prep work on it, which means naming a number of characters and writing up plot points. I also need to figure out where ALON1 ends, and it’ll likely be a bit of a cliffhanger like the ending of TPOM1 was, which I don’t mind. Sometimes I have all three of ALON’s books clearly in mind, other times, like now, I can grasp only the very beginning of the entire trilogy.

But for now, I’ll be happy if I’m able to complete TPOM3 during July Camp Nano.

TPOM3 in July

I’ve decided to finish up TPOM3 in July for Camp Nano. It’s the second run of the summer series of National Novel Writing Month, and TPOM3 is a project that desperately needs to be completed. It’s been on hiatus or otherwise languishing most of the time since October of last year, the last time I spent any substantial amount of days writing on it. I managed a bit in January, then again in May, but not nearly enough to get it done.

In going over the outline I have now, I learned that I have nearly the entire ending plotted out. I have to reorganize a bit—I think Géta gives in to something too easily—and fill in the blanks I have with more war-conflict scenes. Right now, the Bremmans surrender a bit too quickly. I want them to drag the conflict on (because they’re led by stupid commanders who don’t know what they’re doing) until they’re forced to give up because they keep losing battles (it gets much more difficult for them once the Imperial Army shows up) and they can’t send or receive messages due to the solidity of Imperial Mage shields around their camp. They’re expecting reinforcements, but those reinforcements get held up at the border by the contingent of the Imperial Army who was sent to prevent their arrival at the border post.

So I know what I need to do. I also have plot points written out for the ending, which help. I’ve got most of a month of time in which to get this endgame plotted out to my satisfaction. Things are looking good.

And, best of all, I’m excited about the prospect of finishing TPOM3.

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