Camp Nanowrimo is tomorrow!

Oh.  My.  Gosh!

CAMP NANOWRIMO STARTS TOMORROW!!!

For those who don’t know what that is, it’s a writing contest, the goal of which is to write the first draft of a book.  In the case of Nanowirmo (November), it is strictly a novel/novella writing contest in which the word goal is 50, 000 words.  In the case of Camp Nanowrimo, it is a book/story writing contest in which writers can set their own word goals.  My personal word goal is the typical 50, 000 words

For those who haven’t signed up yet, here’s a link: http://campnanowrimo.org/

I have just been assigned my cabin – I am with 12 other lovely writers, and some of them are . . . chatty!  I think this will be a very encouraging bunch.

For those who are thinking of signing up, here’s a list of things you need:

1) Writing material (computer, pencil, pen, paper, keyboard, crayons, post-it notes, notebooks, spray paint . . . whatever medium you prefer).

2) Coffee.  If you haven’t started drinking it yet, you will.

3) A smile and a positive attitude.

4)  It helps to have encouraging friends.  You can find those @Nanowrimo on Twitter, in the forums, and, of course, by messaging me.  Youtubers give a lot of encouragement as well.  I find Katytastic’s, Little Book Owl’s and Christine Horner’s videos particularly helpful.

5) Story ideas.  Don’t worry, these will come to you.  I find it best to have an outline, but some have “pantsed” Nanowrimo and won.

See you all soon!

Aleksandra

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Another story and troubles in YouTube land

Hello!

Sorry for not having been around for so long!!!  Its been hectic around here!  My summer job is very sporadic and my inspiration is running a bit low at this point . . .

I do, however, have a tonne of news to share:
1) I scripted two YouTube videos for my vlog, which should be premiering June 1 if all goes well.

2) I’ve decided that the novel I will enter into July’s Camp Nanowrimo will be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast instead of Sleeping Beauty because it’s one I’ve wanted to write for a long time and which even has an ending in my head.  The premise: Belle comes from a family of monster hunters . . .

3) I’ve finished reading Awoken.  Bottom line is: I love it, now go read it.  However, I have not yet had the opportunity to give it a proper Good Reads review.  I’m currently reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, but I only read a chapter of that per month, so once I’m done the June chapter I will move on to either Story of a Soul by Saint Therese of Lisieux or Scarlet by Merissa Meyer, depending on whether or not I am up to reading something more serious and spiritual or if I will just need a light read to relax me.

4) I’ve written a bit of a short story about Snow White.  This story is a parody: I intend to write a serious Snow White retelling one day.

5) Regarding my troubles in YouTube land – I’ve scripted two videos and am working on a third but have as of yet had no time to record them!  Ah!!!  What’s a girl to do!!

Detailed outline draft 1

Hello guys!

So . . . I admit I have yet to finish the detailed outline of my Sleeping Beauty story (note: title suggestions are welcome).  I am currently outlining the second act – the one narrated from the princess’s point of view, in more detail.  A few details changed, and an extra chapter was added in the process.  Although the outline is as of yet still incomplete, I will nonetheless share my outlining process today, using the “set up” section of Act 1 as the basis:

I start out with Katytastic’s basic outline

Act 1

Set up – Introduce Hero and ordinary world

Introduction (set up)

Inciting Incident (conflict)

Immediate Reaction (resolution)

 

Then I fill in the blanks (name the hero, name the world, very briefly explain what the set up, conflict and resolution will be):

Act I: [POV of Flammia, the Warrior Fairy]

Set up – Introduce Hero [Flammia in this chapter] and ordinary world [fairy court]

Introduction [Fairy counsel regarding the birth of the new princess and her christening]

Inciting Incident (conflict) [to invite Malicia, the evil fairy, or not?]

Immediate Reaction (resolution) [They will not invite Malicia]

 

Once I have all the sections of all the acts outlined, I add the setting, time, characters and action, which, according to my French literature professor Dr. Vaillancourt, are the basic elements of a story, to each block.  WARNING!  ATROCIOUS SPELLING AND GRAMMAR FOLLOWS:

Act I: [POV of Flammia, the Warrior Fairy]

Set up – Introduce Hero [Flammia in this section] and ordinary world [fairy court]

Introduction [Fairy counsel regarding the birth of the new princess and her christening]

– Setting: High Queen’s castle in fairyland (near a waterfall with flowers), in the courtyard

– Time: Medieval-ish time period, noon

– Characters: Flammia the Fire Fairy, listening in to a conversation between the Logic Fairy and the Art Fairy, getting into a discussion with a servant girl fairy

– Action:  They are discussing the birth of Princess Clarity and her christening, the political situation in the kingdom they are about to visit, the responsibilities of a fairy godmother, etc.  They are waiting for the fairy counsel regarding the preparations for the ball.  Flammia describes the situation to the servant fairy and agrees to sneak her into the counsel room

Inciting Incident (conflict) [what to give the Princess]

– Setting: The counsel room of the high queen’s castle in fairyland

– Time: Medieval-ish time period, afternoon

– Characters: the 12 good fairies: Titanna the Fairy of Order and high queen of the fairies, Flammia the fire/war fairy, the Water Fairy, the Earth Fairy, the Wind Fairy, the Sound/Silence Fairy, the Art Fairy, the Logic Fairy, the Light Fairy, the Joy Fairy, the Peace Fairy, and the Love Fairy; Malica/Erissa the Chaos Fairy (disguised as the servant girl)

– Action:  They are discussing the gifts that they will bring the baby when the servant girl transforms reveals her true form: Malicia the Chaos Fairy.  She declares that she did not get an invitation to the counsel or to the christening, but that she intends to go anyways before disappearing dramatically

Immediate Reaction (resolution) PART 1 [They will not invite Malicia]

– Setting: The counsel room

– Time: Medieval-ish time period,

– Characters: The 12 good fairies

– Action:  Flammia admits that she is the one who brought the servant girl into the counsel room and takes responsibility for Malicia’s discovery of the truth.  She agrees to be Princess Clarity’s main fairy godmother and protector.  The other fairies admit that Flammia’s rash actions are to blame for the mistake but they note that Malicia would have found out one way or another nonetheless.

Immediate Reaction (resolution) PART 2 [Flammia prepares for the ball and prepares for Malicia’s attack]

– Setting: Flammia’s volcanic castle

– Time: Medieval-ish time period, evening

– Characters: Flammia and her Roman soldier lover

– Action:  Flammia prepares for the christening; we find out why her lover was cursed (Malicia cursed all the 12 good fairies when they refused to give into her rule); they have a conversation in which the Roman soldier tries to comfort the frantic Flammia; Flammia will be VERY heavily armed at the christening

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As you can see, a lot changed between the first outline and the final outline.  I even ended up adding a chapter to the resolution.

Once I finish the outline, I will have a very basic short story written.  In the case of this particular story, I will most likely have enough information to write an easy-reader picture book.  However, since I am aiming for a 50 000 word+ novel, I will be expanding (a lot) upon the 936 word outline I have created.  I will most likely do one or two more outlines once I am finished this first detailed outline.

I have also begun world building and character sheets for the three narrators.  I will most likely create character sheets for the wicked fairy Malicia/Erissa, the other twelve fairies, and the parents of both Princess Clarity and Prince Drek along the way.  I’m also considering giving Prince Drek a sibling, most likely a sister.

Thanks for reading guys!

I hope you enjoy the blog!

Your diligent,

Aleksandra

Speechless?

That’s right, folks (if there are any folks out there reading this), I don’t have ideas for a blog post today so I’m blogging for the sake of blogging about not knowing what to blog about.

So, here’s some ideas of what I could be blogging about:

1) astrophysics – I don’t know much about it but I sure love to watch SciShowSpace (yes, I did just shamelessly plug one of the vlogbrothers’ latest channels).  Also, black holes, quasars and other such phenomenon are awesome

2) the economy of Luxembourg – all I can say on this subject is that they are an EU member country

3) the eating habits of the cricetinae (hamster) – strange

4) the effect of climate change on the Arctic – I’m sure it’s dire

5) trends in recent New York Times bestseller lists – let me guess?  Teen paranormal romance?

Speaking of YA books that feature the paranormal, it’s time to give you another spoiler from my own book, which is not a romance, but is a young adult book that does feature the paranormal on account of being a fantasy novel.

Your spoiler for today: the fantasy world it takes place in, the Land of Legends and Ancient Songs, is influenced by Middle Earth, Narnia, and Disneyland.  The book itself is full of references to literature, folk music, and pop culture, including Skyrim.  “The Rocky Road to Dublin” is one of Andrzej’s favourite songs to play on guitar, and he has a whole tavern dancing to it.  Don’t know “The Rocky Road to Dublin”?  SHAME ON YOU!!!!  Enlighten yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxBKgOyMzSc

Your speechless,

Aleksandra

PS. I was wrong about 5) – it seems that MYSTERIES are all the rage this week: http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/overview.html!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE WHO WON CAMP NANOWRIMO 2014!!!

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An Epic Cover and purplemousetwee(ts)

Hello!

Big news today!  Purplemouse now has a twitter page (@purplemousetwee – which should have been @purplemousetweets but they didn’t give me the last “ts” – too many letters :P)  You can follow me there and keep track of my story progress and writing news!

Today I’m previewing the cover of my story – An Epic Story.  The cover is purposefully not quite epic.  Here you go:

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This image was made with MS Paint.  The little stick figure is, of course, our hero Roland Delacroix.  The inspiration behind this: I imagined how Roland himself would draw his adventures.  The sword is misleading: “He is the tenth worst swordsman alive” (Gieralt 100) (it feels SO good to cite myself in MLA, especially with the number “100” beside my name)!  But he does not get discouraged!

Furthermore, I like the contradiction of the title – An Epic Story – with a less-than-epic cover.

I realize that this cover, especially the text, will need quite a bit of modification.  I’m also considering adding the other characters into the background, also as stick figures.

Hope you guys like it!

Your artistic,

Aleksandra