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The NaNoWriMo Fanatic Tag!

Kenzie tagged me.  Let the fun of NaNo Fanaticism begin!  Thanks, Kenzie!

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. . .THE RULES. . .

1. Insert the tag graphic into your post.

2. Link back to Kenzie’s post.

3. Answer all — or as many — of the questions as you like.

4. Refer to our communal family bunny named Fanny at least once in your post.

5. Eat three cookies. . .

(I have definitely eaten three cookies.)

6. Post a clean list of ALL of the questions somewhere in your post. . .

(MORE TAGS NEED TO DO THIS!!!!!!!)

7. Tag as many friends as you want!

(You are tagged if you’re reading this and haven’t done it already.)

 

My Answers

 

PART ONE. . . Get to know me

 

What is your NaNoWriMo Username?

Jethan

Are you a plotter, pantser, plantser, or planter? (because you are actually a plant, but SHHHHHH. no one can know this.)

I usually call myself a plantser, because I plan chunks of stories, and other chunks are a void I must discover while writing.  However, I very much like the idea of being a planter, throwing story seeds here and there and cultivating the wild mess that grows into a lovely garden.  A lovely ideal.

I think in reality my story garden has a couple thoroughly overgrown corners, and the rest has randomly seedlings spread throughout the dirt.  And a large compost pile of obsolete ideas that will someday be made manifest again as bits of nutrients are fed to the plants once more…

It’s rather a nice plotting metaphor, indeed.

No, no, Fanny, don’t eaten my cabbages they aren’t ready yet!

Fanny, don’t bring your friends here or I’ll turn Mr. McGregor on you punks…I have enough plots to work with without you ravaging my old ideas, thank you very much.

How many years have you done the NaNo? How many times have you won?

I have done 11 NaNos, and I have won four times.  IT’S TIME FOR YEAR TWELVE!!!

What is your NaNoWriMo Origin Story?

My sister did it and the next year I joined in.

Do you have any writing “lucky charms”? (a stuffed dragon, a favorite pen, a paperclip that fills you with all of the inspiration???)

Nope.  Though I wouldn’t mind getting one.

I could maybe count my set of polyhedral dice in a marbly slate blue, because I use them sometimes to pick a scene to write.  Often I completely disregard the result though….

What is your absolute favorite NaNoWriMo memory?

I think successfully writing 75,000 words in a month and getting a decent chunk of Spectra written out is probably in the top favorite moments.  Participating in the NaNo Dare Squad is also a favorite memory.  It was a fun way to cap off such an achievement!

How do you pronounce NaNoWriMo? (Na-No-RYE-Mo, or Na-No-REE-Mo?)

RYE!  RYE ALL THE WAY!

 

PART TWO. . . PREP

What’s the name of your NaNoWriMo Project?

Well, I had thought of writing Eldakiah, but I’ve just gotten spurred on to continue Spectra, so, I’m probably going to do both depending on my mood.  I’ll answer most of the questions on behalf of Eldakiah though.

I also have a smaller side story I sense I may need to get out of my system, so that’s an extra back-up.

What is your project’s genre?

Fantasy with adventure and romance.  And Spectra is Spectra.

Introduce us to your cast!

Elda is a wind mage and fletcher from a place vaguely inspired by Nordic aesthetics.  The story starts off when she is 12 but most of it occurs in her late teens or adulthood.  As she grows up she becomes a fierce warrior and an adventurer.

Sentinel is an earth mage.

The Prince is an important character I still haven’t named after all this time.

The Royal Sword of Brigona – A very important artifact even if it is a prop and not a character.  But it powers things that can be characters.

Some dragons sprinkled throughout.

What is your novel’s theme?

It’s about finding where you belong, or perhaps accepting where the unexpected place you belong, and fiercely defending it.

What are your novel’s main settings?

The Storyworld: Thren

The Magic Wilds – Where once lay the great Brigonan empire is now forested mountains with monsters lurking within.  Or maybe just a wild dragon nesting in a hot spring.  One is never quite sure.

Some Towns – Elda has to go somewhere to buy flour.  Plus, trade towns are good spots for adventurers to hang out.

The Fairy Forest – At least a little bit.

Kingdoms – You need them to have a reason for a war to happen.

Are you using any plotting/story structures for your project, or are you just winging it like the beautiful pixie that you are?

I have it mentally mapped out a bit, a few notes written down about the main plot points, and then all the knowledge gained from drawing some scenes before (usually the same ones with variations).  There’s no tidy, concise outline all in one spot.  There will be plenty of winging it this year.  Which is appropriate because Elda likes flying.

Spectra has a pretty detailed list outline.

What are some ways you prepare for The NaNo? (mentally, physically, eating five bars of chocolate at once because #energy)

These blog tags have helped.  I like writing story notes beforehand, getting a new notebook, and having some candy, snacks, and hot chocolate packets ready to go.

I need to get some fingerless gloves, sweaters, and other cozy things ready for use too.

What’s in your writing toolkit? (pictures are encouraged!)

I think it’s mostly google docs and open office this year.

My workstation is only decorated with the entire outline of Spectra on the wall, so I’m not gonna take a photo and let you see the MASSIVE SPOILERS EVERYWHERE!

PART THREE. . . Inspiration

What was the initial inspiration for your NaNoWriMo novel?

I’m not quite sure how it all coalesced a few years ago, but growing up with the Legend of Zelda and listening to the Shadow of the Colossus soundtrack was integral to Eldakiah existing.  There were a few characters I made up before Elda that set a precedent for her style as a heroine, but the only specific inspiration I can think of is the name.  Eldakiah came from a very different character I made years ago.  Eldikiah the Gold Golem.  I just changed the second vowel to differentiate them, and decided that Elda is her given name, while -kiah is a title added on (“the Mighty”).

I just wanted a story about a heroine fighting epic boss battles in the form of stone golems and such.  The sword provided the plot thereafter.

It’s just great that my heroine who fights magical constructs got named after the main magical construct created by a villain in another story.  It may not be set in Thren anymore though, cuz I got the idea “What if Eldikiah was turned human?”

What’s your NaNoWriMo Novel’s Word Aesthetic?

windswept plains, high mountains ringing you in a valley, grappling rope against moving stone, beacon of light beyond the hill, rainfall by the forest, cobalt blue, determined eyes, cracking crystal shining bright

Share your Pinterest boards and music playlists!

I have Pinterest boards for Spectra and Eldakiah!

I don’t have a specific playlist.  Except Eldakiah was inspired by the Shadow of the Colossus soundtrack.

What’s your absolute best advice to new (and old!) NaNoers?

THE DAILY WORDCOUNT BADGE IS YOUR BEST FRIEND!  IT WILL MAKE YOU WRITE EVERYDAY!  Some days may be 5000 words, some only 5 words, but everyday your wordcount will rise and your calendar will be mostly green and not red.

Also, lurk on the Over Achievers board cuz it will make you want to push yourself and see what your true limits are.  Cuz maybe you can be insane and write 25k in a week.

Most importantly, write a story you desperately want to exist in the real world.

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The End!

The Questions Unanswered

As promised, here’s a clean list of the questions for anyone wanting to do the tag!

. . . THE QUESTIONS. . .

PART ONE. . . Get to know me

What is your NaNoWriMo Username?

Are you a plotter, pantser, plantser, or planter? (because you are actually a plant, but SHHHHHH. no one can know this.)

How many years have you done the NaNo? How many times have you won?

What is your NaNoWriMo Origin Story?

Do you have any writing “lucky charms”? (a stuffed dragon, a favorite pen, a paperclip that fills you with all of the inspiration???)

What is your absolute favorite NaNoWriMo memory?

How do you pronounce NaNoWriMo? (Na-No-RYE-Mo, or Na-No-REE-Mo?)

PART TWO. . . PREP

What’s the name of your NaNoWriMo Project?

What is your project’s genre?

Introduce us to your cast!

What is your novel’s theme?

What are your novel’s main settings?

Are you using any plotting/story structures for your project, or are you just winging it like the beautiful pixie that you are?

What are some ways you prepare for The NaNo? (mentally, physically, eating five bars of chocolate at once because #energy)

What’s in your writing toolkit? (pictures are encouraged!)

PART THREE. . . Inspiration

What was the initial inspiration for your NaNoWriMo novel?

What’s your NaNoWriMo Novel’s Word Aesthetic?

Share your Pinterest boards and music playlists!

What’s your absolute best advice to new (and old!) NaNoers?

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