July Camp NaNoWriMo: First Weekend

CNW_Participant

I started off July’s Camp NaNoWriMo by going to the library for research purposes. Worldbuilding is an important aspect of writing, so it is just as important to do proper research. For Deerstalker, the novel I have been working on all year, I have to do a lot of research due to the specific time period and setting I chose. Not only do they have a large impact on the plot, but it also affects small things, such as food, clothing, and customs.

I picked up books about the culture of the regions I have chosen to incorporate into my novel and the time period it is placed in so I can have a better understanding of the world. While my story contains supernatural elements that are not present in our world, I still want to bring in realistic elements to ground the reader.

I’ve actually had a lot of fun researching the culture and setting over the past few days. I learned a lot about history that I never would have imagined had I not chosen this specific period and region. These snippets of information will serve to enrich the plot, characters, and overall story by adding in details that the reader can relate to. I look forward to learning more about the places and peoples I have chosen for this story! I have already thought of new scenes to add based on the information I found so far, and can’t wait to write them out.

Good News!

I received great news earlier this week: I was offered the job of Copywriter Specialist with Web.com! I was very excited and accepted, so I start my career on Monday. After months of searching, applying, interviewing, and almost losing hope, I can put my Bachelor’s of English degree to good work and start paying off my student debt! The job consists of what I’ve been doing for several years now for both personal and professional work: writing content for business websites. I will be working with a team of fellow writers and editors to build brochure-style websites for professionals and businesses, working on the content pages before the design and coding team works their magic. If all goes well, I plan to stay with this company and build my career for several years.

Have no fear, I’ll still be writing! I am continuing my editing work on finished books, which mostly involves typing out the written version of Last of the Avians (whose title changed once I realized “Avian” is a more efficient term than “Winged Person”). I am also still publishing Hub Pages articles on how to write novels, using my own experience and advice from professional and academic sources. I even plan on writing a “How To Get A Job” aka What College Doesn’t Teach You article outlining what I have learned in these past few months alone (and wish I knew yeas ago!). If there are any other articles you would like to see from me, such as explaining more closely some of the steps (like Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing) or other writing topics, please let me know!

Writing Progress

I devised a writing schedule for myself to get motivated and to focus on my original work while job-hunting. Right now I’m trying to edit the books I’ve already written instead of trying to write anything new or finish other projects. I carved out a block of my day to work on several of these writing projects, switching them up so I don’t hit a block or lose inspiration.

The Planet of Dreams

I’ve been working on the Planet of Dream Series for several years, originally writing in a large notebook during travel, trips to the beach, and whenever I had time to write! I finished it recently, but now have to undertake the process of getting the handwritten version typed up on the computer. Once I have everything typed up, I can go back and make further edits, getting the manuscript ready for publication.

The Day I Howled

I’ve finally begun looking at Howled for some serious editing. Because I was a novice when I began this children’s book, and because the audience is not what I usually write for, I have a lot of work cut out for me! I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes (actually, about three whole chapters!) and made a lot of notes for moving forward. I may have to rewrite about half of the book, keeping in mind the audience I’m aiming for, but it’s on my schedule, among other books to work on.

Conference Paper

For a mythology class during my senior year at Flagler, I wrote a paper on Loki as an anti-hero. My professor and I got to talking, and decided to put together a panel for the PCAS conference! Myself, along with two other students, will present a panel for the upcoming conference in October at New Orleans. I’ve been working on my paper to get it conference ready, adding in elements of the Marvel movies and re-organizing the content for the presentation. It’s a fun experience, since I love the topic, and I may be able to submit for a student award!

Saving You

The third original novel I’m working on for this schedule is something I wrote for High School and reworked during a college class, so I’m not as worried about the editing. Because I added scenes and did some editing for the class, I have a good idea of how this is shaping up and just need to rearrange some scenes to make everything fit. This one will be Young Adult just like the Planet of Dreams Series, so I’m more familiar with the audience.

(I haven’t even looked at the final notes on my play yet, oops!)

Publication~

More awesome news! FLARE: The Flagler Review actually accepted some staff work for their 2014 Online Student Edition, and one of my poems made it in! The Launch Event was last night and I read my piece before a spectacular audience, along with fellow contributors (one of whom being the runner-up for the contest I organized).

The poem is called “Undone” and was written fairly recently, within a year. I sent it to other publications but was turned down, but I’m glad my work is featured by the literary journal I work on; I think it’s good for readers and contributors to see the work of the staff, and for that work to be of the same caliber they accept. As soon as the edition is posted, I will put a link and add it to my Published Works page.

Great News!

I received some awesome news recently: the Parking Proposal I gave to the Student Government Association at Flagler College has been handed over to the Administrative board to decide on a course of action! The SGA were trying to come up with a way to fix the parking situation on campus and were elated when I sent over my proposal. The Director of Campus Planning will read over both their proposal and mine, and hopefully something will be done! I’m really excited to see how far this goes. If the only thing I contribute (besides the bazillion other things I do for this college) is a better parking system, I’ll be happy.

When I talked to the President and other members of the SGA, they were impressed with my thoroughness and determination in the proposal. They congratulated me on my efforts and were hopeful in obtaining success. Even though the semester is nearly over, the changes made based on my suggested solutions could possibly be implemented as soon as this Fall or next Spring. If future students and current faculty can benefit from this, I will consider it a victory!

(As I was leaving one of the parking lots today, someone’s car was getting towed. Yikes! I’m glad I submitted my proposal before my car ended up on a truck!)

Welcome to the new age

I’ve added a new novel to my project list, called Rise of the Mechas: The Third World War. Tentative title for a scifi novel. This idea was originally designed as a role-play website called Gundam Titanium, but has been developing into a novel as I encounter impressive movies like Pacific Rim and inspiring shows like Almost Human. While the concept was based off of the Gundam franchise (I’m a huge fan), I’ve been modifying things to make them unique.

I’m usually more of a fantasy writer, because for some reason magic is easier to wrap my head around, but I really dig the sci-fi genre. The hardest part about writing science-fiction, at least for me, has to do with all of the technological advancements and scientific appeal. I’m no scientist, but I have a pretty big imagination. Some features of this novel will include androids capable of transforming into Mechas, a third world war involving multiple factions, neutral nations, rebels, and secret organizations, as well as enhanced cars. Once I do a quick legal check and mold more of the tech, I might start writing. Because I made it first as a website, designed for other players to incorporate their own ideas, a lot of stuff has already been plotted out and prepared–but I still have a long way to go.

There will most likely be future installments, especially when it comes to exploring space, but right now I am only working on one novel for this project. I’ll definitely be paying more attention to classics like Star Trek as I head into sci-fi territory.

Here there be dragons…

I’ve been working a lot on my play (which is yet to have a finalized name) due to assignments in class. As of now it is complete, although I plan on expanding it. I’m at a Writer’s Weekend with friends, who I will force ask to read for me in order to make revisions. After that, it will go before the class and further edits will be made. Then, on to Broadway!

At least I would hope. The writing process for this project has been stimulating yet difficult at times, because my mind is more attuned to novel writing. Plays are a whole separate beast, because I have to think of the setting in terms of stage designs, and scenes according to sets and time constraints, and what a live actor can (and cannot) do. Let me tell you, dragons are hard to write plays about. You either need a representation of the large creature, or have an actor suited up to be a humanoid drake. I’m mostly going with the latter. Overall, though, I’ve quite enjoyed this project and will probably do more plays in the future.

I’ve also been editing my Fan Fiction Manual for e-book format (at least, getting it updated and prepared to be formatted). I’ve learned a lot of things recently that had me adding information, because you can never know too much as a fan fiction writer. Maybe one day I’ll even do a manual for role-play writing.

However, this semester has been extremely busy for me and so my original works have taken a back-seat to homework and academia. Eventually I’ll have more free time to edit all of my completed works and prepare them for publication, as well as begin new works. Until then, I can only dream.