Sneaky Scheduled Post

I don’t know if you’ve noticed by now but titles are REALLY not my strong point. As the above (highly witty and clever) title says, this post was scheduled. I am writing to you from the past. Oooooo spooooky…

As it’s Wednesday, I owe you guys a ROW80 update and a snippet from my WIPpet (poetry right there, folks:P)

We’ll start with the ROW80 /NaNo-y stuff. All current ROW80 goals are on track. Yep, on track, not trampled beneath the feet of a dozen horses. Huzzah! During NaNo, I hoped to edit chapters 10-20 of Queen of Hearts (one every three days). I am very happy to say that by the end of tonight (Tuesday), I’ll have completed preliminary edits of all these chapters approximately a week and a half early. I might even have time to do some rewrites before the end of the month. NaNo word count is also pretty decent at the moment. I caught up yesterday after a week under that little grey bar so I’m quite pleased although I’ll be away for a few days (hence scheduled post) with little opportunity to write. I’m hoping to hit a few thousand by the end of tonight so I’ll be well ahead. In two more days time, I’ll have beaten my previous NaNo best from last year which is also super exciting. I know I started out as a skeptic of NaNo but I now really believe in its powers to motivate me. If only there was something that ran all year so I could keep track of my goals. One productive month a year just won’t cut it. :P

Onto the WIPpet hosted by K.L. Schwengel. (You can find the other WIPpeteers here).

An excerpt from page 30 (19+11) of the 3rd section of edits (chaps 14-20). Kara’s army is holed up in the city of Adelin which sits at the foot of a mountain range. In front of the city stretch great grass plains. Assembled upon the plain is the Haelean army (basically Romans, if I’m honest). They’ve cut off supplies and are waiting until the city starves or surrenders, catapulting missiles over the walls to hurry the decision. Kara’s having a small freak out but a conversation with her old friend helps her regain her composure. This scene takes place atop the battlements between Kara and her friend Alexandru (have you met him yet? he’s pretty cool)

“Kara,” Alexandru said, “the king is a skilled tactician and, if half the things Tiemil has told me over the years are true, you have overheard enough of his private war councils to have a fair idea of what to do.”

Karavere sighed, “Maybe you’re right.”

“I’m always right.” Alexandru teased.

She slapped at him playfully, relieved to have sense spoken. “Don’t bet on it, Dru.”

“So,” he paused expectantly, “what will you do?”

Kara thought for a moment, “Bring the men inside the wall. Find a way to get supplies in, maybe through the east side of the city. Push the people against the walls; they do not seem to be trying to break them down.”

“They want the city for themselves. They need it one piece.” Another missile sailed over their heads and smashed with surprising accuracy into the roof of the city library, “Or, at least, as few pieces and necessary.”

Kara followed the arc of the missile, frowning at the dust cloud that billowed at its landing, “Tonight, I’ll send out a team to destroy the catapults.”

“You should have done that three nights ago.” Alexandru observed.

“I know.” Kara smiled, “Thank you. And don’t die on me, Dru, I need your advice more often than I care to admit.”

So there you have it. :) Also I’m super happy to announce I’ve hit 300 followers so thank you all for sticking with me, even if I sometimes make no sense. :P

Also, congratulations if you’ve made it this far down! As I mentioned in my last post, I’ll soon be looking for beta readers for Queen of Hearts (in around mid-December).  If you’re interested in beta-ing (is that a verb?) let me know in the comments or send me an email at aebrowne.ink (at) gmail (dot) com <– remove spaces and replace with necessary symbols :) I’ll send a synopsis to those who express interest so you can better decide whether it’s something you’d be willing to do. :)

An Open Letter to Writers of Any Creed: November Updates

Weekend’s greetings, friends,

Today is Sunday and so it’s time for another ROW80 update but I thought I’d do something a little different today. Rather than a list of subheadings with a few notes underneath, I’ll give you a more in depth update on everything. Yep, that’s right, get excited. :P

So it’s over half way through November and NaNoWriMo. Originally skeptical, I am now a believer in NaNo’s power to motivate. Meeting the daily target is irrelevant, with NaNo at least I am doing something other than scrolling through countless blogs and ignoring the actual process of writing. At the half way point, a word count of 25,000 words is expected. I just reached that today and am super pleased with myself. Even though I’m a little behind word count wise, I’ve kept up with my goals for a lot longer this year than last. I also feel like I’ve made real progress.

In the last week alone, I’ve done preliminary edits on four chapters of Queen of Hearts and I’m on track to be finished edits by mid December so I can pass it onto my betas and I’m super excited to be at this stage of the process. As for actually writing, I’ve been steadily progressing with that although it has taken me a few days after the move to get back into the swing of things. On Friday, faced with two days without access to my computer, I reverted to old school hand writing for Rebellion Rising. Until that point, none of the previous RR drafting had been handwritten. It made a nice change and looks so pretty (yes, I’m biased) although I still haven’t typed it up.

Even more excitingly, I’ve been having ideas for stories in other genres (that is, not old timey fantasy) that I’m really looking forward to exploring further once NaNo is over. They’re sort of more sci-fi/dystopian which I’ve never really explored in my writing before. I can’t reveal too much at the moment but be sure to look out for updates as those projects get underway. :)

So that’s how my week has been progressing so far. Hopefully you have been equally as productive and successful with your own goals. If you want to take a closer look at my NaNo stats you can find them here. And if you’re interested in beta-ing (is that a verb?) my manuscript, Queen of Heartslet me know in the comments or send me an email at aebrowne.ink (at) gmail (dot) com <– remove spaces and replace with necessary symbols :) I’ll send a synopsis to those who express interest so you can better decide whether it’s something you’d be willing to do. :)

Best wishes,

Amelia.

Time is of the Essence

This is my motto at the moment. November is always a super busy month, I think for most people. Wednesday has come around without warning AGAIN which is perhaps not unusual considering there are only seven days to choose from. Anyway. Wednesday’s require me to talk about two exciting things, ROW80 and WIPpet Wednesday. I know I’ve probably said this before and I’ll say it again but I love these two writey things. They keep me motivated and have helped me discover so many other amazing writers and bloggers.

We’ll start with the ROW80 update which you can find out more about (hey, that rhymes!) here.

Edit Queen of Hearts

Finished preliminary edits on chapters 11 and 12 since Sunday which I’m quite pleased with.

Social Media

Met all my targets.

Write

NaNo definitely helps with this goal however Sunday/Monday/Tuesday were pretty much a write off due to packing and moving and all those fun things. That said, I have managed to push through a road block on Rebellion Rising and add some content to that. It’s been really fun to interact with these characters again.

University Stuff

THIS IS NO LONGER RELEVANT YAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Exercise/Health

You may have noticed this little goal disappeared from the last few updates but I can happily report that as of this week, it is well and truly back on track. Now I just have to stay away from the chocolate.

 

And now onto WIPpet Wednesday, hosted by K.L. Schwengel. (You can find the other WIPpeteers here). Today, we’re back with some old friends from Queen of Hearts. Tiemil, Kara’s fun loving cousin is sneaking through the darkened streets of Bridam on his way to rescue Kara when he comes across a patrol of guards. And oh, did I mention, he’s technically a traitor and there’s a curfew in place. 12 lines for the 12th. :)

Sending a quick prayer to Enar, god of tricks, Tiemil stumbled from the shadows, hoping he looked disheveled enough from his long ride to support his ruse.

“Halt! Who goes there?” a guard demanded.

“Itz mee!” Tiemil threw his arms in the air and spinning.

One of the guards rolled his eyes, “Just some drunk.”

“Could do with a bit more drink myself. It’s as cold as a hag’s tits out here.” another complained.

“It’s past curfew,” said the first, “You should be in bed.”

“I wash.” Tiemil swayed, grinning like a maniac.

“Then return there, good man, and I won’t have any reason to lock you in the stocks.”

“Yeshir!”

Sunday Arvo Update

Hello again. It’s that time of the week, Sunday ROW80 update time. The weather outside is beautiful and sunny, not too hot and not too cold, and honestly, I’d rather be out there than inside packing. Which is what I’m doing. At this point of the round, I’m feeling quite comfortable with everything. Here’s the details:

Edit Queen of Hearts

Progress has been going well with this. :)

Social Media

Met all my targets.

Write

As you probably know, I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo so I’ve actually had the motivation to write. I’ve been meeting my targets every day and am currently a day a head which is handy as I won’t have time to write much today. I’m heading home tomorrow so I have to pack my dorm room. It baffles me how I accumulated so much stuff in such a small room!

University Stuff

Finished!!!! :D I have one essay I have to hand in tomorrow but it’s done. I’m officially free until January when I start classes half way around the world in Edinburgh. Super excited!

 

So yeah, that’s my update. Hope you’ve all had a very productive round. :)

Brain Lapses + Twitter = Fun for All

Hello, hello. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or don’t frequent writing blogs/sites very often, you’ll be aware that it is National Novel Writing Month, commonly known as NaNoWriMo or OhGodWhyDidISignUpForThisAgain? For those of you wondering how I’ve been coping, here is a brief look at some of the typos (or ypos) I’ve made so far:

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Yep, it’s been a fun ride. So far I’m on track with NaNo and until about ten minutes ago my editing has been steaming ahead however, if you count the amount of words I’ve had to retype due to heinous typing errors then I’ve probably already passed the 20,000 word mark. :P

However, if you’ve been doing NaNo and you’re feeling a hint of despair*, check out this post.

As it is indeed Wednesday (yes, really), I’ll do a brief ROW80 update and a WIPpet excerpt. Aren’t you guys lucky? :P

Edit Queen of Hearts

Woosh! The sound progress makes as it sails by, taking me on a sweet ride of achievement. Wish may soon crash. We’ll see.

Social Media

Sah social this week.

Write

MANY WORDS! Alongside my editing, I’ve been doing A LOT of rewriting. Much of my NaNo count so far is rewrites. But fun times and new scenes and exciting things.

 

Le WIPpet (French for ‘the WIPpet’)

This is a new scene I wrote for Queen of Hearts yesterday. Let me know what you think. :) Related to the date because it was written yesterday and yesterday comes before today and because maths. You can find the other amazing WIPpeteers here. :)

Patrun Hodsun wiped the sweat from his brow. Although it was only mid spring, the heat in Inbaas was already unbearable. A light breeze wound its way around the cloth curtains separating his office from the courtyard beyond, bringing the scent of hawthorn blossom. A knock sounded on the door at the far side of the room. Patrun looked up from his papers.

Zevlis!” Patrun called.

The door opened. A young boy came in, his arms loaded with papers. Patrun gestured to the far end of the desk and the boy obediently put down his cargo. He waited.

“What?” Patrun asked.

The boy rubbed his fingers together. Patrun sighed. Extracting a coin from the purse at his belt, he flicked it at the boy. The boy snatched the coin from the air and scurried off.

He turned back to the missive he had been reading but a spec of colour caught his eye. Hidden amongst the pile of papers, a blob of purple. Patrun reached over, pulling the letter from the pile. The king’s seal was pressed into the wax. He turned it over in his hands and frowned. Opened, then hastily resealed, as always. He re-broke the seal and scanned the contents of the letter.

He stood, knocking the pile of papers off the desk, and shoved the message into his tunic pocket. He hurried to the door.

 

*this took me seven attempts to spell correctly, my brain wanted it to read despaoir. Thank you, brain.

The NaNo Blues

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It’s day three of National Novel Writing Month and if you’re a first time participant you may be feeling super proud of yourself and realised what you truly can achieve in a few days. Or maybe you’re disheartened, the stats bar not quite reaching the daily target. Maybe seeing that one of your writing buddies has already reached a huge milestone while you’re scraping by.

While it may be easy to fall into the trap of despair, remember, NaNoWriMo is not a competition between you and other writers or even between you and the daily target. It is a competition between you and yourself. If you only write once a week, then writing twice a week is winning. If you write everyday but only manage a hundred words, then two hundred words a day is winning. If, at the end of the month, you have only a few thousand words to show for it, you still have a few more thousand words than if you never started.

For me, the best part about my first NaNo was finding out how much I could do in a day, that I could write every day if I tried, that planning is probably helpful, that all it takes to be a writer is to write.

So don’t despair, NaNo is not a win/lose game, it’s a win/win. :)

Update Time!

It’s Sunday, 2nd of November and we’re already some weeks into the round of ROW80. So, you ask, have you made any progress?

The answer – yes! So much! So happy!

Edit Queen of Hearts

This has moved forward in leaps and bounds. After taking me three months to edit the first seven chapters, the next seven have been progressing at a decent pace.

Social Media

Active on tumblr, blogging here, the occasional tweet.

Write

For the first time in forever, I’ve achieved this goal! Partly due to NaNo pressure and partly to do with a video I saw that reinspired me. I’ve rewritten three chapters in the last two days and once I’ve done this post, I’ll be working on the next section of Rebellion Rising. My NaNo count for the first day stands at over 4,000 words. I am so happy about this because it means that I’ve established a good base and if there’s a day where I don’t meet my tally, it won’t matter so much. :) To all the other NaNoers, I hope you’re meeting your goals too! :)

Create

This week, I developed the verb system for my language, Sabhalin, and

Uni Work

Two essays written in the last week. I’ve been trying to study for my exam on Tuesday with varying levels of success. After all, there are son many other things I could be doing. I still have a few days though and I’m feeling relatively confident. After that, only one more essay and then I can go home. :)

Exercise

Admittedly, apart from a few walks, this has fallen by the wayside in favour of study but after this exam, I’ll be able to get back into it again. :)

The AU in the WIP – Writer Speak

Amelia E. Browne:

I need to add these to my arsenal of confusing words :)

Originally posted on Study. Read. Write.:

NaNoWriMo is starting on November 1 and Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets are already buzzing with excitement!

But many first-time writers often get confused when they join online writing groups and forums. So many writers use abbreviations to talk about their work that the uninitiated sometimes just stare at a tweet and decide they have a better shot at deciphering hieroglyphs without the Rosetta Stone.

“The FMC in my AU WiP is a total BAMF!”

Er… your what, now?

So I’ve put together a little list of the most common terms and abbreviations you might see and hear when you’ve got writing buddies. The lovely FB NaNoers helped as well.

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On the Brink

Hello friends. Today I’m going to share with you the WIPpet as usual, outline my NaNo plans and save the ROW80 update for Sunday. :)

First, if you have been a part of the internet writing community for any time at all you will have heard about National Novel Writing Month which takes place each November. I participated for the first time last year and didn’t finish. This year I intend to participate again  but not quite exactly according to the rules. If you want to be my writing buddy, you can find my profile here. :)

My plan is to work on all three volumes of Chronicles of Anrien: edit Book 2, Queen of Hearts, continue writing the ‘Book 1′/prequel that I started for NaNoWriMo last year, Enarenal, and also continue Book 3, Rebellion Rising which has been sitting half completed for over 18 months. So yeah, we’ll see how we go. :)

As always, WIPpet Wednesday is hosted by the gracious K.L. Schwengel. Today’s excerpt carries on from the last few weeks Part 1 Part 2. <– you will need to read these to understand today’s excerpt. 29 words + 1 for luck (and the first sentence for continuity.)

Tasyn’s interest was piqued, ‘And who is that exactly?’

‘The grandson of Anjez and Karavere.’ Tekmal paused, ‘You could be King of Anrien.’

Tasyn wanted to deny Tekmal’s suggestion but in his heart he knew it to be true.

 

Cake*

Yay! It’s Wednesday again. And yet again I am writing this post too late for sanity. I’ll try to keep it level but no promises. As usual, we’ll start with a ROW80 update and then move onto the WIPpet (this gives me a chance to work out what I’m going to share with you).

Edit Queen of Hearts

Moved onto editing Chapter 9 this week. It feels great to be finally making progress on this goal. Especially as it took me about four and a half months to edit the first seven chapters. Oops.

Social Media

On top of everything though I’m admittedly more active on tumblr at the moment. If you’re interesting om seeing all the exciting things I’ve put together in my conlangs you can find them there. :) Could have been more present on twitter.

Write

I did some actual writing this week. I know, unusal. :P I’ve also been planning out my stuff for NaNo although I realised that I didn’t write out a proper plan for one of the works I’ll be continuing and I cannot for the life of me remember what is supposed to happen.

Create

This seems to be the one I goal I consistently meet which is fun and encouraging. This week I explained the noun making system for Sabhalin on my tumblr.

Uni Work

Had my last assessment (a presentation) today and planned the take-home essay that came out today before I let myself go on the interwebs. Hence why I’m writing this blog so late.

Exercise

I haven’t exercised as much as I should but I’ve been eating healthier so that’s something.

Onto the WIPpet hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel! Oh bother, I’m meant to have it all worked out by now. Oops. <– that word seems to be appearing a lot today. Sorry.

Ok. Today’s WIPpet is again from Rebellion Rising  and follows on directly from last excerpt. It is 11 paragraphs according to my word county thing and 11 is half of 22. Yay maths.

Tasyn took a moment to process this information.

‘It was to get your attention.’ Aline’s tired voice muttered reproachfully in his ear as she sent Tekmal a venomous glance. Tekmal had the decency to look ashamed.

‘Certainly did that.’ Tasyn replied.

Tekmal ignored him and continued, ‘You see, we’ve been watching you for some time now.’ Tasyn opened his mouth but Tekmal held up a hand to silence him. ‘And I have reason to believe that you and I share a common goal.’

Tasyn fought the urge to roll his eyes, ‘Enlighten me.’

Tekmal smiled, ‘Anrien.’

‘Impossible.’

‘Difficult, yes,’ Tekmal admitted, ‘but not impossible.’

‘And what makes you think I’m interested?’

‘Because I know who you are and, more importantly, who you can become.’

Tasyn’s interest was piqued, ‘And who is that exactly?’

*for those wondering about the title of the post, I was lacking inspiration and craving sugar.