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.

Exams are looming, progress is zooming.

^That right there folks is poetry.

You may have noticed my absence on Wednesday. I figured it would be better to wait until I actually had something to update rather than do another post about how much progress I haven’t made.

Edit Queen of Hearts

Chapter 8 is edited! Mostly, I’ll have finished it by tonight which means so far I’m on track to edit a chapter a week.

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

Okay, some rewriting was achieved. Mostly planning though.

Create

Met this goal. Again. Yay!

Uni Work

On top of things, assignments submitted, upcoming presentation under control, exam prep conveniently ignored.

Exercise

Could be better but still mostly sticking to the schedule.

 

Oh, and, because I feel like I need to tell someone, even if that is internet someones, I’m officially going on exchange to the UK next year. :D So excited!

A week escapes too quickly.

How is it already a week into round 4???? How does time pass so quickly???? Why does the word speckle remind me of the colour purple????* These are the questions that baffle me. This week was also my first week back at uni after a very helpful week-long break.

Edit Queen of Hearts

Although I haven’t exactly stuck to this schedule so far, I’m still set to finish editing chapter 8 by the end of next week. Yay, on track!

Social Media

All the blogging. In fact, I’m blogging now even though its super late and I really should be a) sleeping or b) doing my assignment or c) prepping my presentation. Yay obligations! I think I only made one tweet this week instead of two but I’ve been activeish on tumblr.

Write

My writing sessions also came to naught this week. Oops. I promise I’ll be more ready for next week. Probably.

Create

This goal always seems to be met which is nice. My new tumblr blog is helping with that to and I’m participating in a NaNoWriMo thing but for conlangs which is really cool and super fun.

Uni Work

Ok, as always I underestimated the work load. I went to an honours session this week and oh my gosh I need to study more. Eek.

Exercise

On track :)

 

*Forgive me, I’m really tired.

A Wednesday in October

As ROW80 Round 4 has only been underway for about two days, my update will be brief. :)

Social Media

All the social media! All the platform building! All the tweets!

Write

Missed Monday session…but wrote two blogs so not all bad.

Create

I’ve been participating in this thing on tumblr which is a sort of fledgling NaNoWriMo for languages so I created the sounds for one of my languages this week and worked out the pronoun system for it aswell.

Uni Work

On top of things! Revision for exam is under way and assignment 1 has been looked at, assignment 2 (a group project) is in the organisational stages. Everything is at the stage I hoped it would be. Yay! (Though to be fair, we’re only three days back into the term :P)

Exercise

Exercise happened Monday and Tuesday.

 

So, on we hop to WIPpet Wednesday, hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel. This week I’m sharing something with you from Rebellion Rising which I haven’t shared for a while now. This is one of the earlier scenes when Tasyn first meets Tekmal (you may remember them from these posts). It is from page 8 of the document on my computer. :) Just prior to this scene, Tasyn was flogged and dismissed from the army for disobedience the day after he received a nasty arrow wound to the shoulder. Bashraani horsemen escorted Tasyn from the desert where the army had left him to a nomadic settlement on the edge of the steppes.

Tasyn was led into a tent and seated on a pile of cushions.

‘Aline will tend to your wounds,’ the soldier indicated to an old woman standing in the shadows, ‘The chief will be with you shortly.’ He left.

Tasyn was left alone with the old woman who was now pushing and prodding at his face, a quizzical look on her own visage.

‘The wound’s on my back.’ He said.

‘Shush!’ Aline remonstrated, ‘Similar enough, yes…yes, those eyes…I’d know those eyes anywhere.’ she muttered to herself.

‘What did you say?’

Aline ignored him, digging through the pouch of pungent herbs hanging at her waist. She settled behind him and began to dab at his wounds with a wet cloth.

Suddenly, a large man, a huge broadsword hanging at his side, burst into the tent. ‘Well met, my friend! I see you are being cared for.’ he said by way of greeting before directing his speech to Aline, ‘Gentle with him, and make it thorough, can’t have him dying now, can we?’ He settled himself on a pile of cushions opposite his guest. ‘I suppose you have many questions.’

Tasyn looked his host up and down, wary of his friendliness, ‘I seem at a disadvantage; you know who I am but I don’t know who you are.’

The man grinned, ‘I am Tekmal, adopted chief of the tribes of Bashraan, leader of the rebel movement within Anrien.’

‘Dangerous claim to make.’ Tasyn observed.

Tekmal shrugged, ‘We live in dangerous times.’

Tasyn was about to reply when Aline began to dig around in his arrow wound, viciously extracting the barbed head. Tasyn cried out in pain, letting out a string of curses to make a pirate blush.

‘Ah, yes, the arrow,’ Tekmal remarked casually, ‘an unfortunate accident on our behalf.’

Tasyn glared, ‘I heard rumour you never missed.’

Tekmal’s eyes narrowed slightly, ‘We don’t.’

 

And so it begins again…

Today marks the beginning of ROW80 Round 4. This will be the second time I’ve participated in this challenge. My decision to participate in Round 3 was spur of the most, badly planned and poorly organised. This round I intend to adhere more to my actual goals and not allow myself to get as distracted. Because NaNoWriMo starts during this round, I sort of have two sets of goals, my normal goals and my during November goals.

Unlike last time, I’ve designed these goals to be broken down so I can properly measure how successfully I’m working through them.

Edit Queen of Hearts

Last rounds plan – edit some chapters by the end of the round. Sah specific, I know.

This round – edit for about an hour each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hope to edit a chapter per fortnight.

Social Media

Last rounds plan – blog twice a week.

This round – blog twice a week, minimum; tweet every second day.

Write

Last round – write OR plan a short story of about 3000 words once a month.

This round – write for at least an hour three times a week on Sunday, Monday and Thursday. (+ blog writing, essays etc)

Create

Last round – keep doing what you’re doing

This round – keep doing what your doing (+ one focused hour on a Wednesday). Also update the language page on my blog and post two more language posts. :D

Uni Work

A new goal for this round which should be pretty easy seeing as I only have three more weeks of actual classes and one exam to sudy for. Although I do have a ridiculous number of essays due so…

Exercise

This is another new goal for this round and although not directly writing related, I think it will help in terms of brainpower and overall health. At least Monday, Friday and Saturday as these are currently the days that I don’t do much physical activity.

Did Anyone Else Realise There Was a Wednesday Every Week?

Guess what I did today? I went to a castle! A real (sort of) castle! Such excitement. Much road trip. Which is why I’m posting a tad late today and why this post may be incoherent.

Over the past week or so since ROW80 ended, I’ve actually been able to get a lot done. By the end of tonight, I will have finished editing the first seven chapters of Queen of Hearts that I got back from my betas in June/July. Then its on to the rest of it. I’ve also started learning Swedish online.

Other things I did this week:

Replied to my nomination for the Liebster Award

Created a tumblr to document my conlangs (and I’m looking for blogs to follow as well!)

Now, once you’ve had a chance to look at these links, I’ll move onto today’s WIPpet. The following is from the motivational speech the Master at Arms gives Kara and her companions on their first day of training. (From chapter 10, for the month.) As always, thanks to K. L .Schwengel for hosting, you can find us here.

You think you know how to fight? Fine. I’ll let you continue your delusions for a while longer but you’re here to learn how to be warriors. By the time I’m finished with you, your bruises will have bruises and you’ll be begging me to face a highly disciplined Haelean army wearing only the armour which the gods, in their mercy, chose to give you at birth.

The Liebster Award

I was pleasantly surprised on Thursday to receive a nomination for the Liebster Award by Melissa Mitchell. This award has been floating around for a while now in various forms and is a great way to gain an insight into the minds of your fellow writers, readers and bloggers.

The guidelines are fairly simple:

1. Link and thank the person who nominated you.

2. Answer the questions they asked you.

3. Pick eleven bloggers with less than 200 (the rules vary on this amount, different versions say anywhere from 200-3,000) followers to nominate them.

4. Ask them eleven questions.

5. Let them know by commenting on one of their posts.

I’m going to mix it up a bit, just because I can and add some bonus answers to the mix.

First though, the eleven questions, thanks to Melissa.

1. How did you come up with the name of your blog?

When I first started this blog I was under the naive impression that I’d be able to stick to one topic and that I’d write frequently enough that I could post updates on my progress a few times a week. Unfortunately, life intervened. So when it was first coined, the titel of my blog was representative of my publishing journey from the basics to publication, just as writing utensils have evolved from carvings to ink and papyrus to computers. Also, I really love ancient history so that played a part in the naming too. :)

2. What was your first ever blog post about?

My first ever blog post was a poetic introduction to my journey as a writer. You can read it here if you’re interested.

3. Where is your favourite place to write?

Hmm, this one is tricky. Basically anywhere I can see trees. Without having trees in direct line of sight, my brain can’t function. Weird but true. That said, sitting at home in front of the fire with a view to the bush beyond the window is pretty amazing.

4. If you could go anywhere right now, where would you go?

Anywhere? In the present day, Italy. Assuming time travel was possible, England during the Renaissance.

5. Do you have a favourite author?

Yes. Phillipa Gregory and Patrick Rothfuss both make the list. Phillipa because she introduced me to historical fiction in all its glittery brilliance and Patrick because his writing is fresh and his characters engaging. Honourable mentions go to Elspeth Cooper and George R.R. Martin.

6. What have you been doing today?

Well, I’d like to say I’ve been super productive but that would be a lie. I have however collated all the paperwork I need for my exchange to the University of Edinburgh next year, helped edit a friend’s essay, written two blog posts, tweeted some and made coffee. My productivity will improve, I promise.

7. What was the last thing you wrote about?

I wrote a blog post but before that, the impact of the Persian Wars on the rise of Athens in the fifth century BCE.

8.Would you rather live in a grand castle or a cosy cottage?

Don’t make me choose! Preferably a grand castle  with a cosy cottage tucked away somewhere on the estate as  a retreat. :)

9. What was the first story you remember writing?

The first story I remember writing was about a horse liberating itself from abusive owners. It was a project for book week in prep (age 5ish) and our older buddies were supposed to help us with. I wrote thw hole thing and made my buddy draw pictures of horses. I’m not sure what she thought of me after that…

10. Do you have favourite letters of the alphabet?

I have ones I like drawing more than others: A, E and G are fun.

11. What is your biggest aspiration?

To be happy. And also to be published, to be employed to do something that I love, to convince someone to pay me to create languages. That would be pretty cool.

-Bonus Questions (taken form the questions my nominator was asked)

What was the last book you read?

The Storyteller’s Daughter by Cameron Dokey. A retelling of the Scheherazade tale.

If you could have an exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

A tiger. Hands down.

 

 

My nominees are:

K. L. Schwengel

Nina Karadzic

Regi McClain

Elaine Jeramiah

Emily Witt

Callum McLaughlin

Rachel Iliffe

Rachel Caines

Amy Leibowitz

Lynette Noni

Nicole

If you’re wondering how I chose you, you’re either someone I follow or someone that follows me. Or both! :D
Here are your questions.

1. Why do you write what you write?

2. Where would be your dream place for a holiday?

3. What is your first language and how many other languages do you speak?

4. What is your favourite name?

5. Cats or dogs?

6. Who or what inspires your writing?

7. Who has the biggest influence on your style?

8. If money was no issue, what would your dream job be?

9. Is there one classic book that everyone loves but you secretly (or not so secretly) can’t stand?

10. Who is your favourite character from your own works and why?

11. The Doctor arrives at your door step in need of a companion. You have all of time and space to choose from. Where would you go and why?

Please don;t forget to link back to me if you choose to participate, I’m curious to see your answers. Best of luck! :D

In other news, I’ve started a tumblr which you can check out and for the first few weeks I’m doing a follow for follow scheme. :)

Le WIPpet and le ROW80 (Pardon my French)

So. Where to begin? The last few weeks have been beyond hectic but now all my assignments are done and I’m two days away from the mid-semester break I feel I can begin to relax a little and refocus on writing and languages, both learning and constructing.

I did a general wrap up on the whole ROW80 thing last Sunday here’s a quick update:

Edit Queen of Hearts

As much progress as usual which is unfortunately none.

Write

Word count wise, aced it, thanks to a few huge essays all due in the past few days.

Blog

Successful! I also created a tumblr for my conlangs projects which you can check out if you want. I’m also in need of people to follow so if you want, post your link in the comments and I’ll go check it out. :)

Create

Successful! All the success! Worked out the case system for Farilien and created some new verbs and lexemes for it too.

Okay, moving on to WIPpet Wednesday. I feel that I’ve shown you all a lot from Queen of Hearts over the past two and a half years so with NaNoWriMo swiftly approaching I thought I’d share with you a scene from day 15 (24-9) of last years NaNoWriMo project.

Context: This is the story of Eriden who you may remember from snippets of Queen of Hearts. This is the story of her youth and past and it sort of relates to the events leading to QoH. Born in a brothel, Eri was fostered to a man known only as the Master after her mothers death. Growing up on the streets, she realises she needs to find a way to avoid her fate, the same fate that befell her mother. A chance encounter leads to her apprenticeship in the Assassins Guild. However, just as her future is about to be secured, she is betrayed by a friend, Kelt, and returned to the brothel she was born in to pay off her mother’s debt. This scene takes place about a year after, when Eri is around sixteen. Taking a rare opportunity, Eriden heads down to the docks to settle a debt of her own.

‘What d’ you want?’ Kelt said when he saw her.

‘That’s no way to greet a friend.’

‘No lackey of the Master ‘s my friend.’

‘I’m not his lackey. In fact, if he knew what I was about to ask you, he’d try to kill me.’

‘He’d succeed.’

Eri shrugged her shoulders, ‘He might. Might fail too but that is irrelevant. I need a favour.’

‘What is it.’ he wiped his hands on a rag and came to sit down beside her, facing out over the bay. She had not seen him since the night he left her at the brothel. He was fifteen now, tanned and muscled and Eri could not help admiring his physique. It was his fault, really, for neglecting to wear anything but his short breeches and boots. After all, what defence does a young girl have against that? None. So she let herself appreciate him.

‘I need you to run an errand for me. Out of the city.’

‘How far out?’

‘To Krenhill. A day north. My friend’s there but I don’t think he knows I am alive. And I made a mistake I need to fix.’

‘You want me to just leave work and go chasing some lover boy?’

‘He’s not my lover. And I can’t go myself.’

‘Why not?’

‘I am sworn to Rena, no thanks to you, and I can’t leave Tressa’s for more than a few hours or she’ll have me sold.’

‘Not my problem.’

‘Very much your problem,’ she argued, ‘If the Master had not had you wound so tightly around his little finger, you would not have drugged me, kidnapped me and enslaved me to the one thing I thought I had managed to finally escape from, just as it looked like I might have a chance at something outside of what the Fates decreed. You ruined my life, Kelt. The least you can do is try to help me fix it.’