Monday, October 25, 2010

A change of tactics

With NaNoWriMo a scant eight days away, I've made an agonizing choice: I've decided not to write Joan's story.
 Last night I wasn't able to sleep and so, as usual, I lay awake thinking about my stories. I began to stress over Joan's tale because I've never written a historical fiction before, and the fact that I had so little of her story mapped out. In short I felt very unprepared and slightly hysterical.
 At the same time an old story idea I had last February started to come back to me. Perhaps some of you remember The Stolen Word(working title)? It never quite took off for me. I mean, I loved the idea and everything, but something was lacking.... until last night. Ideas for plots, cultures, characters, etc. haven't stopped flowing! I am completely pulling away from my first rather weak aims and going for a much wider scope of things; creating a more elaborate world and people.
 I started off with two MCs, Trent{I'm not sure about his name... Thoughts?} and Senira, planning to just have them carry the plot. But all of a sudden, this rebellious princess shows up named Natiri. I have no idea what part of my mind she came from, but I rather like her! Granted, she needs an attitude adjustment, but hey presto! character development!
 Natiri is of the Sea Folk and therefore, like all her kind, has a love for pretty things. Which brings me to my next bit...

 i love it.
 each piece is just so beautiful!
"Natiri wears a circlet of seaglass and silverwire to show her status and rank." Senira whispered to Trent. He nodded. Then asked, "What is her rank?"
{possible story piece}

I most definitely will be drawing these characters sometime in the near future. When exactly? I'm not sure. Things continually crop up and get in the way of any progress I might wish to make story-wise. Like today the farrier is coming to clip the horses' feet and it's my job to catch them and hold them, etc. I only hope that in November I'll be able to.... hey, maybe I should just buy a lock for my door. Hmmm. I like that. ;)
 Well, we'll just have to see how everything goes.

Still flying by the seat of my pants,

*seaglass pictures do not belong to me.


  1. Sea glass! Oh, how love love love it. If you need any reference on how to find it, let me know. ;)

  2. Aww, sorry about your story uncertainties. I know how annoying that kind of thing is. :P

    As for the name Trent, well, am not a big fan,
    but if the character is a "Trent-ish" guy, then there is nothing else to be said!

    Whoa, I LOVE the seaglass. I have my screen filled with the second picture and am just gazing at it. My eyes are beginning to hurt- I need a piece to touch in real life. :)

  3. Ah! I love seaglass. We went to Duluth and collected a whole bunch of it. I also found an aluminum blob. :)

    Too bad about Joan! I think you made a wise choice though, what with historical research and all that.
    I love the title of your new idea.

    Warning: Neytiri is the blue gal in Avatar and she was the first thing I thought of with "Natiri" Not that I don't like the name - it just gives a first impression. ;)

  4. Lady G - Thanks! But sadly I am no where near and lake or shore :( someday!

    Margaret - I'm not a fan of the name either. I'm disliking it more and more so I'll be doing some major name searching today.

    Ellyn - Darn it!! Are you serious?? Avatar?? Errgh! I knew I'd heard that name before! But I thought I figured it out - Nitiri was an Egyptian queen way back when.
    But Avatar??
    I am thoroughly disgusted. *The hunt continues I guess...
    Thanks for the heads up, though! I would be so unhappy to find that out after I'd written the whole thing!

  5. Oh, that is so cool that you are doing NaNoWriMo!!!! I am still considering doing it...the thought of it scares my a little. :)
    I just wanted to stop by to let you know that I talked about your blog on mine! Here's the link to check out the post:

    Shannon :-)

  6. I love seaglass! It really is beautiful. :)

  7. That sea glass is so pretty. I think you're making the right choice for NaNo. I think the historical fiction would be too difficult for NaNo. If you're having to check for facts and historical details it'll slow you down too much. Good luck with this new (or old) idea!

  8. The sea glass is beautiful! Good luck on your story! ;)

  9. Hey if you need something to do to get your mind off of Nano for a while I tagged you. :)