Friday, November 9, 2012

A Taste of NaNo - both kinds

So, I'm flying the invisible airplane of superwoman (I'm not her, but I'm borrowing her plane for the month), and I'm trying to both revise Champion in the Darkness to it's final, completely done finish (is there such a thing?) for NaNoRevMo and write a new novel for NaNoWriMo 2012.

Today I thought I would give everyone a taste of each. (Plus this way I can say that I'm blogging and working at the same time, right?)

Here's a bit from a chapter I'm working on for NaNoRevMo (about 130 words):

Clara pivoted to watch Helena climb up the short ladder to the forecastle.
“I think I saw a real mermaid!” Helena pulled on Clara’s arm and pointed out to the open sea.

Clara didn’t see anything, and then, close to the boat, a woman’s head came to the surface. Clara gasped, and the woman saw her and ducked back under again.
“A mermaid?” Stelia asked quietly from behind them.

Dantor said, “A fanciful –
“No, a sign of Kalidess’s minions,” said Stelia darkly.

“Like the snake woman in the tunnel?” asked Clara, although she already knew with the sinking feeling in her stomach that it had to be like that. Only people changed by sorcery could take on the appearance or partial shape of a creature.

“Worse,” said Stelia.
Unfortunately, Stelia's comment reflects how I feel about my revision work on Champion at the moment.
However, I'm also working on The Identity of Captain Wrath, and here's a small slice of that. BTW, Doug will become Captain Wrath, but he's going to mess up seriously before he gets to that point.

          It all started innocently enough, with a card game in the barracks during off hours. Doug was winning. His side of the table held a dozen credit slips, a pink slip for hover-bike, and a few watches. Doug loved card games of all times and cultures. His Grandad, Grand Admiral Cranton the first, had taught him all the tricks before he even started standard school lessons. He knew that some people felt that counting cards and reading player’s faces was tantamount to cheating, but he figured that if they all played to their fullest ability, then he shouldn’t have to hold back. Besides, it was easy. Any fool smart enough to make it into the Spacy Navy should be able to do it.
          Unfortunately, the Space Navy admitted even bigger fools, like Reynad Colter from the Eutrope Moon Colony.
        As Doug won another game, sweeping up the cards from the table, Reynad stood up, and knocked the whole table onto Doug’s lap.
So, how are your writing projects going?
And have you signed up for Hobbit Fest yet? Or joined M Pax's jousting tournament?
Watch out for Knight Light!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No, feel good about your revisions!
Eager to read more about Captain Wrath.
And signed up for both events.

Anonymous said...

You are ambitious and it looks as though you're doing great (better than you're giving yourself credit for!) I'm tackling one revision and biting my nails down with just that project.

Luanne G. Smith said...

You are busy, Wonder Woman!

Love the mermaid scene. Sounds like a fun one to write, too.

And I've been laying off the blogfests for awhile. I gotta keep my head down and write right now.

Emily R. King said...

I love Captain Wrath. What a great character!

Allison said...

I would read more on both!

Allison (Geek Banter)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - Thanks!!! I really appreciate your encouragement . . Captain Wrath may be a while in the making . . .

Julie - Thanks! Best wishes on your project - type instead of nail bite!

L.G. - I understand. I think at some point in the next six months, I'm going to have to take a hiatus for a week or so.

Emily -Thanks!

Allison - Thank you for your encouragement!

Angela Brown said...

Both pieces are great. Looks like Reynad was none too happy about his loss.

Type away Super Writer - see it even has the SW like Superwoman :-)

I shall see you on the field or whatever it's called lol! I am Ghost Knight :-)

M Pax said...

Oh, the knights are starting to square off already... :)

I loved both of these excerpts. I really like the atmosphere of the second, and you made me very curious with the first. So great job.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Angela - Thanks! See you on the field - Ghost Knight!

M Pax - Thank you! I'm glad I'm getting curiosity for Champion at this moment, and since I've been focused on creating better atmosphere in my writing, I'm glad that came across in Captain Wrath.

michelle said...

I love your ambitious "double-edged" approach! Both pieces sound awesome too...

Tyrean Martinson said...

michelle - Thanks! I'm finding it interesting to move back and forth between writing and revising.

Kimberly Gabriel said...

You are AMAZING! Two projects for NaNo? Not only that, but I really enjoyed reading these excerpts! I hope to read more!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Kimberly - Thanks!!! I'm revising one, and writing the other.

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