Plans for October

October 2020, here you are already. What a year.

Hey folks, I hope wherever you are, you’re safe and well.

So, yes, October has arrived. the world is frought with difficulties, one of the main ones being the ongoing threat of Covid-19. Again, stay safe, wear a mask and wash your hands.

Okay, where are we? Right, plans for the next month.

Sometimes it feels like I’m just struggling to stay afloat, much like loads of us over the last few months. My mood has been rocky as all hell recently and this last week, especially, I’m being particularly conscious of how I manage my responses to things. An even mood is required!

In this last week, so far, so good.

And creative projects?

There’s NaNoWriMo 2020 with Ghostland (working title 😉 ), which I’m quite excited about. I have some of it planned but not a scene by scene breakdown yet. The only time I’ve been successful doing a NaNo I had a solid plan. Let’s see if I can do that again.

I have other writing that I’m doing this month. I have a weird sci-fi horror story that I have been struggling with. It came down to a problem with the point of view. I was trying to do something different with telling it all from a 1st person, from a main character’s viewpoint. I was good but it just wasn’t clicking.

I changed the viewpoint a few days ago and, boom, it works so much better.

I’m going to set some writing homework for myself this month that will give me some practice with a viewpoint story. Just need an idea to hook it on.

What else?

The current lockdown measures in Scotland means that tabletop gaming is a no-no. That’s just annoying. No Warhammer. No X-Wing. Meh.

It does, however, give me a bit more time for painting before my next game.

My Astra Militarum / Imperial Guard are all but done. Two Chimera transports, a five man squad of Scions, 4 Heavy Weapons Squads, a normal Command Squad and a sniper one, and a handful of individual character models are all that are left. If I push through then I can get then done and that’s all the IG I currently have. It’s been ages since I’ve finished a large army project. It’s so close…

And other than that, it’s just the normal getting through life stuff.

I hope your October is a good one. 🙂

Ghostland – NaNoWriMo 2020

Howdy, folks.

In recent years I’ve been dodging NaNoWriMo as I’ve not really seen its worth, or not worthwhile for me, at least. (NaNoWriMo, for those who don’t know, is National Novel Writing Month. A challenge to write a 50,000 word novel, or 50k words of a novel, through the month of November. I successfully finished it, I think, in 2008.) And that was my intention for 2020.

But, as is the case sometimes, I have a story idea that I just can’t shift.

It came as a title.

Ghostland.

I think, if I remember correctly, that I was looking at ghost story novels and collections, and the title popped into my head. I had no inkling that it was going to be a working title of anything. That happened over the course of a few days.

And then I thought to myself, “Maybe I should try NaNoWriMo this year?”

So, there we are. 🙂

And the tinkering with story ideas and doing some writing fits nicely with 356 Days Of Writing. More on that later.

Links:
NaNoWriMo

365 Days of Writing – Day Two

It was my 45th birthday yesterday. And I set myself a mad, unattainable goal for the full 365 days that I’ll be 45. I’ll write something every day, to keep my hand in, and make myself a bit more focused.

Lockdown has been easing in Scotland, and the ladies of Casa Desertofzin are back at work/school so the days are a lot more peaceful. I have time, is what I’m saying, for an small daily project until I’m back at work.

I didn’t post yesterday but Day One had me writing some notes on a story for a Black Library submission window. It’s for the Warhammer Horror imprint, a few novels and short story collections of which I’ve read and been really impressed by.

So, that was yesterday, typing out some ideas, a character or two, and trying to get the feel of it down.

Today, Day Two, I’m building on that. Trying to get a more solid foundation for the story to sit on. If I’m happy with my progress I might try to throw down actual words.

the most adjective thing in the world

My wife is training to be a teacher this year. And tomorrow, on her placement, she is teaching a lesson on variables for a 3rd year class. Oh, it’s Computing Science she’s teaching.

She has asked me to throw together a story which she, and the class, can use for plugging data into.

The variables, if you’re interested, are name, place, adjective, object, number, comment.

And here it is, just for fun.

Travelling /Name/, the salesman, approached the door. The box almost slipped out of his grasp as he used his elbow to push the doorbell. /Name/ held his breath. Was anyone home? It was the first house he had tried since leaving /Place/.

A light flickered on through the frosted glass.

He could hear muttering, two voices arguing. He tried his best salesman smile.

The door opened.

“Have I got a bargain for you,” /Name/ said.

“Please, go away,” said the man whose house it was. “I don’t want any trouble.”

“I don’t bring trouble, friend,” said /Name/. “I bring opportunity!” He patted the box. “This.”

“I don’t…” began the man.

“This,” repeated /Name/, louder this time, “is the most /Adjective/ thing in the world. And it can be all yours.”

“I’m really not…” stammered the man.

“Interested?” finished the salesman. “You haven’t even seen it yet…” And before the man could say another word he opened the lid of the box. A golden glow shone from within.

“It’s so /Adjective/,” said the man. “/Adjective/ /Object/. I’ve never seen so many.”

“I’ve /Number/ of them.”

“How did you fit them all in?”

“Well, /Comment/,” he said with a wink.

update : writing

Let’s be honest here. My interest in writing anything at all died on its arse. Sure I’d have moments where I missed the thrill of putting pen to paper but generally? Nah. Forget it.

So, has anything changed in that regard?

Maybe. Kind of.

There was a recent submissions window for the Black Library, which is Games Workshop’s fiction publishing arm. They were looking for a 500 words of the start, or thereabouts, of a short story based on one of their main properties. In previous years when they’ve done this I’ve shown an interest but never had anything ready in time. This year I thought it might be interesting to try but as I mentioned above, my heart really hasn’t been in the whole word bashing thing. So I left it.

And I don’t know what changed. On Sunday I thought, why not, and I bashed out five hundred words that afternoon. I polished it up and, with a summary of where I thought the story would go, I submitted it Monday evening. Now, I can’t actually believe I did that as THAT’S NOT SOMETHING I DO.

But it was on Monday.

So this isn’t me saying that I’m back on the wagon. Far from it. But if another submission window comes along that raises an eyebrow or a weird idea pops into my head that just won’t leave me alone, then I might bash some words out for it. I’ll see.

As for the Black Library submission? It took me by surprise. The whole actually submitting part of it. I’m not exactly expecting anything from them, but you never know.