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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 12:08 AM


My JulNo is sort of a mix of fantasy and romance, I think. It depends on whether or not I want to add romance to the mix.

I'm planning to make this a trilogy, of sorts - the first part will be for this month, the second part will be for AugNo, and the third for SeptNo.

The first part is kind of dipping into Arabian mythology, focusing on a phoenix shape shifter on the lam from a psychotic, vengeful goddess. :D Well, the part about the phoenix is from Arabian mythology.. the rest is just, uh, creativity on my part. I guess.

In any case, I'm excited for this.
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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 12:16 AM


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...I can't help it; I just like farm boys with swords.

Wait, that came out the wrong way. Erm....
[Edited on 7-2-2007 by RiftDoggy]


That gave me a giggle. Then again, I have a tendency to slash people (mostly guys. o.O)
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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 06:04 AM


I love it when I say stupid things. Though, sometimes it gets me into trouble. I have a few good examples, but I'd like to retain at least a modicum (<<<---fun word) of dignity.

Ah, slashing. I don't like it. When I finally found out what people were talking about when they said "I like to slash Harry and Draco", I almost died.

Mine definitely has romance in it. Though, one of my MCs' love interests dies at the end of "Act Two." It made me very sad when I realized that it pretty much had to happen. Now, I'm pondering on whether or not to go through the trouble of finding a way of bringing her back to life that won't make me feel like an idiot.
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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 10:25 AM


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I love it when I say stupid things. Though, sometimes it gets me into trouble. I have a few good examples, but I'd like to retain at least a modicum (<<<---fun word) of dignity.

Ah, slashing. I don't like it. When I finally found out what people were talking about when they said "I like to slash Harry and Draco", I almost died.

Mine definitely has romance in it. Though, one of my MCs' love interests dies at the end of "Act Two." It made me very sad when I realized that it pretty much had to happen. Now, I'm pondering on whether or not to go through the trouble of finding a way of bringing her back to life that won't make me feel like an idiot.


Have you explored the real-life zombie stuff? Apparently, the people who "died" and "came back" were controlled by drugs of some sort (not manufactured, but herbs and stuff). Failing that, you could do a bit of back-writing about the character's struggle through death, meeting something like a ferryman who tells them that it's not their time yet, so they can't be transported across, and then have a struggle to get back into their own body, or something.

Of course, if they were buried "alive", then there are always vehicles such as grave robbers to set you back no the track. >=}




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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 08:36 PM


Much as I'd like to have a Davy Jones/ferryman to the underworld, most of my dead people go through a sort of...er.
I'll post the whole thing tomorrow. I'm trying to spread my novel (which will definitely be around 90k in weeny rough draft form) across JulNo and AugNo, so I'll be outlining up through this Friday. I'm just shooting for 50k in July, I won't even try to "finish" my novel until August. Just being more realistic/less suicidal than in July; I don't want to repeat what happened during Screnzy.
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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 08:51 PM


LOL. I'm hammering out a first draft of my entire trilogy, starting with the first book. I have already spent so much time outlining the world, the reality, and the like, that I'm just going to write the first draft straight through and outline the story itself afterwards, with an eye towards revising. If I get stuck, then I'll outline, too. The one I have right now, in my head, covers the major events; but the subplots have started to reveal themselves as I have been writing.

I can tell you, though, that the book I am working on, even if I finish it this month (which would bring the total word count to around 70k), the first book still will not be finished, and I shall carry it through to another writing challenge.




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[*] posted on 7-4-2007 at 01:13 AM


I have a vague feeling that my novel might be inclined to maybe someday become a fantasy. If it feels like it.

It's just very teen-ish right now, but I have a strong image of my main character studying old books like crazy in her small room by soft lamplight, and that sort of suggests magic to me. I like fantasy a lot, both reading and writing it, and I'm excited to see how this one turns out.

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[*] posted on 7-4-2007 at 06:36 AM


Let's just hope that it isn't some sort of Gran Grimoire thingy. Don't want her to get thrown into an alternate universe, or any of that, do we?

Really, though, just let it flow. I have a definite way that I want mine to begin and to end, and I know of a great many things that need to happen in between. However, if my characters start to wander around, it usually means that I missed something important, not that I need to break out my Cat O Nine Tails of Literary...ness... and whip them into shape. I like to allow my subconscious some leeway when I'm writing, and you should too (just spreading my "I'm the center of the universe, everything revolves around me, so do what I do!" wisdom :D ).
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[*] posted on 7-4-2007 at 11:02 AM


YAY! I started, and things actually make sense! Even the plot bunnies...they're gonna get hunted down next chapter.

I've got three of my main characters enrolled the equivalent of a magic school, but it's more of a sampler sort of thing to see what your strengths are...or something. Hm.

Time to spear some plot bunnies! :D




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[*] posted on 7-5-2007 at 04:06 PM


I have a very good idea of what's going on so far, because I wrote something similar for Script Frenzy, but the characters are totally different this time around (even though they're mostly the same ones).

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this plot because I can have things randomly fall from the sky when I get bored, and it's perfectly logical. I hadn't realized how useful that would be.
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[*] posted on 7-7-2007 at 09:12 AM


crazyluvolee - your idea sounds very interesting! Let me know when you finish, I'd love to read it. :D

Here's a question for you guys that I've been stuck on many times in the past. Fortunately, it has nothing to do with my current novel. How do you get around the whole test thing for upcoming magicians/wizards, that kind of thing? You know, where the MC has to complete a task in order to unlock his/her powers. These works I have, which I call duds now, are sitting around in My Documents waiting for me to revise and finish them, and I want to hit them when I'm done with this novel. Any ideas?




...and he can do that, and she can do this, and he can react like that, and she can slap him, and he can yell at her, and then a dead body can come crashing through the ceiling... yippee! XD
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[*] posted on 7-7-2007 at 09:30 AM


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crazyluvolee - your idea sounds very interesting! Let me know when you finish, I'd love to read it. :D

Here's a question for you guys that I've been stuck on many times in the past. Fortunately, it has nothing to do with my current novel. How do you get around the whole test thing for upcoming magicians/wizards, that kind of thing? You know, where the MC has to complete a task in order to unlock his/her powers. These works I have, which I call duds now, are sitting around in My Documents waiting for me to revise and finish them, and I want to hit them when I'm done with this novel. Any ideas?


I do not actually have a test, other than what arises from any course of study. That's how I get around 'em. :D That does not preclude something developing over the course of writing. The magic ability, I hav certain inherent skills which are trained in, and the characters follow the course of study, each at their own pace. For anything involving knighthood, there's the standard, which makes sense, but my treatment of magic is more like that of any scholastic endeavor; a specific set of rules to be learned, and then put into practice. At least, for the specialists.

In itself, the course of study is a test, to help determine how powerful is the magic-user. There are specific levels, and sometimes a student cannot get beyond one level. There are also specialists in certain fields of magic, also determined by level.

And then, sometimes, there are just folks are what is called plain stubborn. :X

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[*] posted on 7-10-2007 at 01:22 PM


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Here's a question for you guys that I've been stuck on many times in the past. Fortunately, it has nothing to do with my current novel. How do you get around the whole test thing for upcoming magicians/wizards, that kind of thing? You know, where the MC has to complete a task in order to unlock his/her powers. These works I have, which I call duds now, are sitting around in My Documents waiting for me to revise and finish them, and I want to hit them when I'm done with this novel. Any ideas?


I just wrote a short story about something like that recently, although it was a warlock test, not a wizard one. Figure out what the test would be for the world you've created then go for it. There aren't any rules as to what you can or can't do in a fantasy story. ;)




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[*] posted on 7-11-2007 at 10:43 PM


I am actually surprised and please that I got in today's word count. :whew:



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[*] posted on 7-12-2007 at 02:19 PM


I'm writing fantasy...erm, fantasy/comedy involving a lot of mucking about on boats and split personalities. It's not really anything I want to get published...but after reading a couple of GAFF stories where characters only acted in extremes, I was so tempted to write a story about a "normal" acting character being thrown into a world where all his friends back from the normal world only acted their best and their worst all the time (and never in between) that I did it. Of course, the story isn't openly about it...it's really about what would happen if the world was actually flooded by unstoppable rains like in the Noah story. Erm. It's kind of strange. And not exactly going very fast. But...it'll get there.

My way to manage the mage/wizard test? To just not have it at all, in a structured manner. It usually happens by accident in my stories, or the character in question comes from a mage family and have had their powers/been cultivating them all their life.




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My way to manage the mage/wizard test? To just not have it at all, in a structured manner. It usually happens by accident in my stories, or the character in question comes from a mage family and have had their powers/been cultivating them all their life.


That's pretty much how I have it. Limits are how industrious or lazy a person is who's apprenticed to a mage in what I'm working on right now, though there are different levels of each ability as well.




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That's pretty much how I have it. Limits are how industrious or lazy a person is who's apprenticed to a mage in what I'm working on right now, though there are different levels of each ability as well.


Yeah, I use the tendencies of the characters to determine skill levels a lot too. Some characters have a lot of potential, but never use it for various reasons (being afraid of their powers, having to endure pain and hardship to train to use the), and some characters have a very low magical capacity, but they know how to use it for their advantage and sometimes end up outdoing those with much higher abilities than they do.




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[*] posted on 7-12-2007 at 02:59 PM


That's a lot of the fun of writing fantasy. You need plenty of challenges to keep your characters on their toes. ;-) A higher level doesn't mean efficiency of control, which can work out for a protagonist who's at a lower level. ;-)



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[*] posted on 7-17-2007 at 05:09 PM


Does anyone else's fantasy always turn very political? Mine does and I don't think there's anything I can do to stop it.
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[*] posted on 7-17-2007 at 05:51 PM


When you write on a macro scale, at least parts of it cannot help but turn political in some fashion, IMO.



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[*] posted on 7-17-2007 at 06:38 PM


Yes. If you're on a huge scale, featuring multiple countries and political/social/religious/ethnic groups, then you're going to have politics, whether you like it or not. Just try not to inject your own opinions into your work. That tends to result in books like Eldest, or (perhaps) Star Wars Episode 3.



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[*] posted on 7-17-2007 at 07:01 PM


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Yes. If you're on a huge scale, featuring multiple countries and political/social/religious/ethnic groups, then you're going to have politics, whether you like it or not. Just try not to inject your own opinions into your work. That tends to result in books like Eldest, or (perhaps) Star Wars Episode 3.

What, no Episode 2?




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