Lack of Time

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Due to lack of time, energy and personal events, my book has been put on hold.

I’m possibly considering scrapping the text all together and using the outline for NanoWrimo 2013. If all goes well, I will use outlines in the future and have at least the trilogy completed by the end of 2014. That’s only if I focus on just writing first drafts. If I start editing, then it may not be until 2015/2016 that it may become completed. Wow this is strange in talking in years time instead of weeks/months.

I think in the future, I may even include dialogue from my characters to build them up with personality.

There is more personality in a plank of wood than in Ken.

– Miranda
As you can see Miranda is a cow. And seems like she and Ken have had another argument.

Okay, so there is my weekly update, hopefully sometime in the future I will say “Yay I have finished a book,” the likelihood is very unlikely though.

Brendan, signing out.

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New Idea!

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Yesterday, on the way to work I was thinking about my novel, The Last Simicaí, when a new idea came to me. It would change the book a bit, but it would enable me to release at least another two books in the same timeline, which was exciting. The first book is quite impersonal and the battles fought will be mostly external. But the second and third book will be focusing on the characters’ relationships with each other. The fact that it tackles relationships is both an exciting and scary prospect.

Progress (Or lack of…)

The first novel is slowly shaping up, I have a rough idea for the next twenty chapters. But for the actual ending I have no idea. The main character will have to be developed more in the second draft and so will all the conversations and possibly any fights. Also one particular location is getting an overhaul. The ranger camp currently has two large tents surrounded by a archery range to the south and woods all the way around. The problem with this is that moving two large tents around (Large as in the size of a town hall) would be very difficult. Instead I’m just going to have various tents and the tavern will be as mobile as possible which will add a bit more realism.

The Biggest Change

So here we are, finally the change I have made which will affect the novel greatly and all sequels is the main character’s species. Originally he was going to be half man, half monkey. But after getting so far in the book, it became irrelevant so I will be removing it from the novel completely. The main character will be an average human, albeit having to do many battles and being extremely lucky. Since the species has been removed, the actual world will be named Simicaí. At some point I will draw a map of the land. I’m hoping to have the first book’s first draft completed by November. As in November I will participate in Nanowrimo with the second book in the series. Hopefully for once I will complete my target goal, so far this year I have been catastrophically behind.

Well see you all in the next post.

Camp is over, my story isn’t

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So Camp Nano finally ended, did I meet my target? Nope, am I letting the story gather digital dust in my laptop’s hard drive? Nope.

I may have not hit the target, but this time I am finishing the story.

Look forward to some posts on my progress

Camp Nano July 2013

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Hi All, sorry it’s been so long. Been busy with life.

The main topic today is Camp Nanowrimo for July 2013. If you haven’t heard of it before, it is where writers from all over the world write a novel in a month. Nanowrimo in November is the main event, while the two camps which I believe are in April and July are a bit more relaxed on the word count.

I’ve set my target at 30,000 words, so far I have written 11K words, so I am on target, so what is this story about and what has happened so far?

The book is called “The Adventures of the Last Simicaí”, this is just a temporary title until I have completed the book, if I create a sequel then that will be the name of the series. But I probably won’t make one until next year’s Nanos. This November I’m hoping to return to The Unbroken book I was writing last November. Anyway back to the subject of the current book. It follows the adventures of Kenneth, a Simicaí which is a cross between a human and a monkey. They basically have a tail and are far more agile than humans and a bit shorter. So they are undistinguishable from humans when in clothing. So far in the book Ken has been sent to train at the local forest archery range to train so that he can go save his friend and the person that they were with when a wizard appeared.

I will try to keep an update at least once a week, this will hopefully motivate me to hit the target long before the end of the month.

I’m Back!

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Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That was a long month of typing words for an insanely amount of time. So how well did I do? Well I got to around 38k of words at the end of NaNoWrimo, which I am very proud of. However, if it was any other month, except December, I know I would have passed 50,000 words easily.

As a treat for doing so well, I bought myself Final Fantasy X, this was one of the games that I played and loved the most.

 The story is about Tidus, hates his late father, and his a superstar (like his father) at the game blitzball. Events unfold and he is thrown 1,000 years into the future. His city has been destroyed, by the very thing that sent him forward. I will not give away any spoilers. If you want to play it either get it on Amazon or eBay.

 Hopefully these updates will come more often. Post soon.

Halfway NaNoWrimo

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Hi All,Sorry for not updating recently, I have been busy with NaNoWrimo. Which hit its halfway point yesterday. So far, I’m behind by about 10,000 words. There are spreadsheets floating around that calculate how many words you need to do to win the challenge, mine is safely around the 2K mark which I think I can manage.

Thank you to my partner Amy for her post.

I will be back to daily posting either when I reach 50K or on the 1st December, which ever comes soonest.

Thanks for being patient, speak soon. 

Progress NaNoWrimo

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So it’s been 5 days of solid writing for the NaNoWrimo 50,000 word challenge. I was on track Saturday and then yesterday I had other commitments to attend to.

Luckily due to the amount of extra words I built up in the previous few days, I only have to add about 200 words to my target for today. I have already done a brief outline of the next chapter and will hopefully get it completed by tonight. Though I have to clear out a full cupboard which needs reorganising.

So you want to know about my book? then see below:

The Unbroken

Synopsis

The tribe he knows and loves is starting to hate him. They have declared open war on a nearby lord. And have also declared not-so-open war on him. They have taken away everything from him his chance at a family and his past. So what will he do to avenge them? Or will he sit back and let them take control of his life?

Characters

Devran Malberry (AKA. Dev) – The main protagonist of the story, he loses a precious thing early on and it set’s him off on a journey that will turn him from a mere man into a legend.

The Seer – The leader of the Herc tribe that Dev is part of. Suspicious and scheming only those closest to him know his real motives for taking over a city.

Lord Richard Somme – Lord of Avile, and legend of his time. Part of the three lords that saved the nation from the underlings.

Harry Seed (Aka. Seedy) – Dev’s closest friend and will follow him to his death.

Page – Somme’s errand boy, but for some reason Richard believes he can be so much more. Training and a path to enlightenment shall follow.

So that’s all I’m giving you!

 

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