Camp NaNoWriMo, Again, Apparently

So, I’m doing it again, apparently.

My word count goal is much lower this time, however, because July is a very busy month for me this year.  This is the first year I’m doing both summer NaNos, too, so I thought I’d go easy on myself.  For now, my goal is 15,500, so about 500 words per day, which is pretty reasonable.

I started on July 3rd, though, so I’m a little bit behind, but not by too much.

I am also writing by hand for the first time, which should be interesting.  So far I’m having pretty good success getting something onto the nice crisp white pages, and I hope it continues this way.  I dread the hand cramps that are in my future, though.

You can find my project here: http://campnanowrimo.org/campers/be-the-ratgirl/novels/first-childe

 

NaNo Novel 2014

The Chronicles of Callista

Author:Be-the-ratgirl
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis

An epic spanning many millennia, with long-lived races changing incrementally while the humans live, love, and die around them.

Beth is a human teen dragged into a world or magic and horror.  Her epic journey drags her across continents and eventually back to her home, where she finds that there is nothing left for her.  She fights her way back to Callista, and is changed forever.

Baeth is a young vampire thrust into the complicated politics of a society she has no interest in.  Her own power grows suddenly and she is left to observe the rapidly changing world for fear that she will change it irrevocably by her presence alone, but some lessons must be learned the hard way.

Excerpt

Don’t even think about it. Faerin’s heavy mind-voice spoke into Bæth’s consciousness, startling her. Bæth suppressed a curse, and wondered once again how the older vampire could have known what she was thinking without reading her mind and also without even seeing her. Faerin was on the other side of the gathering, facing away. There are at least four vampires watching you as we Speak, GrandChilde.

“Damn…” Bæth hissed, her long canines gleaming in the candle and mage light. She concentrated, being careful to Send her words only to Faerin. Why are they watching me? I’m not doing anything, and I’m not interesting to look at- why don’t they watch my Sire? I’d be mortified to find out what he’s doing, but I’m sure that Mortis is far more fascinating than me- it’s like watching a carriage heading happily over the edge of a cliff.

There was silence from her GrandSire for a moment, and Bæth imagined that the stern vampire must be trying not to laugh, and finally there was a reply. You are wasted as a vampire, my dear. You were a wonderful Chalice. I wish my Childe had never needed to Turn you.

You and me both.

Link:  http://nanowrimo.org/participants/be-the-ratgirl/novels/the-chronicles-of-callista

About the upcoming holidays…

I am so very excited about Yule this year.  For the first time ever, I am observing the holiday a little more in the traditional fashion- I’m giving my boy-creature a present each day for the 12 days of Yule!  Yule starts on December 20th, this year, and ends on the 31st.

I wish I could share with you (or someone, really!) more details, because I think it’s going to be awesome, and I feel like I’ll burst with the joy of it, but I know that he reads my blog, so I can’t!!  Now, most of the presents are small and don’t amount to much, but it’s still something I’ve wanted to do for a really long time and just never been able to do.

I’m going away to Ottawa for a week or so, and I’m looking forward to visiting with family and to seeing my old stomping grounds.  I haven’t really been back for an extended visit in a while, so I’m hoping the trip isn’t too stressful.  : – )

We’re planning to have our friends over for what we call a “Weekend Thingie” when we get back into town, the weekend of New Years (also my birthday, by the way).  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, and to putting up the tree and having garlands of lights everywhere.  I’ve already started decorating my BJD’s space for the season- I’ll have to take some photos so you guys can see!

I know my posts have been a little sporadic lately, but hopefully I’ll be getting things back on track now that NaNoWriMo is over.

Do you have exciting holiday plans?