11.15.2012

NaNoWriMo: Halfway there

It's been awhile since I've posted and I'm sorry about that.

November 15th is not only the middle of the month, but also the mid-way point in the NaNoWriMo experience. If you're writing a story, could you please share your successes, your failures, your joys, your pains, and anything else to date?

While you're at it, please submit your log-line, which in screenplay terms is a one-line summary of your entire story. If you do, I'll amend this post to include your log-line here.

Several months ago, I commissioned an artist, TyraWM, to design a professional cover for my upcoming book. Three hundred dollars later, I was in possession of the cover of my dreams. Trust me when I say that Tyra's work was worth every copper penny. What you see above is merely a sketch and does not compare to the final version in terms of quality or scope. There are other fantastic images on her website. The image was also trimmed to protect our joint effort.

Loglines below the cut:



By Spaceinvadah
 Title: N/A
  •  Two children, who form an odd friendship through mutual dreams, find themselves stuck in their dreamworld and must try to find a way out while remaining friends.
By Hateya
Title: N/A
  •  When a stolen human embryo suddenly morphs into a six-year-old girl with the power to destroy life itself, tricksters Anansi, Iktomi, Coyote, and a Masquerade only have 30 days to trick her back into her mother’s womb and that can only happen if her parents, who have no memory of each other, fall in love again. 
Though my log-line isn't of professional quality, this one sentence keeps me focused on my goals.

22 comments:

  1. My NaNoWriMo experience is not going well at all. It's been 15 days and I've only had one day to work on my story and what I wrote earlier wasn't what I wanted. Neither plotting nor storytelling are holding me back. My real problem stemmed from preaching, whether to the choir or to the mainstream and I absolutely hated it. The writing also didn't fit the cover I'd commissioned.

    It wasn't until two days ago that I finally decided what I needed to write about, which is ultimately love, love at its zenith. I've always been fascinated by the mysteries of love. How is it that two people can come together and decide that they never ever want to be with anyone else or that the person they care for trumps everyone and everything else in the universe? Hormones? Chemicals? What?

    Another thing that propels me forward is loss, specifically the loss of culture and heritage. While I intellectually understand the necessity to fight racism, I've decided that saving my heritage is second on my list of priorities, behind love. I will never ever again spend so much time focusing on them that I neglect us. In essence, the story I'm desperately trying to pen is a love letter to my people, our people, rich with our culture, our heritage, our morality, and our joys.

    Though I only have 15 days left to pen 45,000 words, I'm not worried at all. My characters Kimberleigh, Cetan Ohitika and their amazing daughter, Tabo, will be ready to take the world by storm and if only POC read it, then so be it because I'm writing for us, not for them.

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    1. It looks like I'm right with you on the mysteries of love, except my main story seems to focus on loss.

      I love the art, and I'm looking forward to the finished story. Happy writing!

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    2. Very nice of art. Love the colors and style of it.

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    3. @cosmicyoruba

      Whether your focus is on loss or love, both are essential in telling our stories because everyone else seems to think that we'll either overcome one with strength from the gods and we don't deserve the other. Write the story that calls to you.

      As for my tale, you'll be seeing an even earlier version of the story as you're an official BETA! :) I won't dare publish it until I get the seal of acceptance from you, T, V, R, and S.

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    4. @M
      If you think that's great, wait until you see the finished piece. I love it so much, I'm going to have it printed and framed. Tyra is extremely talented and easy to work with. I also loved how she simply drew over the drafts to create the finished piece. Okay, I'm gushing... and always happy to help another WOC.

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    5. Tyra is art murder! THAT'S what I'm talking about XD Thanks for the link.
      I love the trickster angle btw.

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    6. As for my tale, you'll be seeing an even earlier version of the story as you're an official BETA!

      I cannot wait!!

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    7. @Julie

      Tyra is the original slayer. I regret nothing and if it hadn't been for CosmicYoruba, I never would have met her. Though she's not an extrovert, her interpretation is amazing and she's taught me how to communicate with other artists.

      As for the Tricksters, Anansi and Iktomi were my moral compasses when I was a child. In many ways, they still are. Imagine that. Two spiders, two continents, and two peoples teaching the same lessons. I am forever blessed. The Masquerade is somewhat scary and probably has his own agenda... :D There's also a nasty monster, affectionately called WoogieBoogie.

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  2. As you know Hateya, I'm working on several short stories for NaNo. While they cover a variety of themes, they are all speculative and/or horror. I started working on one story which is just basically a Yoruba ghost tale. I only managed 2277 words with that before I burned out. Writing horror is not as easy as I thought it'd be, even though I enjoy the genre.

    So I moved on to another story, the one that I was most excited about writing. It is a magic realist piece set in alternate Oyo Empire about two separated lovers, one in the land living who has amnesia, and the other in the Spirit world. Now that story is going well, I started with just an idea and now I have more than 8000 words, though I should have more. The story has grown more complex, there are my lovers, Simisola and Imola. A Queen Consort who is the third party, a Trickster and a powerful magician...in the living world. As for the Spirit world, there's a Sea Witch, a Were-Leopard, a Spirit Child and a reformed Masquerade that used to kill people. Oh, also the Trickster has a presence in the Spirit world as he is a traveller.

    As usual all sorts of themes are jumbled up in my head, there's the love story but also a political conspiracy because a human shouldn't be in the Spirit world. I like this story so much because it is about women finding themselves, but it also has drama, and it is about love. Not to mention history and West African mythology. I haven't written these past 2 days, because of the Trickster's entrance, I'm still trying to figure out what he wants and how he is to be controlled (because if not my characters will not have a happy ending and this will end up being a tragic love story).

    I'm yet to work on the story I submitted for dreamcasting here. And I've all but given up on my fourth story, the Blasian steampunk one that is partly influenced by wuxia movies.

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    1. CosmicYoruba, I can see why you're excited about your second piece. I'm giddy thinking about reading it. You absolutely must publish it when it's ready. We need this wonderful blend of history, culture, West African mythology, love, and loss. The Tricksters are also essential to recovering our core identities. Your masquerade will be reformed? Excellent!

      NaNoWriMo is the perfect place to work through the jumbled up thoughts in your head. Just write what you're thinking and sort it out over the next few months. That's how professional writing works. Work through the problems during the rewrite.

      I'm working today in hopes of earning enough time to simply start typing over the weekend until I've more or less caught up. I will follow where the characters lead until the 30th.

      Seriously, I'm giddy...

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    2. You're not the only one taking a break because of some major change/appearance by a new character, haha. I've been marinating for 2 weeks now (and it's your fault for giving me new ideas too btw!!). I like how your story has grown more complex, it sounds like a wild ride.

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    3. @Hateya

      That piece is still jumbled up, I hope it makes sense when I lay it on the editing table one NaNo is over. Yes a Masquerade trying to get over the people he has killed, in some ways this is me trying to get over my fear of masquerades...not all of them are scary.

      @jnguyen

      Haha, you can't blame me :P iirc you came up with the ideas and I just added my thoughts and OKs. And yes it will be a wild ride, almost halfway through.

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  3. I was doing NaNo as well as some art commissions back to back. I was making good progress, until I got hit with a double whammy of Mystery Virus, and ended up losing a week on NaNo. I'm still going to write that draft, but it's not looking possible by month end. ;_;

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    1. Hello Leo Princess,

      I didn't know you were doing NaNo as well. Are you using the same screen name? I'm sorry to hear about the Mystery Virus, too. As for finishing, trust in yourself. Just write. Don't think too hard about the details or the word count. For me, the hardest thing in the world was creating the log-line as it is my guide, like an outline. NaNo stories should be horrible because the most important thing is to continue going forward. I never ever re-read what I've written because if I do, my inner editor goes bonkers. If I get sick of what I'm doing, I start working on something else. Then before I know it, I have 50,000 words of something.

      Good luck to you! I wish you the best in recovering, the story and the commissions. I'd love to see your work sometime... just a tiny peek please.

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    2. Hi, Hateya!

      Since I'm under contract, I can't share until the book's published (which this illness is making worse, eating my time like this! >_<), but I'll be happy to show a sketch or two when I can.

      Since I've pretty much given up on making the 50K word limit in time to finish NaNo, I'm going to go back into outlining when I feel better. If I can type 6K words a day, maybe I can catch up (btw, not using this screen name. ^_^) Today's the best I've felt in a while, but I'm not out of the woods yet.

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  4. First of all, congratulations to everyone who signed up. I'm in awe of you all.

    Secondly, Hateya...always good to have you back, and that cover is BOSS.

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    1. When a stolen human embryo suddenly morphs into a six-year-old girl with the power to destroy life itself, tricksters Anansi, Iktomi, Coyote, and a Masquerade only have 30 days to trick her back into her mother’s womb and that can only happen if her parents, who have no memory of each other, fall in love again.

      And this right here...nothing short of genius.

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    2. Ankhensen,

      I can't wait for everyone to see the final cover. It's drop-dead gorgeous. Because the cover turned out better than I'd ever imagined, I needed to change the story to match it. The previous plot just wouldn't do. The new plot has so many possibilities and for the record, Tabo, is a Blasian child... one like me. Jay Tavare is her father. ;)

      I hope to be back in full force in mid-December. At present, I don't have the brain capacity to do anything.

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  5. I can't believe I was late to this... I don't even think you'd want to really listen to what I have..but here goes.

    "Two children, who form an odd friendship through mutual dreams, find themselves stuck in their dreamworld and must try to find a way out while remaining friends."

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    1. @Spaceinvadah,

      Are you kidding? I'm more than interested and I can't wait to read the final product when you're ready to share. The children angle is wonderful because that in itself brings forth hope. I will edit the original post to include your log line.

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  6. That little girl, with plaits swirling about her face, looks absolutely exuberant. It’s striking because I rarely see black children rendered in that way--radiating joy and vitality. It’s a gorgeous cover, and I look forward to reading your work.

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  7. I love the cover illustration. So vibrant and so much joy on her face.

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