I spent the last two days doing some major world building for my novel. There were a few details that I had neglected to figure out and I realized that having those details would make it much easier to piece my world together.
I figured out approximate populations for countries and major cities and created maps for two of the kingdoms where most of the story will be taking place instead of just having a world map.
I also changed a few place names around and created distinctive regions in each country.
I also did a little bit of writing in A Clash of Crimson and I was able to add about 1000 words to the story. If I can keep this momentum up I will be looking good for NaNoWriMo.
As a quick side note, I’m attending a diversity journalism conference in Oregon next week. Because of this commitment, I had to refuse an offer for two $50 tickets for row 17 to see Def Leppard in Tacoma on October 1. Ugh. I really want to go to that concert.
I feel in the mood for writing.
I tried writing in Clash of Crimson again last week and I failed. I got some stuff accomplished, but then I went nine days without even looking at my novel. I knew that I needed some inspiration and something to get me going.
So, I decided to spend yesterday watching the entire extended edition Lord of the Rings trilogy on Blu Ray. There’s honestly nothing like those films to get me in the mood for writing high fantasy.
Now I’m hoping to get some writing done today and maybe a little bit of revising my outline so that my path ahead is clear.
Then maybe, just maybe, I’ll be ready to write part 2 for NaNoWriMo in November.
Happy Monday! Here’s another inspirational quote to get us started for the week.
Hopefully this one will motivate you (and me) to write something today.
“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”
– C. J. Cherryh
Apple released iOS 10 to the public this week just days after unveiling the iPhone 7. While the iPhone 7 has proven to be disappointing with its lack of stellar new features and the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, iOS 10 shows promise of what’s to come.
I was reluctant to upgrade to iOS 10 this week because Apple updates are notorious for their bugs that can leave phones or iPads “bricked,” or in an unusable state for a period of time.
However, I decided to take the plunge and see what Apple had to offer. They had a lot.
Perhaps the best new feature is how the phone wakes when you simply pick it up. No more reaching over for your phone and pressing the home button, which usually unlocked the phone because of touch ID.
Other exciting features include redesigned notifications, new messaging features, and the ability to delete those default apps that you’ve never used. You know, things like Stocks and Watch.
iOS 10 also just seems to run faster, and the interface seems cleaner.
iOS 10 is a breath of fresh air, and everyone should give it a try.
I was inspired to write a little bit more in my novel yesterday. A Clash of Crimson has been the absolute biggest headache and the hardest project of my life, and it doesn’t look like it will ever be finished. But, I’m pushing forward.
I gave up on my rewrite at about the 30,000 word mark in the middle of Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2016. Now I’m trying to play catch up so that I’m ready to begin writing part 2 for NaNoWriMo in November. I figure if I can at least get a little bit of writing in each week, then I’ll be in good shape.
September 11, 2016
Starting Word Count: 30,177
Ending Word Count: 30,836
Happy Monday! Here’s a little inspirational quote to get us started for the week. I’ll be at the college newspaper training for most of the day today.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
– Jim Rohn
Last week I went hiking with my brothers Justin and Brandon, sister-in-law Jackie, and their friends Jeremy and Arin. We decided to hit the Glacier Basin Trail, which starts at the White River Campground just a few miles from the Sunrise Visitor Center at Mount Rainier National Park.
It was a hike I had never done before. When we started out it was freezing and barely above 40 degrees outside. We wore layers of jackets and gloves as we walked through the forest and stopped to take pictures of the plethora of waterfalls along the trail.
Before long, we ended up removing all of the extra layers and continued on to Glacier Basin, where the forest was left far behind and we faced open meadows and the walkable Inter Fork of the White River. The views were breathtaking while they lasted, for dark clouds rolled in by the time we had finished our early morning lunch.
I took plenty of photos with the Nikon D5100, which I have been posting on my Instagram. We also filmed a video for the YouTube channel, which can be watched below.
I’d also like to take the time to announce that I will be back to vlogging on as normal of a schedule as I can. I’ll have new posts every week and I’ll be sure to share whenever we post a new video to our YouTube channel.
Until next time,
As I wrote yesterday, I recently traveled the North Cascades and part of Eastern Washington. Here’s part two of my trip.
The summer is drawing to a close, so I’ve trying to make the most of it. On Friday I left my house at 2:50 am to begin the 240 mile drive through North Cascades National Park and to the town of Winthrop, Washington.
I have never been that far north, and it was a very interesting trip. We attempted to summit Sourdough Mountain, but we only made it 4 miles in before turning around (buy hey, 8 miles is still a pretty good hike). We also stopped at Diablo Lake, which might be one of the coolest places on the planet! The water is incredible.
Then we stopped for the night in Withrop, a western-themed town along the Methow River in the middle of nowhere. The hotel was nice and the town is really quiet.
I recorded much of the trip, so feel free to watch my video below to see what I did during the first half of the trip!
Happy Throwback Thursday. Here’s a little video I was in from 2003.