World Building Like Crazy

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.


In the mood

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.

Writing, Writing Again

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

Difference: +659

Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 6

Welcome to day 6 of Camp NaNoWriMo!

After writing yesterday’s blog post I sort of kicked it into high gear with my novel. I realized that I really want to finish rewriting this to the point that I start writing new chapters all the way until the end.

Of course, that means that some of my edits aren’t going to be perfect and some scenes will be left mostly how they are. But, that’s okay for now because the novel isn’t even done yet. I’ll worry about trying to be perfect AFTER I write “The End.”

I’ll just walk away knowing that my novel is better after this Camp NaNoWriMo than it was before I started rewriting. That’s all that matters: It’s better.

Yesterday I passed the 13,000 word mark in my rewrite and reached the end of Chapter Two. That’s a big achievement this early in the game, because I only have 11 chapters written, and many of them are much shorter than Chapter Two was.

How I finished rewriting the dreadful second chapter:

Yesterday I complained that Chapter Two was awful. Well, I’m feeling a little bit better about it now. I ended up keeping the plot of the chapter exactly the same.

I expanded a scene in the middle of the chapter where the main character, Arrellia, originally was just corner by merchants who wanted to mug her and was rescued by an old man named Tancard and her knight in shining armor, Bedric. Now, she actually does kind of get mugged, which adds a bit of a thrill to the chapter. Plus, I was able to hint at the dangers of a certain coin Arrellia was given, whereas originally she was just given it and it later came back to bite her. Kind of a plot hole right there. But that’s all cleared up now.

I also made Tancard a little bit creeper by adding only an additional line of dialogue. Originally he gives Arrellia a letter for her grandfather and she thinks nothing of it. This time around she realizes that this stranger had the letter prewritten, and Tancard admits that it wasn’t a chance meeting.

Ooo, mysterious.

Hopefully today will be another great day of writing!


Until next time,



Camp NaNoWriMo Word Count as of 1:28 pm: 13, 555



Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 5 & Fireworks Video

Happy day 5 of Camp NaNoWriMo!

I haven’t done any writing yet today, but I’ve finished some very important world building to assist in my rewrite. It partly had to do with reorganizing the main country’s government and actually drawing the capital city so that I could keep everything straight.

Now I’m hoping to get 2,000 words written today.

Chapter Two is really just a big mess. It’s my least favorite chapter in the original draft of my novel, and I’m starting to see why.

  1. Even though there’s a really good hook to start off the chapter, it quickly loses steam. There’s plenty of big events in the chapter to keep it interesting and to build the plot, but it just doesn’t seem to work.
  2. There’s a lot being introduced to the readers here
  3. It’s 17 pages long, which would be fine if it was better

So, I’ll be trying to work through that chapter or at least figure out how to make it better.

In the meantime, I also uploaded a new video to the YouTube channel. It’s just some of the neighborhood fireworks from last night’s Fourth of July festivities. Now you can see why I’ve been annoyed by people letting them off all week. There’s just so many people in the neighborhood lighting them off.

Until next time,


Camp NaNoWriMo Word Count: 8004

A Happy Fourth of July & Another Day of Camp NaNoWriMo

It’s that one holiday today, the one where we celebrate the birthday of the United States and when we declared our independence from Great Britain. It’s also a day where people think that they have to launch dozens of fireworks into the air and watch them explode into pretty colors: pink, red, yellow, blue, green, orange, the list goes on.

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 2

It’s day 2 of Camp NaNoWriMo. I haven’t done much today because I spent a few hours at a party for the college newspaper. Our long-time production manager is retiring and we threw him a party.

So, I’ll be working on my novel for the rest of the night as I delve into rewriting/revising Chapter 2.

I hope everyone is doing well. Let me know how your writing projects are going in the comments.

Until next time,


Current Count as of 10:05 pm: 4838

Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 1

Day 1 of Camp NaNoWriMo is almost over.

So far today I have gone through most of the first chapter of my novel and done some revising. I’ve even changed the names of some minor characters and changed the name of a god and an entire island nation, so that’s also some good progress.

This marks the first day I have worked on writing my novel since November and the first that I’ve done planning for it since January.It feels really good to be back. I really missed writing and creating my worlds, and it makes me not want to stop this year, not until a complete draft of this novel is finally done.

A Clash of Crimson is probably going to take a long time to finish, but I’ll just keep saying that I want it done this year.

Now, back to Camp.

I set my goal for this year at 30,000 words for my revision/rewrite of the first part of my novel. However, I’m noticing that I’m going a bit faster than expected. I probably should have just stuck with my normal 50,000.

My goal for this month is to finish revising my novel’s first half and to start writing the second half. That way I can write the sequel for NaNoWriMo 2016 in November.

I’ll try and keep you guys updated daily this month.

Until next time,


Progress as of 9:50 pm PDT:  3924

Camp is on the Horizon…Camp NaNoWriMo, That is

It’s Camp NaNoWriMo season again, and I completely lost track of time. July starts tomorrow…at midnight really. How…what…where did my planning time go?

Thankfully, I’m only revising what I’ve done with my epic/high fantasy novel and then hopefully trying to come closer to finishing the story.

Anyone else participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this year?

I’ve Been Away For Too Long – Life Updates

Yeah, I’m getting that feeling too. It’s been a while since I’ve really sat down and spent time on this blog. I posted a few tidbits about National Novel Writing Month, but the blogging side of it didn’t go as planned.

So, I’m ready to get back into the swing of things. First off, what’s with this new WordPress update? Everything is so different and….and clean. It’ll take a while to get used to, but it’s not bad. Without further delay, here’s what’s going on:

Winning NaNoWriMo ’15

If you haven’t read my previous post, I successfully finished my third consecutive NaNoWriMo. That’s pretty cool. I was scared I wouldn’t finish, but I ended up finishing early again. It was such a stressful month and it makes me not want to write again, but that would be silly. Writing is life.

I’ve haven’t touched my novel since NaNoWriMo ended. Part of this is that I needed a break from writing. The other part is my computer problems, but we’ll get to that in time. Like I said, this is my first post in months to delve deep.

I did end up printing my novel at the college late one evening. Every student gets $10.00 of printing each quarter and it doesn’t roll over to the next quarter, so we have to use it or we lose it. The editor-in-chief of my newspaper printed her novel for just over $4.00, so I decided to make my novel double-spaced and printed it double-sided for like $7.50. Basically, I printed the first 50,000 words of my novel for free so I can edit it with a red pen. I’m pretty excited about that.

Troubleshootin’ Right Here in River City

Now let’s get to my computer troubles. I got my HP Envy m6 laptop for Christmas in 2012. I remember how excited I was to get it. I had been using an old Dell Dimension 8300 desktop with a dual-core processor and like 250 GB of space, so upgrading to a laptop with an i5 processor and 699 GB if usable space was amazing.

The laptop worked fine for a while, then it started to get slow and some Windows updates stopped working. This was in 2013. It started to have issues but we couldn’t figure out what was wrong. It wasn’t malware or viruses and the hard drive was still good. It got a little bit better around the time for the Windows 8.1 free upgrade, but I wasn’t able to upgrade because Windows updates wouldn’t update.

In 2014 we reformatted the laptop and it worked good as new and I upgraded to Windows 8.1. The computer was great for a few months then it slowly crept back to having small errors.

Once again we fixed the errors and they disappeared. After upgrading to Windows 10 this year I thought everything would be behind me and it seemed like it was…until November hit.

The computer started freezing and the disk space column in the task manager hit 100% nonstop. The problem was that nothing was really being used. It was topping out at 10 MB. That’s not right. My sister-in-law is a programmer and she took a good long look at it and determined that it wasn’t the hard drive and there wasn’t any malware.

Then a few days later the Start menu, Cortana, Action Center, and Windows Store abruptly stopped working. I searched for answers and I’ve tried everything online. Nothing works. So, I can’t access some of my apps because I can’t search for them. It sucks.

I was going to reformat the laptop and maybe install Windows 7 to it. However, I decided to order a new Dell Inspirion from Costco for $750 that’s twice as good as my current laptop. I am also getting a new Dell desktop for Christmas, so I’ll have two good computers (both have i7 processors and more RAM than my current laptop.)

So, I held off doing anything important until they arrive. I just don’t trust my laptop. I know that I have a jump-drive, but still.


Well, that’s some of what’s going on with me. It’s also finals week at the college, so I’ll be busy with that. I’ll try my best to write more this week. Until then,

blog on!