All Quiet on the Beta Front

Hey guys, you’ve had my nano for almost a month I think. How’s it going?

Published in: on August 31, 2012 at 9:49 am  Leave a Comment  


So I’m going to be going to Teslacon this year, and I’ve already started planning out my outfit. One of them, anyway. And it is gonna look super classy.

I’ve got the black bustle skirt that my sister made, and a black jacket that looks kinda like a Victorian riding jacket. The skirt is a bit big, if I recall, so I’ll have to take it in. I bought some fabric to make a sash, which will also help to hide any gathers that I take in.

For the sash, I bought two fabrics: one is called Cathay Spice, and the other is called Wine.

And here they are next to a Pepsi bottle for color comparison, and they look less washed out. Aren’t they pretty?

Then I got bored and decided to make some medals. So I did.

This one kinda looks like an SS medal or something. I dunno.

And then these I’m going to put on the collar of my jacket, because it’s got a mandarin collar.

I’m also going to make a hat. Eventually. Pics of that when I get around to it!

Published in: on August 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Nanowrimo 12

So I have an idea for this year’s nanowrimo. I know the main characters, the basic plot, and how it will be resolved. I mean, seriously! I already know how they will solve their troubles! Usually, that’s the last thing I get to.

Anyway, so I’ve got this idea for a new nano. Still don’t have a title yet. Still don’t have a title for last year’s. (That’s a slight issue.) But, since I’m currently waiting on my beta readers, I don’t have anything really to do on nano 11. I’m not currently in classes. I’m at home, so I’m not working every day. I have nothing to do.

It has been really difficult to not just start writing. But I have to wait for november.

So, I’ve started figuring out the characters, and when I’m done with that I’m going to plot out the whole novel.

This may be my easiest Nano yet, if I get everything done!

Also, it’s a YA novel, so really easy to write, too!

Published in: on August 10, 2012 at 10:50 am  Leave a Comment  




Published in: on August 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Killing off a Character

So, as Myriad knows, I was contemplating deleting one of my characters. A young man named Seymour Pigeon (which of course is not his real name, but he likes it), who didn’t really have much purpose in my story.

Then I realized that he does have purpose, so I can’t get rid of him

But I still feel like I have too many characters.

I have my main girl. And then the romantic interest. And then she gets on a ship with the father-figure one, one who’s kinda like a big protective brother, one who bakes and sews, and then two that don’t really do much of anything. Eventually, Seymour Pigeon(s) shows up (I can’t remember right now if there’s an s on his name, whoops).

Later, I add the main girl’s father, grandparents, the other set of grandparents are there for like … a page … and then I add another brother and sister. The sister becomes a more main character.

So, if this were like a TV show …

Anastasia: main character

Scott: main romantic interest, but disappears for part of the season

Clyde: father figure, series regular

Owen: series regular

Jinx: was more regular before, now he’s a bit erratic

Klaus/Metzler: supporting cast. Periodically show up when I don’t want Owen doing everything.

Michael: father, recurring role

Grandparents set 1: recurring role

Grandparents set 2: non-recurring, only one episode type role

Melia: introduced late in the season, becomes series regular

Jon: introduced late, recurring role

Anyway, I think you can get the idea. I end up with an awful lot of people, but there’s not that much going on for them to be doing. So I had wanted to kill of Seymour. I do kill off Metzler. And so I was just going to kill off Seymour at the same time. But Myriad likes him.

And then I was thinking about it … maybe I should make Metzler and Klaus the same person. I mean, neither one of them does anything important (sad but true). I feel like it’s bad to have too many useless characters.

Of course, I can’t get rid of all of them, because they are on a ship, and you need a certain number of people to fly the ship, right? And where did I get this random arbitrary number? Well, you’ve got Mal, Zoe, Wash, Jayne, and Kaylee, so that’s 5 people, so I’ve got Clyde, Jinx, Owen, Klaus, and Metzler.

My logic. It’s astounding.

Anyway, so I’ve decided to merge Klaus and Metzler and end up with … Klatzler … no, I’ll just keep the name Metzler I think. And then I’m still going to kill him halfway through the book. But Seymour is there, so he can step in. And ta-da! All my problems are fixed!

Well, not all, but that one, anyway.

So, Myriad, you’ve read the first 78 pages. Do you think I could easily get rid of one of the characters?

Published in: on August 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm  Comments (3)