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[Yet] Another NaNoWriMo!

Wed Oct 7, 2015, 2:53 PM
Huzzah, it's time (once again) for National Novel Writing Month! If you're interested, you should check out the links below, most of which I grabbed straight from CRLiterature, where you can keep tabs on the active literature scene. Most of these are old, but if the challenge hasn't changed, there isn't really a need for repeat articles on the topic.



So come join me in the #NaNoWriMo chatroom if you need friendly banter and distractions support while writing this November. I'll also linger in #CRLiterature when I remember. Please Note: I don't know which of these chatrooms are actually active! If you know anything about these, do let me know and I'll try to update.

Having convinced myself to write this November, what am I writing? I'm taking the concept behind my Legacy of Light series back to what it was originally; I wanted to create a group of novellas that told a story. Each stands alone, but together they tell a longer plot spanning a thousand years of Sraekin history. My original idea became a series of four (and then five) novels when I started writing Eryn and hit 50,000 words early on. Now that I wrote Eryn back in April (142,000-word manuscript in one crazy month FTW), it's time for Valya. You can find me (username aethera) over on the NaNoWriMo site if you so desire. I've taken PinkyMcCoversong's advice [again] and started some pre-writing/planning in a paper journal to get me through some of the problem spots I've run into in the past. Updates to follow!

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So my brainstorming for continuing Missing Puzzle Pieces for Camp NaNoWriMo in July has been a complete bust. I just don't know where I'm going yet. And until I do, I can't write more than I've got. (Apparently I've found the reason I abandoned the novel in the first place...) Instead I've decided to compile an anthology of short stories I've been meaning to collect for awhile. La la la la

The thing is, they're erotica, which I can't post here. For a long time I've been of the opinion that erotica sells, even for cheap, and even total crap. Now then, I can write a lot better than that, and I have done so over the years. It comes and goes. But if I'm going to make some pocket change on 99-cent erotica ebook sales, I'm not going to publish it under my real name. Not that I'm embarrassed to write [good] erotica, I just don't want to hamper any potential mainstream publishing contracts in my hypothetical future with the admission that they'd be taking on an author known for erotica (aka a big black mark). I'm quite comfortable admitting that as an adult I do think about sex from time to time (duh), but having my grandparents stumble across my name in the kindle store with a collection of erotica is going to be awkward.

So I'm seeking advice on pen names. I've looked into the legality and I'm secure in what I can and can't do with a pen name, but I don't have one in mind. I need something catchy and unrelated to my own name. I've tried sleazy satire, but mostly they just make me roll my eyes. It's a definite problem. Eye Roll The only name that comes to mind is probably better to save for some eventuality when I branch out into a new but still mainstream genre (like how Stephen King was 'Richard Bachman', a normal-sounding name). This isn't mainstream, so I feel like using a normal-sounding name isn't what I should be going for. Or maybe I'm overthinking this. Sweating a little...

If you have name suggestions, please don't put them in the comments, put them in a note? That way there's no tying me to it later on. Many thanks. I am a dummy! 


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Motley Musings, June 6th

Sat Jun 6, 2015, 2:33 PM by MotleyDreams:iconmotleydreams:
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Not much new to report, same old, same old. Got another Camp NaNoWriMo coming up in July, for which I've started trying to prepare a bit (notebook, character/plot exercises, etc). Dragged several friends from RPGX into doing it too, we'll see how that goes. I'm in a cabin with them, if that wasn't already obvious.
fella's Gobbler (Party) It's mah birfday, yo.
Who's feeling generous? I have mixed feelings about my birthday every year, not so much because I'm "old" yet (I'll be 28 on the 12th), but because of a variety of events over the years that all took place at my birthday. So this is me asking for a bit of help. If you can spare 80 points, would you consider getting me a cake badge? OMG CAKE Can we add a few smiles to the upcoming days? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

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