lavanya_six: (Raiden)
I'll be alternating between two projects this month, finishing Chapters 3 + 4 of Full Metal Bitch and putting 50,000 words into Her Smoke Rises Up Forever.

You can follow my daily word in NaNoWriMo count on this linked page.
lavanya_six: (Envy)
I've decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, although in a half-assed fashion. I won't be writing a new story. Instead I'll spend November cranking out 50,000 words for Full Metal Bitch. I've been neglecting that fic due to other obligations so I'd like to finish it and put it to bed. There will be nine chapters total, not the original five envisioned. 

I've decided to shelve Praise Be to Nero's Neptune (my 2009 NaNoWriMo novel, AKA the 'Fire Nation civil war fic') because it would be too much of a time investment to finish. It'd need about forty chapters total and that's at least 18 months of solid work, if not more. Frankly, I'd rather write several smaller fics than one mega-sized one. The first two and a half chapters were completed.

FFO is creaking along to completion, thank Christ.

I'm hashing out an outline for a full-length fanfic based on this ATLA drabble, the one where Ursa kills Ozai instead of Azulon. Still trying to figure out the character arcs for Aang and Azula. It may not go into full production unless I can solve a few outstanding issues... and deal with the fact I'll have to write several scenes starring Yue, because she is my kryptonite.

I've got two shorter fics on tap that I'm pecking away at, a sequel to Siege of the South for Omoni and a comedic Zuko fic for ferrrox.
lavanya_six: (kim_pine)
I'm up to 13,141 words in my NaNoWriMo fanfic novel, Praise Be to Nero's Neptune. Progress has been slowly picking up after the initial "creative frenzy" that follows me starting any project. I had a couple of ideas of what I wanted to do -- Lu Ten and King Kuei as fellow gilded cage birdies, Fire Lord Iroh's cultural imperialism, Toph's very different life, the new, evil Blue Spirit -- but it didn't really gel into an actual story until around the time I hit the 10k mark. Then I realized what Praise Be is really about: crack shipping. Yes, aside from some background Kataang, there will be crack ships galore: Foe Yay-tastic Blukka (Blue Spirit/Sokka), ´╗┐unsubtle Ku Tei (Lu Ten/Kuei), bittersweet Lu Yuen (Lu Ten/Yue), "doin' it for Mad Scienzzz" Liankka (Sokka/Lian), chaste Soaang (Song/Aang), and, heck, I'm even thinking about throwing in some Maizukla (Mai/Zuko/Azula) just for the hell of it. I'm sure sanity will prevail about including that last ship, however.

Here's an excerpt, below the cut.

lavanya_six: (kim_pine)
 Okay, so I'm totally failing at NaNoWriMo. That much is obvious if you look at my progress bar at the top of this livejournal. I suddenly understand the wisdom of starting a new project for NaNoWriMo. It because you just plunge to something without worrying about matching the quality of the old material to the new, NaNo-speed stuff. It's also because if you're writer's blocked on something, you should not be trying to write fifty goddamned thousands words more of that something. 

So I'm restarting NaNoWriMo. I'm taking a mental health break from Facing Fearful Odds until I can figure out WTF I'm supposed to write for Chapter 6-C. So I'm going to start a totally stand-alone project instead and just write write write. Then I can circle back to that dreaded Chapter 6-C with fresh eyes and a clear head. 

My new, never-before-conceptualized (well, kinda) NaNoWriMo project is called... dun dun dun-dun-dun! 

Praise Be to Nero's Neptune

Synopsis: Five years ago, destiny was thwarted. Now, as two Fire Lords prepare to use Sozin's Comet to destroy one other, the Avatar must walk the murderous razor's edge between peace and global Armageddon. Good thing airbenders are a bunch of twinkletoes, eh?


    * 50,000 words long.
    * Written in the present tense.
    * The title is a reference to a Bob Dylan song.



Oh, and The Siege of the South will be popping in a day or two. I just need to hear from one more beta. 

lavanya_six: (kim_pine)
It's almost November, which means National Novel Writer's Month is about to begin.

Now, originally, I was planning on have you guys -- my loyal (or intermittent) blog readers -- pick the 50,000 fanfic I was going to write out of three options. Alas, Facing Fearful Odds still isn't done, so I can't take November off.

But here's what I'm going to do in November. I am going to finish Facing Fearful Odds: Book 1... and then, however many words I have left out of that 50,000, I'm going to start writing Book 2 and KEEP WRITING until I do 50,000 words total for FFO in November.

Yes, yes. I know this isn't quite in the spirit of NaNoWriMo, but it's what I'm doing it, so screw the rules. I'm going to write 50,000 words worth of prose for Facing Fearful Odds in November. I'm going to finish Book 1, because it has less than fifty thousand words left in it, and then I'm going to start Book 2.

This does NOT mean I am abandoning Taking Sights. After I've hit my 50,000 word goal and the final chapters of FFO are away at the beta, I fully intend to begin writing the final ten chapters of Taking Sights.  I've said several times on this blog that I would finish Taking Sights after I had FFO: Book 1 done... and I'm still saying that. Once Taking Sights is done, I'll be going back to work on FFO: Book 2, carrying on from whatever chapter/point I'm at whichI finally hit that 50,000 word goal for NaNoWriMo.

So here's what I'm going to be doing. Tomorrow, on November 1st, I'll be making a new sticky post at the top of this blog. It will track my word count for NaNoWriMo. I will be updating it each day, be it that I write ten thousand words in one sitting or zero for a whole day. Any words of encouragement, threats, or random NaNoWriMo-related queries can be put there.


Tomorrow is November 1st. The end of Facing Fearful Odds: Book 1 is at hand...

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