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I've won NaNoWriMo. Well, words-wise. Just doing some fine-tuning right now and I might be uploading some chapters to Wattpad and whatnot. Someone at my horseback riding told me about Wattpad and I figured that I should at least give it a shot. Dip my toes in the water. It's a pain so far, but it's interesting nonetheless and cool. Hopefully I can get this all together.
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First off, happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you're having a great one. Now, onto NaNo. Have 42,554 words right now, and pleased that my Monster Slayer wants more dimensions to his character. Seriously did not expect that. Great job, man.
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Currently have 40,874 words. Jesus. Anyway, I think I'm doing pretty well so far. I am getting more into the head of my villain, for starters, and starting to feel like he isn't just some evil Van Helsing. Even had some nice Even Evil Has Loved Ones moments. So I am getting there. I am.
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Currently have 35,773 words. Jesus. Anyway, did well, even if for this bit of writing time I wonder if I went too far.
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Currently have 34,070 words, and some stiff fingers, but an overall sense of feeling like I got some good crap done in the midst of everything else. I also noticed that my work is getting more paranoid in tone -- there is the subject matter, of course, and then there's...well, recent events. Let's say it's a case of real life bleeding into fiction. At least I got some characters right. I hope.
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Current word count is 30,723 words. Jesus. Anyway, worked more on the vampire spirit's scene. I'm starting to like him. Gah, I want to do a prequel to this almost, but it's too soon.
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Currently have 27,332 words so far. Not bad. Not bad at all. And I'm starting to feel for the first time that they're not crap either. Phew.
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Currently have 25,629 words so far. Can't say they're good -- the upside really was the scenes with the vampire ghost, actually -- but I made it. I'm making it. My work may be rubbish, but I'm making it.
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Currently have 23,827 words. Which...yeah. Not too shabby. Anyway, I think I did well in terms of flashbacks to the Monster Slayer's backstory, even though...well, do vampires have an afterlife? I kind of got the impression from the book version of Dracula that staking them kind of "set them free", in a sense, but can they appear as ghosts, for starters? What would an afterlife for a vampire (or afterundeath?) be like?

Any vampire aficionados (as my villain's foster father -- who died before the events of the story -- is a vampire. No, the villain's not a vampire himself) out there, I would welcome any input. I mostly want to make sure I'm not messing things up.
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Currently have 22,878 words. Jesus. Anyway, things went better than they did yesterday, though I do wish I could stop torturing my protagonist so much. I mean, yikes, I am just putting her through enough crap even before the present day starts up. Hopefully I can tone it down in the rewrite if need be. Still, poor Diana. I might have to watch something funny because I am really making things for her a long Trauma Conga Line.
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Currently have 21,204 words. Ouch. Also feeling pretty awful right now (trying to write through what I can only assume is either a cold or allergies; I know I have a lot of sniffling and feeling fuzzy), so I'm thinking I better rest.
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Currently have 19,446 words. Feeling better than I was yesterday. Still worried about my work and some outside events, but I did write some good stuff amidst...what's probably gibberish. Found out more about Diana's past, and started fleshing out her relationship with her adoptive sister. And added more worldbuilding. Worldbuilding isn't one of my strengths (character-building is more my strength) but I've got some interesting stuff. And definite thank you to aikaterini for her help. Seriously. :)
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Currently have 17,779 words. Which is something. I think I did okay, considering the rough morning I had.
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Currently have 16,028 words. Jesus. Anyway, did okay. Stressed out, and I guess some of it did lead to some good revelations about Melinda's past and such, but I prefer not to do that again.

Also, out of curiosity, does anyone have any info on Irish werewolves? Someone on the NaNo forum recommended I check them out, and I've done some Googling, but I was wondering if there were some really good sources I missed. (Silly question is silly, sorry)
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Currently have 14,304 words so far, and, remarkably, my hands aren't hurting this time around. Heck to the yes. Added some pretty interesting backstory for Diana, though I am worrying a bit about her becoming Jamie Lloyd 2.0. I mean, yeah, she doesn't turn evil temporarily yet, but she's got the being chased thing and getting bullied by others as a kid (she attended a series of schools with werewolves, etc.) thing, only for being a human. Mostly because others see her as another potential recruit for the Monster Slayer. And I got to add in a bit of some of Diana's issues with her human heritage because of that. It's an interesting angle to start exploring and hopefully I'll do well.
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Currently have 12,448 words. Could be better, but still not bad, all things considered. Had a pretty disturbing moment with my main character that made me have to take a break for a while, before going back to the main story. Ugh. Here's to that crap never happening again.
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Currently have 10,761 words. Ow. Anyway, got a bit more into my villain's backstory, which is a plus. Worried that almost everything else is crap, but I thought that part was at least pretty good.
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Currently have 7,417 words so far. Also, ow. I think I did okay, though, considering I had a pretty awful anxiety attack during my writing.

Hey

Nov. 3rd, 2016 08:41 am
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So, current wordcount for today is 5,517 words. Also, Jesus. Mostly, a lot of the wordcount came from my main villain's own issues. Thinking he was betrayed (even though he was kind of the one who betrayed everyone. Less Caesar, more Brutus actually), etc. It was pretty interesting -- even if I feel like I have to take a mental shower now -- to get inside his head. Also got to write a tender scene between the main character's adoptive parents. They're both happily married, and I'm definitely hoping I can capture the scene of them being happily married while also dealing with the mother's guilt from the past. (Let's say she has a lot of self-blame) I'm not married myself, so I have no idea.

In terms of influences, I will admit Stephen King was one of the things influencing me a little writing the adoptive parents bit. One of his best examples is PET SEMATARY (which I may have covered in the shipping meme) where he really captures how close Rachel and Louis' relationship is before the whole incident with Church starts off a domino effect of awful. (The poor Creed family. I'd say they were several of the most screwed over people in Stephen King's books) So I definitely hope the adoptive parents come off as likable. Heck, I hope all the characters are likable and in the case of the bad guys, compelling.
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So I've got 3,755 words so far (also, Jesus), and it helps that I'be been doing some skipping around, actually. Got a bit of the villain's perspective on things, and though I may have to tone some stuff down in the rewrite, it was definitely interesting getting into his head. I figured I'd do that just because some of the bad guys in the Van Helsing Hate Crimes trope (e.g. some of the bad guys in the Kitty Norville books -- and granted, I could be wrong; I'll probably change my mind when I read the books) come off as kind of one-dimensional. I figured I'd give this guy a worldview and a reason for his actions. And change things up a bit.

Also, wrote my first crime scene! That one was tough, but doing some research...it's not perfect, but it's definitely giving me a bare outline for what I have to do. May have to go over stuff in revisions to make sure that my crime scene is accurate and all. Like if there was anything I missed. And wrote the beginning of my main character, Diana, waking up after being captured by the villain. Let's say things are going to get interesting.

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