ROWNaNo Act Two

Hi everyone! Ten days (well eleven if you count today) into NaNo and things are going along great. Yes, there have been a few hair pulling events, but as you can see from my pic up in the corner, I don’t have much to pull out. There have also been a few late night plotting and blog writing sessions as I “finish NaNo preparations” days into the event.

Which is all fine and good – a litmus test of working against deadlines – a chance to strengthen the self-discipline, which is never a bad thing.

NaNo Act 2 – Scrambling to Survive and Figure it Out.

The Protagonist: Is now fully committed to the adventure. With 32513 words already written and one novella complete (Yay!), there is no way I will stop now. In story world, Ben remembers a lost love and pursues the truth surrounding her death while the world goes crazy.

The Key Players: Are coming into themselves, “Joe” is now named Damon. Tillian is caught in a multitude of webs; intrigue and romance. Nemtemi is ever helpful, when the time is right. New players are on the horizon, both good and evil. The hoofbeats of demon cavalry draw near and satyr pipes fill the woods with a haunting song.

The Antagonist: Ah, the Banshee, how she wails. Time is the true foe, but the nimble skip ahead of her misfortunes to imprint their designs.

The Stakes: Ever-increasing, one novella drafted, a second begun. The world is falling into a creeping chaos and the only one that can stop it from happening is consumed with trying to rediscover his life and the mysteries wrapped in hidden memories.

The Conflict: All the preparation is paying off. Yet – there is still conflict, every day, but we overcome and press on. Ben goes hunting for the truth and finds the world getting more bizarre by the day, but there is hope, and strangers start to become friends as they fight to survive.

The Midpoint (of NaNo) looms on the horizon and I am hoping for a big context changing revelation…which may just happen at a remote cabin deep in the woods – Have Mind, Will Travel.

Which takes us up the path to this weeks progress.

I wrote six days this past week, using one of my “5 days off” to travel to Madison with my wife and visit the Chazen Museum. The Chazen is currently hosting an exhibit of rare renaissance paintings and tapestries from the Uffuzi Gallery in Italy. Stunning works and the half dozen tour groups were an excellent study in group character dynamics. Yep, writers observe weird things when they go out in public.

Photo by Gene Lempp – CC/Attribution Required.

We wandered about the area for a while after visiting the Chazen and came across a placard that I just had to shoot.Β  The original Grimm Book Bindery in downtown Madison – is now an apartment complex. Free literary ghost with your deposit? Just a thought.

On the writing front, I’m very pleased with my progress. I’ve cut back considerably on the social media front over the past week to concentrate on writing. I’d like to say thanks to all of you that have been around to encourage, tweet/share posts and just for being the excellent people you are.

For the coming week, I’ll most likely be using one day to finish the house painting project, but plan to write for the rest. This should put me near the end of novella two by next Sunday. I’m also completing the treatment for novella three and shoring up social media pages.

Besides the writing, I’m learning Calibre and Sigil (ebook formatting programs), looking at classes both locally and online for business administration, photo editing and web design (needed items for the indie publisher side of my world) and generally trying to find ways to cram more into every day. If any of you find a way to fold time, let me know (smiles).

And that is all for this week – easy peasy.

Hope you all are having fantastic weeks. Be sure to get out and support your fellow ROWers and leave the light on for us NaNoers, we may be wandering in the mountains, but we can still see home.

Peaceful Journeys.

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About Gene Lempp

Gene Lempp is a writer blending elements of alternate history, the paranormal, fantasy, science fiction and horror for dark and delicious fun. He unearths stories by digging into history, archeology, myth and fable in his Designing from Bones blog series. β€œOnly the moment is eternal and in a moment, everything will change,” sums the heart of his philosophy. You can find Gene at his Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, WANATribe, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.
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13 Responses to ROWNaNo Act Two

  1. Sounds like you’re well on the path! Keep going…don’t look back, lol. Cheers!

  2. I am envious that you got such a fantastic show in your art museum! We get some good ones in Dayton – hopefully it will make a stop here!

    Good luck with Calibre and Sigil – I use both. Calibre is a good starting point to build an epub, but it generates very junky code that won’t pass validation. Sigil is a great editor to clean it up and tweak it.

    And congrats on your progress – you are kicking it!

  3. Marcia says:

    I agree with Jeanette–you are kickin’ it!! Awesome progress and I love the story bits you offered. I’m very intrigued! You’re smart to take a day each week to do something totally unrelated to writing. Great for you relationships and for your clearing your mind and letting new ideas in. So happy for you, Gene!

  4. Awesome progress!
    I wish I was able to cut back on social media too. I really, really wanted to care less about being on twitter or blogging often …
    Keep rocking the ROW!

  5. S. J. Maylee says:

    You have a set number of days off, brilliant. I need to do this. See, every time I stop by I pick up a new idea.
    You are kickin’ it, way to go, Gene *shakes pom pons* πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great week.

  6. You’re rocking NaNo. Occasional break days are a perfect way to fill our creative wells. The visit to Chazen Museum sounds awesome.

    • Gene Lempp says:

      Christine: Absolutely, no looking back. Thanks πŸ™‚

      Jennette: Well I did have to drive an hour or so to get to the museum, but well worth the trip. Thanks for the heads up on Caliber and Sigil, had heard essentially the same about Calibre’s junky code issues.

      Marcia: The days off are working out well – I can’t remember ever being this relaxed on a day off as I am now. And, yes, every time I take one of the days I end it with a stack of notes for how to improve or fix my WIP’s. All good things. Thanks, Marcia πŸ™‚

      Juliana: I am actually blogging more consistently now than I was, I’m just not as visible on the “live action” social media. Thanks for the support πŸ™‚

      S.J.: Yep – five per month, to cover holidays, travel, chaotic life events, child obligations, etc. I can take them anytime, they do not have to be scheduled or announced, BUT once they are gone, then I work – no sixth day unless aliens land on my lawn. Thanks for the cheers, appreciated πŸ˜€

      Reetta: Yep, and I’m trying to turn my creative well into a fountain, which the days off have been helping with. Thanks!

  7. Gloria Weber says:

    Keep up the hard work on NaNo (you are a braver soul than I). I think it is awesome you give yourself days off and I’m jealous you got to see something so cool (I love renaissance stuff and museums). Once you figure out how to make time have more time, please let me know. I need some too. πŸ™‚

    • Gene Lempp says:

      Gloria: We try to travel to 5 or 6 museums a year (at least) – it isn’t just about the art, but about the journey that goes with having to travel in person to see it. I keep trying to fold time but it always springs back – one day, one day. Thanks, Gloria πŸ™‚

  8. alberta says:

    is the Uffizi gallery the one where they have those wonderful tapestries made by children – if so – they are glorious – I like a good tapestry – I learnt a few years back before my wrists gave out (not to any great level of expertize:( because I had always wanted to know how those great medieval tapestries were constructed (being a brit it was always there in every place we visited – well thats how it seemed as a young un!) but what those children turn out – fantastic
    All the best for this week and nano:)

    • Gene Lempp says:

      Alberta: Yes, the Uffuzi has a wonderful collection of tapestries from the Medici collection. Gorgeous pieces of artwork. It also has a rather large grouping of religious (re: Roman Catholic) paintings in a broad selection of styles (oil, canvas, copper). Thanks!

      EM: Thanks!

      Mr. Holmes: Agreed, a good combination. I like the arrangement you have, the man-of-leisures way to fame and riches through writing – keep up the excellent management of your writer (smiles). Piper is not just a treasure, she is the Hope Diamond, and we are all fortunate to see her sparkle and shine. Bit busy here as well (as can be seen) but I do still have you on my radar. Peace.

  9. EM Castellan says:

    I’m so impressed with writers who manage to do NaNoWriMo! You’re doing great, keep writing and don’t look back πŸ™‚ Hope you have a good week!

  10. J Holmes says:

    Hi Gene. Keep up the good work. Your vast knowledge of mythology and your willingness to write are a good combination.

    Piper and I are writing a ton every day. We are working on three books. By “we” I mean that I call her each day to make sure she is being productive and then she continues to produce. Men that grew up with lots of attentive sisters and a mother from Spain or Italy will understand my writing style.

    This writing career thing is much easier and more fun than my other business interests. Piper would stop in more often but she’s a bit busy.

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