The Story That Might Start It All

Earlier tonight, I read a blog post by one of my favorite bloggers. He seems to know what he’s talking about and he talks about said things with a lot of decency and respect, which I appreciate since it seems so rare (many people just seem to spew words onto the internet without a care).

Although it was not the moral of the particular post, what I remember most from it is that series are not the way to start for ‘entering writers’. Trying to make a name for yourself with a series is unlikely since readers might not want to commit to you. I don’t completely understand that myself since I have picked up a series now and then from people who were then starting writers (granted they were successful afterwards).

Yet the rational side of me understands. The world is abundant with books and movies and other sources of entertainment and material to read. Why would a reader sit down and read three or four of your books? Or why would they attempt to read one by someone they do not know and risk not enjoying it? Or, perhaps they are not willing to pick it up at all since they are not sure of your writing? Perhaps they are not ready to be loyal and wait for that next book to arrive. Perhaps all of the above occur. I can understand.

In conclusion to that post, I made a decision which later I retracted. I tried to write about that decision and it hurt my heart to its depths so I could not commit to it.

I had decided to put Nivitera’s Promise on hold so I could write a novel on its own first so I could try to make a name using that novel. But I could not do that to my own beating heart and I also decided that I would be an enormous phony in doing so.

Why step away from a project that has my heart to come up with something that does not have a single emotion? Why subtract my attention from something that haunts my mind every day? Why abandon, even if for a while, characters that yearn to be heard and to be experienced? Why give all that up to write something I don’t truly want to write? Why write if my heart isn’t in it? A reader would be able to tell, even if I ended up enjoying that story, that I am only using it to find an audience.

So instead I am back where I started but with new-found motivation hat I had lost last month. Nivitera’s Promise is my greatest love; my darling, my dearest. And until it is fully on paper and to my satisfaction, it will not be left alone. And even when written, I will fight for it to earn a place on shelves across the English-speaking nations so it finds its way into the hands of those who it will make smile, laugh and perhaps cry.

This is a story I believe in. This is a story I love. This is a story that has my heart; completely. This is a story that is as close to me as my every other thought. This story is apart of my own beating heart. This is a story that I feel is worth writing. This is a story worth fighting for and thus that is what I will do. Perhaps one day, I can be one of those people who says, “I was told not to start off with a series, but look at me now!” Perhaps it’ll make my dreams come true by being my dreams itself.

May destiny be kind to you.

PS: For any fellow fantasy writers, I highly suggest checking out the blog mentioned; Fantasy Author’s Handbook.

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NaNoWriMo 2017 Is Here!

NaNoWriMoNaNoWriMo is back again, and thus so am I! Novels and characters are coming to life all around the globe. This month is always very exciting. It’s honestly my favorite month of them all, despite the early evenings, late mornings, dark days and cold weather (or just the bad weather because my country is weird in that regard). It is very motivating to write stories, light some candles and drink a nice drink all day.

That (and a few other things) is exactly what I did today. I rose at 9 AM and then went off to school to meet up with my team for English Business Communication so we could discuss our pitch. Then we went on to perform said pitch. We passed, which is not bad news either. Then I met up with another team for the module assignment. Then I went home and had lunch. I booted up my computer, turned on my NaNo playlist and sat here for hours since.

An impressive 8.5k now sits in a document next to this one (I write my posts in Word before copying them to WordPress). I’m honestly quite impressed with my own word count thus far, but it is not enough yet. The NaNo site now displays lifetime achievements. It includes my ‘wordiest day’ which is the day on which I wrote the most. It displays a day two years ago when I wrote 10k in one day. I don’t know how, I just know that I did. So I have to surpass at least that! I also expect to surpass the 50k and win as well. I also plan to still buy myself a halo on the NaNo site.

For those of you who are wondering what I am talking about, I will explain.

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo is the abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month. It is an annual event ran by a non-profit organization that wants to stimulate people of all ages to write; whether they are professionals or amateurs. Regardless of whether they are 9 or 90, this project believes everyone can write a book.

During the month of November, (aspiring) authors everywhere try to write 50.000 words in one month. A handy chart helps people keep track of their progress. There are peptalks in the forms and in e-mails you receive. You can join online communities in the forums. Local volunteers help run events for NaNo such as a kick-off and write-ins; which are local writing sessions where you gather with other writers and work on your NaNo novel. I’ve never been to one of those because I am a hermit but they sound fun.

The idea is just to type away to your heart’s desire. 50k might sound like a lot to some people, but that amounts to no more than 1667 words a day, which can be done in just a few hours or less. When you have achieved the 50k, you can unlock special offers for NaNo ‘winners’. Winners are people who earned the 50k. You will receive a happy video of cheering people, words of pride and the special offers I mentioned. These offers include free trials or discounts on writing programs such as Scrivener, cheaper deals on self-publishing a book somewhere, offers for cover designs or even discounts on writing courses. Exciting stuff, I think!

NaNo stats 2015
These were my NaNoWriMo stats after 2015. Yes, this is a not-so-humble brag.

Personally, I think NaNo is an amazing initiative. Ever since I found out about it, I have been passionate about it. I have done my best to spread the word about the idea with anyone who had even the slightest dream of writing a novel. I’m not about to stop that either!

Now then, with that having all been said, I will proceed to having dinner and then continuing my writing journey. IF anyone wants to contact me, my NaNoName is Tristin Worth.

May destiny be kind to you.

Help Me Write!

Upon this very early morning, I was working on a project for university involving a marketing plan for a real company. While I was typing away about the company’s current plan and direction, I had some tender music playing. The cause of the music was to create a certain mood; a sensation.

I spent several hours trying to figure out what I could do with it. I had an idea for it, yes, but I wasn’t sure how to transform the feelings into actual words. I wanted to write it into a very passionate story full of emotion and calls to one’s heart (or of course; I’d attempt this). Many scenes flashed before my eyes. Two characters appeared in my mind and it was obvious to me that they’d have to be madly in love with each other. But what else?

For the life of me, I could not come up with a setting, a plot, an antagonist for one of these characters or both. There’s a powerful sensation of inspiration and dedication as well as confidence that it can be ‘good’. But there is more to a story than just the wish to make it something that an audience will enjoy.

That is why I find it a tad humorous when people tell me, “Write something!” when I indicate that I’m not sure what to do with my spare time. If it were as easy as simply doing it, I’d have tons of stories. They wouldn’t be good, but they’d be there. I think many writers face such a dilemma. There is a drive to write. There is a desire to create but all the while one element is lacking.

There could be no good characters. There could be no conflict. There could be plot holes. There could be no plot at all. There could be a lack of time or consistency. There is a lot to consider when structuring a story as well as creating it. I have the utmost respect for people who start writing and simply go with it and create something very good. These are the people I admire more than the writers who spend ages writing and revising their work. It is not because they succeed quickly, but they succeed mainly on their own willpower.

I considered time and time again to make a habit out of writing. I got around to doing so last year but with the emergence of my schoolwork, it seems my teachers believe I don’t have other passions outside of the pursuit of my dreams.

Of course I’m excusing myself now. If I really wanted to, I could make a habit out of writing but as I said before, if I do so after a long day, I will be bad. It will be very bad. Nothing about it will be good. I’m not even sure if the practice would help since it would be forced after a day of homework and study.

Nonetheless; I still want to make it happen, so I can eventually finish Nivitera’s Promise; my main project. Even my uncle is asking about it now. ‘How’s the novel going?” he’ll ask. I always feel a bit sad when I need to tell him that there hasn’t been any progress aside from a bit of world building or vague plotting.

So in an attempt to find a way to make room for writing a bit now and then in my hectic schedule; I turn to the internet. Do you have tips for me? Any and all ideas are welcome.

Thank you in advance!

Through Reading

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Today (or rather yesterday since it’s already Saturday) I spent many hours scanning the internet to increase my stock of physical reading material. There is a ‘gap’ on my bookshelf, you see. I feel it needs to be filled.

I typed a few key words into the search bar of a website I enjoy browsing. I hoped to find new titles that I had not come across before. It began to don on me though; my appeal towards English books has drastically increased. In the past, I have commonly preferred English books if that was the original language. Nowadays I find my tolerance of Dutch writings declining even more. I feel that my education is to take partial responsibility for this yet it remains to be a peculiar change.

I ordered a total of five books. Three out of these five are English titles. One of the novels is about writing my preferred genre. I thought there would be no better way to learn than through the language I like to write in as well. The second novel was a fiction story I had read when I was younger. The final one was a language-oriented book. As I am doing in university at the moment too, I feel comfortable learning a new language from the English point.

English is a rich language. Therefore I think it can expand lushly into the new, foreign language. While in Dutch we have but one word for something, in English there is an abundance of words, phrases and expressions to lead to the same outcome. This means, to me, that the language has a more poetic allure to it. This is also why I prefer its embrace for my own words and stories. It is even commonly the voice of my thoughts. It has been that for well over a decade even before I started my education that is taught strictly in the English language.

Dutch can come across as a very professional language however. It gets to the point very quickly rather than hovering in empty space filled with poetry. This is likely a consequence of Dutch culture. The Dutch are very straightforward people. We enjoy getting to the point. We find it displeasing when people beat about the bush. The Dutch are often thought of as rude or blunt for speaking so openly. It is not seen likewise by fellow Dutch citizens. In our opinion, withholding the truth is rude instead.

Language is a powerful tool. That is why I aim to learn multiples. As I am increasing my understanding of the cultures from which the languages descend, I am starting to make connections. It is interesting to me. It reveals ‘aha’ moments for me and points to facts that I had never thought of before. When I was in high school, I had to analyze novels very intimately. In comparison to my current knowledge, the thoughts I had about the stories then was miniscule.

I am one who lives through the mind. I like to know and understand. It is a path to wisdom, I am willing to believe. That is why I have set myself on the path to understanding the world and its many languages; even if I can only learn but a handful of them. For through the understanding of a language, I can learn all that the natives of that language have uncovered in turn. It is a doorway to an enormous castle of renewed sources and I have found the key. All that is left for me to do is to turn it.

Irvin Gash; Analyzing Cavateh

cavateh-detailedI decided to write a little information about a character I’m quite fond of; Cavateh the dragon. It might be odd to say, but he’s a character that really ‘opened up to me’. He’s a character I managed to understand and figure out. He let me in to understand the fickle patterns of his mind and the inner workings of his personality. Of course he’s very complex and it’s hard to incorporate one’s true identity completely in just a short form. No form could truly do it at all, but here’s what little I can tell you about him.

 

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Basic information

Name Cavateh
Definition Ice fire / ice of fire / burning ice
Nickname(s) Cava / Silver Eye
Gender Male
Crystal Sapphire
Physical age 3 years
Mental age 2000+ years

Physical attributes

Eye color Silver
Scale color Midnight/steel blue
Wing color Deep blue; a tad brighter than the scales
Build Slender limbs, aside from muscular shoulders and haunches. large wings, broad horns and claws, rounded attributes
Height 4,20m (at the shoulders)
Mentionable attributes

Relationships

Bloodline Emandon + Aglass
Siblings Aravis, Symonta
Mate
Offspring
Companions

Psychology

Overall personality A diplomatic, formal approach. Cava does not refer to emotions often. He is usually analytical. He tends to be either calm or fired up. When agitated, he will raise his voice and speak more openly about his opinions.
Relationships Before bonding with someone, Cava will be kind, formal and honest with people. He will not easily leave anyone out, even if he is skeptical. His skepticism grows stronger around those he cares about in order to ensure they are safe. Once he cares for another person, he is very protective of them and watchful. He will sacrifice for them in order to keep them out of harm’s way. Cava can grow angry when someone harms those he loves.
History Cavateh is the offspring of two ancient dragons; veterans of an old war and establishers of the new world. They were the only ones that remained after the Ancient War. He carries many of their memories with him, however not of them as they were. Cava does not initially know his parents too well. It is only through his adventures that he obtains knowledge of them. As the descendant of ancient heroes, Cava feels compelled to protect the world from darkness and evil. This is what initially draws out the courage of his sapphire gem.
Talents A skilled flyer, a good listener, analytical
Fears Death without accomplishments, stagnant situations

Further information

Notes

Place in the story

Introduction Cavateh is first introduced in his alternative form, before he interacts with Ailena; the human he chooses to bond with. He comes in contact with her through the intervention of Ailena’s grandfather. After their first meeting, Cavateh’s true identity becomes steadily more apparent.
Role Cavateh acts as a supportive role for Ailena by guiding her through his memories and by teaching her what little he knows. He acts as her key to a new destiny; a new future.

Note: I wanted to write more about the role and the storyline, but I don’t want to give out any spoilers. Maybe I’ll write that in another post but I’ll place a big spoiler warning on it, don’t worry!

Story Ideas

There’s the soft clicking of my heels on the stone pavement and the occasional sound of a leaf being crushed. My thoughts dwindle and spiral about like autumn leaves in the wind. Yes, the season of decline is upon us. It’s been rainy, windy and gloomy. Although our summer wasn’t a very spectacular season, I still miss it. That’s, of course, partially due to not having much to do over summer; other than hanging out and sleeping in. Good times…

Now, I am attending university. It’s a daily task; walking to school, attending lectures, classes and/or workshops, heading homework, doing homework and so on. It’s very time and energy consuming. That’s part of the reason why I haven’t gotten around to writing much. It’s a shame, too. The other night, I was simply hanging out in my house, enjoying the gift called ‘weekend’ and I had a million and one story ideas in my head. I decided to write a few of them down for you to read! They are still very incomplete so bear with me here.

Ballads of the Heavens

This would be either a three-part series or a book divided into three parts; Ballad of the Sun, Ballad of the Moon and Ballad of the Stars. In this more 2D-esque world, the earth is flat and above is the sky; the heavens. They are what humanity sees.

An astrologer’s daughter, Daes, is a strong believer in the predictions from the heavens. It is common in her village to listen to the stars to hear fortunes and predictions. When her father makes the prediction that fire will rain from the sky and the heavenly bodies condemn the earth, she panics and tries to find a solution. Her father tells her that the only hope is to learn the ballads of the three ruling entities; the sun, the moon and the committee of stars.

Daes, being a bit of a musician herself, follows her father’s instructions and finds the woman who resides in the highest mountains; a place thought to be closely linked to the heavens. The old woman, who is also an astrologer, tells her that she must perform three good deeds; one for each heavenly body. Only then will they start to pay attention to her. Next, she must learn the three songs of the heavens. The three songs are spread across the land; one in each direction. They will be taught to her by riddles. If she can solve the riddle and play the song at the dedication location, the ruling body the song belongs to will refrain from harming the earth.

Daes sets off on this adventure with her provisions and a harp. Along her travels, she meets Eram; a traveling jester who plays the lute. He too has heard of the impending doom. The two venture onwards together to attempt to stop the tragedy that has been foretold. The two meet Cayan; a young swordsman who strives to become a hero. When Daes explains the fate of the world to him, he joins the two travelers without hesitation. He presents a flute to them that might aid in them.

After fulfilling the needed deeds, Daes and her comrades retrieve the first ballad; the sun ballad. They perform the song at the sun spring. The melody triggers a transformation. A spirit within Cayan awakens and turns him into a mystical shape who finds himself intimately connected with the sun; able to speak to it and request peace from it. The sun listens. Cayan explains that Daes and Eram must speak to the remaining heavenly bodies to compel them to agree to peace as well. He, in turn, will remain in the sun spring as is his destiny. He wishes his comrades farewell. It is up to Daes and Eram to continue their journey together.

(I realize now that this could also make for an interesting video game.)

Wholehearted

This story still needs a lot of fleshing out. I have the basic concept though. A certain ‘type’ of people will exist. They are considered the wholehearted since they have hearts that are stronger than those of halfhearted people. The halfhearted people often hunt the wholehearted in an attempt to literally steal their hearts and make it their own. The hearts of the wholehearted granted immortality and other incredible powers.

The existence of these conditions makes a love story nearly impossible. What if a wholehearted falls in love with a halfhearted? Would her or she know for sure if the other person loves them in return or if they simply desire the power of their hearts? Furthermore, it is possible for a wholehearted to corrupt their own hearts; causing them to lose their powers. There is also the possibility of a wholehearted granting part of their heart to another person; forever binding them. This could be used to save another person who is on the verge of death by sharing one’s heart and life force with them.

What I will do with this story-wise is still a tricky question, but regardless, I want there to be something involving love. Rest assured that there will be a line in the story referencing that the person loves the other wholeheartedly!

Broken Halo

As the name might suggest, this story follows an angel, Zon, who has been banished from heaven. She was tricked into committing a crime and was thus sent to live among the human; causing her to lose her wings, he halo and any of her other powers. Zon finds human life to be tedious. She is determined to retrieve her angel status. But along the way, she meets a human man. He shows her how delightful life can be and she decides to tell him her secret. He pledges to help her.

Yet along the way, Zon begins to feel troubled. Is she sure she wants to leave the human world to return to the heavens? It would mean leaving behind the man she got to know and all the customs she has gotten used to. The turbulence of happiness and sadness that humans experience intrigues her and she is delighted to experience it. When Zon reaches a point where heaven is willing to welcome her again, she refuses their offer. She stays on earth.

After some time has passed, Zon notices drastic changes. An earthquake shatters her home. When she investigates the cause, she notices that the cracks are not but from earth itself. They are broken barriers between the world of the mortals and the world of shadows; the realm that houses all evils. Zon, desperate to protect the human beings she has come to love, calls out to heaven to recruit her once again. She is accepted and she is given her wings. Upon flying back to heaven, she is told that shadows have begun to claw their way to the world of the mortals and will advance further if they are able to overtake earth. Zon joins the angel army to fight for earth’s survival.

During one of her battles on the earth, she finds the man she loves in the clutches of a shadow. Zon knows that humans nor angels are allowed to kill, but she knows that a shadow can inflict psychological damage. In order to save him from nightmares and such, Zon decides to break the highest law of her angel code. She pierces the heart of her lover with a heavenly arrow. Zon knows the punishment that will follow. As she watches the soul of her lover be taken up to heaven, she finds herself returning to the earth as human. Because she, an angel, took the life of a mortal, the soul of this mortal is given to the one she serves; heaven. The soul is held there forever. Zon knows he will be able to bask in the light and love of heaven’s embrace for eternity.

As Zon whispers her farewell, she notices a cold grip around her body; one that drags her down into the depths below the earth. Never had she expected to know the sensation of death. It was then that she realized her time as angel and her time as human was at an end. Forever she stays below the earth; weeping with a broken halo.

So, question!

Would any of you like to see me write one of these and post it on my blog piece by piece? It might be a fun project to do. Let me know what your thoughts are. If the results are ‘Anything is fine’ I will consider Ballads of the Heavens myself.

Have a pleasant week, internet!

Camp NaNo: First Few Steps

Ah yes, the infamous how-am-I-doing-now posts. Well, I’m not super creative or innovative so I’m doing one too!

NaNo stats july 7Skybright is proving to be a challenge indeed. I have trouble molding characters in this sci-fi setting. My ability to describe the things I envision are not nearly as outstanding as I consider those I use in my fantasy novels. There is also the aspect that I have more trouble envisioning all these tech-y things that exist in the world I made up. I find that I’m not too prone to stumble upon new ideas. When I work on something of the fantasy genre however, the ideas are a plenty and I can pick my way through them to combine the perfect one. It’s like making a salad, really.

The conclusion is that I really am not (yet) meant to write sci-fi and that’s fine. The only way to learn these things is through experiencing it firsthand. However, that won’t take away that I will keep trying to experience it. I will do my utmost best to complete this project in the timeframe of one month. I had a bit of a rut the other day and thus my word count didn’t move, but I’m back.

This morning started early; 5 AM kind of early, mind you. After an hour, I got up and headed out the door with just my keys and all my thoughts. I walked for almost an hour; taking in the sights and smells of the morning. Birds were celebrating the early rays of sunlight. I came across hardly any persons (not until my return anyways). The park was completely empty, except for the birds of course. They sat in the trees and the ducks swam.

It was delightful.

With renewed energy and motivation, I returned home at just before 7 AM. I made myself a simple breakfast and sat down at the laptop with a glass of orange juice by my side. It is a trustworthy companion, believe me. I placed my hands ono this keyboard and went on.

In between then and now, I have added another thousand words. I’ve also worked on a few things for volunteer work and such. Today is surprisingly productive but then again, it such a marvelous start. I feel that I might repeat these very early morning strolls. They leave me feeling refreshed and replenished. I departed from the brick wall known as writer’s block thanks to my walk. I saw opportunities a plenty in the marvelous universe known as my mind. It’s been a wonderful help. It is true what they all say; taking a walk truly does improve your ability to write; especially if you aim to focus on nothing but your walk itself. I was simply enjoying the moments while I walked. I didn’t think about my current project or any other projects. I didn’t think about what I still had to do today. It was just simple bliss.

I found inspiration for my current project, ones that are on my mental shelf as well as for new songs I want to write (yes, this is a thing I do. Perhaps more on that later). For now however, I will run over to my wordpress to post this and then I’ll be returning to Gab in the midst of his thoughts and quarrels!

Camp NaNo Prep: Countdown

I’m not sure if anyone else feels this, but I can feel excitement surging through my veins! Camp NaNoWriMo will be kicking off in a few hours my time. I’ve been getting ready for it over the past few days. Here is the checklist I have been using for NaNoWriMo this year.

Skybright✔ Writing a plot (read here)

✔ Set a word goal

✔ Deciding perspective

✔ Started a cabin

✔ Created a cover

✔ Stocked up on healthy snacks

✔ Got as many chores out of the way as possible

✔ Informed my real life friends that I might be missing for a few weeks

✔ Music playlist

✔ Donated

I do think I’m well on my way. My word goal will be 31k. This means I will have to aim to write a 1000 words a day. Since I will be gone for about a week to go have fun with my family, I will try to get a head start before then.

NaNoWriMo will help me get back into the routine of writing a bit every day. I haven’t done this loyally since November. During April I was doing well too, but then the story ‘suddenly’ ended and I felt myself lost without it. I had spent November and about half of April writing a story called Nivitera’s Promise. It’s a work that will still require a few sequels; preferably three. But I think letting it go for a bit will be healthy so I can come back to it with a renewed view. I assured this to a friend to, who sometimes asks about the story and how it’s coming along. No worries!

Anyway, the other day I tried to draw Bai’yan. Sadly to say the drawing didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. Therefore, I won’t be posting the picture here; apologies. But I am thinking of either publishing bits and pieces of Skybright or the entire novel here. I’ve had various people show interest in it after they read my plot. I must please the fans!

Tonight I’ll be kicking the story off with a thrilling prologue where Gab describes his departure from Earth as he travels through the universe to his new destination; Earth II. I plan on publishing the prologue either during this month or either later after revision/editing has been done.

I’m going to leave today’s post with this. I know it is shorter than what I usually post, but that is okay. I am keeping many of my words for tonight. Good luck to all of my fellow campers! May the words be with you.

Now back to the construction of my playlist I go!

Camp NaNo Prep: Plot!

A lot of thoughts happened. A lot of theories crossed my mind. Various characters presented themselves to me. Camp NaNo July is quickly approaching and I finally decided what I want to write this time. It’s going to be a shorter project than what I usually write. I tend to write long, elaborate tales with intricate plots and multiple important characters whose lives are greatly intertwined with those of other persons in the story. This time, we’re keeping it a bit simple. But to still challenge myself, I will be attempting to write a genre I have never tried before. Introducing my very first sci-fi project. Skybright!

Skybright

In the year 2722, Earth’s resources are near to none. Humanity looks to the sky for a new home. The IBSE (International Board for Space Exploration) has been assigned to search the skies for a planet that can sustain human life and a means for reaching it. Through seeming coincidence, scientists in Japan discover a wormhole near Jupiter. After careful consideration, the desperation of mankind urges the heads of the IBSE to send astronauts through the wormhole. At the other end, they find a solar system that orbits a star that closely resembles the sun. Within the goldilocks zone, they discover a planet that is larger than Earth but is less dense. Therefore it would be a perfect place for humans to live.

Mass migrations through the universe start. People are being transferred in great numbers. Colonization of the new planet, often referred to as Earth II, is set in motion. A large, modern city is built for humans to live within. All the while, the humans find themselves consuming massive amounts of the new planet’s resources. While they do, they remain unaware of the native civilization within the deep forests of the planet.

A strange people reside there. They watch as their beautiful green planet becomes covered in grey structures built by the humans. Their tolerance grows ever more weary. They decided to rid of the humans or attempt to scare them by attacking their settlement. They did so in their native, beast-like forms; attacking from the air upon wings. Humans however, quickly found out that they could create a certain frequency that scared away their enemies. This made the war an equal battle on both sides.

One of the young recruits for the human colony, Gab, trained to be an astronaut and a soldier, arrives in the city to fight for the front. During a mission to track his enemies however, his party is attacked and they all become separated from one another. Gab desperately attempts to find his way back to his comrades or the city but instead stumbles upon a young, native female; appearing to resemble a human. She seems harmless to him. Instead of harming one another, the two become friends. They make secret arrangements to see one another. Ever so steadily, they grow fond of one another. The girl reveals her name to him. She says it is Bai’yan and that it means Skybright in the native language. She doesn’t tell him a lot. She refuses to reveal why she is able to speak his tongue and other such things. But he is willing to teach him about her planet and its mechanics. Meanwhile, Gab tells her of his own people and culture.

Yet Gab’s many absences cause his superiors to become suspicious of him. They order another soldier to follow him in an attempt to discover what he’s doing o frequently. When they see him in the company of the native girl, he is arrested and interrogated. The authorities wish to extract all the information from him that he has learned from Bai’yan. They hope to use it against her and her people. However Gab is unwilling to tell and is thus locked up.

The day after, Bai’yan departs for the location where she and Gab agreed to meet. When he doesn’t show up, she becomes worried. She decides to approach the human city and spy on it to find out what happened to Gab. Through coincidence and cautious work, Bai’yan manages to discover what happened to Gab and where he is being held. This knowledge angers her. She rushes home and seeks out her father. He is one of the many that often attacks the human city. When she asks about his tactics, he seems fascinated by her interest but shares his knowledge with her everything he knows. The next day, when the beams of sunlight start to color the sky in brighter colors, announcing morning, Bai’yan sets out to the human settlement.

Upon this same morning, authorities attempt to interrogate Gab once again, but a loud roar interrupts their attempts. The building shakes afterwards. Before the soldiers can react to the sudden interruption, light pours from the sky as the ceiling collapses. Descending from the bright above is one of the winged beasts. With outstanding speed, it grabs Gab and takes off with him. It departs through the sky without another sound; leaving the building destroyed and the soldiers startled.

Gab, both confused and frightened is unable to undo himself of the powerful grasp of the beast that carries him over the forests. Many weapons from the city are fired at it as it flies away but none manage to hit it nor Gab himself. The ambush is ceased when the creature carries him too far out of range. It carries on flying for a while before setting Gab down within the forest and releasing him from its grip. As soon as he hit the ground, he gets up on his feet and sets off; running away from the ferocious beast.

It is but one word from a frail but familiar voice that stops him dead in his tracks. “Wait.” it speaks. When Gab turns his head, his eyes fall on Bai’yan.

Camp Nano Prep: A Glance at the Divine

Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention, please? As the writers among us may or may not know, Camp Nano is only ten days away. Of course a person like myself will toss away all her social contacts, hobbies and any other activities that would define ‘having a life’ so to write like a maniac. I’ve created my own tradition nowadays. I’m clearly a planner and thus I dedicate the month prior to mindless typing to prepping for the big event.

Thus this month I’ve been overthinking many things. First off was the consideration of what to write, who to include and of course how much words I wanted to aim for. I set the bar high and set my goal at 75.000 words for the entire month. This means I will need to write 2500 words a day to complete the event. So that much has been established.

I considered writing a new story that came into existence after a message a friend sent me and my response to it. My imagination took the two messages and ran with it; creating an entirely new world with interesting characters. However, I decided to place this idea upon the shelf of to-writes and returned to my current favorite; Nivitera’s Promise.

This story held my attention during all of November and will do so again this upcoming month. I will resume the story. I will finalize the ‘first part’ of the story. I decided to turn the story into a four part series. The story is quite long and would thus become an immense book if it were to be published as one piece. Furthermore, the number four holds a very strong place within the tale.

WARNING!

May contain spoilers! But I do my best to avoid them. My apologies if I have spoiled anything.

Nivitera

The ruling, divine being of the world (Aroyina) is named Nivitera. This being is a creature that is comprised of four other entities. When combined, the four parts collide and combine into Nivitera; a being with the head and body of a lion, the wings and claws of an eagle, horns of a mountain goat and the tail of a seahorse. With that having been said, let’s dive into this being’s four parts!

Ni

Ni is a male god; represented by the form of an adult, male lion. He is depicted wearing white, black or shades of grey upon his coat. A combination of such colors is also possible. In this instance, he is often seen as a grey-coated lion with white manes and paws of a dark grey or black hue.

Ni is the god associated with courage. He represents one of the dimensions of space. He reigns over the summer season. This season is considered the season of opportunity. Often times, the name Ni or the letter N is assigned to the direction that is northward. Furthermore, this divine lion is connected to the plasma state of atoms. The ambassador*1 of Ni is a small feline male. This cat is named Feeyor. His title, granted to him by Ni, is the Prince of the Shores and the Tides.

Because Ni is the first quarter of Nivitera, many figureheads wish to depict the graceful lion upon their weapons to display their ability to lead. Statues of Ni are quite common among various royals of the world. Some take it a step further and have paintings made of them within the company of Ni himself.

Vi

Vi is a female god displayed by the shape of a fierce eagle. Often times the eagle is seen with wings spread wide. This divine part connects to the colors cyan, magenta and yellow; the primary colors. In many portraits these colors can be seen upon the body or wings of the bird. Some artists choose to dedicate one color to one portion of her body while others place the colors all about randomly. However, blending the colors is not respected and is seen of a sign of disrespect towards Vi.

The trait that connects to Vi is strength. Vi too, represents one dimension of space. Vi is also the god connected to fall; the season of decline. Therefore some think Vi is a ruthless, harsh being. She is connected to the gas form of matter. Her name or letter V connects to the direction we know as west. Therefore, the sun sets within Vi’s direction. It descends to the darkness in the presence of the god of general decline. Vi’s ambassador is named Akatthi. She is a tall woman of humanoid form but of a race unknown to the population of this fascinating world. She takes pride in her archery skills and uses this to protect the forest that has become her home. The title she received from Vi is the Princess of the Winds and the Woods.

Because Vi represents strength and since her season brings death to the world, many warriors carry a symbol of hers upon them when engaging in battle. It is said to bring luck o their battles. Weapons used to inflict damage upon foes are often engraved with the shape of an eagle. Furthermore, many persons who feel vulnerable or threatened, often seek refuge by praying to Vi for protection. In common conversation, when one finds themselves saved from a nearly impending doom, people say they were held by Vi’s wings; which caused them to survive the hazardous situation.

Te

Te is a female god; represented by a large and powerful-looking mountain goat. The horns upon her figure seem to exceed a size that is reasonable for her body. She is often depicted engulfed in red, purple or green colors. These are the secondary colors. In many portraits or statues, Te is shown with one hoof placed forward; as if she were to take a step. Her head is always shown high within the air.

Wisdom is the trait that is connected to Te. She represents the third and final dimension of space. Te is the god of the winter. This season is the season of pause, reflection and reincarnation since it casts the world into a state of renewal. Te represents the solid arrangement of matter. Te or the letter T is connected to the south. Te’s ambassador is a young woman who has hidden her form well and later changed it to another form to guard over the young child she gave the gem to. Her name remains Irill. Before she gifted her game, she held the title of the Princess of Sands and Stones.

Te is the god that gets approached when a person requires guidance; both in common knowledge o within matters that require great wisdom. She is said to watch over the world and its development. Many symbols of her reside within the homes of scholars or within universities. In time of dilemma, people often look to Te for guidance. Within common conversation, the expression, ‘holding Te upon both shoulders’ refers to a dilemma or conflict. Here Te represents the two (or more) outcomes a decision could create, depending on the choice(s). In this sense, she is said to help a person think, reflect and remain in balance during the process and make up their mind afterwards. Because Te is often depicted with a hoof forward, she is also the god that represents forward motion and innovation.

Ra

Last but not least, Ra is the god in the form of a male seahorse. His facial expressions are always kind and pleasant. Therefore he receives a very hospitable, warm look about him. Ra’s colors are turquoise, rosewood or maroon. Many creative artists color every separate scale upon his body in a different color; giving him a very checkered appearance. Yet the colors of Ra are allowed to blend without displaying disrespect and therefore it is done at occasions.

Ra’s connected trait is loyalty. However this trait is often seen as selflessness or nurturing. While the other gods define space, Ra defines time. His season is spring; the season during which things come to life and the cycle starts a new. In a sense, time returns to the world during this season. As a divine seahorse likely would, he represents the liquid atomic state. He completes the cycle of directions too by standing for the east; the place where the sun rises and thus the day (time) starts. Ra’s ambassador is to this point still unknown.

Ra is sometimes linked to a pendulum. As the pendulum swings, it defines time. Should it stop, then perhaps it is because time has stopped. Therefore, Ra is often seen upon artwork pertaining to clocks or other forms of defining time. Some images show Ra wrapped around the sun, since for many ages, the sun was the indication of time that was used. The expression, ‘Ra will tell’ is equal to the idea that time will tell.

Note *1; Ambassador of the gods = a figure chosen by the divine part to guard a special gem. This ambassador is blessed with special oracle-like qualities and immortality to fulfil the job they were chosen for. The ambassadors are also known as guardians. They guard the gem until they see a person fit to hold it.. Persons that quality for a divine gem often strongly associate with the trait that the god stands for.

Outro

There you have it; a good amount of information on what four components make up the divine Nivitera. I am not sure if I have missed any parts but feel free to point them out in the comments.

I might find another chance (and the inspiration) to set up another prep blog but I am not promising anything. If I do not get to that, I will do my best to keep you posted during the actual month of writing but even that might not be done. I will not promise!

So for now; till next time.

PS: For anyone wondering; my NaNo name is Tazira.